Planning a fall wedding reception can be one of the most creative times for a couple. Matching your theme, using your wedding colors and showing your personality are all part of the fun. Read the Fall Wedding Reception Guide for ideas and tips to make your reception a fall spectacular.
Your chosen theme is the first place to look at for reception ideas. If you are planning a country harvest wedding, host the reception in your grandfather's big barn. Hay bale seating and woven baskets of flowers are perfect. Look around for antique milk cans, rusty pails and horseshoes to add country ambiance to all your decorations. If your plans are for a country inn surrounded by the changing leaves, gather those leaves for centerpiece additions. Candlelight will reflect off the dark paneling of a den and add a cozy feel to your sit down dinner reception.
Use your fall wedding color palette to maximum effect for the reception. Streamers come in every color under the rainbow. Colorful tissue papers, tucked inside clear glass vases, will anchor your table top decorations to your wedding color scheme. Maize not only supports a fall theme, but the ranges of colors in each ear make them easy to match to your more natural tones. Use the brighter colors from your wedding hues as accents or focal points for your outdoor garden wedding. Attach gladiola sprays to dark tree trunks with sky blue ribbons to line walkways or mark the edges of your outdoor dance floor.
Accessories are those details which can pull your decorations all together. Gourds and pumpkins are perfect for accenting corners, setting off major flower displays, and defining the bigger elements of a reception such as the dance floor. Silk leaf garland is available at most craft stores such as Michael's. Let it wind its way down the food table and head table. Tuck mini pumpkins, yellow gourds, cinnamon sticks, and your main wedding flower into the bends. Small rattan wreaths can be wired with wedding colored Christmas balls and seasonal fruits such as pears and apples for centerpieces or candle bases. Matte finishes on your accessories will give a more casual, county feel while shiny finishes will reflect candlelight and add sparkle for more formal receptions. Try combing both for varied texture and to add depth. Cornucopias will find homes on individual tables, on the buffet table or as bases for flower bouquets. Candles with fruit slices and spices embedded in the wax make great single item table top decorations. Small wooden cutouts of angels, butterflies, hearts and Celtic crosses are all readily available to support your theme. Hold an attendant party and get everybody painting these accessories while telling jokes. Attach these to flower arrangement ribbons, vine wreaths or vases. Wind them up with lights and silk garland for stairways, door arches and potted trees.
If you are just beginning the search for a fall reception site, look for locations which provide natural decorations. Mountain lodges overlooking the changing leaves, dark paneled mansions with fireplaces or county clubs with leather furnishings and gold tone accents will give your decorating plans a natural boost. If these types of venues are beyond your budget, look to botanical gardens and city parks to use Mother Nature's decorating plans. National and state parks offer gorgeous fall vistas and shelters for decorating.
Let your heart speak to you about the meaning fall carries for you. Then tap into that spirit to direct your fall reception decisions. Be creative and let your choices mirror your interests as a couple.