Rustic Fall Table Setting Inspirations that are DIY!

Fall-inspired table settings

Fall is such a fabulous season for decorating! So, decking out your wedding party tables at this time of year is that much more fun. You get to revel in all the rich colors and interesting textures that spell autumn—translating them into warm and welcoming table settings that are sure to wow your guests. Plus, if you’ve got a crafty bent, there are loads of DIY decorative accents that you can bring to the table (literally!) to add to the seasonal charm. Take a look at our inspiration board and get those creative tablescaping ideas going!

Create an autumn-inspired color palette of rich, warm hues

fall color palette
Autumn is just brimming with gorgeous hues for decorating! Note the all-foliage centerpiece, the unique table number, and the frame in a burnt orange wrap.

Take your cue from the glorious natural palette of autumn! Begin with the traditional fall colors of burnt orange, brown, plum, and olive green. Then, add surprise touches of red, yellow, purple, or even fuchsia—highlighted with glamorous hints of gold. Or you may opt for a simple monochromatic color scheme of orange!

Play up natural elements

A fall-time wedding table is also your chance to decorate, rustic style! See how leaves in a lovely mix of autumn colors can become an eye-catching centerpiece. Then, simply look around for natural materials like woody twigs, raw fibers, twine, dried corn husks, berries, nuts, seeds, pine cones, gourds, and fruits like apples and pears. These make ideal (and virtually cost-free!) embellishments for table elements like napkin rings, place cards, menu cards, table numbers, chargers, and the like.

Bring in lovely DIY accent pieces that are rustic

fall wedding palette decorations
Fall also seems the perfect season for DIY table elements, like these corn husk chargers, seed table number, rustic napkin rings, cork coasters, and decoupage bottles.

We’re pretty thrilled to point out that many of the table elements in our board are great DIY projects! Follow the links to each—and have guests exclaiming over your crafting skills:

  1. gold placecard holders displaying leaf place cards at the party
  2. plate chargers made with dried corn husk “ruffles”
  3. cutout table number covered with seeds, beans, and birdseed
  4. napkin rings featuring pistachio shells and star anise
  5. coasters crafted from recycled wine bottle corks
  6. keepsake bottles decoupaged with gift wrapper scraps
  7. Candles in recycled bottles and other quaint containers also make wonderful accents for a fall-time party table.

Give chic seasonal favors

Prepare thank you gifts for guests in keeping with the season, too! Edible treats like crisp fresh apples, caramel popcorn balls, or nostalgic candy apples can be presented in colorful packaging of burnt orange, olive, or red. You can also give fragrant potpourri in autumn scents of apple, cinnamon, or cranberry spice presented in dainty embroidered ivory pouches. Or for something practical and fitting for fall, try bookmarks made with a pressed fall leaf design or mini pocketbook-sized notepads.

A fabulous fall inspiration board we found with great tablescape ideas!

fall wedding ideas

We just had to share this board from Every Last Detail, showcasing a rustic take on a fall-time wedding event! Love the use of fruits, berries, and flowers for the charming centerpieces; bottles and buckets as quaint containers; and fresh apples as the cutest place card holders!

Other inspiring blogs you can check out:

  1. Eggplant as an unusual but elegant color for autumn
  2. Fall wedding inspiration from photographer Anne Ruthmann
  3. A lovely backyard fall wedding
  4. Gorgeous ways to apply orange, brown, and yellow


  1. Love fall colors and your inspiration board is great!

  2. Thank you! Fall is really a wonderful season to decorate for, don’t you think?

    If you have any fall craft projects or party decorating ideas you’d like to share, please feel free to post a link directly on our Bellenza FB page (link below). It would be our pleasure!

  3. You guys use leaves so amazingly. I love all the leafy ideas you come up with like the framed guys here and the under-the-clear-plate I believe I’ve seen before. I also LOVE the purple mixed into the autumn. I like it together. I’m emailing this to Kim at Party Frosting! She would love the look of the birdseed numbers for her wedding this Fall!

  4. Beautiful fall colors! Love all the rich, earthy tones!

  5. Hi, HiLLjO! Thanks for your sweet comments. And for passing on the birdseed table number idea to Kim. We follow both her blogs, too, and are excited to see how her upcoming wedding turns out (just like yours!).

    Hi, Deanna! So true…the colors and textures of autumn are a decorator’s dream!

  6. I adore Fall weddings, they are so fun to decorate for! I love the apple place card holders!

  7. Do you think using orange and burgundy as a color palette for fall would be okay?

  8. Thanks, Victoria — We do love fall celebrations (not just weddings), too! 🙂

    Hello, Josephina — Orange and burgundy are both popular fall colors. But since they are both quite strong on their own, we suggest that you choose which of these two will be the more prominent in your overall palette. For example, you could have orange dresses for the bridesmaids, with touches of burgundy in their bouquets. Then, for the reception, you could have burgundy table cloths with all the table elements in neutrals like ivory — with perhaps some orange flowers mixed in the centerpieces or the napkin rings. Hope this helps! 🙂

  9. I’m getting married in Toronto in the fall and was wondering if a brown, plum, and burgundy color set would look too dark. Any ideas on how to lighten the look but still using those colors? Flower bouquet and centerpiece suggestions, too.

  10. Hi, Ana — The colors you mentioned would actually make a lovely fall-inspired palette! The secret to keep them from looking too dark is to set them against neutral tones, as shown in our article (ivory, beige, cream) and in the board from Every Last Detail, too.

    As the bride, you should stand out by using all soft neutrals. Then, you can have your bridesmaids’ bouquets and your table centerpieces pick up the brown, plum, and burgundy — either with flowers in these colors or with all-leaves perfect for fall (you can include some dusty miller or succulents for some subtle green). Happy planning!

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