Brides- and grooms-to-be who are getting married in the fall have the benefit of a practically built-in theme: it’s difficult to ignore the beauty of the season. This makes choosing a color scheme actually pretty easy. So much is plentiful in late summer and early fall — imagine the classic autumn image of the cornucopia filled with fruits and vegetables — that it makes sense to incorporate as much as you can into your wedding décor. Then add rich, warm accents for that cozy feel as the weather gets cooler.
While the on-trend “rustic” look is especially easy to accomplish in autumn (think of outdoor ceremonies and reception-ready barns), these tablescape ideas can be tailored to fit the feel you want, whether rustic, sleek, or somewhere in between.
Take advantage of what autumn has to offer by featuring in-season items in your tablescapes. Seasonal flowers, for example, are too pretty to be missed. Sunflowers are particularly fitting; they come in a range of warm autumnal hues from pale yellow to a deep reddish brown, and would look good on their own or in bouquets.
Take a cue from the cooler weather by using heavier fabrics to dress your table: a nubby burlap tablecloth would lend an earthy vibe to the table while creating a neutral backdrop for flowers and food. For a smaller dose of burlap, use it to wrap bundles of flatware or as a band around a vase of flowers.
For unexpected centerpieces, consider swapping tables’ floral arrangements — which can be very expensive — for something less traditional that you can find at the farmers’ market and that emphasizes the season’s harvest: small squashes and pumpkins are just as bright as flowers, and are often small enough to work as place-card holders. Or incorporate decorative bunches of lush, earthy kale or cabbage for vegetable centerpieces that echo end-of-summer harvests and work surprisingly well in floral arrangements or on their own.
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