9/5 Guest Post: Add Simple Fall Elegance To Your Wedding with Inexpensive & Easy Autumn DIY

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Today we’re handing the reins over to one of our favorite ladies in the wedding blog biz — Maggie Lord — Founder and Editor of Rustic Wedding Chic, and author of a book, aptly named: Rustic Wedding Chic! She’s got 3 fabulous DIY ideas to share with you that are absolutely perfect for fall weddings.

Add Simple Fall Elegance To Your Wedding with Inexpensive & Easy Autumn DIY

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The natural beauty that is alive in the fall is just one of the reasons why this season is perfect for rustic chic weddings. In my book, Rustic Wedding Chic, I have several inexpensive wedding décor ideas that play into the fall season effortlessly. These projects are not only budget-friendly, but they’re also low on DIY effort, which allows every bride the ability to pull them off.

When I first started to gather ideas for the “Get The Look” section of the book I went back to my archives of the Ask Maggie section on the Rustic Wedding Chic website to see what advice brides where looking for when trying to design the right fall look. Most of the brides were hoping to incorporate the fall season into their wedding but wanted to stay away from the traditional path of pumpkins, fall leaves, oranges and browns. It was from these cries for wedding décor help that I came up with three fall wedding looks that are both easy on the budget, DIY-friendly, and rustic chic. 

Burlap Table Runners With Hand Sewn Hearts & Initials

Burlap table runners are very trendy right now in the wedding world but I believe that by adding a few small hand-sewn details this look goes from trendy to classic country. In the Rustic Wedding Chic book this image of a long wedding table with the couples initials in this standout red color is one my favorites. There is something so simple and homemade about this project, like something that we would see in another place and time. If you can sew, then this should be an easy weekend project. If you can’t sew then I suggest you try these three strategies:

1. Head over to Etsy and check out a crafter like Antique Linen Store to help you obtain the look.

2. Ask around. You might be surprised that a friend, your aunt, the local craft store or even your dry cleaner can embroider your ideal pattern.

3. You might be able to get the hand-sewn look without actually having to sew it. Head to your craft store and look for iron decals, which can allow you to execute a rustic wedding idea with the latest technology. Use a computer to you can design an image, print it out and iron it on.

Apple Cider In Hollowed Out Apples

Add Simple Fall Elegance To Your Wedding with Inexpensive & Easy Autumn DIY

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The warm feeling of hot apple cider warming your body as the crisp fall air settles in is a delightful thought! Treat your wedding guests to a warm drink (can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic depending on your preference) of apple cider as they enter your cocktail hour. Your guests will be charmed to not only have a warm seasonal drink but they will love the fact that they are served in hollowed out apples. The apples are an inexpensive vessel and eco-friendly as well; it’s just up to you to transform them from a snack to a cup.

This project may seem like a lot of work, but after you see the Fall Harvest Inspiration in the book, you’ll be taking on all sorts of projects to bring the autumn look to your wedding day. My tip for making this project easier on the bride is to contact a local apple orchard, buy the apples in bulk and ask them to hollow them out for you since many orchards have this sort of machine on hand.

Hay Bale Seating Option

Add Simple Fall Elegance To Your Wedding with Inexpensive & Easy Autumn DIY

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Whether your wedding is on a farm, in a barn, at a vineyard or just in your back yard, you have the option of using hay bales as seating for your ceremony. If you are worried that this look might be “too country,” add a vintage twist by adding faded tablecloths, mismatched lace and even muted colored blankets help to dress up the hay bales. Farms may have more hay on hand then they have a use for, so reach out to local farms to see if you buy the hay from them or go right to the source and work with a hay farm and have them delivered to your wedding site.

About Maggie Lord:

A self confessed wedding junkie since the age of 13, Maggie Lord loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about the rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her lakeside wedding at her family’s summer cabin in Northern Wisconsin she started blogging. Now RusticWeddingChic.com has become the number one online resource for rustic & country weddings. In addition to being the editor of Rustic Wedding Chic, Maggie is also a contributing author for various other online and print publications and is sought after as an expert on rustic & country weddings.

Maggie is the author of Rustic Wedding Chic, the book, and a contributing writer for DIY Wedding Magazine.

  • Heather

    The apple cider in hollowed out apples is genius.

  • My favorite is the Burlap Table Runners With Hand Sewn Hearts & Initials because it's something that can be kept and passed on. Imagine getting something so special from your grandmother. That being said, I want to invite people over for cider in hollowed apples, right now!

  • Lauren

    Will the apples turn yellow/brown the orchard hollows them out for you a few days before the wedding?

  • Stephanie H

    Great ideas. My sister is having a fall wedding and some of these ideas would work great!!Thanks for sharing!!

  • Joanne

    I love all 3 ideas, but to pick one, my favorite is the Burlap linens. I love Burlap

  • Kaitlin Boles

    I love the apples and the burlap table runner by far are favorites!

  • Dani

    I love burlap and my dream wedding is everything vintage farmhouse chic! The Table runner is right up my alley!

  • That's an awesome idea…

  • Liz

    My favorite is the apples ! I'm a foody and love creative uses for fruits/veggies. In response to Lauren's question, I know that tossing a bit of lemon juice on cut apples delays the browning, then they need to be kept cool and airtight. Is there a way to do this in bulk? hmm. Love these DIY ideas, I'll pass them along to the DIY Brides I encounter when assisting them with DIY cake ideas.

  • I like Burlap Table's It's good .

  • I loved the burlap table runner idea ♥

  • Allie

    I love the hollowed out apples!

  • Love the apple cider idea. So creative.

  • cassandravanhout

    Those apples are a great idea. 😀

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  • Those apple cider holders look awesome! The cinnamon stick makes it. Do you think sprinkling them with lemon juice will keep them from going brown? It works when poaching pears.

  • i want to go there!