20 Fall Wedding Trends That Are Total Game Changers
April 23, 2020
There are so many trends in weddings and events – but how much of them actually make it to the Midwest and even more-so Northeast Wisconsin? Here is an article from thewhisp.mommyish.com that outlines 20 trends, but with our own Northeast Wisconsin comments!
HOLLOWED FRUIT COCKTAILS
Inspired by Eataly‘s New York City rooftop restaurant, Serra by Bierreria, these hollow fruit (and veggie!) cocktails will be all the rage by fall 2020. Simply hollow out an apple to serve your spiked apple cider, and you’ve got an eco-friendly custom cocktail that looks good enough to eat. This can be repeated with other fall fruits and veggies, like bell peppers, or you can take a more subtle stab at the trend with ‘s fruit-inspired drinks. Use local, farm-sourced fruits in your signature cocktail recipes, and use them as a decorative garnish in your final product. Wedding Wire
EventsSavvy Comments: Beautiful and they look delicious, but in Northeast Wisconsin I’m not quite sure that this would be too popular – is an orange slice in an old fashioned enough?
BREAKFAST FOR DESSERT
We all grew up loving brinner as kids, and now we’ve grown to love brunch as adults. Discover a whole new way to eat breakfast foods by using them as dessert inspo for your reception. suggested a breakfast/dessert hybrid as a wedding cake alternative, but we say you should include bressert as an additional end-of-the-night sweet treat. Try grab-and-go mini waffles with seasonal fruits or powdered sugar, tiny pancake canapés, or a new take on early (*early*) morning stuffed french toast. Bustle
BURGUNDY (FOR MEN!)
Women have been getting creative with their bridal colors since blush dresses burst onto the scene, but now, inventive colors for grooms’ suits are trending, too. A navy blue tux has been the only popular color outside of traditional black groomswear for as long as we can remember, but fall-favorite burgundy has replaced navy as the fashion-forward groom’s color of choice. You could just incorporate this in a cummerbund or bowtie, but ‘s example of a full-burgundy suit is a stunning complement to both the bride and the groom. Wedding Wire
We’ve been seeing ceiling installations all over the wedding blogosphere for some time now, but is getting creative with how we style our wedding reception venues from floor-to-ceiling because the bride shouldn’t be the only one modeling H2T. Flowers will always be the wedding decor go-to, especially when wild arrangements are a fall bohemian accent that hasn’t gone out of style, but floral chandeliers, hanging floral ropes, or adorable hanging parasols will modernize this new classic wedding trend. If you’re outside, a hanging light display coming from above will be an ethereal touch you and your guests will remember for years to come. Bustle
EventsSavvy Comments: Ceilings, tents, and more ceilings, this has been something quite popular in our area as of recent. Just imagine bistro lighting like this in a tent in Door County in the fall? Now, that is Pinterest-worthy!
Fall weddings are all about warm tones. Even if you’re going with a unique autumn color scheme that focuses more on the blush pinks or deep violets of the season, making gold your metallic of choice will align your decor with the yearly autumnal aura. recommends elegant gold tableware, including (but not limited to!) silverware, place cards, and napkin rings, as an easy, warm fall addition to your dinner service, a trend recommended by the publication’s local vendors and venues. Sometimes, there’s no harm in following the crowd. SJ Magazine
EventsSavvy Comments: Gorgeous? Yes. Commonly available in Northeast Wisconsin? No. As much as this is a beautiful trend, so far there aren’t many options for renting this or venues that have it available. Maybe in our area incorporating gold in another way might be an easier feat. But, the burlap and lace or the baby’s breath? Yeah, those we definitely have here.
PERSONALIZED EXIT TOSSES
Exit tosses have started to go by the wayside because of various environmental and health concerns — you read about that lady who got uncooked rice stuck in her ear and tell us it still sounds like a good idea — but these unconventional exit tosses might bring the trend back for good. suggested couple-specific tosses like paper airplanes for partners who made it through long distance or bicycle bells for SoulCycle couples, but that sounds a bit hazardous to us. Biodegradable confetti, herbs, or flower petals (like yummy-smelling lavender) are probably a safer and cuter bet. And, for the love of God, just stay away from glitter, for the aesthetic, the environment, and your health. Bustle
ORANGE IS THE NEW PINK
Our apologies to Elle Woods, but orange really is the new pink. Before you call us seriously disturbed, consider the way it reflects the changing leaves. We’re not saying to go full-on traffic cone, but hints of burnt orange in your florals or your invites will help evoke the autumn theme, while a more traditional perky pink would look out of place in the midst of the encroaching chilly weather. We could start calling it “millennial orange,” if that would help at all.
EventsSavvy Comments: Now, this is a trend for Northeast Wisconsin and the beautiful fall colors! Don’t be afraid! Your vendors (like florists, decorators, or bakeries) can help with a way to include this without it looking like Hwy 41 in construction season!
