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Top 10 Fall Wedding Color Schemes in 2016 : No Shrinking Violet, A Berry Good Day, More!

Listed below are the top 10 Fall Wedding Color Schemes in 2016.

Top 10 Fall Wedding Color Schemes:

1. No Shrinking Violet

Once the weather begins to cool, sunny summer shades take a backseat to rich, vibrant jewel tones, with purple leading the pack. The regal, elegant shade is generally flattering on all skin tones for your ‘maids, and is guy-friendly as well (deep purple pocket squares, anyone?), making it a real crowd pleaser.

The Bridal Party: Purple tones provide the perfect opportunity to mix and match. Choose a classic style to reflect the traditional elegance of the hue, like Dessy Collection 2943 and blend coordinating shades on the darker end of the spectrum, like concord, majestic, and tahiti.

The Rest: Mix pretty shades of purple, anchored by violet and blended with lighter dusty grape and pale lilac tones. As far as flowers go, let your purple blooms, such as calla lilies, anemones and hydrangeas, share the spotlight with cream-colored buds for a softer touch. Throw in some green throughout for a fresh, garden-inspired combination.

purples + violets fall wedding color palette


Nothing conjures images of picking fresh, ripe produce right off the vine on a cool, crisp fall day like rich berry tones. Recreate this nostalgic feel with shades of cranberry, mulberry, and raspberry.

The Bridal Party: For a monochromatic party, opt for a deep, velvety cranberry across the board, like Dessy Collection 2970 in burgundy. If you prefer to mix up your ‘maids, try blending in shades of dark purple with reddish undertones, like aubergine, or a neutral champagne hue like cameo for an eye-popping contrast.

The Rest: To avoid going into too-dark territory, balance the dark berry tones with a healthy dose of lightness, like deeply saturated red and purple blooms with cream-colored florals. Likewise, adorn your all-white wedding cake with fresh, whole berries for a pop of color.

rich berry fall wedding color palette

Tandem Tree Photography

3. Going Green

For the nature-loving couple, an emerald palette is the optimal choice. This combo is anchored by the decadent green shade, which is combined with lighter sage and ivory for an outdoorsy feel that’s seasonally appropriate just before the leaves begin to turn.

The Bridal Party: The bright green hue is a show-stopper on its own, so choose a simple, elegant style with easy movement and minimal details for your ‘maids, like the Alfred Sung D721 bridesmaid dress in emerald. For the truly eco-inspired, add a creative leaf crown as a nod to the season.

The Rest: Offset the eye-catching emerald accents with all-white floral arrangements that boast just the slightest hints of leafy greenery to complement the palette. To avoid looking like a St. Patrick’s Day nightmare, weave in lighter sage notes throughout the space as well. A pistachio macaron tower sounds like the perfect addition to your dessert table, don’t you think?

going green fall wedding color palette

Brian Bossany Photography

4. Juicy Fruit

Deep cranberry is lovely for fall, but it can be downright dark. For couples looking to add a bit of brightness to the traditional hue, citrusy orange shades offer the perfect amount of cheery color without stepping into full-on summer mode.

The Bridal Party: Orange is definitely not the new black, as it does little to flatter most skin tones, so stick to deep red for your gals. Choose a standout style like the After Six 6755 bridesmaid dress in claret, a bold hue that perfectly complements the audacious color palette.

The Rest: Mix bright orange blooms like calla lilies or chrysanthemums with an array of deep red buds. For added texture, mix some real cranberries or hybericum berries into bouquets and tablescapes. Further embrace the cranberry-and-orange theme with a citrus-spiked specialty cocktail with cranberry garnish, or get really creative and pin names to tiny tangerines for festive escort cards.

5. Something Blue

While shades of blue may conjure images of the sea and the sky at first thought, this palette dilutes the dark and light shades with neutral ivory, adding in metallic gold notes for a heavier, more seasonally appropriate ambiance.

