When it comes to flowers, summer will always reign supreme as far as availability and selection, but we can’t resist a good fall wedding bouquet or flower installation. The colors are often deeper, more dramatic, and look unbelievable against a backdrop of changing foliage. In the fall, you can skip the cliché peonies and go with something more original that celebrates the season—including the fruits and veggies that autumn is known for. Here are some of our favorite fall wedding floral trends that we’re seeing for 2019.
1. Foliage Only
The last few years it’s been all about embracing foliage-only in bouquets and reception decorations—and it looks like there’s no sign of this trend slowing down anytime soon. Having foliage-only bouquets or table decorations gives your wedding an earthy, natural look, and the green will still be a nice pop of color against your white wedding dress. Some popular varieties of foliage to incorporate into your wedding include eucalyptus, lamb’s ear, dusty miller, and jasmine vine.
2. Sustainable or Local Flowers
Sure, those orchids you had your eye on are beautiful, but they grow hundreds of miles away in South America and have to be shipped and delivered to your florist, which means a lot of fuel will be used just so you can have them in your wedding bouquet.
Whether you’re trying to ensure that your wedding is as eco-friendly as possible or you are simply interested in including local flowers in your ceremony, sustainable and locally sourced flowers are becoming increasingly popular. Talk to your florist about what’s available and going to be in season the month you’re tying the knot. Not only will you be going green, but you’ll also be showing off the colors and styles of your local area.
Dahlias add great texture and color to a bouquet or centerpiece, and they just so happen to be their loveliest in the fall months. Though they bloom in late summer, they are at their most striking shades in the fall due to the cool nights.
Sure, you may associate mums with high school football games and homecoming, but mums are the ultimate fall flower, and they are sure to be the star of the show at your fall wedding. Mums bloom in late summer/early fall and come in a wide variety of colors—from sunny yellow to crimson red.
Succulents are still very much having a moment in weddings. They can look great in a simple flowerpot on your reception tables (bonus: these make excellent wedding favors) or they can even look elegant in a bouquet or on a boutonnière.
Roses aren’t exactly a trend—they’re easily one of the most popular wedding flowers of all time—but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention them as one of the best flowers to use in the fall. You can find roses in all sorts of shades throughout the year, but in the fall you should embrace the purples, dark reds, and oranges that will give you a nice autumn color palette.
Is there anything that screams fall more than a sunflower? Big, sunny, and friendly, sunflowers look elegant standing alone in a bouquet or mixed in with foliage, roses, and dahlias for an eclectic look. Bonus:tThey’re sure to be an inexpensive choice for wedding flowers at this time of year.
8. Ornamental Kale
Kale is more than just a superfood—it can also look elegant when placed in a centerpiece or even a wedding bouquet. Ornamental kale gives interesting texture and color to wedding flowers, growing in vibrant shades of purple, green, and magenta.
9. Incorporating the Fall Harvest
In the fall it’s all about pumpkins, squash, wheat, and apples. Because they are widely available this time of year, it only makes sense to use them throughout your wedding decor. You’d be surprised at how elegant and understated an apple can look in a centerpiece—or how beautiful a pumpkin can mark the aisle of your ceremony. Wheat can also give a feather-y texture to a bouquet or a centerpiece, and add an unexpected element to your decor.
Drape-y and just a little bit dramatic, amaranthus are a good filler for bouquets, adding length and vibrant shades of deep purples or greens to your wedding day look.