Choosing a wedding theme is, by far, one of the most difficult parts of planning your wedding, as there are just so many different options to choose from. Of all the themes out there, one of the best ones has to be a rustic theme. Why? Because it’s a theme that is adaptable, easy to pull together, and wonderfully easy to style, plus it’s wonderfully cute, quirky and pretty.
Bearing all of that in mind, it’s easy to see why rustic-themed weddings are becoming more and more popular. Do you love the concept of a rustic wedding? If the answer is yes, then you have come to the right place, as we will be sharing a wealth of ideas and inspiration below, for planning the most incredible rustic wedding.
Choose your venue carefully
When it comes to planning your rustic wedding, selecting the perfect venue is vital. For a rustic-themed do there are really only two choices: a barn or a gazebo. Why? Because these venue choices are the ideal fit for the theme, as long as they are well decorated and styled, that is. Barns are ideal for rustic weddings as usually, they have a lot of wood on show and naturally have that rustic feel to them. Gazebos can also work well, as long as you are selective when it comes to picking the type of gazebo. For rustic affairs, yurt or tipi-style gazebos tend to work best, such as the ones offered by The Tipi Company, for instance. Before selecting a venue, take the time to look at your options and choose the one that is the best fit for you, your wedding, and your price range.
Pretty props are vital
Beautiful bunting, jam jars with lace around them, chalkboards with cute messages on, apple crates, and vintage-style tablecloths are just a few props that can work well as part of a rustic wedding. The fantastic thing about a rustic wedding is the fact that the props don’t have to be expensive, they can be homemade or second-hand, it doesn’t matter. For inspiration and ideas, Pinterest is an incredible resource.
Serve food that’s less formal
One of the major benefits of having a rustic wedding is that it can be much less formal than a normal affair, this includes the food that you serve. Rustic weddings are more fun and laid back, so having a formal three-course meal wouldn’t fit the theme. Instead, have a buffet, a hog roast, or a BBQ. As for dessert, simple dishes are ideal, think fruit salad, sponge cake and trifle.
Be creative with lighting
Weddings are all about the glitz and the glamour, which is why getting the lighting right is so important. To add a subtle, romantic glow to your venue, fairy lights are ideal, as are tea light candles, or for a safer option, LED tea lights can work just as well. Whether you want to light up one section of the venue or add a sparkle to the whole place, getting creative with your lighting is key.
Go wild with the flowers
A rustic wedding isn’t about things being perfect; it’s about things being pretty and having that natural vibe to them. So when it comes to your wedding flowers, instead of having perfectly put together bouquets, opt for posies of wildflowers instead. Tie them with ribbon or lace, and place the table flower in jam jars or vintage-style vases.
Have a pimp your drink station
Don’t have waiters going around serving drinks, have a self-service drinks section instead. Pop different bottles of drinks here, some alcoholic and some non-alcoholic, as well as a selection of accompaniments for drinks, so that your guests can pimp their drinks with fruit, flavoured syrups, herbs, and flowers.
Go homemade with the favours
When it comes to the wedding favours that you give your guests, going DIY can be a great way to keep the rustic theme alive. If you aren’t sure what favours to go for, sugared almonds placed in cute squares of fabric and tied with ribbon can work well. Other options include homemade fudge or boiled sweets, or how about giving each guest a DIY hot chocolate kit? Get creative, and you are sure to be able to come up with a DIY idea that you love.
There you have it, a selection of ideas and inspiration for planning a rustic wedding. Take note of the tips and ideas above and you can ensure that your wedding turns out to be the most magical day.