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How to Plan a Rustic Wedding

All the rustic wedding ideas and tips you need

One of our favorite trends at the moment is the rustic wedding. This outdoorsy theme is perfect for couples who envision a nature-filled wedding day complete with pastoral charm. From the venue to the outfits, you can make the look all your own for your day with these rustic wedding ideas.

Choose a Locale

For a full-on rustic wedding, consider hosting your celebration in a barn or a field. If you don’t have access to these beautiful locations, you can still choose a venue that has a homespun feel. Log buildings, back-country resorts, and backyards are all great options. If you host the wedding outside, be sure you have access to a tent or other form of shelter in case of inclement weather. For those who can’t find a rustic locale, there are plenty of ways to up the country factor through decor. Don’t forget to set the tone with rustic wedding invitations!

Select Decorations

The next way to bring your rustic wedding to life is through your wedding decorations. In addition to burlap and mason jars, try a few of these decor ideas:

  • Use large wooden barrels as bar tables.
  • Work the season into your theme with fall plaids and pumpkins or summer flowers and greens.
  • Break out the candles and twinkly string lights to illuminate dinner and dancing.
  • Use mason jars to host floating votive candles, candy or notes guests write for the newlyweds.
  • Turn birch-tree logs into vases for flowers or use the pattern from the beautiful bark as inspiration for the frosting on your wedding cake.
  • Picnic tables can be elegant and classy with a solid paint job, a beautiful table cloth, and place settings.
  • Use barn​ wood to create signs directing guests where to go, denoting seating arrangements and featuring sweet sayings about your happily ever after.
  • Create chalkboards to share what’s for dinner, the timing of your ceremony and reception, or talk about your love story and thank guests.
  • If you’re hosting the wedding lakeside, place beer, water and pop in a canoe with ice for a unique outdoor cooler.

Rustic wedding flower bouquet laying on leather seat

Consider Nontraditional Flowers

Baby’s breath, locally grown greenery, or a mix of colorful wildflowers: the wedding flower options are endless. The trick is to stick to florals or greens you’d find in your area to achieve the ultimate pastoral feel. When it comes to securing your blooms, many bridal bouquets are held together with a silk ribbon. For a rustic take on this tradition, consider using burlap or letting the stems go bare. Plus, don’t forget about continuing your florals to your centerpieces. Place just a few flower stems or greens in short vases to brighten the meal of every guest.

Select Attire and Accessories

What the wedding party wears is also a crucial part of a wedding theme. Rustic gatherings are often a little more casual than your typical ceremony, and that can lead to a lot of fun looks. The men may wear cowboy hats and everyone might don cowboy boots. The groomsmen could opt for dark denim and nice button-up shirts, while the ladies can wear bridesmaid dresses in an earthy hue (try Juniper, Dusty Sage, or Biscotti). The bride can still be chic in a stunning wedding dress (may we suggest pairing a traditional dress with your laid-back I do’s?) and the groom in black tux.

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