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Fall Weddings: Fall Wedding Reception Tables for Every Style

Searching for seasonal reception decoration ideas? Whether you're looking to capture a classic, formal, or modern style, here are some of our favorite ideas for fall wedding reception table decorations.

Photo: Lori O'Toole Images

Classic Fall Wedding Reception Table

Color Scheme: Brown, orange, yellow, and red
Table Settings: Start with brown linens, burnt orange napkins, and brown thatch chargers, and try twig-like flatware with ivory plates. In terms of glassware, think orange-tinted wine glasses and salad plates.
Centerpieces: Tall reception centerpieces made of willow branches and plenty of fall wedding flowers -- like fresh dahlias, sunflowers, and calla lilies -- in shades of red, burnt orange, and yellow. Add romance to the ambience and illuminate each table with candles in small clay votives.
Sweet Extra: Add a sugar cookie in the shape of a leaf to each place setting as the wedding favor.

Formal Fall Wedding Reception Table

Color Scheme: Eggplant and gold
Table Settings: Get dark purple damask linens and napkins and some pretty gold chargers. For your plates, use gold-rimmed china and simple flatware. Dark purple-hued glassware will add an elegant touch, and gold or brass napkin rings will tie it all together.
Centerpieces: For a formal fall reception centerpiece, try arrangements of dark roses and calla lilies. Alternate low, lush centerpieces with tall, candlelit floral centerpieces to give dimension to the room and create an elegant atmosphere.
Sweet Extra: Place a box of maple leaf and acorn-shaped chocolate wedding favors at each place setting, packaged in gold boxes tied off with eggplant-hued ribbon.

Modern Fall Wedding Reception Table

Color Scheme: Brown and yellow
Table Settings: Go for brown table linens, brown napkins, and bold yellow chargers. Opt for simple, minimalist designed flatware; get yellow glassware and yellow-tinted glass plates for the first course.
Centerpieces: The reception centerpieces should be all about shape. Consider yellow calla lilies in cool modern vases, with a few small votive candles to add warmth to each table.
Sweet Extra: Modern fall wedding reception decorations call for big-idea wedding favors. Give a donation to your favorite charity, create cards in a brown and bold yellow color palette explaining the donation, and put one at each reception table or place setting.

-- Anja Winikka

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