Autumn Wedding Ideas: 20 Rustic Ideas for Your Big Day

With the changing leaves, crackling fires and anticipation of the holiday season ahead it’s easy to see why lots of couples opt for an autumn wedding. With delicious seasonal food, a glorious colour palette and plenty of fall decor inspiration take a look at our pick of the best autumn wedding ideas. 

Take Your Wedding Photos Outside

Make the most of the beautiful scenery – deep reds, amber and gold will bring your wedding photos to life. Try taking your wedding photos in the grounds of your venue, or look out for a local woodland scene. If you have a photographer ask them for their own autumn wedding ideas. 


Create an Autumn Menu

Go for some cosy crowd pleasers for your Autumn wedding menu, we’re thinking slow-cooked seasonal stews, warming soups and warming chilli. Autumn is a great time of year to utilise all the seasonal vegetables available, ask your venue to suggest some autumn wedding ideas for your menu. 

Serve Hot Chocolate

Whether it’s a warming hot chocolate upon arrival, or served at the end of the day when the evening gets chilly with marshmallows and cream, your guests will love this generous little rustic wedding idea.

Go for Gold

Warming shades of red, gold and amber are perfect for autumn wedding inspiration and what better way to decorate your venue than with an autumn inspired colour scheme. There are lots of pretty gold lights and table decorations available, from glittery candles to decorated pine cones and gold painted berries you’ll find lots of inspiration for your rustic wedding theme.

Swap Champagne for Mulled Wine

It’s never too early to serve mulled wine, and what better time than at your cosy autumn inspired wedding. If it’s a chilly day your guests will love the gesture and it gets everyone into the holiday spirit. 

Make an Autumnal Centrepiece

Create a pretty centrepiece using dried seasonal fruits, mini pumpkins, fairy lights and twining for the perfect rustic wedding table.

READ MORE: 50 Stunning DIY Wedding Centrepieces

Create a Cosy Atmosphere with Lanterns

Lighting lanterns and dotting them around your venue will create a cosy atmosphere, perfect for an autumn wedding and more affordable than lots of extra florals.

Use Fairy Lights

Nothing says cosy rustic wedding more than lots of twinkling fairy lights. Try wrapping them around your doorways, place them in vases and put some outside for an extra effect. Fairy lights always look special at this time of year, as the nights draw in and holiday season approaches. 

Choose Gold Bridesmaid Dresses

Gold doesn’t have to be garish – with so many pretty pale shades to choose from your bridesmaids will be right at home amidst your rustic wedding theme in their beautiful golden gowns. We adore this stunner from Allure Bridals, available in soft gold. 

Wrap Up in Style!

Your bridesmaids will love a snuggly wrap or shrug for your autumnal wedding. Perfect for chilly evenings and outdoor photos there are lots to choose from that will suit the wedding party. Take a look at the range of cover-ups and wraps available at BHLDN.

Go for Autumn Blooms

Lots of flowers are still in bloom for your Autumn wedding. From roses to anemone you will discover some beautiful delicate florals available in a range of pretty shades from pale peaches to rich reds. Try mixing in some dried flowers or gold accents if you want to go all-out with your autumn wedding idea.

Choose an Autumn Wedding Cake

Go for a rustic theme wedding cake, we love these naked cakes which look perfect topped with fruits and flowers. Try asking your florist to create a simple decoration to decorate your cake or look out for some simple dried fruit or edible flowers to scatter on each layer. 

Go Mad for Blackberries

The ultimate seasonal fruit! Blackberries are so versatile, whether you are inspired by their rich purple colour for your autumn wedding theme, you go for a blackberry based dessert, or blackberry jam wedding favours… you will find lots of blackberry-inspired options available for your rustic autumn wedding. 

Create a Cosy Outdoor Space

It might be getting cooler but your evening guests may want to head outside to enjoy the cool crisp evening. If your venue has an outdoor area try hanging some festoon lighting, set up a patio heater and a box of blankets and hats for extra cosiness. 

Think Bonfire Night!

We’re thinking toffee apples tied with a bow, sparklers, cinnamon buns and hot chestnuts for the perfect autumn evening treat for you guests. 

Cinnamon, Spice and All Things Nice

Give your guests something indulgent instead of the usual wedding favours try a cinnamon spiced candle or some handmade cinnamon and orange soaps, perfect for an autumn-inspired wedding.  

Hold Your Own Fireworks Display

It’s the season of fireworks so join the party and have your own firework display at the end of the night. If your guests will be heading outside ask your venue if they have a patio heater, and stock up on sparklers so everyone can join in the fun at your autumn inspired wedding. 

Decorate with Pumpkins

Seasonal and simple to create you can decorate each table at your rustic autumn wedding with pumpkins. You will find lots of different kinds available from mini pumpkins to white, gold and flower-filled, they provide the perfect seasonal centrepiece, place settings and decorations. 

Crackling Fires and Mood Lighting

Choose your venue carefully, consider the weather and think about fires and warmth. Does your wedding venue have a fireplace, a roaring fire upon arrival, or perhaps some cosy lighting options or outdoor heating? Take advantage of the darker days and seek out ways to create the perfect autumn wedding atmosphere.  

If you’re thinking about an Autumn wedding you will find lots of ways in which to make it cosy and special, especially as you’re not overly relying on the weather you can go all-out with the fairylights, candles and roaring fires. Take a look at our online wedding shop for lots more ways to get creative. 

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