Home Wedding Planning {Guest Post} Rustic Fall Wedding Ideas For The DIY Bride

Today we’re featuring some great fall wedding ideas from guest blogger, Maggie Lord – Founder and Editor of Rustic Wedding Chic, author of Rustic Wedding Chic the book. Please give her a warm welcome, everyone!

(photography by Kate Holstein Photography) 

The fall season might be one of the absolute best seasons for a DIY bride. From rich full colors to the seasonal harvest, a DIY bride has her pick of options when it comes to bringing the fall feeling into her wedding day.  In the Rustic Wedding Chic book I have an entire section dedicated to a beautiful fall harvest inspiration shoot that features so many great DIY projects. One of my favorite fall projects is the idea of apples, which are both easy on the wallet and always look great.

(Photography by http://www.dreamlovephotography.com)

Apples can be used as both centerpieces and also as festive place cards. For as little as .50 cents apiece, apples make the perfect option for the budget bride who is looking to save a little on cost but not on style. Fill large glass vases with red apples for a rustic farm feeling and use them as your table centerpieces; when surrounded by candles the apples seem to shimmer and shine.

(Photography by http://www.dreamlovephotography.com) 

Stumped on the perfect place card for your guest? It’s always a balance to make this element—the guests’ first impression in many cases—both affordable and unique. In the Ask Maggie section of the Rustic WeddingChic blog this is one of the areas of wedding planning that I spend the most amount of time helping brides with. If you are striving for a truly beautiful and unique place card, look no further than the produce aisle. Use an apple as the base to your place card and pin on printed (hand written or computer-printed both work) tags with each guest’s name and table number. When lined all up on a table these fall favorites can really look stunning.

(Photography by http://www.dreamlovephotography.com)

(Photography by http://www.dreamlovephotography.com)

Keeping with the same theme of finding DIY fall favorites brides can work in little treasures like acorns with their flower arrangements. Choosing a rich flower color such as orange and filling a simple glass vase with acorns is a super easy way to add some texture into what would otherwise be a standard flower arrangement.

(photography by Kate Holstein Photography)

Even desserts can take on a DIY twist without great expense or effort. Head out to your local hardware store, pick up canning jars and fill each one with homemade pumpkin spice cake topped off with whip cream for a DIY fall wedding dessert. If you are not a baker, use store-bought spice cake for this fall dessert. Serve it at your wedding on large trays and use a piece of twine to tie a spoon onto each jar, making it irresistible for your guests to turn down.

(photography by Kate Holstein Photography)


About Maggie Lord

A self confessed wedding junkie since the age of 13, Maggie Lord loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about the rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her lakeside wedding at her family’s summer cabin in Northern Wisconsin she started blogging. Now RusticWeddingChic.com has become the number one online resource for rustic & country weddings. In addition to being the editor of Rustic Wedding Chic, Maggie is also a contributing author for various other online and print publications and is sought after as an expert on rustic & country weddings. Maggie is the author of Rustic Wedding Chic, the book, and a contributing writer for DIY Wedding Magazine.


The Rustic Wedding Chic book is now available at all major book stores and online. Signed copies can be found at Whispering Pines Catalog.



Photo Credits:

Photos one, five & six – Kate Holstein Photography



Photos two, three, four, & seven: Dreamlove Photography


7 replies to this post
  1. the wedding here seems to be festival of apples, the red nice apples with tags of bride name and bridegroom name are looking very nice and delicious . The whole arrangement of apple groups is fantastic idea to follow.

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