9 Hot Wedding Trends for Fall

There’s a lot to love about weddings this fall, like cocktails served in copper Moscow mule mugs, industrial-inspired lighting and pheasant feather details. See what’s new!
  1. Fall Color Trends: Wine Red Paired With Cool Pastels and Copper

    Photo by Clockwise from left: Steve Steinhardt Photography; Steve Steinhardt Photography; Christina McNeill Photography; Mi Belle Photography; Maria Mack Photography; Todd White Photography; Steve Steinhardt Photography

    Pastels aren’t just for spring. A palette of deep red and almost-gray heather blue is fresh for fall. You could also try pairing wine red with a light lavender or even blush. The result is a nice balance of warm and cool tones that together evoke the season without being too obvious.

    Also big? Copper is hot for fall. The best part is its versatility: Polished copper chargers or foil invites work for an elegant and sophisticated wedding, while weathered copper pieces, like bowls or copper Moroccan lanterns, with a hint of patina fit a more rustic vibe.

  2. Fall Reception Trends: Industrial Bulb Lighting and Gold Flatware

    Photo by Clockwise from left: Kelly Sweet Photography; Kelly Lane Photography; Mademoiselle Fiona Photography; Mademoiselle Fiona Photography; The Nichols; Mike Larson Estate & Vineyard Wedding Photographer; Jen Fariello; Jen Fariello; Al Gawlik Photography

    Great lighting is key for a fall wedding, and this season, designers and planners are turning out ultra-creative lighting installations using vintage-style Edison bulbs. Imagine hundreds of Edison bulbs hanging from a ceremony arch or from the ceiling to create a fun photo booth backdrop. We’ve even seen them stacked up on tables as a fun alternative to the typical flower centerpiece.

    Also big? Instead of the classic silver, gold flatware is a fresh way to brighten up the reception tables.

  3. Fall Flower Trends: Leafy Centerpieces and Custom Planter Boxes

    Photo by Clockwise from left: Chrisman Studios; Connection Photography; The Nichols; SheWanders; Redfield Photography; Clary Photo; Jen Fariello

    Leaves outnumber flowers in some of the hottest centerpieces for fall weddings. And we’re not talking about the typical burnt orange, red and yellow fall foliage – instead, think eucalyptus, ferns and grasses sprouting out from a few deep purple or red dahlias.

    Also big? Long custom-made planter boxes in wood, ceramic or even galvanized metal are perfect for a reception with lots of long farm tables.

  4. Fall Food Trends: Seasonal Colors and Moscow Mules

    Photo by Clockwise from left: Dani Stephenson Photography; Kate Headley; Sarah Maren Photography; Jessica Frey Photography; Jesse Leake Photography

    Rich colors aren’t just for décor; the hot food trend is to make the most of harvest season with a menu of colorful foods. Purple endive, orange persimmons and bright red peppers are all great places to start. And instead of course upon course of dishes with complex recipes, caterers are pairing basic in-season foods with interesting sauces and toppings. Two ideas we’re drooling over: quince jam drizzled on slices of manchego cheese and figs dipped in spicy honey.

    Also big? We’re calling it: Moscow mule mugs are the new mason jar for cocktails – hot or cold! And the shiny copper cups fit perfectly with the season’s color trend too.

  5. Fall Stationery Trends: Invites in Saturated Colors and Feather Accents

    Photo by Clockwise from left: Wedding Paper Divas; Rachel Foster Photography; Ruth Eileen Photography; Philip Ficks

    Invitations and wedding paper in saturated jewel tones, like eggplant, teal and even black, will add lots of drama and really make your stationery stand out. If your style is more modern, find a suite with colorful prints, like geometric triangles inspired by the Southwest in fuchsia and copper (sensing a theme here?) or a Tartan plaid in rich hues such as cobalt and pumpkin.

    Also big? Color isn’t the only way to make your invites fit with the fall vibe. A clean and modern white invitation with a pheasant feather tied around the outside is a subtle nod to the season.

  6. Fall Bridesmaid Dress Trends: Cap Sleeves and Velour Accents

    Bridesmaid dresses with dainty cap sleeves recently hit the bridal fashion runways, and whether you want a short or long dress, we love this look for fall. Color-wise, go for the latest fall hues, like deep amber yellow, pomegranate red and plum purple. If you really want to try something different, create a palette and let your bridesmaids buy a dress in their favorite color for a mismatched look.

    Also big? Texture can be just as important as color, and velour is one new way to create a fresh fall style. To keep the look from being too heavy, play it up in small ways with velour trim or appliques on the bridesmaid dresses. Or add fun accessories, like a velour belt or even a headband (Tessa Kim and BHLDN both make cute beaded velour belts).

    Shop the look, from left to right: Jim Hjelm Occasions; BHLDN; Jim Hjelm Occasions

  7. Fall Dress Trends: Unexpected Sleeves and Dressed-Down Ball Gowns

    Photo by Left: Kurt Wilberding;p Right: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    This season, designers have gone beyond the wedding dress with lace sleeves with new mixed-patterned eyelet and sexy illusion appliques. Sleeve silhouettes are changing too. Designers like Ines di Santo and Marchesa have half- or three-quarter-length sleeves in their collections, and Claire Pettibone even has a dress with retro bell sleeves.

    Also big? Fuller skirts are also on trend for the season, and temperatures are just right for added fabric. To freshen up the look, add a chambray, cardigan or even flannel over the bodice for outdoor photos under the pretty fall foliage.

  8. Fall Accessories Trends: Lace Booties and Gold Grecian Headpieces

    Instead of classic pumps, wedding shoe designers are taking major inspiration from ready-to-wear trends with pretty open-toe booties in ivory and blush. Lace in soft shades paired with cool cutouts makes these shoes feminine and flirty with an edge. On top, a comfy cardigan in cotton or cashmere would be perfect for outdoor photos. Tip: Find a cover-up with lace appliques or panel sleeves, so it doesn’t look like a sweater you might throw on at the office.

    Also big? Instead of floral headpieces, Grecian-inspired laurel wreaths in gold are perfect for fall, especially balanced on top of a loose updo or hair down in waves.

    Shop the look, clockwise from left: $2,660, Lanvin, Net-a-Porter.com; Monique Lhuillier; $675, EricaElizabeth.com; $1,529, Alexander McQueen, FarFetch.com; $400, BHLDN.com; $198, JCrew.com; $252, JenniferBehr.com

  9. Fall Cake Trends: Classic Flower Cascades and Naked Cakes With Fall Flavors

    Photo by Al Gawlik Photography; June Bug Company; Abby Jiu Photography

    What’s old is new again for cakes. And this season, we’re seeing more of the traditional wedding confection with fresh or sugar flowers arranged in a cascade down the cake. It’s a pretty way to celebrate the colors of the season while still having a cake that looks pretty and delicious.

    Also big? Naked cakes are here to stay, but instead of summery berries or flowers, bakers are choosing colorful and seasonal fall produce, like cranberry nut, pumpkin spice and maple-infused frosting. Don’t feel limited to just using apples -- pears, acorn squash and cranberries all make for pretty autumnal cake accents.

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