10 Autumn Wedding Colour Palettes

Weyhey! It’s a new week! Hope you all are back renewed and refreshed after your long weekend, and ready for a new month of inspiration here on SBB. I certainly know I am ready to start a fresh page, with a pretty stressful week behind me. And what better way than with our new theme. This month, seeing as Autumn has finally started to Fall here in South Africa (see what I did there, huh huh?) I thought that it was the perfect time to focus on everything wonderful that the cooler months have to offer a bride and groom – everything from colours to fashion inspiration to a bit of sound advice. To kick things off, I thought I would round up some of my absolute favourite autumn wedding palettes from over the years. You’ll find the more traditional colour schemes here – the shades of autumn leaves that so many seasonal brides favour – but you’ll also find some fresh twists to inspire. Click on to find your favourite!

Top row (l-r): Bride; invitations {Ruby and Willow}; bouquet {Elizabeth Messina/Lisa Gorjestani}; chapel {Mario Testino for Vogue} | Row 2: Buds; bridesmaids {Sylvie Gil Photography/Kristi Amoroso}; leaf escort cards {What Shanni Saw} | Row 3: Cork heart; bride in cardigan {Kim & Niki, Photographers}; blackberry swizzle sticks {The Nichols Photography/The Nouveau Romantics}; fairy lights {Feather + Stone/The Little White Wedding Company}

Not only is this one a favourite autumn palette, it’s actually your all-time most viewed inspiration board! The dreamy mix of purple berry shades with mocha and taupe is the perfect cool weather mix. Just add fairy lights!

Top tow (l-r): Menu on mirror; bride & groom {Jose Villa Workshop/Lisa Vorce/Mindy Rice}; acorn boutonniere {Rustic White Photography/Mandy of Waiting on Martha, Inc./Lindsay Coletta} | Row 2: Dresses; table {jason + anna photography/Engaged & InspiredFloral Theory}; invitation suite {Little Bit Heart/KT Merry}; shoes {Matt Edge/Exquisit Event Specialists} | Row 3: Bride {Fiona Clair}; bridesmaids {Troy Grover Photographers/Coastyle Events}; grey watercolour cake {Clary Pfeiffer/Gingersnap Sweets & Such}; copper lanterns {Birds Of A Feather/La Boheme Events}

For a sophisticated look that still has a lot of warmth to it, turn to copper metallics and pair them with navy and grey. This would be amazing for a wineland wedding, transitioning the look from summer to autumn in style. And don’t forget that tiny touch of sparkle for extra zing!

Top row (l-r): Centrepiece {Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography/Poppies & Posies}; gold sparkly shoes {Tamiz Photography/Belle Destination Weddings and Events}; glitter names {Arrow & Apple}; peach and white lanterns {Lisa Lefkowitz/Rebecca Reategui Weddings & Special Events} | Row 2: Gold bridesmaids dresses {Tec Petaja/Bash, Please}; gold stationery {Jose Villa Photography/Kristeen LaBrot Events}; boho headpiece {Kym Ventola/Mignonne Handmade} | Row 3: Bouquet {Kari Crowe Photography/Kate Foley Designs}; table setting {Imagery Immaculate/Wedding Jeannie}; jelly shots {Martha Stewart}; outdoor tables {Stephen Karlisch/Meredith Commender}

Speaking of warmth, that’s what this board is all about. Mixed metallics leaning heavily towards the gold end of the spectrum, and lots of glitter and glow, supported by an organic take on traditional autumn colours – peach, scarlet and yellow.

Top row (l-r): Pomegranate escort cards {Duet Weddings/Lauren Ross}; brass candlesticks {Lani Elias/Ashley Nicole}; autumn bouquet {Kari Crowe Photography/Kate Foley Designs}; red bridesmaid dresses {Ruddock Photography/Bill Levkoff} | Row 2: Invitations {Lani Elias/Ashley Nicole}; pomegranate cocktails {Vela Images/On My Hand}; pomegranate cake {DianaMcGregor Photography/Timeless Love Events}; pomegranates {Debbie Lourens} | Row 3: Peach wedding dress {Sareh Nouri}; table setting {Catherine Marciniak/Style Perfect Weddings and Events}; roses in brass candleholder {Aralani Photography}

A similar palette to the last (because berry red and peach work so beautifully for autumn, don’t they?) but this time leaning more toward scarlet and with brass taking the lead over gold. It’s super-satisfyingly pretty, isn’t it? And it has a lovely touch of antique to suit any vintage-loving bride.

