Brides and grooms getting married around Thanksgiving may not even consider a seasonal brown color scheme, thinking it’ll skew rustic or look dull. Brown definitely can convey these looks, but can also be an incredibly rich and gorgeous color for fall weddings. Today’s inspiration board is to get you started for your elegant fall wedding with shades of brown!
Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
Square wedding cake with chocolate shavings: Brides (cake from The Butter End Cakery)
Bridesmaids in mocha dresses: Style Me Pretty
Copper Christian Louboutin heels: The Knot
Mini pies: Storyboard Wedding
Brown sequin linens: La Tavola Linen (photo source, linen rental page)
Gold foil leaf invitation: Minted
Cream and mocha bouquet: Traditional Vintage Flower Company
Archway with branches and lights: Colin Cowie Weddings
Wedding cakes don’t need to be white – if you love chocolate, go all out! This three-tiered chocolate cake covered in chocolate shavings is gorgeous and would make a statement at your reception, particularly for a couple that doesn’t want a cake covered in fondant designs.
Chocolate brown isn’t the only shade of brown you can use, so consider mocha or other lighter browns when choosing dresses for your bridesmaids. Chocolate brown dresses (seemingly always paired with orange or yellow flowers – on Pinterest, at least!) can be tough for many to pull off. These softer brown dresses are elegant and would look great throughout the year. If you want to use brown in your bouquet, lighter shades may be an easier option here, as well. The bouquet featured here pairs light brown roses with creamy peonies.
Shades of brown can sparkle, too! Glittery heels and sequin linens take brown far away from rustic. Branches, particularly when wrapped with lights, can make for an elegant show piece that keeps true to the time of year. Consider branches for an entryway, as in the board, or as centerpieces, particularly if your venue has high ceilings.
An easy way to incorporate the season on your wedding day is through food: Go for seasonal favorites – stuffing, roasted squash, pumpkin soups – and don’t forget dessert! You could have a pie bar with assorted seasonal pies (pecan, pumpkin, apple) or send your guests home with mini pies (edible favors are always encouraged).
Invitations (and save-the-dates) set the tone for your wedding, and with the customizable options from vendors like Minted (the source of the above invitation) and Wedding Paper Divas, a quick change of color takes the cascading foil leaves from spring to summer to fall. This particular combination is one of the standard options, but you could look into matching foil to your chosen shade of brown.
As always, please share your color scheme questions in the comments, but we’d also love to know what you’re thankful for in this season of giving and, for many of us, wedding planning! Happy (early) Thanksgiving!