Barn venues, mason jars, and burlap are a few just rustic wedding ideas why the rustic wedding theme became popular but over the years this theme has only picked up speed and is still one of the hottest wedding themes around. Some couples dream about a rustic wedding in a barn while others are thinking about hosting a rustic wedding in a country field.
No matter what type of rustic wedding you are planning there are tons of beautiful rustic wedding ideas and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites. One of the reasons why rustic weddings are so popular is because the term rustic is such a large umbrella term and can be used to describe a country’s wedding, outdoor wedding, lakeside wedding, woodland wedding, and more.
Brides Often Ask
What is a rustic wedding theme?
A rustic wedding is a beautiful wedding theme to choose because it gives the couple so much flexibility with the look and feels. The classic rustic wedding theme centers around rustic wedding decorations such as birch vases, mason jars, barn wedding venues all while being surrounded by nature.
Since the rustic wedding theme has become so popular we have seen couples create a rustic look while adding the perfect amount of elegance to the wedding day. If the rustic theme is what you are looking for don’t be afraid to make the day unique to you and your style by making the day as dressed up or as dressed down as you want.
What colors go with a rustic wedding?
Since the majority of rustic weddings take place surrounded by nature it seems only natural that couples would gravitate towards wedding colors that are influenced by the setting. One of the most popular rustic wedding color combinations is Blush Pink, White & Green.
Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram we have seen this color theme skyrocket since it is neutral enough to fit almost any setting while still being elegant. A few other color combinations we love for a rustic wedding are Dusty Rose, Light Blue & Champagne along with Grey and Yellow, and followed by Sage Green and Cream.
Rustic Wedding Invitations
There are thousands of different rustic wedding invitations available to order online so you will have no trouble finding the perfect rustic wedding invitation, however, with so many options available sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. When looking for the perfect rustic wedding invitation pay special attention to the details as many rustic wedding invitations feature nature motifs which can line up perfectly with your ideal theme.
Most wedding stationery now comes in what is commonly known as an “invitation suite” which consists of a save the date card, a wedding invitation, RSVP card along with other enclosures cards which work perfectly as a rustic wedding since you can add your personalized details and design to make the invitation truly special.
Wedding invitations especially rustic wedding invitations can tell the story about what sort of day the guests should expect to experience based on the invitation style, paper, design, and details.
Rustic Wedding Invitations Materials
The sky’s the limit with what type of rustic wedding invitation you want to create but some of the most popular rustic wedding invitation materials are kraft paper, recycled paper, and cotton paper with natural edges.
Rustic Wedding Invitations Colors
One simple search for rustic wedding invitations will pull up hundreds of options and most of the rustic wedding invitations are in the beige, green, and cream family with details such as trees, lace, greenery, birch, and woodland features.
Rustic Wedding Invitations Style
We have seen rustic wedding invitations that are everything from simple and elegant to feminine and florals all within the rustic wedding style. It seems some of the most popular rustic wedding invitation styles are centered around the floral, woodsy, mountain, and nature-inspired details.
Rustic Attire Ideas
Just because you want to host a wedding in a barn or a country rustic setting does not mean you have to settle for attire that is not formal, however, if a more laid back look is your goal it can be easily achieved as well. Ladies in lovely dresses often with a print or pattern play well with the rustic setting while men love the traditional suit but sometimes adding a twist like suspenders, vest or patterned shirts make the day special.
Rustic Wedding Dresses
For brides who are hosting a rustic wedding and want to find a dress that fits with this style are in luck as many dress designers are making gowns that are perfectly elegant and rustic chic.
Gowns that are perfect for a rustic wedding often can be found with details such as lovely lace embellishments, layers of soft tulle, and dramatic beading. Newer wedding dress trends including illusion lace, open back gowns, and long sleeves are all perfect for a wedding in a rustic or country setting.
Don’t be afraid to match your elegant dress with cowboy boots, flats, or sandals to top off the look.
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Rustic Groom Attire
Today grooms have way more options than in years before for their perfect wedding day look. If you have always dreamed of a groom dressed in a tuxedo for the big day you absolutely can achieve that even in a rustic setting.
Aside from the traditional tuxedo many rustic grooms are breaking the mold a little and deciding to sport a less formal yet still elegant look. Light-colored suits, vest and dress pants, and patterned shirts are a few other looks that help to create a wedding look yet play perfectly with the rustic or country backdrop.
Many grooms will add a twist to their look by adding cowboy boots, sneakers, or loafers.
Rustic Bridesmaid Dresses
The perfect wedding day look goes beyond just the bride and groom since you want your wedding party to look the part as well. Bridesmaids have a variety of options for a rustic wedding look here are a few of our favorites.