MATTE BLACK CAKES
Naked cakes are, apparently, here to stay, especially during the fall and winter months, but with publications like repeatedly deeming them a bridal mistake, it’s time for a new cold-weather cake trend to take shape. Maybe the trend-setting site will feel more towards Vogue ‘ suggestion of a matte black tiered cake. Naked cakes’ spiritual opposite, the dark, opaque base will make design accents pop while emphasizing a moodier fall color palette of deep purples, reds, and metallics. American Dream Cakes
EventsSavvy Comments: In many industries, it takes 6 months, a year, even a couple of years to get here. This might be one of those situations, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get here! How gorgeous are those flowers on this cake!
OVERSIZED WREATH BACKDROPS
Honestly, Vogue also cautioned against these fall wedding trends for anyone starting their wedding planning in 2020, but if you’re planning on getting married before fall 2021, this oversized wreath trend will be all the rage. A better wedding backdrop than huge artificial hedges or a crazily expensive flower wall, oversized circular wreaths are just beginning to gain popularity and should be the hottest trend by this time next year because of their simple beauty and their unifying symbolism. suggests adding seasonal flowers and harvest fruits to connect your backdrop to the season and location. American Dream Cakes
EventsSavvy Comments: As if that image doesn’t just take your breath away! And, styles and images very similar to this one (all be it a bit smaller in scale) exist right here in Northeast Wisconsin! It is very safe to say that there are florists in our area that can (and would love to!) do something just like this! And, remember, these can be “inspiration” photos – feel free to make changes, change the style, or even the size!
LET THEM EAT PIE!
We don’t talk to people who don’t eat pie. The universally-beloved dessert is practically synonymous with the fall season, probably because of Thanksgiving, making them an autumnal delicacy that should be savored at any opportunity. If you don’t want to be super on-the-nose with a pumpkin pie-like advises, there’s an entire world of aesthetically stunning, flavorful pies for you to choose from. This is another place where you can incorporate seasonal and farm-to-table produce in your menu, and variations like mini-pies or individual pies can add a personal touch. Wedivite
EventsSavvy Comments: We will just agree with the first line of this description that says “We don’t talk to people who don’t eat pie”. That’s all.
FOLIAGE-INSPIRED COLOR SCHEMES
Foliage doesn’t just mean yellow, orange, and red. Honestly, if anyone suggests a yellow, orange, and red color scheme for your wedding without a really, really good argument and verifiable proof of sanity, run for the hills. offers some inventive takes on leaf-inspired color stories that feature classics like a butter pecan orange or forest green alongside surprise pairings like antique and stone blue, mauve and pink-hued lavender purples, or toasted browns for whatever fall aesthetic matches your relationship whether its an outdoorsy fireside feeling on a vintage, berry-inspired frolic. Magnet Street
EventsSavvy Comments: The colorful foliage trend is the most long established fall trend and it is just timeless. The strong pops of colors used in a variety of areas in a wedding from a ceremony backdrop to the floral on a table are unmistakable. And, in NEW we are very lucky to be surrounded by them.
DITCHING PAPER FOR ALTERNATIVE SIGNAGE
Killing the environment is so not on-trend. Ditch the paper goods for alternative options that are way cuter anyway, like using chalkboards for your menus, writing on mirrors for a seating chart, welcome greeting, or wedding hashtag, or re-discovering stamped leather for your invitations. and Harpers Bazaar both agree that paper is no longer the way to go, with Lavish Creations by Tiffany Harpers Bazaar arguing that alternatives will create a more personal guest experience and a sense of understated luxury.
EventsSavvy Comments: Mirrors, Chalkboards, and even finished wood pieces are gorgeous additions to any wedding! And, they can be used in your home as decor afterwards! Not to mention, we have some great calligraphers in this area who love to help add that personal touch to your wedding or shower!
POLYCHROMATIC BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES
has decided that monochromatic, one-style-fits-most bridesmaids looks are no longer in style. Top wedding planner Vogue Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Events told the prestige publication that letting your bridal party wear different patterns, styles, hues, and designers to express their individuality is the new normal, and this school of thought will be more complimentary for the bride as well, when her bridesmaids are all comfortable and confident while supporting her on her big day. Stick with a complementary palette so things don’t go too off the rails.
CINNAMON & APPLE FLAVORS
Cinnamon and apples for fall? Groundbreaking. There’s a reason this pairing is a fall cliché, and it’s because nothing rivals the autumnal warmth of the cinnamon and apple dream team. Comfort foods like a seasonal, bite-sized cinnamon and apple tart or a warm mug of apple cider with a cinnamon stick will bring a moment of calm to an otherwise hectic evening for you (if you ever get a moment to eat) and your guests. provided the idea, but looking farther afield for more cinnamon-apple recipes like warm skillet apples or apple butters will be a fun distraction from more pressing planning disasters. Queen of Hearts Catering
EventsSavvy Comments: Sorry, I’ll be right back…. I have to run to Festival Foods quick to grab apples and cinnamon – because dang! Caramel apple bars, warm cider, cinnamon – honestly, is there something more fall than that? What does that mean? Do YOUR thing.. if you are an Apple Crisp couple or family – don’t be afraid to incorporate that into your big day!
