Autumn is a magical time of year, especially here in the Midwest; we are spoiled with a riot of colorful tree foliage, farm fresh apple cider, corn stalks, chrysanthemums, cool evenings spent snuggling by the fire…what’s not to love? When it comes to planning a wedding in the fall, taking cues from Mother Nature is a good place to begin choosing a color palette and decor. Whether you prefer sultry, ultra romantic hues or softer, more subtle neutrals, here are five gorgeous nature-inspired color palettes that will help you fall even more in love with autumn weddings.
1. Pumpkin Spiced Latte
If using real pumpkins in your decor is too literal, create a pumpkin spiced latte-inspired wedding palette from variegated pumpkins, where colors can vary from pale creams to bright oranges or dark greens. Pair the brighter and darker colors with a medium neutral, like a cappuccino or caramel brown bridesmaid’s dress or beige groomsmen’s suit, to balance out your palette.
2. Soft Reds
Looking for a less traditional fall wedding palette? Find inspiration from the Japanese maple’s softer hues. Blush, rose, melon and salmon not only look stunning together, they create a palette suited for a unique daytime autumn wedding. To compliment this warm, nearly monochromatic palette, consider asking your bridesmaids to each wear a different color while the gents wear classic black, tan, or gray to create a striking bridal party.
3. Birch and Copper
Autumn weddings don’t always need to include bright oranges and reds. Consider copper-colored fallen leaves and birch trees for your autumn wedding palette inspiration. Striking a balance between feminine and masculine, this neutral color scheme of cream, taupe, copper, and gray is the perfect palette for urban weddings wanting to incorporate a touch of autumn. Tiny copper-painted leaves tucked amongst bare birch branches would make perfect tablescapes.
4. Sweater Weather
Reminiscent of a bright fall day, this color palette shines with sky blue, golden yellow, sage green, and chocolate brown. Though blue may not be the first color you consider when planning a fall wedding, softer shades used sparingly help balance out the warmth of the more typical yellows, greens, and browns of autumn. This palette would be ideal for an early fall wedding when the trees are just starting to turn and the grass is still green. Add sunflowers, hay bales, plaid blankets, and a campfire and you have yourself a party.
5. Floral Fiesta
Looking for a more colorful fall color palette? Look no further than the floral fiesta that is inspired by autumn chrysanthemums. White, pale lavender, bright purple, burnt orange, and maroon are only just a few of the colors of mums’ blooms. Not only are they in season and very hardy, these perennials are ultra-affordable at nearly every garden center throughout the Midwest and make stunning wedding florals.This preppy fall palette plays up the brightest of the blooms using kelly green, golden yellow, raspberry pink, and red-violet.