Fall Outdoor Wedding Ideas: How to Plan Your Ceremony

If you can’t decide between a winter or summer wedding, fall is the perfect compromise. Not too hot or too cold, you can also move your ceremony outdoors and enjoy the crisp autumn air. From seasonal flowers to tasty desserts, these are a few of our favorite fall outdoor wedding ideas to make your day extra fun.

beautiful fall wedding ideas for your big day

Outdoor Seating

Fall is a great time to take advantage of the nice weather and have outdoor seating for both your ceremony and reception. Create your table settings and centerpieces with your wedding colors while adding a few seasonal touches such as gourds, apples and autumn leaves. You can also use hay bales or wooden chairs to add to the outdoor ambiance for your ceremony. 

Plan for Weather

While fall is known for its more temperate weather, it’s also good to have a backup plan in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on your wedding day. Outdoor space heaters and heat lamps can help keep your guests warm in the later hours when the sun goes down, or you can opt for a tent if you feel more comfortable. You can also have some throw blankets on hand as your wedding favors for extra warmth. 

Seasonal Flowers

Use your outdoor venue to its fullest by adding some fresh seasonal flowers to your decor. Dahlias and roses are two of our favorite in-bloom flowers during fall. Add them to your centerpieces or bouquet for some extra special floral arrangements. You can even combine all your favorites together to create a beautiful flower arch for when you say “I do”. 

Dessert Bar

As you get into the cooler hours of the day, a dessert bar is a great way to warm up your guests. A hot chocolate bar is a fun way to keep everyone warm and cozy with all the best garnishes like peppermint and cinnamon. You can even add some hot toddies for the adults. We recommend choosing some easy to grab desserts as well such as a donut tower, cupcakes or mini apple pies as well. 

Need some more fall wedding ideas inspiration to get you started? Check out some of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in Indianapolis for your special day!

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