25 Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Fall We Can’t Get Enough Of

Get creative with these fall wedding ideas for the outdoor celebration of your dreams! See our favorite 25 wedding ideas inspired by autumn here.

By Monica Mercuri

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Fall is quickly replacing summer as the go-to wedding season of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. The crisp air brings along the jewel hues of fall foliage and changing leaves, making outdoor celebrations this time of year especially magical. This seasonal backdrop allows couples to take advantage of unique offerings in their fall bouquets, menus, wedding invitations, and more.

If you’re hosting a fall wedding at an outdoor wedding venue, there are plenty of seasonal touches you can incorporate in your wedding ceremony and reception. To help you start planning your own special day, we’ve organized a list of outdoor fall wedding ideas based on popular fall wedding themes.

Enchanted Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Fall

Create a sense of wonder and mystique at your wedding celebration this autumn with a fall wedding theme. You can use elements of nature like fall leaves, rustic decor, and a fall-inspired color palette to make your fairytale come to life with this woodland wedding theme. Dramatic entrances, rustic table designs, nature-inspired decorations, and outfit choices inspired by enchanted forests will make your wedding day unforgettable. You can even choose wedding invitation designs that complement a fall color scheme.

This whimsical wedding theme is straight out of a storybook setting. Through your wedding cake design, floral arrangement choices, and overall decorations, you’ll be able to create a stunning and memorable autumn wedding. Check out some of our favorite enchanted outdoor wedding ideas:

outdoor-wedding-ideas-for-fall-enchanted Melissa Millis | Meraki Wedding Photography | J Olson Weddings | Kelley Deal Photography

Intimate Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Fall

One of our favorite outdoor fall wedding ideas is to have a romantic gathering in the great outdoors. Fall is the perfect time of year to add cozy elements into your wedding day. As the temperature cools and the leaves change, take advantage of the fall brilliance and laid-back atmosphere the autumn harvest brings.

Comfortable furniture and warm blankets lets guests relax as they take in the hazy hues while furry companions add intimacy into your autumn wedding celebration. You can also step your fall decor up a notch with a seasonal “WOW” wedding experience such as a photo wall. Fall wedding decor will really highlight the fall season on your wedding day while also helping to set a romantic, rustic mood.

Whether you've secured a wedding venue in New Haven, CT or Nashville, TN, check out some of our favorite intimate and cozy wedding ideas for your outdoor fall ceremony and reception: outdoor-wedding-ideas-for-fall-intimate Ryan Ray Photo | Autumn Nicole Photo | Tori Kelner | Laura Matthews Photography

Rustic Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Fall

If you’re thinking of throwing an outdoor celebration during fall, consider a campground or farm wedding venue. Simplicity reigns supreme at rustic weddings, so embrace casual features that will inspire connection and communal experiences. You can help transport your guests back to “the good ole days” with lawn games, beer bars, campfires, and more.

Create memories that will last a lifetime with these rustic wedding ideas for your fall wedding:
Outdoor-Wedding-ideas-for-fall-rustic Lauren White Photography | Dear Darling Photography | Ryan Ray Photo | J Olson Weddings

Tropical Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Fall

Beach-inspired weddings aren’t just for summertime. You can embrace a taste of the islands at your outdoor fall wedding by blending a lush and green tropical palette with simple, rustic touches such as dried poms. Incorporating bohemian chic elements such as rattan furniture and flower crowns will also add whimsical fall vibes into your tropical celebration.

Check out some of our favorite fall-inspired tropical wedding ideas: outdoor-wedding-ideas-for-fall-tropical

Ashtyn Brooke Photography | Rachel Havel | Jonny Scott Photo | E.M. Anderson Photography

Festival Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Fall

A festival-style shindig ditches tradition in favor of laid-back creativity, making it the perfect outdoor celebration theme for couples who go against the grain.

Festival weddings embrace hippie counterculture and bohemian elements, such as macrame and rugs, to create unique guest experiences. Here are some of our favorite festival wedding ideas: outdoor-wedding-ideas-for-fall-festival Shutter Go Click Photography | Tori Kelner | Joe+Kathrina | J Olson Weddings

As with any outdoor event, you’ll want to have a backup plan for your outdoor rustic wedding in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Consider tent rentals or a wedding venue that also offers indoor options so the rain can’t spoil your day.

Are you ready to start planning your picturesque outdoor fall wedding celebration? These fall wedding ideas will help you get started. We’ve got you covered with this wedding checklist. Here at Zola, we’re here to help you every step of the way. On our site, you’ll find everything from a free wedding website to advice from the experts to help make planning your wedding a breeze.

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