- One-color multi styles
This is a big-time favorite of rustic brides and allows you to specify a specific color for a dress but allows each bridesmaid to select a different style dress that matches both their personality and shape.
- Mis Matched Dresses
If you want to play up more of an eclectic style for your wedding party consider having your bridesmaids select their dress without having them match in color or style.
- Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses
Having a rustic wedding means you can stray a little from the traditional wedding style and select a patterned bridesmaid dress. Think florals, plaids, and stripes.
- Short Bridesmaids Dresses
Given the location of many of the rustic wedding venues offering short bridesmaids dresses might be the best option. If you think about large fields, barns, vineyards, and estates it seems to make sense to have short bridesmaids dresses allowing for your wedding party to be comfortable.
- Long Dresses
If you want to have a rustic wedding and make it a formal event, you can have long bridesmaid dresses. One quick tip is if you think about long dresses you might want to have them hemmed slightly so they don’t catch on the floor of a rustic venue.
Rustic Wedding Attire For Guests
One of the most asked questions about rustic weddings is actually what should a guest wear to this type of event. It seems pretty easy to know how to dress for a more traditional wedding but when it is a rustic wedding it’s a bit more unclear.
The most important thing for a wedding guest at a rustic wedding to think about is when and when the wedding is taking place. If you are attending a wedding in a barn or a country setting you might want to make sure you have a short dress and flats since walking on grass and dirt are very difficult in heels. Many rustic weddings take place outside so as the night goes on there is a good chance you get cold so plan to have a wrap or a sweater with you as well.
As for the men who are attending a rustic wedding it is always a good idea to plan on dress pants, a dress shirt, and tie unless the invitation states otherwise. Having a jacket to match is considered a good idea but not always necessary.
Rustic Wedding Ceremony Decorations
You can host a rustic wedding anywhere so what makes a rustic wedding a rustic wedding? It’s all about the decorations! When hosting your wedding ceremony in a rustic fashion you will want to make sure you have 5 key factors: Venue, Aisle Decor, Ceremony Backdrop, Signs, and Seating.
The main features of any rustic wedding ceremony are about creating the scene. Many couples have their ceremony outdoors allowing them to create a rustic look by adding vintage doors, baskets of flowers, swags of greenery, and interesting seating. If you want to host your wedding in a place of worship and still want it to have a rustic vibe you can add decorations to the pews, drape floral swags and add greenery to the altar or ceremony location.
Rustic Wedding Venue Decor
Outdoor location, a house of worship, a barn, or a wooded spot can all make for the perfect rustic wedding ceremony. The key to pulling off the rustic look at your ceremony is to create a focal point where you will be able to exchange vows. One of the best ways to create that focal point is to arrange the seating and florals and decor so they all look towards one specific area which will be your ceremony location. Adding a birch arch, wooden doors and white drapes are just a few ways to make your ceremony location both rustic and stand.
Rustic Aisle Decor
Large baskets or pots of flowers, lanterns, tree stumps, or birch logs all can help to create a dramatic aisle. You might want to add an aisle runner and burlap works great for an outdoor location.
Thanks to the popularity of rustic weddings there is now an endless amount of ceremony backdrop ideas you can create. From birch arches to floral ones to wood backdrops you can find something that matches your style and budget.
Rustic Wedding Signs
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When having a rustic wedding and especially one that is outside its helpful to have some signs that not only welcome your guest but also act as information. Besides a welcome sign by the entrance to your ceremony, have one that shares how or where you would like guests to sit, where and when the ceremony will take place, and if you would like phones to be put away.
If you think you have to stick to just having rented chairs at your ceremony you will be happy to learn there are endless possibilities for rustic wedding ceremony seating. We love it when couples decide to have benches, church pews, wood chairs, or even covered hay bales. It’s not just the type of seating that is open to your creativity but you can also arrange the seating anyway you see fit. One major trend is to have the seating be in a circle so your friends and family are all around you.
Rustic Ceremony Arches
As we have talked about it is pretty important to create a focal point for your ceremony and there is no better way to do that than by adding a rustic ceremony arch. The rustic arch can even be a great DIY project or if you would rather buy or rent one you have tons of choices.
The main point of a ceremony arch is to create a focal point and act as the backdrop for the ceremony. Many couples want to have an arch that sticks to the rustic look and feel so many are made out of wood, birch logs, flowers, or even vintage doors.
Perhaps the most traditional arch is a floral arch which consists of flowers and greenery and can either cover an entire arch or be added to an arch structure to add some beauty. You can work with your florist to have them create your floral arch which can coordinate with the other floral arrangements at the ceremony and reception.
