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Written by Leanne Smith Last updated: September 24, 2014
When I think of autumn, I see the gorgeous golden-bronze of forest trees and their bright blushes of red. There’s something magical about the falling of leaves and their crunching underfoot. The solitude of this season creates a naturally tranquil backdrop for an autumn woodland wedding theme.
Above, get the autumn look in the Confetti shop.
Autumn weddings are unmatched by any other for the season’s serenity and beauty, with its golden-bronze woodland leaves, its crisp, cool mornings and its late, warm sunsets. Take these as your colour palette inspiration! Autumnal colours are very rich with reds and browns and yellows, and with a touch of green to echo the leaves still clinging to summer. Add a dash of white or silver to hint at the coming winter. With all of these colours, you have endless possibilities for everything from decoration, stationery, to hair and makeup. (See more on Autumn Wedding Colour Trends for 2014.)
Autumn, being the season of holidays such as Halloween, is a goldmine for catering ideas from toffee apples and pumpkin pies, spiced cider and cinnamon rolls. Bowls of nuts or fruit or berries, dried or fresh, will look amazing as part of your table decorations or even as cute little wedding favours. For an autumn-inspired wedding cake, a carrot cake with decorative icing and glazed caramel will reflect your theme. Finish the look with a gorgeous cake topper; see our favourites below. And your wedding cake can be autumn-inspired too.
Above, a selection of autumn woodland wedding ornaments suitable as cake toppers and table decoration. Clockwise from the top-right: Porcelain Owl Pair Figurines Cake Topper | Contemporary Love Birds Cake Topper | White Glass Bottle Décor Set, as seen in our Autumn Wedding Décor DIY tutorial (Clear Decorating Glass Bottle Set also available) | Interlocking Bear Hug Cake Topper Figurine Set | “Perching” White Ceramic Birds
You can get some truly wonderful autumn wedding decoration, especially when you opt for an autumn woodland theme. Incorporate the theme into every aspect of your decoration—tableware, centrepieces, chair decorations, wedding favours, etc. The choice of flowers alone is exceptional with options like copper roses and hydrangeas (see lots of autumn wedding flower ideas in our article, Your Perfect Autumn Wedding Flowers), but you are not limited to flowers. You can also use pine cones painted gold or tipped with glitter, shaped vines and twigs, or even sheaves of wheat or lavender.
Above, a selection of woodland wedding decoration items from the Confetti shop. Clockwise from the top-left: Artificial Birch Tree Centrepiece | Miniature Natural Birch Wood Circle Slices and Craft Paper Twine | Natural Wood Buttons and Burlap Aisle Runner with Delicate Lace Borders | Hollow log alternative guest book decorated with Birch Wood Circle Slices, name tags, and Miniature Sitting Birds in White Ceramic
Halloween and Bonfire Night, both being part of autumn, offer tons of inspiration for your wedding decorations too. A Halloween-inspired wedding, for example, doesn’t mean you have to pull out the fake spiders and the cobwebs. Before all of the candy and the trick-or-treating it was a celebration called Samhain—a celebration of the harvest season coming to an end. Years ago, some people (namely Gaels and Celts) believed that October 31st was the day when the veil between our world and the next was thinnest. With this in mind, candles and their sweet or spicy scents look stunning in a dim room, tiered high on candelabras or small logs, or floating in bowls of coloured water. And soft, thin drapes of chiffon in pale gold or orange will look magnificent spilling from the walls, hanging from the ceiling or covering the tables.
Above, woodland wedding stationery and décor from Confetti’s shop. Clockwise from the left: Personalised Wood Veneer Deer Sign | Mini Wood Veneer Antler Embellishments | Miniature Faux Antler Stationery Card Holders
Wedding stationery, when paired with a woodland wedding theme, can really make a statement. As well as coming in the colour of your choice, you can add your own trims and accessories to give your stationery even more personality. Wrap your guests’ stationery packages in a length of ribbon or an artificial vine, or insert golden-brown autumn leaves in the envelopes. Or you could get creative with some DIY!
Above, a selection of woodland laser-embossed stationery. From the top: Woodland Pretty Laser Embossed Place Cards | Woodland Pretty Laser-Embossed Invitations and Accessory Cards with Personalisation
Laser cut stationery with tree or woodland decoration is the ideal design for your autumn woodland wedding, especially when done in shades of gold, yellow or bronze. If you can’t find the colour scheme you want though, you could insert coloured pieces of paper. As with our laser-embossed and die-cut stationery, the colour of your choice will be visible through trees and branches. You can really set the scene!
Above, A selection of stationery and stationery holders that are great for woodland weddings, or even Halloween! From the top: Faux Birch Log Card Holders and Laser Expressions Tree Silhouette with Owls Die-Cut Cards with Owl Silhouette in Tree Large Rectangular Tag tied with Striped Cotton Baker’s Twine and Burlap Wrap | Laser Expressions Branch Die-Cut Cards and Metal Leaf-Shaped Card Holders with Autumn Bronze Finish
There are many other ways to make an autumn wedding a success, especially with Confetti’s wonderful shop products on hand to inspire you. We have the perfect decoration, stationery and accessory ideas in our woodland theme, and even in rustic, garden or vintage!
Above, inspiration for woodland weddings with products from the Confetti shop. Clockwise from the top-left: Laser Expressions Leaf Folded Place Card | Leaf Wine Stopper in Gift Packaging | Stainless Lantern with Glass Panels | Lavender tied to a tree branch | Rustic Wood and Glass Box with Hinged Lid, Rustic Wood Pencils, Ceramic Love Bird Bottle Stopper with Gift Packaging and Love Birds Snowglobe | Small Metal Birdcage with Suspended Tealight Holder
Shake up your wedding themes if you want—an autumn wedding is defined by the traditional autumnal shades of gold and bronze and red, and the large red maple leaf has become something of a signature autumn symbol. So with the right colours, and the right accessories, you can have a stunning autumn wedding for any theme you want!
Read all our articles discussing autumn wedding ideas.