Top 10 Fall Wedding Trends for 2012

Berry and metallic color palettes are all the rage, frothy hi-lo hemline ball gowns are hot, and cocktail hours -- they've never been more fun.
by Anja Winikka
  1. Fall Wedding Color Combinations

    photo by Anne Marie Photography / The Knot

    The hottest wedding color palettes for fall are light, crisp and airy hues mixed with deeply saturated pops of color. Think: metallic gold and silver accented with bright berry red; muted slate gray and deep emerald green; or champagne paired with magenta and purple.
    Also big?
    Ivory weddings with hits of black, blush and champagne for the epitome of a formal sophisticated affair.

  2. Fall Stationery Trends

    photo by Alee & Press / The Knot

    The trend for invitations this year is to go simple and muted in color and design, marked with statement details like bold calligraphy, patterned envelopes or an interesting wrap. We'll see lots of cozy accents to get guests in the mood for fall, like lace-like patterns and belly bands and illustrated autumn leaves and trees.
    Also big?
    Foil-printed monograms and accents -- in metallic gold and silver, and even colors like purple, green and pink.

  3. Fall Wedding Dress Trends

    photo by The Schlutzes / The Knot

    Frothy, airy ball gown wedding dresses have been popular all year. This season, the new twist on the ball gown is the hi-lo hemline. Bonus: The higher hemline in the front will highlight your fabulous shoes!
    Also big?
    Dresses with beautiful backs -- we're talking plunging V-backs, lace-appliqued backs and even sheer backs with painted floral designs.

  4. Fall Wedding Hair and Beauty Trends

    photo by JL Photografia / The Knot

    The look for fall wedding hair and makeup is decidedly soft and romantic. Natural waves and braids and sideswept chignons topped off with a fresh flower crown or a traditional veil with a blusher are all the rage. For makeup, it's all about a crisp natural look and a bold red or berry lipstick.
    Also big?
    Dramatic plum lipstick -- inspired by the fall ready-to-wear fashion runways.

  5. Fall Bridesmaid Dress Trends

    photo by Elizabeth Messina / The Knot

    The trendiest bridesmaid dresses for fall are long and flowy designs in formal hues like berry, plum and navy. Vary the necklines so that every bridesmaid gets to wear a flattering design.
    Also big?
    Knee-length dresses with peplum skirts and structured bodices -- perfect for a chic city wedding.

  6. Fall Reception Decor Trends

    photo by Caroline Tran Photography / The Knot

    This season, event and floral designers are taking the cozy reception vibe up a notch by adding lots of monochromatic texture to tabletops. Long farm-style wooden tables topped with white lace, raw silk or crocheted runners and low, lush floral arrangements (that don't block conversation) will create an intimate vibe.
    Also big?
    Cocktail and reception lounges featuring hay bales, quilts and a bonfire, complete with s'mores, for a country wedding; or big easy chairs and cozy couch vignettes for a ballroom or country club wedding.

  7. Fall Flower Trends

    photo by Adi Nevo Photographs / The Knot

    The hottest arrangements for fall are richly hued textural designs. For example, bright berry red in-season dahlias paired with lotus pods and fiddlehead ferns. Mixed metal vases, votives and vessels (especially in gold) are also hot.
    Also big?
    Cascade bridal bouquets made up of fall seasonal flowers like dahlias, sedum and even hypericum berries.

  8. Fall Wedding Cake Trends

    photo by Tinywater Photography / The Knot

    Cake bakers are invoking the taste of fall through mouthwatering flavors and frosting like blackberry buttercream and vanilla bean with a hint of cinnamon. Design-wise, classic reigns -- tall round cakes with a pop of bright sugar flowers is the must-have cake style.
    Also big?
    More cake! Cake table buffets and dessert bars filled with fall-flavored desserts like pumpkin spice cake with maple cream cheese frosting, cranberry bread and gingersnaps are huge.

  9. Fall Wedding Food Trends

    photo by Lori Paladino Photography / The Knot

    For fall reception menus, it's not your standard chicken and potatoes -- wedding caterers are designing tasting plate menus that highlight the season: small dishes of pumpkin sage ravioli topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and parmesan; romaine hearts and mesclun with apples and gorgonzola; striped sea bass topped with a fig tapenade; and more.
    Also big?
    Cheese tables, cheese plates and even cheese carts -- fun for the cocktail hour or even served alongside wedding cake!

  10. Fall Wedding Cocktail Trends

    photo by Erik Ekroth Photography / The Knot

    Going right along with the food trends, fall-themed signature cocktails that really highlight seasonal ingredients are must-haves. Bourbon apple ciders, pear margaritas or vodka concord grape puree are just a few ideas.
    Also big?
    Flights of craft beer during cocktail hour as a fun activity or at dinner, paired with each tasting plate.

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