This post may contain affiliate or referral links. Read more about this in our disclosure policy.
Did you know over 30% of weddings are held in fall months? Embrace this theme and the vibrate colors that Autumn has to offer! Using what is in season and in many cases FREE will help you budget!
Use what mother nature offers this time of year in your wedding and save your budget for great things like a honeymoon or a house!
Budget Fall Wedding Ideas
Go Rustic – Rustic Décor is BIG right now and it’s PERFECT for a fall wedding. It’s so popular right now you can find an abundance of it and for cheap too! A rustic theme allows for a lot of room to make your own items too!
Burlap – Use Burlap. It fits the rustic theme and looks beautiful. Decorate chairs with burlap and lace (example here) Use the burlap to make your own banner décor, you can use burlap and lace strips to decorate, save on flowers by making your bouquets out of burlap and lace, and this idea to bring lights and burlap together would be great for decorating your cake table, welcome table, and gift table! You can use simple tablecloths to cover your tables and then make your own burlap table runners. Paint your names, table numbers wedding date etc on them.
Mason Jars – Still following the rustic wedding, mason jars are cheap and you can pick up old ones for 25¢ -$1 at thrift stores. You can put lights in them and make things like Mason Jar Fairy Lights. You can also wrap the jars is burlap and lace and fill with water and put floating candles. You can also pick fall leaves with fall colors up and use Mod Podge to glue to the leaves to the mason jars and then add tea lights inside for beautiful lights on tables!
Spray Paint Leaves – Get Glitter Blast Spray paint and paint the fall leaves to match your colors. Once they dry they will be nice a sturdy and make great décor! Hang them, use them as table décor, use marker and make seating place cards with them and more!
Skip the Alcohol – If the weather is cool skip the alcohol and have a hot chocolate bar. Alcohol is one of the most expensive parts of a wedding and even having a bar option where guests pay for their own carries a fee that can be saved on by doing a hot chocolate bar.
Make the Favors – If you have a smaller guest list (and if you are looking to save money you really should) then consider making your own wedding favors. Making a picture frame from twigs and decorate with acorns (another twig idea is this Easy Twig Letter Decor). You can also take a picture frame and make a picture frame from acorns. Both these ideas can then be painted to match any décor.
Pumpkins – Don’t leave out the pumpkins! From big to small they have many uses, you can paint them to match any décor use small ones for table markers, use big ones to line the aisle then move to a table for centerpieces to make them do double duty!
Skip the Traditional Bouquet – Flowers can be expensive. Consider using fake flowers. We did this with our wedding and I love that I still have my wedding bouquet! If you want to go really out of the box you can use leaves to make flowers for your wedding flowers!
Plain White Cake – Go for a plain white cake with only 2 or 3 layers. Decorate the wedding cake with flowers you can pick up at the hobby store. You can also decorate the wedding cake with pumpkins. Both ways you can then have a sheet cake to serve guests and use the tiered cake for cutting and no one will know any better!
Get Cashback – Remember when you shop online for wedding items (and even in store!) use Ebates for cashback. They even have special wedding cashback offers!
Did you have a fall wedding? What ways did you save money?
For even more tips Check out How to Have Your Dream Wedding for Under $1,500
I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
Click here to learn more about starting a blog.