17 Fall Wedding Planning Tips from the Experts

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Event Design: Infinite Events Photo: Ann Marie Swift Photography

Even though it’s unseasonably warm in Los Angeles right now, we can’t help but want to cozy up and start going through all the gorgeous images of fall weddings from across the country. And for those of you just starting to plan your fall wedding…we are beyond jealous! Fall brides have so many gorgeous options to choose from as the weather starts to change. You can go classic with rich jewel tones or add an element of surprise with bright and bold hues.

Because there are so many amazing choices to choose from when it comes to fall weddings, we decided to ask some of our favorite wedding experts what they think will be big this fall and next. We. Can’t. Wait!

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Event Design: Bridal Bliss Photo: Ben Pigao Photography 

Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss:

“Be prepared for weather…and then embrace it! If it’s raining, rent fab umbrellas! Warm? Provide guests with water personalized for your wedding. Breezy? Design the reception with blankets hanging off each chair.”

Photography: Jodee Debes Photography. Coordinator: LVL Weddings & Events Venue: Walnut Grove Florist: Heavenly Blooms Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals Cake: Frost it Cakery

Jodee Debes of Jodee Debes Photography:

“Get creative with gem tones and bold colors throughout the day to tastefully include fall décor.”

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Event Design: d’Luxe Events Photo: Sachi Photo

Danielle Aspromatis of d’Luxe Events:

“Yummy seasonal treats for dessert or for favors! S’mores, hot chocolate bars, hot apple cider, maple syrup, candy apples….your guests will love these nostalgic treats of their youth!”

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Event Design: Cape Cod Celebrations Photo: Stacey Hedman Photography Floral: Patrice Milley Florals

Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations:

“We love foliage! Adding a touch of tasteful foliage to any fall wedding is a must. From pinecones to the beautiful reds, oranges or yellows in the changing leaves, you can bring in that touch without screaming fall!”

Photography: Susie Marie Photography

Susie Chappelear of Susie Marie Photography:

“The smallest details do not go unnoticed. Have your groom’s tie and boutonniere match the season, too!”

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Photography: ENV Photography Event Design: Feathered Arrow

Elizabeth van der Bij of ENV Photography:

“Rich colors are a must, pastels don’t suit autumn!”

Valarie Falvey of Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design:

“When we think of fall, we think of a cozy atmosphere with rustic influences. Incorporating wooden tables into your reception layout adds an amazing homey feel, not to mention that candles, flowers and greenery always stand out beautifully on them!”

NST Pictures:

“Fall weddings aren’t complete without a suit to match in color. Elizabeth & Ramesh hosted a beautiful fall Indian wedding at Priam Vineyards in September, complete with warm floral accents in orange, purple, and red. Dahlias and berries commanded attention in the bouquets, and in line with the fall theme, the groom wore a brown vest and bowtie underneath his grey suit jacket.” Watch the video below!

Euri Wong, Lead Designer at Bloominous:

“A favorite fall wedding trend that we’re seeing more and more is foregoing the traditional fall palette of reds, oranges and yellows. We love either going a really dramatic route with shades of deep reds and purples (dahlias are a must in this palette) and accented with bluish greenery like acacia. Another color option is to go super antique and incorporate warm butterscotch and caramel tones accented with pink and peach – creole carnations, quicksand and cappuccino roses, caramel antique garden roses accented with soft silvery greens like lamb’s ear, sage, and eucalyptus.”

Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb’s Photo: Jenny Maloney Photography Event Design: Erin McLean Events

Karen Greenoe of Lily Greenthumb’s:

“Every fall wedding needs a cozy detail…(faux) furs for the bridal party are just the ticket!”

Stationery: Momental Designs

Kristy Rice of Momental Designs:

“Our brides are loving rich pops of crimson in their color palettes, and so are we! It provides visual excitement especially when contrasted with more muted autumn tones.”

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Event Design: A Charming Fête. Photo: Jason Thomas Crocker Floral Design: Blooms by Plantscaping

Lisa Costin of A Charming Fête:

“Do something a little more unexpected than pumpkins and typical fall colors, instead aim for a deeper layered palette of burgundy, wine, pale marigold and wedgwood blue. Incorporate warm rich textures like velvet linens and metallic gold for a more luxe fall vibe. Fall doesn’t always have to mean rustic!”

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Event Design: A Good Affair, Wedding & Event Production Photo: Isaiah & Taylor Photography

Natalie Good of A Good Affair, Wedding & Event Production:

“A fun seasonal treat station will really get your guests in the fall spirit! Whether it be a hot chocolate or hot cider bar, candied apples or popcorn station, you will love this as an alternative (or addition) to a wedding cake and your guests will love a sweet little treat that captures the changing season!”

Renee Dalo of Moxie Bright Events:

“Fall is such a perfect season for weddings! One of the best things about fall is the opportunity to feature fall cuisine like pumpkin, butternut squash, turkey – all are welcome on fall menus! Also, serve your guests something unexpected, like sparkling apple cider as a pre-ceremony beverage or hot cocoa after dinner. Fall is a time to celebrate all its flavors!”

Event Design: Wild Heart Events Photo: Jake and Necia Photography Seating Chart: Sophia Loves Letters, Untamed Floral

Jaime Kostechko of Wild Heart Events:

“A seating chart that reflects the season is a must! Textiles reflecting the colors of the season add to your table decor. Plus, a candy apple bar is the latest in fall dessert trends!”

Photo: Palms and Pines Photography

Kari Dirksen of Feathered Arrow:

I often make suggestions to brides to incorporate fun little details for their guests that can elevate the experience and make guests feel cozy as temperatures drop a bit. For example, if the venue has a fireplace, turn it on and create a comfy lounge around it. Provide cocktails for your guests that make you think Fall, like a mulled cider or mulled wine. Lastly, providing some blankets for guests to wrap up in is always a nice detail plus it keeps guests there and dancing all night long.”

Event Design: Shi Shi Events Photo: Clayton Austin Photography Calligraphy: Butlers Pantry Calligraphy

Gina Jokilehto-Schigel of Shi Shi Events:

Anything with whiskey adds warmth; like this seating chart comprised of hand-lettered whiskey and bourbon bottles.”


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