Wedding Flowers: Fall 2010 Trends & Inspiration

Spring and summer are almost synonymous with beautiful, fresh, brightly colored flowers. When the season of fall comes blowing in, choosing just the right blooms may take a bit more thought, but your choices are equally vibrant and striking. Here are some ideas and photo inspiration to get you started!



feature image: From-You Flowers, chrysanthemums, daisies, pitta negra accented with preserved oak leaves.


Rich colors: Proclaim the end of summer with the deep, dramatic shades of autumn- burnt orange, deep crimson, chocolate brown, forest green. and pair them with unexpected colors like eggplant, turquoise, and metallics. Here are some favorite fall flowers:

  • poppies with dark centers
  • elegant dahlias in red, orange, and plum
  • deep crimson calla lilies
  • roses such as Black Magic (dark burgandy) or Terra Cotta (burnt orange)
  • antique hydrangeas in greens and purples
  • iris in amethyst hues
  • fiery montbretia in bright red and gold

‘Orange Unique,’ ‘Leonidas,’ and ‘My Lovely’ with golden oak leaves and hypericum berries: Martha Stewart Weddings

red calla lilies: The Knot

orange makara and cymbidium orchids: The Knot

Texture: Instead of just one or two types of flowers, try a wider mix of lush, richly hued flowers with lots of interesting texture. For example:

  • feathery crocosmia and
  • velvety coxcomb
  • non-floral accents such as cotoneaster or hypericum berries
  • lotus pods
  • fiddlehead ferns
  • wooly lamb’s ear leaves
  • fall foliage like copper beach, vine mapleliage, or croton leaves
  • Dry grasses like rye or wheat
  • crab apples and ornamental cabbage

Striped ‘Abracadabra’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ roses,  bright yellow marigolds, deep burgundy ranunculus, and orange-colored rose hips: Martha Stewart Weddings

muscari (grape hyacinth), lamb’s ear, lily of the valley, andromeda, helleborus, thyme, rosemary, sage, and scented-geranium foliage:  Martha Stewart Weddings

Structure: Loose, cascading bouquets are a natural choice for spring and summer brides, but think about a more polished bouquet for fall. A more densely packed, dome-shaped bouquet with the stems wrapped in textured fabric, velvet, or ribbon is very elegant.

calla lilies and roses: my wedding planning guide

‘Pieter B’ and ‘Evelyn’ garden roses, bunny tails, and pink-edged variegated dogwood tied with vintage jaquard ribbon: Martha Stewart Weddings
aubergine dahlias, embossed velvet leaves, chartreuse acorns: Martha Stewart Weddings

Centerpieces: Instead of flower arrangements, what about plants?  You can group potted plants and flowers as centerpieces, and they can do double duty as wedding favors, too!  Some ideas include:

  • Succulents, which come in deep, fall-appropriate hues
  • orchids
  • ferns
  • sweet-smelling potted herbs

potted centerpieces: In the Details

succulent and roses: the knot

basil, parsley, thyme: foodie reflections

Unique containers: Bye bye, glass vases!  Style-conscious couples are using more eye catching containers this fall, from copper pots to silver trophy cups, wooden containers, and antique urns from the flea market.  You can use one large container or a collection of vessels in various sizes that your guests can take home at the end of the evening.

Rustic moss containers: Martha Stewart Weddings

Urns, trailing ivy, dahlias: Style me Pretty (photo by Rosemarie Lion)

fishbowl centerpiece placed on a stained wooden stand: wedding flowers and reception ideas