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Is your idea of a dream wedding a fall celebration with romantic, shabby chic décor? Do you love the look of these distressed, but oh-so-charming touches? Then we have some great ideas and planning tips to help you achieve a fabulously shabby chic wedding for the fall season. Take a look!


Your wedding invitations are the first impression guests will receive of your big day. They can go a long way toward introducing your style and color scheme. For a shabby chic fall wedding, we recommend choosing invitations that have distressed or burnt edges. Laser-cut invitations can also make your paper look like delicate lace. When choosing your font style, go for something with a vintage feel. We also highly recommend handwritten addresses, even calligraphy if possible for an extra special touch. If you don’t have the time or resources to write your addresses by hand, professional printing has come a long way and can create a very convincing handwritten look!


With shabby chic invitations to the set the tone of your wedding, the next item that will have a big impact on the feel of your day is, of course, the venue. When we think shabby chic, we think a quaint bed and breakfast, a rustic barn or a historic Victorian home. These picturesque event spaces will create a stunning backdrop for your wedding without needing a ton of décor. Best of all, in the fall months these spaces will showcase the colorful leaves and other elements of nature that highlight the beauty of the season.

Color Scheme

When choosing your color scheme for your big day, it’s important to pick a combination that represents both shabby chic and fall. We recommend blending nudes and earth tones (the shabby chic) with a bold pop of color (the fall). Fall colors are deep and rich. Think burgundy, purple, orange and gold. Once you have a color scheme, incorporate it into various aspects of your wedding all the way from the invitations to your table linens.


Long before shabby chic was a trendy wedding theme, it was a type of style for interior design. This is why you can really tie your theme together with the type of décor you plan into your wedding. We recommend choosing items that appear vintage or worn (whether they truly are old or simply distressed to look old). Then, combine these “old” elements with a fresh and fancy element like flowers, pearls or something with a glittery finish. The juxtaposition of old and new is what makes shabby chic so charming.

Some of our favorite shabby chic wedding ideas, specifically in the fall, include renting antique couches and chairs to have scattered throughout your event space or renting antique-looking dinner settings (preferably ones that don’t match!). Use distressed elements for your centerpieces like old chandeliers, watering cans or vases. You can create a big statement with the types of linens on your table. Look for antique table cloths that are all just a little bit different than one another. Combined, these details will have guests oohing and ahhing over the charm and romance of your wedding day!

What tip has you most excited to plan your own fall shabby chic wedding? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

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