Fall Wedding Colors: Rich Tones to Reflect the Changing Season

Five of the hottest colors for autumn weddings

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The majority of people who think about autumn weddings and fall wedding colors picture all of the typical hues of changing leaves. However, in addition to the common oranges and browns that look fantastic, there are a variety of other options, such as reds, purples and greens. These choices are stunning on their own or in combination with the traditional seasonal colors. The rich autumn color tones can be overwhelming when used in large quantities, so it is recommended that you limit your fall wedding color scheme to a maximum of three, with one being a dominant color and the other two used as complementary accents.

Outrageous Oranges

Orange is one of the most prevalent colors associated with fall and can be dramatic for a wedding when used correctly. This is a vibrant color and available in various shades from the palest peach to the brightest tangerine. Combinations that work well with orange are burgundy, bronze, brown and green. When using orange as the dominant color, try to use a variety of shadings and include complementary ones that do not clash. For example a bright green will be confusing to the eye, but a pale sage green would be lovely. Pale peach with a dark burgundy resembles a changing leaf and is beautiful for bouquets. Decorations such as table linens can be a soft orange with brown or burgundy napkins. Using white or cream dishes will break up the colors to avoid any clashing with a bright orange.

Rich Reds

Using deep red as your primary color evokes a fall atmosphere and can be used in large amounts without being overwhelming. Combine red with cream colors, tan, pale yellow or bronze to create the illusion of changing leaves. A reception table with a deep red table cover, bronze napkins, and cream colored plates provides a very elegant autumn feel.

Eggplant Purple

This is a gorgeous color to use as the dominant one in your autumn wedding color scheme. Use deep purple with complementary colors, such as cream, pale yellow, copper or gold. Or, for a vibrant color combination, use eggplant purple with a sunflower yellow or orange. This shade of deep purple looks gorgeous when used for an early evening wedding with a lot of candlelight or fairy lights to make the color glow with warmth.

Shades of Green

There are hundreds of options for using green, such as a dark green with cream and touches of eggplant for a classy and elegant look. Brighter greens work well also but should be used sparingly when combined with yellow and orange. One way to use green as your main color is to have a sage green table covering, cream napkins and plates, with centerpieces that have small amounts of eggplant or pale yellow.

Sophisticated Browns

Brown is a great fall wedding color because it is so easy to find coordinating hues that go well with it. For an elegant and classy autumn wedding, use chocolate brown for the table linens and as part of the centerpieces. For example, centerpieces could have a chocolate brown candle surrounded by cream, bronze or eggplant flowers, tulle or smaller votive candles. Lighter browns look fantastic with pale orange, yellow, white or green. When using brown it is best to go with one shade and use it in several different ways, but break it up with creams and/or pale colors.

No matter which dominant color you choose, there are many creative options for adding further details to your reception with wedding favors and place cards. You can fill a beautiful autumn leaf design favor box with candy in your color scheme. You can even create your own table decorations with items such as an inexpensive diy autumn centerpiece set. For even more ideas to spark your creativity, browse around the Fall Wedding favors and decorations category and have fun with your wedding planning.

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