Top row (l-r): Aubergines and artichokes; bridesmaid dress; pashminas; oak barrel | Row 2: Radishes; calligraphy; produce; centrepiece | Row 3: Artichoke candle; shutters escort cards; calligraphy name tag; long table in cellar

This has actually always been one of my favourite boards – I just adore that mix of aubergine purple, radish red and artichoke green. Combine with some farm-to-table goodness and a touch of wood texturing, and you have elegantly rustic autumn goodness all over.

Top row (l-r): Mini white pumpkins; billy buttons in milk glass {Portobello Bride /ngg studios}; bridesmaids {Our Labor of Love}; beeswax candles | Row 2: Table setting with pumpkins and gourds; pumpkin vase; yellow letterpress invitation; yellow striped tie; forks on print fabric | Row 3: Sunflower bouquet {Dove Wedding Photography}; favour wraps; table setting with book pages; bride in yellow cardigan {Cameron Ingalls}

A couple of years ago, wedding world went a little bit mad for little white pumpkins, and you can see why, right? So cute. For a relaxed but still super pretty look that’s perfect for the change in season, I loved it combined with a sunshiney yellow, and denim blue, with just a touch of dove grey.

Top row (l-r): Groom’s shoes {Lacie Hansen Photography/Tamara Bolton}: invitation suite {Ceci New York/Elizabeth Messina}; settee {Gabe Aceves} | Row 2: Velvet bowties {Jen Huang Photography/Poppies & Posies}; menu with velvet ribbon {Elisa B Photography/Ribbons and Blue Birds}; navy velvet shoes | Row 3: Bouquet with velvet ribbon {Brosnan Photographic/Ruby and Bloom/The Bridal Lounge}; velvet bow hairpiece {Jose Villa/Boutaugh/Grey Likes Weddings}; escort cards {Jose Villa}; velvet suit {Jen Huang/Magnolia Rouge

Sometimes it’s all about texture, and this board gives a nod to the chillier days and nights with a sumptuous warm fabric, velvet. I just love the combination of dusky blue and rose, along with a punch of navy as a sophisticated anchor colour.

Top row (l-r): Milk & honeycomb {Sunday Suppers}; outdoor table {Aaron Delesie/Beth Helmstetter Events}; honey favours {This Love of Yours Photography/Engaged & Inspired}; wedding dress {Jane Allen Photography/Scout & Charm} | Row 2: Bridesmaids; daisy bouquet {Jemma Keech}; bee stationery {Brooke Boling/Lauren Ledbetter} | Row 3: Honey cake {Love Me Do Photography}; honey dipper favours {Brancoprata}; milk vases; bride with flower crown {Elizabeth Messina}

When is a colour scheme not really a colour scheme? When you focus on soft neutrals, like milky white, taupe and gingerbread and accent them for autumn with a golden glow of honey yellow. All natural, all beautiful.

Top row (l-r): Lilac dress {Elizabeth Messina/Joy Adaeze}; lilacs; red cocktails {Vanilla Bean Blog}; bridesmaids {Elizabeth Messina} | Row 2: Bouquet {Halberg Photographers/Kelly Oshiro Design}; door with heart lock; chocolates; table setting; calligraphy menu {Becca Borge/Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning} | Row 3: Bride in field of poppies {Easy Dreamer Photography/Romancing the Stone Styling}; lilac and red stationery; poppy bouquet

Berry shades are a great choice for autumn and winter weddings, and I love how this board takes them up a notch with bright poppy red and African violet, along with a softer lavender to balance them out. Isn’t there something just delicious about the way they work together?

Top row (l-r): Invitation {P: Stone Crandall Photography}; bouquet {}; pinecones in vase {P: SB Childs Photography; C: A Touch of Elegance}; bottles with fairy lights; rustic cake {P: Rebecca Hollis Photography; D: Romancing the Stone} | Row 2: Toffee apples; table number {P: Gideon Photography; D: Forevermore Events}; pine cone place cards; hot chocolate {P: Camilla Photography; D: Branches Floral} | Row 3: Bridesmaids {P: Michelle Turner; C: Maine Seasons Events}; bark votives; candles in mason jars {P: Chelle Paperie}; painted stones

Finally, there’s my take on the classic of burnt red, yellow and orange leaf shades (after all, it’s a classic for a reason). Add in metallics (gold and bronze) to keep it modern, and add sweet rustic elements like bark votives, pinecones and caramel apples served on ‘sticks’. Now that’s how to do an autumn wedding justice. Now all you need is a roaring fire… :)

Top image: Brandi Smyth Photography/Mandy Cathey/MD House via Style Me Pretty

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