Fall Foliage and Fall Wedding Flower Arrangements

These past few weeks have seen the peak in this year’s fall foliage. Vibrant oranges, golds, crimsons mixed with natural elements.

The fall season is alive with inspiration.  Whether you area looking for wedding palette choices or ideas to incorporate natural elements into your wedding decor, look no further than out your window.

In the midst of the Autumn season a fall wedding can pull seasonal elements like pumpkins, gourds, leaves, branches, moss and berries to save on decor.  Silk wedding flowers are paired beautifully with these natural elements.  They also give you the flexibility of choosing any type of wedding flower no matter how late in the season.  Incorporating both items into your wedding decor can give you two ways to save on your decor budget.

Sunflowers are a beautiful rich floral choice that works well with natural fall elements and the vibrant fall color palette.  Used in bouquets, sunflowers carry and warmth and beauty of the fall season.  Brides can stand out with a full sunflower bouquet or mixed in with other seasonal favorites like dahlias, roses or wild flowers.

Afloral.com’s Sunflower and Pumpkin Arrangement

Afloral.com’s pumpkin, berry and sunflower arrangement can give you a touch of the sunflower’s warmth mixed with the bounty of fall elements.  This pre-arranged floral pot stands at 6.5″ tall and is under $8 a piece.  Rich golden sunflowers are mixed with lush seasonal green berries and an artificial pumpkin accented by changing foliage that ties together the whole arrangement’s color palette.

Use small pre-made wedding flower arrangements like these as accents around your reception or dress them up as centerpieces on reception tables.  Your bridal table may be accented with fuller arrangements or bridesmaid’s bouquets but smaller arrangements like the pumpkin, berry and sunflower pot will sit well on guest tables.  Add in twinkle lights and softly lit votive candles to set the romantic tone for a warm fall wedding.

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Fall Wedding Season: Top Picks

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Fall Recap

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year to get married.  Stunning foliage, rich colors and mild temperatures provide a picturesque backdrop.  Over the past two moths we’ve showcased a variety of fall wedding ideas from wedding themes, DIY wedding projects, inspiration boards, trends and how to videos.

Out of these two months I’ve chosen my top picks that best capture and showcase the fall season.

 

fall, barn wedding

Wedding Theme

Picking a favorite wedding theme was a tough decision from the sunflower wedding, rustic wedding, barn wedding and outdoor wedding each had so much going for them.  It came down to the barn wedding theme and the outdoor wedding theme.

Impart the barn wedding came out on top thanks to the fabulous inspiration photo’s from afloral.com’s fall photo shoot.  A barn wedding is easy and affordable to style and customize.  Decor items can be kept simple with attention paid to key details for the right wedding look.  Pick and mix inexpensive wedding details for a country wedding with all the fixin’s, a styled country chic or simply rustic barn wedding.

The outdoor wedding theme was a close second.  Fall might not be the first season selected for an outdoor wedding, but once you weigh what it has to offer it comes in as an immediate winner.  Brides are offered a variety of options, venue choices can run from an open meadow get away, local gems such as a state park or garden or a charming orchard.  Outdoor weddings provide beautiful backdrops for wedding day photos, they offer a dual setting for ceremony and reception, and they are the perfect fit for a few easy DIY wedding projects.

 

Inspiration Board

The fall season is alive, showcasing a beautiful array of rich, vibrant color.  Color can be found in the right flowers, decor items and even bride’s maid dresses.  Mindy started the season off right back in September, offering a glimpse of what fall had to offer in her Fall Wedding Colors Inspiration Board.  Fiery reds, spicy oranges highlighted a few wedding options with a country chic dahlia silk flower bouquet, persimmon bride’s maid dress, tiered cake, invitations and gorgeous handmade crystal earrings.

 

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Trend Alert

The fall menu guide post left our mouths watering for warm, rich and flavorful fall food while also hitting upon some of the hottest wedding food trends.  Go green while helping your local economy and your wedding budget by using in season local produce.  Eco-friendly food options are growing in popularity and are a must for modern, budget brides.  Down sized meal portions are a big trend that allow guests to have a taste of a variety of flavorful food while still being able to mingle throughout the reception.  Food stations are a huge hit mixing up your regular reception food choices with a soup bar, mac and cheese or baked potato station. Yum.

