Fresh Fall Wedding Bouquets for the Romantic Bride
by Lauren Miller

Ladies and gents, autumn is upon us! With the changing weather and changing leaves come a change in seasonal florals, and subsequently, wedding bouquets. Typically, when I imagine fall wedding bouquets, I imagine some combination of the usual suspects: orange or purple calla lillies, warm-hued roses, wide-faced sunflowers, and gerbera daisies.

These arrangements can be lovely, but in the last few years I have noticed a significant influx of  nearly homogenous floral designs. Of course, the best way to make an arrangement uniquely your own is to use a combination of your own favorite seasonal blooms. In the meantime, here are a few components to add to put a fresh twist on your fall bridal bouquet!


Use the colors of the season! No other season has such a vibrant natural palette. Crimson, eggplant, marigold, sage - the colors that fill the trees and line sidewalks are yours for the taking! Combine them to make an entirely warm palette (pomegranate, tangerine, and marigold) or mix and match pastels with rich winter colors (burgundy, mauve, fig).


2. ADD SHRUBS (or other non-flowering vegetation):

Shrubs and non-flowering plants add texture and depth to your arrangements. Use succulents, cones, seed pods, or herbs to make a statement or just to mix up an otherwise classic design. Moreover, shrubs add seasonal flavor! (Disclaimer: I am not well-versed in botany and plant classification. If a plant below is technically considered a bloom, please share your knowledge in the comments below!)

Photo by  Heather Wiley

Photo by Heather Wiley



Take advantage of one of the loveliest parts of the season. Similar to adding non-flowering shrubs, adding a few leaves provides depth and texture to your bouquet. Adding a larger quantity of leaves or even vines and branches is a financially savvy decision. Seasonally sourced leaves cost significantly less than blooms and pay homage to the season. Now that's what I call a win, win.

Photo by  Tec Petaja

Photo by Tec Petaja



Blackberries, artichokes, cranberries, figs, crab apples, nandina... Fall harvests yield plentiful options for the bride looking to add atypical (edible) bouquet content. Add a little for a bit of texture; add a lot to make your bouquet really pop! Bonus: if you find yourself with hunger pangs on your wedding day, you can snack straight from your bouquet. (Kidding! Don't try that at home.)

Readers, what do you think? What would your fresh, romantic fall bouquet include? Any favorite blooms, shrubs, or fruit that I excluded in my list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Lauren Miller is a northern born, southern bred girl planning a January wedding. She lives in Memphis with her fiancé, Mitch, and their two dogs, Bosco and Cassidy. She loves dogs, traveling, and fresh food. Check back for regular updates on her adventures in wedding planning, detailed how-to guides, and design inspiration! You can also follow her on Pinterest.