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November 15, 2021Best In Tents

An outdoor fall wedding is a dream come true for many couples. Crisp October temperatures and falling leaves create the perfect setting for a beautiful celebration.

Every couple is unique and their wedding should be too. From wedding decor and lighting to food and drink options, wedding planners have lots of outdoor fall wedding ideas to choose from. Here are 11 tips for organizing an unforgettable wedding day in fall.

Personalize Your Fall Decoration

Tips for an Outdoor Fall Wedding

Once you’ve decided on your wedding venue, it’s time to start having fun choosing the type of decoration you’d like to enhance the setting. Fortunately, an outdoor fall wedding gives you tons of options!

Dark teal and copper are trending wedding colors that will stand the test of time. Add pale gold and ivory metallics to elevate the palette.

Or take a cue from mother nature and decorate using hues of rust orange and sage. You can even add colorful leaves as part of your fall wedding decor.

Dress Up Outdoor Furniture

Give your outside fall wedding seating arrangements an upgrade by dressing them up with cushions and fabrics that complement your fall wedding decor. Adding bows will help to anchor the fabric and bring in even more color.

Add Decorative Lighting

Fall Wedding Lighting

When considering outdoor wedding ideas for fall, don’t forget about lighting. Lighting for an outdoor wedding can help set the mood for your celebration. String lights, candles, and lanterns will create a romantic ambiance that looks lovely in photographs.

Limit Time Outdoors

Since October can be chilly in the evenings, consider moving your outdoor wedding indoors after dark, especially if it's breezy. You definitely want to consider the comfort of your guests - after all, you want friends and family to have a good time too. Look for a venue with an easy flow from outdoors to indoors.

Serve Warm Drinks

Warm Drinks Party

Speaking of sipping cocktails, hot cider drinks are perfectly seasonal for an outdoor fall wedding. On your wedding day, the vows may warm your guests’ hearts, but a spiked cider will definitely warm their bellies. Skip the alcohol for the under 21 crowd, but for those old enough to imbibe, spiced rum or bourbon can be mixed for a tasty cider drink.

Make a Fire Pit

If you have your heart set on an outdoor autumn wedding, keep your guests warm with a fire pit. A fire pit isn’t always included in outdoor wedding planning tips, but it should be! A beautifully lit fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating creates a perfect space for guests to sip cocktails as they warm up.

Serve Comfort Food

Fall Wedding Food

At an outdoor wedding, it’s extra important to serve up warm and satisfying plates. We’ve all suffered through the usual bland options of chicken or fish, vegetable medley, and mashed potatoes. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they see a menu filled with comfort foods.

Instead of boring dinner rolls, opt for flaky, buttery homemade biscuits. And who doesn’t like slider burgers or pigs in a blanket? For dessert, add pie options along with the usual cake. After all, nothing tastes more like autumn than warm apple pie with a scoop of ice cream.

View The Forecast for Natural Light

Weather is an important factor in planning any event, but especially for outdoor weddings. Rain is only one of many considerations. Be sure to talk to your photographer about how much natural light you’ll need for perfect wedding pictures. Plan photo sessions for the time of day with the best natural light.

Clear Foliage Ahead of Time

Fall Wedding Venue

Getting married is stressful enough, so it’s important to plan ahead for the big day. Make sure to visit your wedding site ahead of time to clear brush, branches, and leaves so you have a tidy area to set up your tent and decorations. You’ll be glad to have one less thing to worry about on the big day.

Take Care of The Required Permits

For an outdoor wedding, you’ll need to make sure that you have the necessary permits to host your celebration. For example, if you’re planning a wedding in a scenic public park, you may need to reserve that space in advance. Even if you’re planning a wedding in your own backyard, you still should contact local officials to ensure that you follow regulations. 

Select a Good Tent

Fall Wedding Tent

The first thing to consider when choosing a tent for your wedding is how many guests you are expecting. Even if you don’t know the exact number of people, it’s a good idea to round up.

Once you’ve determined the size of tent you’ll need, you should think about the materials used to manufacture the product. No matter whether you choose a coated vinyl for extra protection from the elements, or a more economical laminated vinyl, you’ll want to ensure the material used to create it is high quality, or you might find yourself with a tent that doesn’t properly do what it’s supposed to do: shelter your guests.


Fall is a great time for a wedding. To make your celebration unforgettable, be sure to choose a high-quality and roomy awning. Contact us to learn more about our customizable tents and how we can help you create your dream wedding.

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Tony Ehrbar

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Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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