The Bridal Party: To move away from summer territory, steer clear of sky-blue hues and start with dark navy, like After Six 6695 in midnight; weave in a dusty blue shade like larkspur if you’re opting for a mix-and-match party. To really kick things up a notch, pair with gold strappy sandals to carry the theme from head to toe.

The Rest: Lean heavily on ivory and gold throughout your tablescape – think gold-painted pinecones, metallic vases housing ivory flower arrangements and even gold flatware. Add deep blue accents throughout, like bouquets tied with navy ribbon and a white cake dripping with midnight blue sugar blooms.

6. Autumn Harvest

Falling leaves, decorative gourds, sweet caramel treats… Why not use these emblems of the season as your wedding inspiration? Shades of burnt sienna, autumn orange and ivory mingle seamlessly for a serious fall feel.

The Bridal Party: Veer less candy corn and more turning leaves with burnt orange gowns, like Social Bridesmaids 8138 in spice, a mouthwatering shade that conjures images of pumpkin pie.

The Rest: Weave in those aforementioned signs of the season, like decorative orange and white pumpkins, which can be scattered about as tablescape accents or hollowed out for a unique vase, and orange and brown leaves for a super cool (and Insta-worthy!) leaf wall.

autumn harvest fall wedding color palette

Spencer Combs Photography

7. Soft and Strong

Soft neutrals, like pale blue and cream, meet richly pigmented burgundy for a starkly beautiful contrast. The key here is to let the richer hue steal the spotlight, with the lighter shades serving as a demure backdrop.

The Bridal Party: Dress your best gal pals in monotone wine-colored frocks, like After Six 6751 in burgundy, to allow the deeper shade to truly shine. Let the guys have some fun, too, with merlot-hued bow ties!

The Rest: Avoid looking garish by keeping the blue tones dusty, not bright. Mix lightly tinted buds, like pale blue hydrangeas, with cream-colored and burgundy blooms for a subtle hint of color, and opt for small touches like elegant blue toile, which can be found on dishware, vases or even the cake.

8. Rustic Romance

Celebrate the fresh, colorful tones of early fall, when seasonal berries are in bloom and the greenery hasn’t yet turned, by mixing ripe cranberry, pale sage and ivory.

The Bridal Party: Embrace the bohemian aura of the color scheme with a relaxed fit gown in a light green hue, like Social Bridesmaids 8175 in celadon. (As a bonus, an ivory-and-green flower crown pairs perfectly!)

The Rest: A towering naked cake topped by colorful crimson blooms and muted greenery is the ideal representation of the palette’s rustic elegance. Be sure to add plenty of earthy touches around the space, like lush greenery, seasonal fruit-as-décor, like fresh apples, berries and pears, or even a wheat bouquet!

9. Un-Boring Beige

Like a warm blanket, soft neutrals ranging from cream and beige to chocolate wrap your space in cozy comfort. Dress up the muted tones with metallic accents of silver and gold for a fun, festive look.

The Bridal Party: Complement the muted tones with a matte chiffon knit in a neutral shade, like the easy, breezy Alfred Sung D726 in palomino, and dress it up with gold accessories.

The Rest: Have a little fun with the autumnal theme and scatter spray-painted pumpkins in ivory, silver, gold and bronze throughout. Carry the sumptuous earthy hues all the way to the dessert table with the ultimate fall comfort food – warm apple pie.

barely there fall wedding color palette

Purrington Photography

10. Pink Power

Let’s not forget every girl’s favorite – pink! Steer clear of summer’s brightly colored hues and opt for a dusty rose instead, with notes of deep marsala and rustic accents to bring the shades into the fall season.

The Bridal Party: Outfit your girls in the fête’s ladylike shade with a fun and flirty style like Dessy Collection 2844 in carnation.

The Rest: Mix dusty pink blooms with deep red blossoms, like burgundy peonies or dahlias, throughout your space. Sneak in a few earthy neutrals, like rustic wood and leafy green notes, to warm the palette.

perfectly pink fall wedding color palette

Though the temps outside are cooling, choose one of these fall wedding color schemes to help fill your big day with the comforts of the season and warm guests’ hearts.