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DIY Fall Wedding Theme Ideas
Designing Your Own Autumn Ceremony & Reception
With all of the fall elements right at your fingertips, creating a fall-themed wedding will be easier than you think. Ive been to countless weddings of all shapes, sizes, and themes where Ive gathered a plethora of DIY wedding ideas. The best part of do-it-yourself weddings is that your guests will leave feeling as though they know you better. Before you know it, pieces of you will be sprinkled throughout your Fall-themed wedding.
Take your fall wedding theme all the way down the aisle. Find piles of fall-colored leaves and place them on the aisle and around the entire ceremony area. This will add color and depth to the aesthetics of your ceremony.
Halloween is a perfect holiday to grab ideas and themes that can add a fun element to your wedding. Pick out pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors and place them on tabletops at your reception, throughout the ceremony space, or both!
Invitations and Stationary
Get crafty! Make the most of your fall wedding theme and pick out paper, stamps, and card décor at your local stationary or stamp store. At these stores, gather ideas from the pros who can guide you when creating your design.
Keep those creative juices flowing and hand pick your own flower arrangements. Choose fall flowers, (roses, orchids, hydrangeas, tallow berries, lilies, and chrysanthemums to name a few), for your bridal bouquet, the bridesmaids' flowers, flower girl, and the groomsmen boutonnières.
Now that youve scratched the surface to create your very own fall themed wedding, look around you for even more fall wedding ideas. If you run out of ideas or inspiration take a step outside and use nature as your muse!
DIY Fall Wedding Table Decor
If you are planning to wed in the fall, you can use a variety of decorations to reflect the season. Use autumn symbols, such as leaves, and colors such as red, orange, brown and yellow, to create one-of-a-kind centerpieces and tabletop decor. Rustic touches, such as pumpkins and gourds, can be used on your table and serve as place settings or centerpieces. It's easy and inexpensive to create your own fall-themed table decor.
Depending on where you live, the colors of the season may vary. Many fall weddings use the traditional autumn colors of red, orange, yellow and brown. However, you may choose to use a different scheme to reflect the time of year. The Knot, one of the nation's leading wedding websites, recommends pairing gold and purple together for a fall wedding. When purchasing materials to make your centerpieces and table decor, pick a color scheme and buy all of the materials in the colors you plan to use.
If you want to use candles in place of flowers to decorate your tabletops, you can easily create candle centerpieces at home. Purchase colored ribbon in your desired fall colors, large and small votive holders, silk leaves and floral wire. Adhere colored ribbon around the top of the glass votive holders using a hot glue gun. Use different colored ribbon on the large and small holders. Measure and cut lengths of floral wire that are 1 inch longer than the circumference of each votive holder. Connect silk autumn leaves to each length of floral wire by twisting the wire around the base of each stem. The leaves should be 1/4 of an inch apart on the wire. Once all of the leaves have been attached to the floral wire, wrap the wire around the base of the votive holders. Use the hot glue gun to secure the leaves in place.
A candle centerpiece is appropriate for a nighttime reception and will add warmth to your tabletops and venue. Scented candles in seasonal smells such as cinnamon apple and pumpkin pie will complement the time of year.
Arranging the Tabletop
To arrange your fall-themed tabletop, lay down tablecloths. Alternate table colors so there is an even number of each. Set out dinnerware and napkins at each place setting, and place the centerpiece in the middle of each table. If you are using the candle centerpieces, place one large votive holder and two small votive holders on each table. Scatter silk autumn leaves around the center of the table as a finishing touch. Place candles into the votive holders.
Other Tabletop Options
You may also choose to incorporate rustic touches to your autumn tabletop decor, such as pumpkins and gourds. Miniature pumpkins can be used as part of your centerpiece, or can be labeled and put at each place setting to serve as a name card. Small gourds can be placed next to the votive holders.
Measure and cut sections of floral wire 3 1/2 feet long, and wrap the wire around the base of silk leaf stems. The leaves should be 1 inch apart on the floral wire. This will create a garland of autumn leaves. Wrap the garlands around the back of each chair to complete your autumn-themed table. You can incorporate autumn leaf garlands onto buffet tables, your head table, and card table if desired.
5 DIY Outdoor Fall Wedding Ideas on a Budget
Planning your outdoor fall wedding on a budget is easy when you do it yourself. Take advantage of what nature has given you by accenting it, and you'll create a fall wedding day that is both memorable and warming to your wedding guests. Take a look at the following 5 tips for choosing your location, theme, atmosphere, menu and decorations for your DIY outdoor fall wedding.
