14 rustic wedding ideas

06 Sep 2017

The rustic wedding trend continues apace and here are a few ways to fulfil the theme with flair

Image: Kelsie Low Photography

Stripped back informal celebrations filled with fun and florals is the aim in achieving a characteristically rustic wedding. DIY projects and countryside-inspired details will make your wedding one to remember. Here are 14 key components for a ravishing and rustic theme. 

1. Signage

Reclaimed wood featuring beautiful calligraphy is a popular choice for rustic wedding signage. You can buy the signs or have a go at creating them yourself. This style of sign can be used for directions, memorable messages from the bride and groom, and your table plan too.

2. Décor

Reams of bunting, old milk churns and wooden pallets will set the tone, while rustic displays in and around your venue will re-inforce the theme. How about a reclaimed wooden step ladder featuring your initials or words, photo frames and small arrangements of flowers in mason jars? You could even use the same idea for your table plan


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3. Flowers

Pastel peonies or roses and plenty of foliage, interspersed with sprigs of gypsophila, will make the perfect bouquet for a rustic wedding. 

4. Cake

Naked cakes sat atop wooden slices look the part at a rustic wedding. Decorate with fresh fruit and plenty of gypsophila or meadow flowers for the perfect touch.


Image: Lanty via Unsplash

5. Venue

Barns, village halls or the great outdoors offer the perfect rustic wedding setting. Take a look at these beautiful barn venues in Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Essex, and nationwide


Image: White Stag Wedding Photography (Bassmead Manor Barns)

6. Chair covers/décor

For the ceremony or wedding breakfast, consider hessian fabric and floral finishes to adorn your chairs.


Image: Bijou Weddings

7. Table set-up

Whether you're going bright or muted with your colour scheme, an arrangement of fresh flowers as the centrepiece and/or in miniature vases around the table will enforce the theme. 


Image: Bijou Weddings

8. Place settings

Small log slices or pine cones featuring your guests' names provide a beautiful place setting idea which your guests will want to take home. 


Image: Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash

9. Favours

Mini jam jars filled with homemade preserves or sweets and decorated with hessian, floral or gingham fabric are a quaint addition. Similarly, Alice in Wonderland-esque bottles containing cordials and 'drink me' kraft card tags will be well received for the toast drinks. 


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10. Catering 

Think converted horseboxes and bars set atop beer kegs or wooden crates when it comes to your catering. Self-service options, such as hog roasts or buffets, for the wedding breakfast or evening meal will go down a storm. 


Image: Hoofbooth

11. Transport

It's back to basics with your wedding transport. Tractors and trailers to transport your guests will create a talking point. 


Image: Rock My Wedding (Kelsie Low Photography)

12. Seating

If you're holding your ceremony outside, why not embrace the joys of nature with hay bales for your seating?


Image: Wedding Bales

13. Stationery

There are so many options for rustic wedding stationery; doily paper and yet more hessian are just two choices to add to each design. If you're opting for bunting, you could incorporate the colour scheme into your invitations and save the dates to give your guests a sneak preview. 


Image: Eaton Stationery

14. Bridalwear

Last but not least, your bridal ensemble should reflect the relaxed theme - consider floaty fabrics, bohemian lace and a show-stopping flower crown. See this shoot in Swindon for inspiration. 


Image: Elizabeth Donovan Photography

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