Fall Wedding Ideas on a Budget

When planning a fall wedding, it’s easy to incorporate season fall elements into your big day, but trying to stay within budget could prove challenging. Don't despair! With our DIY fall wedding ideas, it's actually a lot easier to stay within your budget than you think.

Rather than cashing out your 401k, you can definitely save a few bucks if you get your bridesmaids together to make your centerpieces, tablescapes, party favors and other aspects of the wedding.

We picked some of our crafts and décor tips plus fun DIY ideas from around the web to help you save money on your fall wedding and not max out your budget so you can also go on that honeymoon!


  • Using Pumpkins for Place Cards

    Don’t be afraid to incorporate pumpkins into your fall wedding décor. This is a budget friendly idea that you can make at home quite easily. Buy small pumpkins in bulk at a local farm and use them as place settings for your guests.

    By using the smaller pumpkins like featured here on Intimate Weddings, you avoid the Halloween look and make the tables look more fall.

  • Easy Wheat Grass Centerpiece

    Adding wheat grass to your wedding décor can bring a nice natural element to your event space. And because it has a warm earthy color to it, this DIY fall centerpiece can go with any fall décor you have already planned for your wedding.

    See how we created this fall décor item using wheat bundles for an easy and pretty wedding centerpiece.

  • Pine Cone Bouquets

    It wouldn’t be autumn without pine cones and we love this idea on Green Bride Guide who shows you how to actually use them in your bridal party bouquets.

    Truly a clever and easy idea, using pine cones as bouquets is a great way to decorate your wedding for the fall. And since it’s inexpensive to find pine cones (or you may even be able to get them outdoors for free!) and tie them up with ribbon for a quick and easy way to save money on your wedding budget.

  • Candy Apples Are Perfect for Fall Weddings

    We recently planned an autumn apple inspired party that used candy apples in it’s décor. By actually making food a part of your wedding decor, you and your bridal party can make them yourselves in an effort to save a few bucks.

    Make candy apples at home and decorate your tables, for a nice way to use seasonal autumn apples.

  • DIY Garlands

    One of the easiest ways you can decorate to save money is to make your own garlands. Hang your own DIY garlands like these leaf ones to really bring autumn into the room.

    We made these with silk leaves that you can buy online at a discount or at your local craft store.

  • Dried Leaf Escort Card

    This beautiful idea featured on Once Wed is an easy and budget-friendly way to create escort cards for your wedding guests.

    By drying up leaves, write each guest and their table with calligraphy pen for a cute way to display escort cards at the entrance of your wedding.

  • Bake Your Own Favors

    As couples look to cut down on wedding expenses, baking their own treats has become one of the top ways they can save some money.

    Bake your guests these delicious mini apple pies to give as wedding favors for a nice autumn inspired treat.

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