DIY Budget Outdoor Fall Wedding Ideas: Locations
The location for your fall wedding can have the lightest effect on your budget if you plan it right. If you live somewhere scenic and can take advantage of the changing leaves, all the better. A family home is a great place to have a small outdoor fall wedding. Failing that, if you have a place that is meaningful to you and your partner, consider asking the owner of the land if they would allow you to use a corner of it for your fall wedding day. State parks often won't mind if you set up your fall wedding on their land as long as you don't mind the stray passers-by or a small fee. Consider, too, an orchard, a local church, a pumpkin patch and other outdoor locations that are already quite decorated according to theme. No matter what the specifics of your location choice, an outdoor fall wedding is the ultimate in DIY budgeting.
DIY Budget Outdoor Fall Wedding Idea: Themes
If you want to keep your spending to a minimum, then making use of resources that are readily available makes the most sense. Think Halloween: gothic and mysterious, sheer veils and draping fabrics, dark colors. Or harvest: rich colors found in nature with a warm, welcoming feel, vegetables as centerpieces instead of flowers. A nature-themed fall wedding with a focus on the leaves themselves with leaf cakes and a hearty menu are also great ways to save money while utilizing the season in your DIY fall wedding theme.
DIY Budget Outdoor Fall Wedding Idea: Stay Warm
Depending upon where you are in the country, an outdoor fall wedding will require you to take the comfort of your wedding guests into consideration. Older and younger guests, especially, will appreciate it greatly if you make a patio heater available. Augment your harvest or Halloween-themed weddings with small attended bonfires or fire pits and make your guests' comfort a part of your fall wedding DIY décor.
And if you're the bride, don't forget to outfit yourself and your bridesmaids with an extra cape or stole if you opt for sleeveless or short-sleeved attire. Cashmere, hand knit items that you can make yourself with warm yarns or other lush fabrics can be the perfect touch to a DIY outdoor fall wedding.
DIY Budget Outdoor Fall Wedding Idea: Menu
Take advantage of the warm and comforting foods provided by nature in the autumn when planning your DIY outdoor fall wedding. Miniature pumpkins or gourds hollowed out and used as serving bowls or stuffed with appetizers are appealing to the eye and the stomach. Serve hot drinks while people are waiting for a main course of roast with carrots, potatoes and squash. For the main event, your wedding cake, opt for a spice cake with cream cheese frosting, hot cider with cinnamon sticks and hot cocoa to add a cozy feel to the fall outdoor wedding reception.
DIY Budget Outdoor Fall Wedding Idea: Decorations and Favors
Having an outdoor fall wedding means that the entire world is decorated in your wedding colors for your day. Maximize it! Choose wedding colors that are golden, scarlet, deep orange and accented with neutral beiges, browns and ivories when you decorate your fall wedding. Spray paint folding chairs with your autumn wedding colors or drape them in tulle or organza. Make your own confetti to sprinkle on the tables with appropriately-shaped hole punches from the craft store.
You could also choose to make your decorations-centerpieces and table décor-serve double duty as wedding favors for your guests. Seed packets in baskets with gardening tools or already growing seed plants complement a harvest-themed wedding. Tiny teapots full of tea and cocoa packets look pretty and are easy for your guests to take home.
The more personal and unique your favors, decorations, your location and theme, the menu and cake, the more fondly you and your wedding guests will look back upon your lovely outdoor fall wedding.
There are many DIY fall wedding ideas that will make your big day extra special. Fall weddings have unique charm, and DIY wedding ideas will amplified the personal feeling of your wedding. This article will provide you with several DIY fall wedding ideas.
Invitations are an integral part of your DIY fall wedding because they are the first part of your wedding your guests will see. There are many DIY ideas for fall weddings that are easy to create. Nature is a perfect fall theme for your wedding and using leaves to add DIY style to your invitations is easy.
Dried leaves can be used in a decoupage style to make unique invitations. Leaves can also be used to make prints by lightly dipping them in paint. Then lightly press the leaf to the front of the invitation like a stamp. Another nature idea for DIY weddings is using stamps shaped like vines, tree branches, and birds. These stamps make DIY wedding invitations easy to complete and one of a kind. Another DIY fall wedding idea uses scrapbook paper. Pumpkins, apples, pears, and squash are all reminiscent of fall. Cutting fruit and vegetable shapes out of scrapbook paper is a simple addition to your DIY fall wedding invite. Just glue the shapes in place and your invite will be beautifully decorated.
DIY fall wedding favors can come in a variety of styles. Homemade jams and jellies are popular and can be given in canning jars and personalized labels. Pickled fruits and vegetables are also nice canned wedding favors. Soup mixes custom mugs or bowls are another fun fall wedding favor that you can do yourself. More fall wedding favor ideas can be made using nature items. Customize a photo frame or album with leaves, pinecones, and acorns for a fall themed wedding favor idea. A bird's nest can be made using glue and nature items by simply twisting these items into a bowl shape. Fill this wedding favor with candy eggs and wrap the entire favor with tulle.
DIY projects always add that special touch to any wedding. A fall themed weddings provide you with so many beautiful nature items that will make your DIY wedding ideas extra special.