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If you marry between the months of September and December, you are in luck: autumn offers a unique color palette, in a totally natural way.
Fall is a season of breathtaking displays as the old makes way for the new. This sentiment—and nature’s palette of deep reds and oranges—makes for a gorgeous wedding.
First up: What could be more romantic than saying “I do” beneath a tree? Bring the garden fantasy indoors with urns filled with arching pear branches; gold leaves here and there add a fairy-tale sheen. A cluster of lily of the valley secured with gold double-faced satin ribbon speaks the same language: nature’s beauty.
Shake things up with a dish that’s distinctive but doesn’t abandon traditional flavors: fall-foliage lasagna. The secret? Pasta colored with beet and carrot puree, and shaped with cookie cutters. Your caterer can incorporate these tricks into her recipe; we layered fresh ricotta cheese between beet and carrot pastas, which were cooked, then sauteed in—and drizzled with—a brown-butter and sage sauce. The combination is hard to, ahem, beet.
Golden Seating Card Display
Manzanita branches, with berry clusters attached, were sprayed gold and hung from ribbons. Threaded over them are wide ochre ribbons that hold calligraphed seating cards in place. The contrasting gold ribbon is anchored at intervals with fabric glue. Glittering millinery flowers add the final touch.
Dogwood Entryway Display
Decorate the entrance of your reception with a blooming branch.
Personalized Cake Topper
Celebrate your new name by crowning a simple cake with a sophisticated script initial covered with gilded trim. Complete the look by attaching matching braid to the tiers’ edges with dots of royal icing.
Wildflower Aisle Runner
Create an enchanting ceremony path by adding untamed posies to a wooden flower frame. Echo the look with an equally abundant bouquet. At the reception, recycle your makeshift garden into an escort card display.
Embossed-Velvet Leaf Ring Pillow
Embossed velvet leaves, made with a rubber stamp and an iron, dress up a silk ring pillow for a lasting impression.
Wooden Seating Cards
Show your ingrained sense of style with seating cards crafted from paper-thin wood veneer. These inexpensive sheets are pliable enough to fold and cut easily into delicate shapes; the elegant graining makes a distinctive canvas for calligraphy.
Warm up an autumn cocktail hour with a comforting, colorful shot of savory vegetable soup in eye-catching colors.
Ties in a Range of Fall Colors
Offer your fiance’s groomsmen a range of tie colors so they don’t look too matchy-matchy. Pick different shades in the same color family — from vibrant red to soft peach, for instance. That way the group appears coordinated, but each guy looks unique.
A Blossoming Backdrop
Beckon your guests to a bar adorned with a radiant floral garland, then stock the station with tempting libations and matching stirrers.
Bark Vase Centerpiece
Gloriosa lilies, passion vine, maple leaves, fresh herbs, and dahlias in bark-wrapped vases, along with mushrooms, local foliage, and other forest accents, have a bucolic look.
Mini Candied Apples
The diminutive scale of lady apples transforms a fall favorite into a dainty nibble; offer to guests on passed trays as a sweet-tart surprise at the cocktail hour.
Wheat Wreath Wedding Decoration
Wheat represents bounty and wealth; the horseshoe shape is good luck. Let this decoration work its powers at your ceremony or reception site.
Encased in inexpensive vessels, miniature violets take on a delightful “Alice in Wonderland” appeal. To assemble them, put the flowers in glass bowls, add a few pieces of plant charcoal at the roots (this will help them thrive), and press in fresh moss to conceal.
Wreath Escort-Card Display
Choose an array of golden autumn hues for the leaves of this wreath to create an undeniably fall display.
Fall Foliage Boutonnieres
Incorporate the shades and symbols of autumn into festive boutonnieres.
Fall Wedding Cake
Premade decorations dress up a wedding cake in an instant. Embellishments are crafted from gum paste or marzipan and painted with food-safe paint. Have your baker make a plain cake to use as a canvas for an assortment of adornments, which can be attached with royal icing. Piped trim at the base of each tier provides decoration.
A white-pumpkin shell becomes the vase for an arrangement of roses, daffodils, ranunculus, calla lilies, tulips, and hypericum berries in fall colors—yellows, peaches, and shades of orange. Smaller pumpkins and votive candles in orange-glass holders fill out the centerpiece.