Fall Wedding Invitations That Will Get Your Guests Excited About Your Autumn Nuptials
Vibrant foliage, crisp air, and bountiful seasonal produce—it's easy to see why autumn is a favorite season for so many brides- and grooms-to-be. If you're tying the knot during the fall, one of the best ways to set the tone for your nuptials is to send out seasonally-inspired wedding invitations that tap into the time of year's best features. Even though your suite may be mailed in the middle or at the end of summer, a nod to fall will be a welcome surprise as your stationery items land in attendees' mailboxes.
One the simplest ways to imbue seasonal influences into your wedding? Color! The shades you choose for your invitations, and your event's overall design, are an easy way to visually communicate your aesthetic. Come fall, just look to the changing hues of the trees for palette inspiration. This season is bursting with color: burnt orange, soft chocolate brown, pale green, and vivid burgundy all work during this time of year, since they occur in nature during autumn.
Beyond color, you can add autumnal influences to your stationery suite by thoughtfully selecting non-paper materials. Soft leather, textured wood, and copper foil details all speak to the season. Ahead you'll see how one couple chose to engrave leather that was wrapped around the paper parts of their suite for a classic-meets-rustic look. For a more modern take on the season, consider the "paper" goods seen here: Yonder Design pressed flowers between sheets of acrylic for a contemporary, but natural invitation. The keepsake-meets-invitation, styled by Type A Society, was also a unique way to send guests a favor before the celebration even took place.
Let the fall-centric ideas ahead inspire your own autumnal suite; make sure to bookmark your favorites to share with your stationer.
Are you loving this design, but are uncertain about how to recreate it for your big day? Here's the secret: Tie That Binds blended autumnal colorways (mustard and shades of orange) with romantic, Victorian-inspired illustrations and motifs when creating the suite for this Birds of a Feather wedding. Feel free to keep your color palette seasonal while using other parts of your invitation, like the artwork you choose, to add another style or dimension to the look.
Threading a common motif throughout each element of your suite will ensure it looks cohesive. This Yonder Design set (which featured a fall-inspired burgundy-and-gold palette) included a custom crest on three parts of the design, resulting in a unified collection of stationery for this Sapphire Events celebration.
Fall-inspired stationery doesn't have to feel obvious. Let this more nuanced design inform the direction you take when brainstorming your invitations. For a Brannan Events wedding, The Brightline Studio was able to capture the essence of changing leaves and the varied colors seen during this time of year in a way that didn't feel literal, thanks to artful brush strokes.
More often than not, garden-inspired weddings transpire during the spring—but couples tying the knot during cooler months shouldn't shy away from the theme. Lush flower motifs ensured this Aerialist Press invitation felt distinctly garden-ready, while deep burgundy hues made the whole design appropriate for the second half of the year.
When it comes to invitation paper color, chances are you haven't thought about all your options. If you want a look that is out of the box, consider having your paper hand-dyed, as Plume Calligraphy did here. Tea-dyed paper, in a brown hue that fit the season, added an extra level of attention to detail in this Old World-inspired set.
Leather is a great option for fall, but kick things up a notch by embellishing the medium, as Brightline Studio did here. This chocolate brown material was emblazoned with a leaf design, hand painted in white—a subtle nod to the falling leaves of autumn.
Classic couples tying the knot between September 23 and December 21, this suite is for you. This duo eschewed a brown-centric palette in favor of a navy colorway. But greenery garland illustrations ensured the Shasta Bell suite still felt seasonal. While a lush floral illustration may feel out of place for an event that falls during this time of year (after all, peonies and the like aren't in season in November), berry and leaf artwork can add a touch of nature to the suite in a seasonally-appropriate way.
Selecting a color palette for your invitations (and your wedding as a whole, for that matter!) is arguably one of the toughest planning decisions you'll make. If you're feeling stuck, stick to tried-and-true combinations. After all, they're considered timeless for a reason. Case in point? Burgundy and gold, seen here on a Kara Anne suite for a Lauryn Prattes wedding, will always be standout hues this time of year.
