The Perfect Wedding Color Schemes for Fall

By Becky Appleby-Sparrow

Autumn has become a popular season to get married, and for good reason. As days grow cooler, everyone starts thinking about pumpkin spice flavors, changing leaves, and, of course, cozy wedding color schemes for fall. Whether you're planning a fun, country wedding with burlap and mason jars or you want an elegant, rich, and sophisticated event, the color palette you choose will help set the tone.

Spring colors are soft and light, while summer welcomes bold and bright shades. However, they can't compare to fall, which embraces not only the deep and cozy palettes of jewel tones, but also the dusty, muted versions of spring and summer colors.

Here's how you can bring together your wedding color schemes for fall nuptials:

Brown, Taupe, and Champagne

While brown is a popular fall color, there is no reason for it to be drab. Lighter shades of taupe and champagne will enhance your wedding and keep colors sophisticated. Try champagne-colored bridesmaid dresses with brown sashes, brown suits for the groomsmen, and cream flowers in the bouquets.

Purple, Dusty Lavender, and Mauve

The autumn version of a spring palette uses darker, matte colors. Forgo spring's vibrant pastels for seasonal tones of dusty lavender and mauve.

Navy and Orange

A stylish way to embrace autumn is combining navy blue with deep orange. Using vibrant flowers such as orange begonias, zinnias, or roses against the bridesmaids' navy dresses will create a gorgeous statement.

Jewel Tones

Metals actually work as neutral colors, so they're perfect to pair with fall favorites such as burgundy or teal. Let the jewel tones take center stage by choosing red dresses paired with bouquets of red roses, dahlias, and calla lilies. Then, add accents in gold throughout your reception, or make it subtle by choosing copper dresses and adding jewel tones for that pop of color.

Red, Orange, and Peach

Orange is unquestionably a fall color, but when used alone, it can be a bit bright. Your bridesmaids might not love wearing orange dresses, so try adding red and peach to your palette to create a subtle monochromatic effect. This also gives you the chance to play up the warm tones while still using soft colors.

Sage, Pink, Plum, and Gray

Sage, a dusty green, is a great fall color that fits perfectly when you're using succulents in bouquets and decor. Sage pairs well with pink and gray for a pastel wedding theme, or with plum and gray for a deeper, jewel-toned wedding palette.

Yellow, Orange, and Red

This combination is one of the traditional wedding color schemes for fall. Embrace the season and use the most popular colors for your wedding. The key to making this work is avoiding vibrant versions of these colors. Choose deep tones—the darker, the better. Accent your burnt-orange dresses with golden-yellow sunflowers, then add some pops of dark red into your decor.

Use one of these wedding color schemes for fall, and you'll have a perfect palette when you say, "I do."


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