If there’s one season that announces its arrival with color, it’s fall. As the days get shorter and colder, we take comfort in the richer, warmer hues observed in the natural world – just think of golden sunlight filtering through a canopy of foliage in mid-October! There’s an undeniable romance in the air that allures all the senses, so it’s no wonder fall is a popular time to get married in New York City. Cast through a gilded prism, this atmospheric beauty ushers a change in wedding color schemes used for floral decor. Summer’s airy pastels and crisp whites give way to autumn’s spiced reds, golden yellows, and moody jewel tones. Are you planning to say ‘I Do’ on a date between with the months of September and November and need to lock down your color aesthetic? To help get the ideas flowing, we rounded up gorgeous wedding color palettes that celebrate the fall season.
Cinnamon, Pumpkin + Caramel
No color combination captures the essence of fall more than cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel. Thinking beyond our favorite baked treats, this trio of shades translates beautifully to wedding decor, especially if you are drawn to an earthy garden aesthetic. Seasonal florals available in this spectrum include various types of roses, ranunculuses, and chrysanthemums. Complement the blooms with light greenery such as seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, gilded accents, and natural elements such as moss and birchwood.
Spiced Apricot + Sky Blue
Blue is definitely having a post-pandemic wedding moment right now, and we are happy to say that this unexpected floral hue is showing no signs of leaving anytime soon. For a fall wedding, consider pairing blue with a warm apricot (Juliet garden roses, chrysanthemums, and ranunculuses are available in this color) and fresh greenery. If you don’t want to commit to blue with your flowers, look for taper, linens, dinnerware, and glassware to bring a pop of color to the tablescape. (images via Rose + Thyme Floral, B.Loved, Style Me Pretty, Rock My Wedding)
Plum, Smokey Lavender + Sage
Fall takes a dramatic turn with the color trifecta of plum, smokey lavender, and sage. Ideal floral choices to express this scheme are amnesia roses, peonies, ranunculuses, and mums paired with greenery (and lots of it!) such as silver dollar eucalyptus, ivy, and Italian ruscus. Have your bridesmaids wear plum or deep mauve dresses – these shades are universally flattering on every skin tone.
Blush, Wheat + Ivory
We get it, lush autumnal colors aren’t for everyone. And if there is one thing about choosing wedding colors it’s that they should be an expression of your personal style. Blush, wheat, and ivory is a perfect color combination for those who desire a modern minimalist aesthetic with neutral tones. Ask your florist about roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and Phalaenospsis orchids – all are available in the faintest blush, crisp white, and ivory. For wheat-hued flower fillers, consider natural elements such as Pampas grass along with bleach and dried ruscus and eucalyptus leaves. (Images via Style Me Pretty, Weddings In Houston, Tweed Coast Weddings, Lauren E. Bliss Photography)
Berry Pink, Cream + Wine
There’s something captivating about the contrast between berry pink, cream and wine – it’s romantic and feminine with a hint of drama. This color combination is best expressed with florals that are distinctive and petal rich such as dahlias, kiera garden roses, spray roses, and ranunculuses. For added texture and dimension, incorporate fillers such as light pink astilbe, heather, and hypercium berries in combination with soft greenery such as dusty miller. Underscore the colors’ autumnal elegance with gold accents and warm candlelight.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from an autumn tree” ~Emily Brontë
The sights, the sounds, the scents – it’s impossible to fall under autumn’s blissful spell. To get married in fall is to commit to love during the most enchanted time of the year. Colors evoke feelings, making the memories that we will cherish for years to come. And when it comes to painting the wedding of your dreams, the season is an endless well of inspiration.