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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.


Wedding food stations, weddingbee.com

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!

DIY Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall Foliage, phillyburbs.com

The fall season is quickly coming to an end and with Halloween just around the corner you didn’t think I was going to let it all go by without a fun, creative pumpkin wedding project.  Did you?  Capture the spirit and color of the vibrant fall season with this DIY wedding pumpkin centerpiece.  I came across the image below in a oncewed.com forum, it is the perfect arrangement idea for a fall wedding at the height of the harvest season.

In season pumpkins are  cheap.  They are a fabulous inexpensive decor item and DIY project, pair one with silk wedding flowers for even more savings and a beautiful fall floral arrangement.  The pumpkin centerpiece featured today contains vibrant orange tiger lilies, soft orange roses, sunflowers accented by wheat stalks and greenery.

The flowers featured in the arrangement are such a great collection of what the season has to offer.  The world is truly alive in fall, vivid colors, beautiful temperatures, sights and smells to ignite the senses.  The tiger lilies and sunflowers capture the untamed spirit of fall; gorgeous wild flowers you’d find throughout nature.  The orange roses complement both flowers while adding a touch of elegance.  Accented by greenery and wheat stalks the whole arrangement is brought together.  The perfect addition for any fall wedding table.

Project Break Down

pumpkin wedding centerpiece, forums.oncewed.com



  1. To start you need to prep your pumpkin.  Whether you’re using a real or craft pumpkin cut off the lid, top of the pumpkin leaving a good size circumference for the floral arrangement.  If you are using a real pumpkin scoop and scrap the pulp and seeds out.  To help preserve the life of your real pumpkin rub vaseline in the inside of the pumpkin.
  2. Once the pumpkin is prepped, next prep your floral stems and sprays.  Using wire cutters trim and separate your flower stems and greenery so they will be easier to arrange.
  3. Now let’s get started.  Cut a rectangle out of the floral foam shape  and insert it into your pumpkin.  You can start arranging your centerpiece.  Start with the greenery so they will sit closer to the base and fill out the arrangement.  Then insert your selected stems to your liking, you may use the photo as a guide.
  4. Last are the finishing touches, wheat stalks and wisp of twig or grapevine.  Take 3-4 wheat stalks, keeping them at different lengths, loosely tied or bunch them together.  Then insert them at an angle threw the front center of the arrangement.  Shape some individual strains of twig or grapevine into arcs and inserted towards the back of  the arrangement.

Why it works

This pumpkin centerpiece would be a beautiful centerpiece however you arranged the flowers, what makes it unique and intriguing is the use of the wheat stalks and wisps of twigs arced toward the back.  It would be easy enough to trim and stick the individual wheat stalks standing upright throughout the arrangement, by creating a small bundle and inserting them at an angle through the side of the arrangement you are creating interest.

This centerpiece is unique because it is interesting to look at.  The stunning fall flower hues immediately catch your eye bringing your interested in, you take note of the creative angle used with the wheat stalks, while the wisps of twig or grapevine arc your view back to the whole arrangement.  It brings you full circle as you then realize the pumpkin is being used as the vase.  Genius, gorgeous the perfect fall wedding centerpiece capturing the beauty and spirit of the season.

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


  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


  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!