Top 10 Autumn Wedding Flowers

As we enter into October, it is the perfect time to discuss autumn wedding flowers and here is my guide to the top ten autumn wedding flowers! I love this time of year, when the season turns from late summer into autumn, there is nothing better than a crisp blue skies against the trees when they are slowly turning from green to the yellow/orange and red tones. Quite often, couples view autumn wedding flowers as having to be in these tones, however there are so many other options. Plums and deep burgundy shades are just stunning and by adding in some blush you can lighten this up. Muted mocha and cappuccino colours work beautifully with burnt orange and chocolate and is a much more sophisticated colour way for this time of year. Autumn is all about texture and foliage so go heavy on various types of greenery with berries, twigs and branches.

Here are my top ten autumn flowers to use in your wedding!


Dahlias are the most beautiful flowers and one of my favourites to use in October weddings. They typically last until the first frost, and are a great English grown cut flower. The great thing about dahlias is that they come in so many colours, sizes and shapes. From dinner plate dahlias which can be the size of your head to small dainty pom pom shapes. The most versatile bloom!


At this time of year hydrangeas begin to turn colour, just like the leaves on the trees. They become a much more muted, dusky tone which are perfect for autumnal weddings. Dusky red and greens, through to darker muted blue and purple tones they are a great flower to use right now.


Berries are a must! The hedgerows are filled with berries at this time of year, so reflect this look in your wedding flowers. By emulating what is going on outside in nature and the countryside this can add such a special, seasonal feel to your wedding blooms. Rose hips are a favourite to use at the moment, alongside snowberries which come in pale pink, white and brighter pink. Viburnum berries are a dark petrol blue and hypericum berries come in all shades of red pink, coral, green and white.

Seed Heads:

Embrace texture and interest and use lots of seed heads such as poppies or scabious seed heads. They are such an important component to autumn flowers so it would be a huge shame not to use them!

Chocolate Cosmos:

The most beautiful dark rich chocolate coloured flower, with a stunning chocolate scent too! Chocolate cosmos work well in most autumnal colour palettes. Try adding them in to an all ivory wedding with hints of the red berries and cappuccino tones, or they go beautifully with burnt orange tones, or paler pinks and plum tones.


Zinnias come in vibrant sides of coral, pink, yellow, orange, red and are a great way of adding pops of colour to your autumn wedding bouquets. A small daisy like flower, they are a great cut flower and the more you cut them the more they grow! Perfect for any budding gardeners out there.


Chrysanthemum blooms are a large headed flower with layer upon layer or petals. They come in rich bronze tones, through to paler blush tones and bright yellow. Chrysanthemums are such a long lasting flower and are the epitome of autumnal blooms!

Cymbidium Orchids:

Deep plum/burgundy and burnt copper cymbidium orchids look great in an autumnal colour scheme. This unusual shaped flowers looks amazing in larger arrangement yet the individual heads can be wired to and used amongst bouquets. Such a statement flower!

Dark Foliage:

Dark plum and brown foliage is the most gorgeous way to use foliage in your autumn wedding. Copper Beech, corylus, continus offer such rich dark plum tones to your wedding flowers working with the orange, red and burgundy colour ways. Yet also the paler blush and ivory tones.

Pampass Grass:

Pampass Grass has been seen lots lately amongst wedding flowers and is a trend that works well within the muted darker, brown and cappuccino tones yet also the more brighter, vibrant colours. It looks amazing in big installations and large vase displays!

Are you getting married in Autumn? Which of these beautiful autumnal blooms would you love to incorporate into your big day!?

Photo credits: Pinterest you can see more autumnal flower inspiration here!

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