Once your menu is set the next thing in order is to have some fun.  From Mindy’s Fun Fall Wedding Ideas Post; give your wedding a modern spin, have fun, get funky and remember grown ups can have fun too.  Glitter and sparkle pumpkins, skip expensive tux rentals, serve some tasty childhood treats and don’t forget the games.

DIY Wedding Project

I hope you haven’t forgotten about our gorgeous dahlia fall centerpiece featured back in the beginning of September.  Well I sure haven’t, it’s my favorite fall DIY pick.  Easy, affordable and absolutely gorgeous a must for any fall DIY bride.  Rich, vibrant dahlias in orange and plum, burgundy are accented by a burst of green moss and neutral grapevine balls.  Assembly takes less than 5 minutes and a single centerpiece breaks down at a cost under $30.  I love it, you love it and of course your guests will love it.

 

Sunflower Wedding

How -To Video Top Pick

In case you didn’t already know afloral.com has it’s own youtube channel with great how-to wedding inspiration videos, breaking down step by step wedding projects from centerpieces, chairbacks to bouquets.  My top pick for the season is the cheerful sunflower centerpiece.  Jane shows you how to arrange beautiful silk sunflowers and daisies into simple centerpieces that will bring plenty of warmth and happiness to any wedding.

Thanks for stopping in, I hope you enjoyed all that fall had to offer and all that afloral.com had to offer this wedding season.  As we transition into the winter and the winter wedding season I hope you’ll be a regular stopping back.  Afloral.com has some stunning winter wedding inspiration around the corner.  Browse through the main site for new photos/ themes and a preview of whats to come!

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DIY Fall Chair Back Ideas

lavender wedding theme, featuring DIY chair backs

Are you looking to dress up your wedding venue?  Chair backs or chair covers can dress up any drab venue chair and provide a beautiful accent to your wedding decor.  They are an easy DIY wedding project and inexpensive decor item.

Here is part two of afloral.com’s fall DIY chair backs, featuring a romantic, rustic lavender chair back and a gorgeous, bold dahlia chair back.  From the ceremony to the reception.

Romantic Lavender

lavender chair back

Materials:

  1. From the ivory tulle bolt measure 1 – 1 1/2 yards of tulle.  (Measure the height of your chairs and where you’d like the tulle to fall for an exact length)  Off the bolt the tulle is folded in half, leave it this way.
  2. Gently drape the piece of tulle over the back of the chair, the top of the chair resting on the inside fold of the tulle.
  3. Measure 8-10 inches of chiffon ribbon, cut and set it aside.
  4. Going back to your draped tulle take each side of the tulle and fold it in at an angle to the center of the chair back.  Hold it together with one hand.
  5. With your other hand take your cut piece of ribbon, tie and knot and bow tie around the tulle your holding in place.
  6. The last step is adding the lavender pieces.  Take a small bundle of lavender, trim the stems by taking a few inches off with wire cutters.  Secure the bundle by wrapping it with floral wire.  Then slip the bundle into the bow tie you already tied, give it a little tug to hold everything in place and…..

Viola! a romantic, rustic lavender DIY chair back.  A fabulous accent for your bridal table, pair it with lavender and wheat bundle centerpieces for a beautiful reception table.

Gorgeous, Bold Dahlia

dahlia chair back

Materials:

  1. From the bolt of tulle measure and cut 1 – 1/2 yards of tulle.
  2. Fold the tulle in half length wise, remember it’s already folded in half width wise.  About 4 inches down from the top fold pinch the tulle together to make a poof.
  3. Next your going to take the jumbo dahlia stem and trim the length of the stem with wire cutters.  Lay it over where you are pinching the tulle.
  4. Secure the dahlia stem with floral wire.
  5. To finish the piece take a few loose strains of natural raffia and tie around the tulle and dahlia.  This will provide a great accent while also hiding the floral wire.

That’s it!  Attach your jumbo dahlia chair back to your ceremony or reception chairs with a piece of floral wire.  Give the tulle a few puffs and fan it out once it is attached to your chairs.  This is a great DIY chair back you will be able to prep before, saving you time the day of your wedding. Don’t forget about our DIY gorgeous dahlia centerpiece to bring the whole look together.

