2018 Fall Wedding Trends


Some of us aren’t quite ready to let go of summer yet, but for event pros, the transition to fall is more than just that first pumpkin spice latte order and then changing leaves. With the spike in popularity for autumn weddings, the rule book on fall trends is being rewritten. Those in the industry know how to capture the ambiance of the season without being cheesy or relying on holiday décor. These forward-thinking experts are sharing their tips and predictions for this year’s fall event trends. 

 Industrial is In, Rose Gold Out 


Danielle Gonzalez of Blooms By The Box predicts a shift away from the too-trendy rose gold accents. “Copper is a much more timeless metallic that we foresee being used at weddings this fall. Imagine industrial copper pipes draped with garlands and copper compote centerpieces filled with soft florals!” This mixture of feminine and masculine elements has notably become one of the top trends of the year thus far. 

When considering table settings and design, Brittny Drye of Love Inc. agrees that rose gold is on the way out. “Matte flatware is also starting to replace the rose gold that has reigned supreme,” she says of the gorgeous alternative. This matte concept complements the industrial vibe extremely well. 


Otherworldly Influences 


We’re not talking aliens or astrology. Fall weather evokes a moody feeling, and Amy Abbott from Amy Abbott Events speaks to this with her prediction. “Celestial influences in jewel tones will appear in a variety of ways, from fabrics to centerpieces,” she notes, adding that mixologists making custom, handcrafted cocktails in trendy glassware would pair beautifully. 


“Trending from the celestial vibe that ruled spring 2018 inspiration, iridescent details are being spotted in all types of elements throughout wedding decor, from stationery and cakes to place settings and even dresses,” Drye continues. 


The event’s aura may include crystals to really accessorize and amp up an already-luxe décor, says Gonzalez. “Known for cultivating positive energy and spreading good vibes, it’s no surprise that couples want to incorporate crystals into their wedding!” 


Experiential is Here to Stay 


Couples and guests alike want the immersive interactive experience. Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services knows that entertainment is key. “Couples now are hiring unusual entertainment for their wedding – slow-mo booths, cigar rolling, themed entertainment during cocktail hour, etc. We actually had a bride who hired an Elvis impersonator to perform during dinner because she decided on a ‘50s themed wedding!” 


Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events seconds this, saying, “We’re seeing a heavy focus on custom builds including bars, décor walls and dividers, signage and lighting.” Personalized marquee lighting paired with interactive bar setups is a creative way to wow guests. 


Seasonal Color Palettes 


Say sayonara to summery pastels and blush colors. Deep, moody palettes are the focus according to Audrey Isaac from 100 Candles. “Draw inspiration from color palettes synonymous with the season itself. From rich orange and deep merlots to a creamy yellow, these will inspire the feeling of the season. These colors can be found in so many different décor options to fit your style. For example, forgo the traditional white candles and opt for tapers in rich hues paired with metallic holders.” 


Natural elements like greenery and wood are always a yes when going for a Pinterest-worthy design scape. “While this can be used for any season, we are finding greenery tones heavily in our fall weddings. In addition, we are playing with burgundies added to white and green,” chimes in Jacqueline Hill of Jacqueline Events & Design. 


All in all, fall is an amazing time to shy away from the sometimes-repetitive trends that summer weddings can bring. Let the transition begin! 

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.

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