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Trend Alert: Autumn Inspiration

The dog days of summer will soon be in our rearview as we welcome the cozy nature of autumn. Fall is a time for new starts and fresh trends, especially in the events industry where our design schemes are heavily influenced by seasonal details.

Here are a few autumnal trends we’re anticipating this year, straight from the experts.

Moody hues

The harvest season may bring cooler weather, but color palettes have a reverse effect as they grow warmer and moodier. Inspired by falling leaves and crackling fires, fall events tend to move towards the richer shades of our favorite colors as we leave the pastels of spring and summer behind.

“Rich, dark, and deeper colours are beautiful for the fall and winter months and will still be popular over the holiday season,” confirms Reesha Almeida Coutinho of Pret a Papier.

“The moody moment every bride was having last year isn’t gone, it’s just upgrading to richer, jewel tones,” assures Heather Rouffe of Atlas Event Rental. “The look will incorporate those same deep colors, but in the form of ruby red, emerald green, and sapphire blue with gold, regal accents.”

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Rouffe adds, “Is millennial pink going anywhere? Probably not, but we’ve been seeing its trendy younger cousin, Gen Z Yellow, popping up everywhere lately. While not for everyone, this golden mustard yellow is the perfect choice for vintage or bohemian weddings. Pair it with fall classics like burnt orange, burgundy, and peach.”

Celestial inspiration

Autumn brings earlier sunsets and longer nights and it looks like couples will be using this seasonal shift for inspiration. This trend is a natural amalgamation of others — navy blue’s depth is prime for fall events, while gold accents, geometric patterns, and ambient lighting are all popular features that are here to stay.

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“We will see Romance at Night, as couples create an unforgettable romantic atmosphere that is elegant, dreamy, and creates a unique mood,” says Michelle Anderson of Complete the Look. “This theme incorporates elegant lighting across every aspect and level of the event, a dreamy atmosphere to set the scene and entice the senses.”

Amy Abbott of Amy Abbott Events elaborates: “Geometric elements are still making their way into design schemes and now they are mixed with celestial pieces that will make any bride and groom starry-eyed. Think stellar star-shaped ceremony designs, elegantly and subtly designed menus to show the solar system, and even an astronomy guide on hand with a telescope to share the stories of the constellations in the sky.”

Rich textures

Prints and patterns are a popular way to mix things up in the warmer months, but we are excited to see textures play out more in fall and winter. This is especially big this year as its inspired by trends in interior design.

Donald Thomas of Thomas Matthew Designs explains: “Designers are incorporating hygge cozy into clients’ homes. The use of fur and fabrics that feel warm and soothing will remain a popular trend well into 2019.”

Even more popular than fur, we’re seeing soft velvet as a top texture in this year’s events. “Not only does velvet make a fabulous statement, but its cozy and inviting texture is also perfect for a fall or winter wedding,” touts Joan Wyndrum of Blooms By The Box. “You might see it draped over your chairs or even used as a table runner underneath fresh greens and votive candles.”

Louise Beukes of BLOVED agrees, adding: “The velvet and celestial trends are continuing to gain in popularity, with rich and warm autumnal colours becoming a firm feature in inspiration shoots over the past year — we’ll see these colours carry through into trend-led weddings in 2019.”

There are a lot of new and exciting trends to look forward to this fall — take a page out of these experts’ books and look for ways to embrace the season in unique and innovative ways.

Kylie Carlson

Founder / CEO, The Wedding and Event Institute

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.