22 Unique Ideas for Your Fall Engagement Party

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Photo: Sylvie Gil Photography

Celebrate falling in love with a seasonal event. These fun and pretty ideas are perfectly thematic.

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Anna Peters

Whether your partner popped the question in September, October, or November, or you're just waiting until then to throw your engagement party, fall is an incredible season for this pre-wedding party. The changing leaves offer gorgeous natural décor, and the cooler weather provides the perfect opportunity to fill your celebration with cozy details. Plus, there are a number of autumn holidays you can theme the occasion around. To prove the many benefits of a fall engagement party, we've rounded up a few of our favorite ideas for one.

Maybe you love the colors of fall: red, orange, and yellow, among others. If that's the case, let the gorgeous color schemes ahead inspire your event. Or maybe, you're obsessed with autumn's bounty—in that case, you're in luck, too. Pumpkins, seasonal flowers, and more are all featured in the coming slides. Perhaps you're drawn to fall because of the way it makes you feel, whether you associate it with happy family gatherings or toasty nights snuggled under soft blankets. Don't worry, we've also got suggestions that'll help you mimic that sense of intimacy.

Here, you'll find a collection of inspired ideas, all begging to be part of your fall engagement party. From invitations and decorations to food and attire, these ideas will make plannign your event a breeze. Our first tip? Choose a thematic venue, which will set the tone for you event from the very start. This small celebration took place beside a rustic farmhouse in Ebey's Landing, Washington. The autumnal location was only enhanced with Flowerfolk Design décor in a seasonal color palette.

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Apple Cider

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Torrey Fox

Toast to your "apple-y ever after" with apple cider. Hot, sparkling, spiked—any version works!

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Thematic Invitations

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Eva Marie Photography

Set the mood from the start with punny stationery like these "fall in love" party invitations by POPPYjack Shop.

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Cozy Details

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Sylvie Gil Photography

Fall is such a cozy season, so honor it with décor like candles, small tables, and an at-home setting. Kate Siegel Fine Events designed this setup, and Max Gill Design provided the rustic centerpiece.

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Fall Outfits

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Jose Villa

This soon-to-be bride celebrated fall's colors with a seasonal yellow dress. Meanwhile, her future groom embraced the weather with a stylish sweater. Take style cues from this chic couple at your event.

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Rustic Décor

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Judy Pak

If you love visiting your local farm's pumpkin patch, turn to its rustic décor for inspiration. Michelle Edgemont designed this party and decorated this wagon with burgundy mums and sugar pumpkins.

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Rustic Cake

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Davy Whitener Photography

A small, rustic cake works well for dessert. Use this one, baked by Wink by Erica, as your muse.

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Apple Cider Donuts

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Ivory + Bliss

Skip cake altogether (or supplement one) with another thematic dessert option: apple cider donuts. Unique Events of Iowa worked with Rapid Creek Cidery on this adorable display.

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Pumpkin Décor

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Billye Donya Photography

Pumpkins are an obvious choice, but the way you use them doesn't have to be. But First, Party! designed this tablescape using pastel and metallic Bonjour Fête party goods, plus squashes that were made to match the color scheme.

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Seasonal Menu

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Judy Pak

Take advantage of the season's bounty when deciding on your menu. At this celebration, A Thyme to Cook served all things butternut squash, including adorable butternut and apple soup shots. The offerings were displayed on a cute sign by Paper Tangent.

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Autumnal Details

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Lovisa Photo

Little details can make a big impact. Subtly nod to the season in as many ways as you'd like. Here, Pirouette Paper calligraphed "it's fall, y'all" onto centerpiece candles.

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Thanksgiving Theme

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Megan Welker Photography

Give thanks to your nearest and dearest by planning a holiday-themed party. This Beijos Events setup included a sweet "thankful" sign by The Duo Studio.

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Leaf Décor

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Michele Beckwith

Michele Beckwith decorated this beautiful chandelier with fall's most recognizable asset: colorful leaves.

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Lauren Carnes

If your event will take place outdoors—and in the evening, especially—you'll want to help everyone stay warm. At this party, on-palette blankets were stored in a basket with a Woods & Company sign that read "get cozy."

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Carmen Santorelli Photography

Warm everybody up with cups of joe—custom coffee art is optional but definitely unforgettable. Cappuccino Man hooked this event up.

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Seasonal Colors

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Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Duo

Red and orange aren't your only color scheme options. Try greenish yellows and purple-y pinks—both feel autumnal, as well. We're obsessed with how they were combined for this Lindsay Dean Weddings, Events and Design and PineStreet Floral tablescape.

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Caramel Apples

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Amber Kay Photography

Another fall sweet we love? Caramel apples, which made an appearance at this event.

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Fall Favors

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Jennifer Skog

Fall-themed favors are a welcome addition to any party. A favorite idea of ours? Seasonal booze. Guests went home from this Sutherland Distilling party with personal bottles of whiskey.

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Harvest Inspiration

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Tiffany Amber Photography

Here's another Thanksgiving-inspired idea: Decorate your tables with fresh produce, like All in the Detail Design did for this event.

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Hot Chocolate

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Abby Jiu Photography

Really, you can't go wrong with any warming beverage. Hot cocoa is always delicious—Bev-Rage ran this cart.

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Halloween Theme

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Jenn Emerling

If your party falls on (or somewhere near) October 31st, treat your invitees to a candy buffet as a nod to Halloween.

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Festive Dinnerware

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Kortney Boyett Photography

Autumnal red dishes popped on this rustic-meets-modern tablescape by Front Paige Events and Parie Designs.

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