As the temperature drops to a fresh, comfortable level, the UK becomes like a painter’s palette splashed with browns, auburn, oranges, reds, pinks and mustard yellows. Autumn weddings feature bright blue skies and romantic woodland photo shoots with russet and gold leaves – so, it’s no wonder this season is fast becoming the trendiest time of year to get married. Here are some of our favourite autumn wedding ideas.
1. Copper Foil
At this time of year, copper foil comes into its own. Autumn wedding invitations in copper and ivory introduce guests to a seasonal theme and complement the colourful trees and leaves. You can continue this colour scheme into your wedding reception decor, with copper foil menus placed alongside matching adornments, or rustic woodland accessories, like pine cones, log centrepieces and seasonal flowers.
Late August through to the end of November is the UK’s main apple picking season – what a perfect excuse to serve mulled cider at your wedding, with fresh apple juice for the younger guests. Toffee apples are an irresistible sweet treat during the reception, while an apple cake offers a lighter alternative to a traditional wedding cake. With their green and reddish-brown colouring, apples can make great decorations too. Combine them with seasonal flowers to create your table centrepieces or create bespoke tea light holders for an idyllic autumnal display.
3. Rustic Wedding Theme
A rustic wedding theme is popular throughout the year, but autumn is when it’s at its best. The seasonal colours fit perfectly next to hay bales, cut log centrepieces, wooden decor and the natural ethos of this theme. Add a roaring bonfire to warm guests at the end of the day, and your rustic theme will be complete.
4. Bright Orange
If you want to include bold colours in your autumn wedding, it’s all about flaming hot orange. Bouquets become an explosion of colour along the aisle, while the bridesmaids wow in statement colour dresses. There are many ways to incorporate orange, including groomsmen’s ties, table dressings and orange foil on your wedding stationery. Even a subtle hint of this colour can brighten up your decor and complement this season’s stunning natural colours.
5. Autumn Flowers
Bouquets of deep reds and pinks, oranges and golden browns add a striking palette to an autumn wedding. Roses are in season, as are bushy bold Dhalias, Chrysanthemums and delicate scented pinks. You can also add berries, pine cones and crisp leaves. These colourful blooms are an ideal basis for your wedding stationery too. We can customise our Choose Your Own Flowers wedding invitation design to fit your favourites.
6. Bonfire Party
Roasting marshmallows is not just for camping or the 5th of November. A fire pit at a wedding party is sure to be popular with your guests. Imagine your friends and family cosily chatting around the flames at sunset with a glass of cider in hand. It’s an ideal way to ensure the celebration can stay outside into the evening even if there is a chill in the air.
7. Golden Hues
Golden leaves, bright sunshine and the reflection shining off your newly wedded ring finger – gold is an ideal seasonal colour, and there are many ways to incorporate it into your autumn wedding ideas. For wedding invitations, gold foil is a classic choice which gives an elegant finish. It can be used throughout your on the day stationery too. Welcome guests to your ceremony with a gold foil order of service, then dress your reception with golden table settings and foiled menus.
8. Hot Chocolate
Another way to warm up your party is to provide hot chocolate on tap. You could set up an area where people can help themselves, and include indulgent extras like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and hot chilli powder. To get the celebrations started, Brandy goes well with a hot chocolate drink too!
9. Wellies and Brollies
For a UK wedding, the weather is always a consideration, and in autumn there is a higher chance of mixed climates. Light showers in the morning are followed by afternoons with brilliant blue skies, so it’s a good idea to get prepared. You could provide a brolly bin and encourage waterproof boots – especially if your venue has a beautiful exterior that may get muddy. These fun touches will make light of any wet weather, ensuring it doesn’t have a negative impact on your special day.
Tweed is not only a warmer choice for an autumn groom it’s also a uniquely stylish look that never seems to go out of fashion. The thick woollen material often comes in colours that complement an autumn colour scheme, looking dapper with your choice of seasonal flowers. It’s a versatile choice too – working the room equally well for a rustic wedding, a vintage theme, or a relaxed and modern day.
11. Navy and Gold
For something a little different, navy with gold perfectly complements autumn’s natural tones. From bridesmaids dresses in navy matched with golden accessories, rich navy suits, and a bridal bouquet with blue dahlias, to a wedding cake dressed with dark blue blackberries, and gold foiled wedding menus on navy card. These colours create a rich and warm palette for your big day.
12. Pine Cones
Nature is teeming with autumn wedding ideas, and pine cones are the most versatile of them all. They can adorn your wedding cake, become buttonholes and will complete a seasonal bouquet. For table décor, they turn a standard centrepiece into a charming, rustic masterpiece and can be left natural or spray painted to fit your colour scheme. With so many falling from the trees during these months, it’s easy to collect as many as you need.
Crisp, multicoloured leaves are a beautiful addition to your autumn wedding decor. They can be used in their natural form, or sprayed to match your colour scheme. The skeleton leaves featured above are a light, delicate option, with a sheen that complements gold foil wedding stationery as part of your table settings.
Whether you are going for a Halloween theme in October, or you want to use their vivid colouring to brighten your decor, pumpkins are a fun addition to your wedding day. Line the aisle with these bulbous decorations, or add mini pumpkins to your table dressing. You could even light the way to your reception with romantically carved shapes.
15. Rose Gold
Rose gold foil is a stunning complement to the rich auburns and blues that can feature at this time of year. It offers a versatile basis for your stationery, looking equally elegant with ivory, blush pink or darker navy card. As it’s a colour that’s on trend at the moment, it’s easily applied to the rest of your decor too.
16. An Adaptable Venue
Many of our autumn wedding ideas combine an interior adorned with vibrant colours and some outdoor activities, like sitting around a bonfire sipping warm mulled cider. If these appeal for your big day, make sure you have a venue that can accommodate. Find out if they have an outdoor fire pit and look to see whether guests can access their woodland area. If the weather turns, many venues have backup plans. So, find out what that is and whether it’s suitable for your plans.
17. Woodland Wedding
If ever there was a time to get married in a forest, autumn is it. Seek out a countryside venue with a wooded area and serve a warm celebratory drink that guests can enjoy outside. The falling leaves and fiery coloured trees will make a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs.
18. Autumn Wedding Menu
Choosing your wedding breakfast menu is a fun part of the wedding planning process. Autumn’s cooler climate brings menus with warming dishes, like fresh carrot and parsnip soup or butternut squash risotto. During this season, printing our foil menus make our mouths water as they feature main courses with subtle spices, and apple crumbles laden with rich vanilla custard.
The peak of the UK’s blackberry picking season is in August, giving you plenty of time to stock up for your Autumn wedding. Jars filled with fruity jam and personalised with foil stickers offer a lovely idea for wedding favours. The rich colour of these fruits looks delightful as part of your cake decoration and table settings, plus they go perfectly with a navy and gold colour scheme.
Weddings on the 5th of November are crying out for at least a firecracker or two, and this season’s clear night skies mean fireworks are a treat whatever the date. Offer sparklers instead of confetti, or include a Catherine wheel as people sip champagne on the terrace. To mark the start of your evening celebration, invest in a full fireworks display and opt for cocktails with an added sparkle.
More Autumn Wedding Ideas
There are many other ways to create your dream day. For added inspiration, we’ve been putting together more of our favourite autumn wedding ideas over on Pinterest. It’s also worth checking out magazines, our gallery, and websites like How to I do have some beautiful seasonal wedding ideas on their blog too.
If you would like any further advice or guidance on autumn wedding stationery, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
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