The 7 Biggest Fall Wedding Myths, Busted

No, you certainly don't need squash centerpieces.
The Knot
Updated Oct 04, 2018

It's easy to feel trapped in a certain kind of wedding style when you're planning a fall wedding. You might feel bound to a wedding color palette of brick, russet and terra cotta, and assume that autumn leaves are a décor necessity, but that's actually not the case. That's why we've busted the top fall wedding myths so your style possibilities will be as on point as the cool, breezy weather forecast.

Myth #1: You must stick to a "fall foliage" wedding color scheme.

Take it from us: You do not have to use leaf hues for a fall wedding. It's easy to rely too heavily on these and other earth tones (like chocolate brown) in autumn. We're not suggesting you ignore the season entirely and use bright, summery colors or spring pastels—simply consider other rich and glamorous hues that fit the time of year. Try plum and aubergine combined with shades of cream and blush, or classic navy blue paired with a glam shade of gold. If you have your heart set on brown, try mocha or cappuccino hues rather than chocolate, which combine beautifully with black, cream and even red. In fact, you can use any color you want—even fresh metallics or soft pastels—combined with a darker hue to create balance. And if you want to include some classic fall hues, highlight them with fresh, unexpected tints like burnt orange and deep gold spiked with mango or fuchsia.

Myth #2: Your bouquets need to be autumnal.

The same attitude should be applied to your bouquets. No need for oranges and reds if that's not what you're feeling. Based on your color palette, try vibrant peonies mixed with faded, textured leaves for balance, white roses and snowberries for an early winter feel, or purple dahlias for a bright look that's still moody.

Myth #3: The bridesmaids must wear heavy silk or satin.

You shouldn't feel obligated to outfit your bridesmaids in heavy fabric just because of the season. Lightweight fabrics like silk will look perfectly appropriate, but avoid super-summery ones like eyelet. It's more important to choose a fabric that flatters everyone's figures and a color that will complement their complexions (keep in mind they may have lost their sun-kissed glow by fall). For a glamorous fall bridesmaid look, try pale gold, crimson, aubergine or deep green dresses.

Myth #4: The guys have to wear dark suits or black tie.

Though seersucker may not be the best idea, the groom and his wedding party aren't obligated to go with formal, dark suits. Light khaki suits have an earthy feel that's still appropriate in the fall. If it's warm enough, skip the jackets and go for a casual-but-polished look with crisp button-down shirts and khaki slacks.

Myth #5: You need lots of fall-themed photos.

It's no secret that fall foliage can create a desirable backdrop, but if you're going for a modern vibe at your loft venue, there's a chance you'll want to evoke a more structured feel by snapping the photos inside your venue. If need be, simply let your photographer know you're not interested in taking pictures of your wedding party throwing leaves at each other. After all, this decision, like everything else, is your call.

Myth #6: You must incorporate pumpkins, squash centerpieces or Halloween décor.

Though you might want to use them as filling for a ravioli appetizer, you don't have to incorporate pumpkins or squash into your wedding aesthetics. There are lots of other décor elements you can work into your wedding that reflect the season in more subtle ways. Since it's harvest time, any grains like wheat and millet add atmosphere. Wine or champagne grapes and fruit like apples, pears and pomegranates also highlight fall in a non-cliché way. But don't get us wrong—if you want to use pumpkins or squash in your décor, go for it.

Even if your wedding incidentally ends up on Halloween weekend (say, it's the only date your desired venue is available), you still don't have to incorporate a theme or include bowls of candy corn during your cocktail hour. It's totally fine to ignore the holiday and stick to what you want. Of course, if you do choose to inject some Halloween spirit into your ceremony, find some stylish ideas here.

Myth #7: You have to hold the festivities indoors.

If you've always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, but believe you can't have it with your fall wedding date, think again. With enough heat lamps and blankets, you can hold the ceremony, cocktail hour and possibly even the reception outdoors regardless of the temperature. However, you may want to retreat inside for dancing and dessert when the night gets chilly after the sun sets. Give your guests a heads-up on your wedding website to bring jackets and wraps. If it ends up unseasonably cold on your wedding day, arm your wedding party with pashmina-style wraps to pass out to guests who look chilly.

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