The Best Floral Arrangements for Fall Weddings

The weather may be cooler, but many of the flowers and foliage on parade right now are nothing less than fiery. See how to pair the most vivid offerings with weathered branches for a breathtaking effect.

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This wreath is made with curved driftwood and wispy manzanita boughs. You can order branches like these from your florist, or just cut them from your own yard. Ones with bends and crooks are the easiest to work with. The finishing touches: crimson amaryllis, inky privet berries, white berzelia buds, purply artichokes, and, for a bright pop, persimmons.

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This imaginative escort-cards-slash favors setup looks amazing but will help you cut costs. Use a drill press to make holes in large lengths of naturally flat driftwood. (Tool-phobic? Have a local carpenter do the dirty work for you. And if you're working with round logs, sand them down on one side to prevent rolling.) Then tuck in the take-home mementos: bud vases filled with astrantia, anemones, orchids, ranunculus, sweetgum, and viburnum. Calligraphed cards can be secured to the glass vials with double-sided tape to direct revelers to their seats. For a twist, use inexpensive mismatched bottles, or even creamers and sugar bowls from thrift stores.
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This lush tablescape was fashioned by hollowing out a piece of driftwood and concealing the container inside, making the arrangement appear as though it's sprouting straight from the log. Next, it was loaded it up with blazing blooms, including amaranth, amaryllis, orchids, peonies, ranunculus, and scabiosas. The verdant backdrop was courtesy of Shelldance Orchid Gardens, in Pacifica, California, an exotic-plants sanctuary open to the public and, happily, available for weddings.

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An Autumnal Bouquet
By incorporating inky privet berries, this bouquet takes on the rich feel of a Dutch painting. To balance the pale pinks and peaches of these utterly feminine dinner-plate dahlias, roses, ranunculus, and andromeda, opt for dark fruit, and a plum ribbon to give the feathery clutch a sophisticated edge.
A Pop of Color
For arresting displays, think like a locavore and use area produce as ingredients. In this arrangement, vivid persimmons were paired with dusky berries for a look that's easy on the eyes as well as your budget.

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