From red leaf confetti to wedding gowns with sleeves: the best autumn wedding ideas from Instagram

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Amy Lewis

Google "wedding ideas" and the bulk of inspiration out there is all geared-up for a summer ceremony. Great if your date lands between April and August, but what about those of us getting hitched in the autumn?

Whether it's orange-blush flowers, red leaf confetti or sleeved wedding dresses, we've scoured Instagram to bring you the best and most beautiful seasonal wedding ideas out there.

  • Floral crowns aren't just for summer

    Swap summer blooms for autumnal ones, and a bohemian flower crown still works. The colour clash between rich oranges and soft pinks will be just as striking as the bright shades of spring and summer.

    @andsotowed /  @loveyoubride

  • Match eye make-up to your flowers

    Whether you're wearing flowers in your hair or just carrying them in your hands, pick one shade from the theme and work it into your make-up. This lilac eyeliner works well with the purple thistles.


  • Match your flowers to your lipstick

    The earthy shades of autumn work well on the face, so try carrying one colour through your lipstick and flowers like this striking bride.


  • Bold dresses

    Summer might have its hot pinks and and pastels, but richer shades fare much better in autumn and winter. This bride from Glasgow wore a colourful Alice Temperley dress while her bridesmaids sparkled in deep green Badgley Mischka gowns.


  • Deep navy blue is an excellent idea

    Deep navy dresses like these from Adrianna Papell will look great with any colour scheme.


  • Wine-coloured bridesmaid dresses

    From from grape to marsala, wine shades are a great option for striking bridesmaid dresses too.


  • Autumnal pastel shades do exist

    Pastel shades do indeed exist outside of the typical spring hues. Try a powdery lilac or soft grey like these bridesmaids, or look to ice-blues and creams.


  • Small touches

    Try nodding to the season with small touches like these bespoke illustrated heels, from artist Deborah Thomson-Kakoz.


  • Heavy lace never looked better

    Too heavy for a wedding in the warm weather, autumn brides have the advantage when it comes to wearing a heavy lace gown.


  • Sleeves don't have to mean full coverage

    Long sleeves don't have to mean full-body coverage, however. This Duchess gown balances things perfectly with its long lace sleeves and backless details.


  • Take it sheer from head to toe

    Another advantage of long sleeves on your wedding dress - you can go semi-sheer from head to toe while making far less of a statement.


  • Sleeves can still be delicate

    If you're not into the long sleeves try a floatier option like this.


  • Wrap up in a cape

    If you don't want to commit to sleeves, try pulling on a cape or pashmina as and when you need it like this savvy bride.


  • ... or pull on a bridal knit

    Olivia Palermo did it, and so did this bride. If you need an extra layer come prepared with a gorgeous knit that looks great pulled over your gown.


  • Hair florals don't have to be in crown form

    If flower crowns aren't for you. try adding a floral touch with metallic hair clips and accessories like this. Mixed metallic shades will go with any colour scheme.


  • Swap flowers for leaves

    If you're worried about flowers not suiting the season, look to leaves instead like this foliage-inspired hair piece.


  • Add glamour to boho hairstyles

    If your boho waves feel too summery, try adding a hint of seasonal glamour with a diamante hair brooch.


  • Braids suit every season

    Braids have long been associated with the summer months, but in our opinion they're right whatever the season. This bride wore her hair in a side-swept fishtail plait, complete with co-ordinating flower crown and bouquet.


  • Autumn leaves instead of confetti

    In a genius move this couple's friends and family showered them with gathered autumn leaves rather than confetti. Of course, we'd suggest going for the drier ones among the pile.


  • Autumnal shades are the richest around

    It's true that summer flowers have their impressive near-neon hues, but you can't beat the burnt oranges and vivid berries of autumn.


  • Autumnal flowers don't have to be dark

    If you are looking for light hues however, fear not. Autumn has those too. This bride's bouquet pulls off a pink versus red colour clash brilliantly.


  • Pale pinks are autumnal too

    Pale pinks aren't just the property of a spring wedding. Mix soft shades with deeper and darker pinks or purples like this gorgeous bouquet.

    @andsotowed / @mrsumbels

  • Go big on the foliage

    A bouquet packed with greenery looks great against an autumnal backdrop, especially if you're planning an outdoor wedding.


  • Embrace the red roses

    Valentine's Day may have staked its claim, but red roses look fantastic at autumn and winter weddings too.


  • Try blending the seasons

    If you can't settle on an autumn-only flower theme, try mixing the last of the summer blooms with autumnal flowers like this bride. 


  • Make the most of nature at its best

    There's no denying the beauty of nature in autumn. Make the most of dramatic backdrops like this creative couple.


  • Seasonal desserts

    Try a clever twist on autumnal desserts like these cupcakes topped with sugar leaves. A great wedding cake alternative or tasty guest favour.


  • Vintage cars in the colour of the season

    Max out the shades of the season like this couple, with a vintage car in a bold autumnal red.


  • Pumpkin ring cushion

    Forget frilly ring cushions or tying your wedding bands to the collar of your dog. It's a pumpkin you need at an autumnal wedding.


  • Counteract bad weather with flowers

    If you're likely to have bad weather, balance it out by packing the venue with colour. Has there ever been a better excuse to go big or go home on the flowers?


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Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis is a freelance writer and editor, a lover of strong tea, equally strong eyebrows, a collector of facial oils and a cat meme enthusiast. She covers everything from beauty and fashion to feminism and travel.

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