Simple, affordable DIY wedding projects with a big look.

Deal Breaker

Now I’m going to bring it home with the price.  Both chair backs total out at under $3 a piece.  The rice they’ll throw as you’re leaving your reception will cost you more than one of these chair backs.  You can make 26- 40 romantic lavender chair backs  for $2.50 a piece (using 40 yard bolt of tulle, 25 yards chiffon ribbon and 5- 6 bunches of dried lavender).  You can make 26-40 gorgeous dahlia chair backs for $2.75 a piece (using 40 yard bolt of tulle, natural raffia bunch, individual jumbo dahlia stems).

Another example of how DIY wedding projects can add style and savings to your wedding day.  With a few steps and affordable materials you’ll have guest pleasing DIY chair backs that will leave them talking.  Please keep the blushing to a minimum as your tell them all you did it yourself!

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Fall Barn Wedding Theme

fall, barn wedding

 

There is something about getting back to the simpler things in life, we are quickly reminded of what’s important.  What’s important on any wedding day are the bride and groom and the love they’ll pledge to one another.

Fall barn weddings are growing in popularity, a simple, casual setting that does not lack in charm.  Even celebrities are getting back to what’s important, as reported by celebrityweddingbuzz.com, bachelor star Andrew Fireston wed his actress wife in his family’s polebarn.  Country, casual with a rustic intimacy.

How do you get this charming, barn wedding look?

Keep it fresh and simple

silk wildflowers in mason jar

If you’re having a barn wedding the main statement piece is the barn.  Choose wedding decor items that will accent and not take away from it’s country charm.  In other words let the barn do the work for you; you’ll be able to save on time and money by keeping decor items simple.
Table linens in white or cream will create a simple, fresh look.  Add a pop of color with a table runner.  Or play up the country charm with vintage table clothes.  Another great cost saver, shop around at your local 2nd hand stores, flea markets or grandma’s attic.
Floral arrangements/ centerpieces can be kept simple as well.  Try loosely tied bunches of wildflowers.  They’ll fit right in with the decor and add a touch of color.

paper lanterns

Lighting can easily be an overlooked element in wedding planning.  And yet it is one of the most important details for a barn wedding.  Take a few tips from our DIY lighting post to get just the right look on your wedding day.  Using white twinkle lights are affordable and easy, string them from barn rafters for a soft, romantic touch of light.  Hanging lanterns are another affordable, easy and versatile choice for a more playful look.  And last but not least, votive candles will provide a soft accent to any barn decor.

 

 

Styled with details

fall leaves in galvanized container

We’ve kept it simple so far but this is where we are going to mix it up a bit.  The fun in having a barn wedding is in the details. You can pick and mix from a wide variety of country, rustic and barn decor items to fit your style.  Whether you’re having a barn wedding with all the fixin’s or just a few sides, here is your guide to great, inexpensive wedding details.

  • Barn items: galvanized buckets, ceramic jugs, rain barrels, burlap bags, saddles, barn equipment, tractor, hay bails, wooden signs/ vintage barn signs
  • Natural items: wildflowers, wheat stalks, leaves, moss, branches
  • Little details: clotheslines, clothespins, vintage table clothes, vintage/ colored vases, wood signs, twine, chalkboard signs, mason jars

wheat stalks

 

A barn wedding is easy and affordable to style and customize to your wedding theme.  By keeping it simple and paying attention to the right touches and details you can  design your perfect country, rustic or chic barn wedding.

All the photos used throughout this barn wedding post were taken during afloral.com’s fall wedding shoot.  Check out afloral.com’s wedding design ideas for a variety of styles from sunflower, rustic, to country chic and DIY projects to fit your fall, barn wedding.

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Fall Wedding Pictures

Fall weddings have such glorious colors that we’re surprised that it isn’t the most popular wedding season!  Take a peek at some of our favorite wedding pictures above.  See anything you like?  We do!! All of these fall wedding pictures have been taken of our products so if you see one that matches your wedding theme or colors and wonder what it is, give us a call or shoot us an email and we’d be happy to tell you what it is and how to find it.

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