20 Ways to Incorporate Autumn Leaves into Your Wedding

Just a couple of days into our autumn theme month, and I’m already absolutely loving these change of season details (which is just as well, because usually the end of summer just makes me sad!). One thing I love to do in wedding design is to add a little motif to the overall look – not a theme as such, just a little something that reflects the overall style and makes for memorable details. There are lots of autumn motifs, but the most obvious is fallen leaves, and since these are a great budget option (as well as a really beautiful one), I thought that’s where I would focus today. I found lots of pretty ideas for incorporating the leaves into your big day – some more obvious (but beautifully rendered) and others creative and unexpected. Pick the ones you love for your autumn celebration!
Image above: Petula Pea Photography via Fab You Bliss

1. Use gilded leaves as place cards

Images: Sweet Little Peanut/Becky Kimball/Studio Stems via Pottery Barn (left); Lulu the Baker via Say Yes (right)

2. Use leaves to line your aisle…

Image: Jules Morgan on SouthBound Bride

3. Or throw leaves instead of confetti

Images: Kristi Agier on SouthBound Bride (left); Morgan Trinker Photography/LSL Event Design via 100 Layer Cake (top right); Sarah Ainsworth Photography via Love and Lavender (bottom right)

4. Use a leaf & flower garland to pretty up your getaway

Image: Natalie Franke Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

5. Hang strings and swags of leaves at your reception

Images: Brklyn View Photography/Revel/Michelle Edgemont via Style Me Pretty

6. Have your bridal party throw autumn leaves for an adorable photo opp…

Image: lara hotz via Swoooned

7. Or include a leaf in your ring shot

Images: Melissa Tuck (left); Kylee Ann Photography (right)

8. Incorporate autumn leaves into your bouquet

Image: Melanie Duerkopp/Amanda O’Shannessy Creative via Green Wedding Shoes

9. Use fondant leaves to decorate your wedding cake

Images: Bellaria Cakes Design via Cakes Decor (left); The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery via Wedding Wire (right)

10. Pin a leaf boutonniere to your groom’s lapel

Image: Best Photography/Freshly Picked via Green Wedding Shoes

11. Use dried or paper leaves to make a wishing tree or guest book

Images: Autumn and Melinda Photography via Style Me Pretty (left); Kim Hawkins Photography via Rock ‘n Roll Bride (right)

12. Choose leaves as the perfect autumnal flower arch alternative

Image: Ramone Photography/Lasting Impressions Florists/J.L. Events via The Bridal Dish

13. Leaves make great escort cards

Images: Jean-Pierre Uys/The Aleit Group/Okasie via The Pretty Blog (left); J. Cota Photography via The Brides Cafe (top right); Danielle Nichol/Winey Blonde Events Co. via Southern Weddings (bottom right)

14. DIY a gorgeous ombre leaf photo backdrop

Image: Tom and Keidi/Ruie & Grace via Ruffled

15. Wear a leafy metallic crown

Images: AnnaMarguerite on Etsy (left); Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes (right)

16. Sprinkle leaves along your tables as a runner

Image: Craft and Couture

17. Add leaves to your mason jars or votives

Images: via Wedding Bee (left); All the Beautiful Things (right)

18. Pop an autumn leaf at every place setting

Image: French Larkspur via Postcards and Pretties

19. Stamp dried leaves and use as reserved signs for the ceremony

Images: The Little Caravan Photography via The Natural Wedding Company

20. Make a pretty little leaf crown for your pretty little attendants

Image: Lori Frederick via Clickin Moms



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