Magenta and Raspberry
Worried a minimalist aesthetic doesn't lend itself well to autumnal designs? This subtle, organic Plume Calligraphy suite will make you reconsider your position. A wheat-inspired color palette set the tone, while twine accents added to the harvest vibe.
Creative Envelope Liner
The container you use to mail your invitations in is one area of a wedding suite where you should feel free to get creative. Here, a snow-capped mountainscape was a seasonal way to line the box mailer for this suite from The Idea Emporium (which invited guests to a Kaleb Norman James event). After all, snow is a common occurrence during autumn mountain weddings—and it's always a good idea to remind guests of that fact (they'll remember to dress accordingly!).
All the Details
Your fall venue is a great source of inspiration for your invites. After all, the suite is a guest's first peek into what to expect from your locale. This Yonder Design set was inspired by Colorado and featured subtle details to get attendees excited for the seasonal affair, planned by Pineapple Productions. Embossed leather, an antler motif, and unique patterns ensured the look stood out.
Varied shades of green can bring any suite right into autumn, as evidenced by this Dear Elouise iteration. Lush velvet ribbon (cool-weather weddings always benefit from a touch of texture), modern vellum, and a blind-embossed crest all added dimension to the timeless paper good design for this Charleston Bride event.
This suite's colorway is decidedly seasonal, but the real standout element? Flourished calligraphy. The free-flowing text added to the laid-back aesthetic of the whole Saffron Avenue suite. Pro tip: If you hope to incorporate calligraphy into your stationery, make sure to allow more time for the process, from design to the final product—calligraphy is a beautiful, but time-intensive art form!
It is always thoughtful to include a map of the area in your invitation, but the gesture is appreciated even more so in the fall. If your venue is pocketed with picturesque foliage, make sure to give guests an idea of where to experience the seasonal sights during their free time. This suite from Lucky Onion and Cast Calligraphy did just that.
Picking your invitations' focal point is a good way to start your stationery design process—you can build the rest of the look around that component. Here, a leather wrap was the star of the show and added soft texture to the autumnal design from Refine Studio.
A good wedding invitation sets the tone for the celebration to come, as this design did. One look at the Tina Smith Design suite, which featured Flourish calligraphy, and guests knew they were in for a refined destination event in mountainous wine country—thanks to merlot-hued envelopes, an illustrated map, and wine glass motifs.
Not all fall invites have to feature a brown-and-gold color palette. Need proof? This stationery collection from Amy Zhang featured a subtle color palette of dove gray on soft white paper. It still managed to feel woodsy and autumnal thanks to rough deckled edges and a leather string, which held the set together.
While they often make an appearance during winter, spruce and evergreen colorways work just as well during the fall. This October bride liked her PS Paper suite for three distinct reasons: "It's warm in color, offers an organic feel with its deckle edge and dark-green envelope, and it's eco-friendly and compostable."
Layers of die-cut mountains brought realistic depth to this dramatic east-west wedding invitation from Yonder Design. This stationery felt absolutely autumnal—but playing with the proportions of your paper is a creative idea to ensure your suite feels unique, whatever the season.
One surefire way to add the essence of fall to your invites: incorporate texture. Non-paper elements, like the wood panel used here, instantly add depth and an out-of-the-box feel to designs.
If you're looking for a classic, unequivocally fall suite, take a cue from this couple. The main card of their invitation, designed by Rebecca Rose Events, was made out of wood, an appropriate selection for their November nuptials in Asheville, North Carolina.
When it comes to perfecting your wedding invitation, there's more to it than the actual main invitation card—or booklet, in this case. To reinforce the autumnal look of the burgundy velvet book, a paper box mailer and vintage stamps in coordinating hues added cohesiveness to the seasonal design. The Idea Emporium and Isidore Augustine were responsible for this creative set.
Searching for a subtle, but nuanced design that still fits the season? Look no further than this paper set. White invitations with pale letterpress text invited guests to this wedding, the suite also offered a subtle nod to couple's venue, Holman Ranch. "We love nature and trees, so Heart Paper Soul adapted a picture of the Holman Ranch tree in a subtle and natural green and cream," says the couple.