The worst part about a fall wedding is that your gorgeous strapless gown is suddenly going to feel a little chilly in the newly dropping temperatures. It’s called fall for a reason, after all. In their overview of the F/W 2019 bridal runways, there were tons of regal, theatrical capes in collections from industry heavyweights like Zuhair Murad. If you’re foregoing a veil because you want to ensure a good hair night, capes are a bold alternative that has the bonus of adding a layer of fabric between you and the changing weather.
EventsSavvy Comments: I don’t know that we are in the cape world, but we have seen a lot of layered fabrics for warmth. Let’s be honest, in can be cool in the fall in Northeast WI – especially in the evening. So, if the weather is looking like you might need something – check out all of your options to keep warm!
RUSTY RED EYESHADOW
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in March 2018, which was just in time for royal wedding madness to take over that year’s fall wedding trends. We’ll be feeling the effects of this latest royal ceremony for years, and Meghan’s wedding MUA Daniel Martin spoke to about the look he designed for our American Princess. Integral to his style was a rusty red eyeshadow, which Daniel insists is flattering to every eye color, with a shade existing for anyone’s skin tone. Lucky for us, this fits perfectly (almost exclusively for us commoners, TBH) in a fall wedding palette. Refinery29
EventsSavvy Comments: Events are all about the details – and weddings are certainly no exception. When looking at incorporating colors into your event, why stop at the attire, floral, or decor? There are many talented makeup artists in the area that would love to get creative with color. And, don’t worry, there’s always a trial in advance to be able to ensure you’re confident with the color choices!
ROYALTY-INSPIRED WEDDING PORTRAITS
We can’t all sit for professional oil paintings, nor do we want to. Sitting for three days while someone draws us, in this economy? Another trend inspired by Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, foresees painterly wedding portraits inside the parlor or ballroom of your wedding venue blowing up within the next year. Pairing stately architecture with strategic lighting will give you elegant portraits you’ll treasure forever, and if you really want something to hang in your castle’s foyer, you can send the photo to an oil painting studio for them to replicate. Harper’s Bazaar
EventsSavvy Comments: As soon as we think we have seen it all from the creative minds of the photographers, they blow our minds with another stunning way to capture a moment in time and this one is no different. Take the time to choose some of these different portraits with your photographer!
LUXURY OUTDOOR DECOR
Fall is dichotomous in that it’s chilly enough that you might want a bridal hoodie but not so cold that a rustic outdoor wedding is completely out of the question. Boho barn weddings won’t be going out of style anytime soon, but they’re challenging today’s brides to put aside their Coachella vision boards in favor of refined outdoor notes like handmade parasols, vintage chandeliers, and fine china accented by luxury textiles to organically elevate your romantic evening while balancing a youthful outdoor reception with traditional elegance.
EventsSavvy Comments: Northeast Wisconsin cool summer nights are something we dream about all year long – and we don’t end up with nearly enough of them! So, why not incorporate those dreams into a little corner of your wedding? Feel free to be funky with design and furniture choice, it’s all about comfort and calm.
Colorful tapered candles may be a fitting addition to your elevated outdoor decor, but tall tapered candles are a welcome element to any autumn affair. Continuing the regal inspiration, tapered candles evoke royalty and create a dramatic, moody tonal shift throughout the night as they gradually melt. Level-up this look by using candelabras or use modern candlesticks for a warmer, traditionally fall vibe. Tapered candles can enhance any event, so long as you’re strategic about when you light them (so they don’t burn too quickly).
EventsSavvy Comments: Long, thin and elegant – what’s not to love about tapered candles? Trends are all cyclical and we are ready to see the sleek designs of the tapered candlesticks.
Velvet didn’t just have a comeback at Urban Outfitters. This luxe fabric is the ultimate fall accent, and a jewel-toned swatch can easily elevate your warm autumn decor. You can add this posh detail in small personal touches like ribbons around programs, menus, and chairs, Bardot-inspired hair accessories, and shoes. Keeping this rich fabric to smaller embellishments will prevent it from becoming tacky — you don’t want your wedding to look like an American Apparel skater dress — and unify your design elements.
EventsSavvy Comments: Moody Tones, Velvet, and Brass are just three of our favorite styles and trends in color and fabric choices for the fall. Textural and Dimension goals are a staple in Decor Design now. Use some of the functional needs of a wedding like napkins or tablecloths to really set the tone for the look of the entire space.