Fall Wedding Ideas
Let's be honest, fall is a magical time of year for a wedding and our minds are bursting with fall wedding ideas. The yellows, reds, and oranges show up in style that time of year, not to mention the pumpkin spice lattes are ordered on the daily. Autumn offers the best time for those jewel-tone colors, cooler sweater weather, and the opportunity to get your cozy on.
If you're looking for fall wedding ideas, we have everything from floral decor ideas, the classiest ways to incorporate pumpkins, and even Montana wedding venues with all the fall vibes. Whether you're looking for elegant fall wedding ideas, rustic fall wedding ideas or holiday ideas, we're here to inspire every kind of couple.
Fall Wedding Ideas for Decor
DARK AND MOODY TABLESCAPE
If you're looking for the festive vibe, add in the jewel tone water goblets and Montana pinecones. Did you know that pinecones are not only Montana locals, but they also make for festive table centerpieces.
To have and to hold, in case you get cold. That's the motto for all Montana fall weddings. Average September temperatures can be as high as mid 60's and sunny, all the way down to mid 40's as lows. Locally made blankets make for really great wedding favors for your guests, and they're practical! For the best locally made throw blankets, check out the Gift Corral. Our personal favorite is the Canyon Silver Throw Blanket.
For our contemporary, minimalist wedding couples out there, dried flowers are a new trend to watch out for. Not only are they often more cost effective, but they elevate every fall wedding. Imagine, gorgeous jewel tones of the perfect fall wedding scattered with bleached ferns and grasses, delicately painted plumosa ferns and geometric palm fans. Another plus of dried flowers is that you have a gorgeous dried bouquet to keep for life. Pro Tip: nobody in Montana does it better than Agile Goat Flower Farm.
JEWEL-TONE COLOR SCHEME
Need we say more?? Jewel-tones look so great in the fall because the colors pop off the background when the leaves are turning those golden colors. Photography nerd alert there. But in all seriousness, the best way to rock the fall wedding ideas is to take advantage of those colors. Don't forget, if you can't pick a favorite, you don't have to! You can have your wedding party rock a mismatched assortment of burgundy, mustard, emerald, and sapphire. Check out this real Montana wedding at Dunrovin Ranch.
STRING LIGHTS AND FURNITURE
Nothing screams fall wedding ideas more than string lights and cozy lounge furniture. Give your guests a space to get cozy with velvet armchairs and comfortable vintage couches. The best rental companies in Montana are Empress Tents Events (Whitefish/Kalispell), Montana Party Time (Missoula), and Montana Party Rentals (Bozeman/Big Sky). They can definitely supply you the twinkle lights too. Because. Twinkle lights.
Pro tip: if you're having an elegant tent wedding, be sure to opt for the space heaters. You'll thank us later.
ROCK THAT BURGUNDY COLOR PALETTE
Say what you want about the pastel colors, but the burgundy color palette is one of our favorite fall wedding ideas. It's sophisticated, it's classic, and everybody looks great in it. Check out how this couple rocked the burgundy in this real fall Montana wedding.
Customizing your wedding escort cards is always fun, but this time of year, you have the excuse to use little pumpkins. Insert socially acceptable freakout here. One look at a white little pumpkin painted with your new family initials or guest names, proves that a fall wedding is the best idea you've ever had. Our favorite Montana wedding calligrapher is Catherine of Joyful Juniper Creative. She even hosts workshops so you and your bride tribe could get out and do some fun fall activities!
LEAVES FOR RECESSIONAL
Swap out the traditional confetti for colored autumn leaves as you party down the aisle. Your guests can toss these colorful fall leaves as you take your first steps as MARRIED people. There's nothing sweeter, or more environmentally friendly!
NAKED CAKE WITH DARK ACCENTS
You had us at "cake." Don't leave the sweet treats out of your fall wedding ideas. If you're interested in an unexpected twist on a traditional wedding cake, add in those dark flowers. Don't be afraid to add in some color with your jewel tones too.
NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE
Yes, we're used to seeing those dark and moody colors in the fall, but sweet neutral colors work really great too. There's something so timeless about an airy, neutral color scheme that allows the fall foliage to pop. As far as fall wedding ideas go, this one might not be one you were considering! If your wedding style is minimalist and contemporary, you'll want to hedge toward neutral. Here's a fall minimalist wedding at White Raven you won't want to miss.
SEASONAL CEREMONY ARCH
You can add fall touches to your Montana wedding by adding greenery, burgundy blooms, and dried flowers. Whether if it's the outdoor ceremony with the mountains exploding in the background (see our favorite Montana Wedding Venues) or the cozy indoor ceremony, make your arch the focal point. The Mission Mountains behind Sky Ridge Ranch makes for the perfect fall backdrop. Photographers like us (heeey!) also really love their aspen grove for photos. Dreamy fall vibes, table for two!
Our Favorite Fall Vibe Montana Wedding Venues
Montana fall weddings aren't just trendy, they're a way of life. In order to achieve the fall wedding look from top to bottom, we suggest starting with the perfect venue. We're here to bring you the very best Montana fall wedding venues. In case you need the full tea on our Top 50 Montana Wedding Venues, grab a glass of wine and buckle up. We gottchu covered.
WHITE RAVEN, MISSOULA
A sophisticated hideaway on top of a hill, White Raven is carved into mountains overlooking the Clark Fork river. The Venue can accommodate up to 125 guests and gives couples the opportunity to utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces. Hold your celebrations indoors under their high ceiling ballroom with large picturesque windows that showcase stunning views of the Montana hills or take your party outside under the lights and stars to the patio complete with outdoor bar and stone slab dance floor. A modern and elegant on site cabin can be rented for overnight accommodations.
Words can't express our love for White Raven. See a few of our favorite White Raven Weddings:
SNOWLINE ACRES, KALISPELL
The gorgeous, modern, white barn is the perfect place for an indoor event. The views from the ceremony site are absolutely stunning. Your reception space can be a private, bright party with the large wrap around patio looking right at the Swan Mountain Range. Snowline Acres is located just 12 minutes from the Glacier International Airport with plenty of accommodations nearby for out of town guests. Glacier National Park is just 30 minutes away.
Pro tip: when you're choosing a venue, take note of who runs it. The staff at Snowline Acres are impeccable and you couldn't ask for better people to work with. You'll be in close contact with them and they're always responsive.
FOSTER CREEK FARM, BOZEMAN
Foster Creek Farm sits on acres of land with gorgeous mountain views. The modern white barn with window wall makes this barn venue much more than “just” a barn. Glamping tents are available on site for adventurous guest accommodation. There are two estate houses on the property that can fit 11 guests in one and 11 guests in the other, making these the perfect places for wedding party and family accommodations. Of all the wedding venues near Bozeman, Foster Creek can offer a unique wedding experience.
STAR MEADOWS BARN, BOZEMAN
A new wedding venue in Bozeman, the Star Meadows Barn is the perfect barn setting for a Montana fall wedding. One of the best fall wedding ideas is to choose a barn for your wedding venue. Star Meadows has two stories for you and your guests to take advantage of and it's the perfect place for an indoor ceremony. You can make it a full fall weekend with your guests, as they rent the full property for the entire weekend. You can even use their rustic farm-style wood tables and wood benches up to 120 people.
Planning a Montana fall wedding? You've clearly chosen the best season and we can officially be besties! Contact us now to book your wedding photography with us and we'll rock those fall vibes together! Excuse me, while I go get a pumpkin spice latte!