From simple wood arches to very elaborate ones we are seeing couples make their rustic wedding ceremony stand out with wooden arches. Many times a couple will add some decor items to the wood arch to “dress it up” for the wedding day. Adding drapery, flowers, greenery, or even a monogram can all make the wood arch perfect for your wedding day.
Perfect for an outdoor wedding in the mountains, by a lake or in a wooded spot, the birch arch offers a wide variety of options. Many rustic wedding venues have an arch at the location which means there is a chance you don’t have to rent or buy one.
Wedding Transportation Ideas
You have to get yourself and your guests to and from your wedding location and there is no rule that you have to do it a traditional way. Many couples who are planning a rustic wedding decide to think outside the box when it comes to transportation and use trolleys, farm wagons, pickup trucks, and vintage cars.
This idea has only become more and more popular thanks to all the great images we see of couples using a pickup truck for their wedding. This idea can be all chic and elegant by adding beautiful floral swags, burlap just married banners, and greenery are all a great option when dressing up a pickup truck.
A standard in many small destination cities, trolleys are a great idea for a rustic wedding. This option not only works great for moving your wedding party but also can be helpful for wedding guests as well.
If a country setting is what you have in mind you might want to ask your venue if a farm wagon is a good way to help transport you, guests. Farm wagons also can be very helpful to transport older guests who might have a hard time navigating a more country or rustic landscape.
Rustic Wedding Reception Ideas
After the ceremony, it is all about celebrating the newly married couple and there is no better way to do that than having one amazing rustic reception. For couples who have planned a barn, rustic, or outdoor wedding reception the decor plays a big part in making the theme come to life.
The best rustic wedding reception ideas come down to the venue, lighting, dining tables, decor, and florals.
Barns, farms, vineyards, inns, and warehouses are just the start of rustic wedding venues you can select from, and thanks to expansive online venues guides you can find the perfect venue that fits your style, budget, guests count and location.
Adding lighting is a pretty important factor for making the rustic reception come to life. Most barns and outdoor venues have small string lights that add a little romantic feeling to the venue in addition to table candles, lanterns, and dimming lights. If you are looking at a rustic venue you should always inquire about how lighting is provided since you might need extra lighting for outdoor spots, dance floors, and parking areas.
When all your guests sit down to dine it can be the perfect opportunity to make a statement with the look and feel of the dining area. The traditional round tables that seat 6 or 8 guests are still pretty popular but in many rustic locations, couples are going towards a more unique look. Long wooden tables, a mix of table sizes and shapes are all becoming a standard in the rustic wedding world. One of the biggest wedding trends we are seeing is couples not having traditional linens on the table and instead of having a rustic wood table stand out with no coverings.
Wedding Reception Decor
The decorations and decor for a wedding reception take a lot of time to plan since there are so many different options and styles you can work with. There are no limits on the rustic wedding decor ideas but a few of our favorite rustic looks include whiskey barrels, lanterns, wood slices, mason jars, wood signs, fairy lights, and birch logs.
Since you are having a rustic wedding you probably don’t want to go about having the most traditional wedding flowers either and there is no reason you have to. One of the great things about the florals at a rustic or country wedding is that they can be a little more unstructured looking and more natural. A few floral options that work great for rustic weddings are baby’s breath, sunflowers, spray roses, and tons of greenery.
Rustic Wedding Table Settings
Getting the table setting right at a wedding means carrying your wedding theme through all the table decorations, linens, and centerpieces. Many rustic wedding couples want to have a dressed-up rustic look for their tables while some want a more informal look – no matter which boat you are in, you will be able to find endless inspiration and ideas to match. The most important features to consider when planning your wedding table are linens, centerpieces, candles, and table numbers.
Many couples still want to go with the traditional look of long white tablecloths and matching napkins but there is a long list of couples who are using the rustic wedding look to create new linen ideas altogether.
One of the most popular looks for a rustic wedding is to use table linen with a print on it either as the table cloth or as a runner. Using a bold print allows the table to stand out and makes decorating it a little easier since you don’t have to add as much decor. The second popular trend is to add notable coverings at all and allow for beautiful farm tables to speak for themself.
Most couples will still want to add a centerpiece to a wedding table but that does not mean it has to be just flowers. Many rustic wedding couples find it cute to add details to the centerpieces that either is in the place of the flowers or work with the floral centerpiece. Besides what type of centerpiece it is important to think about the container for the centerpiece. We love a rustic birch vase, farm-style basket, mason jars or galvanized buckets all make for a great centerpiece look.
Lanterns & Candles
Adding some drama and lighting to the table can easily be achieved with beautiful candlelight and lanterns. Some rustic wedding couples decide on having birch candle holders while others go with a more traditional votive style but no matter how you display your candles it is an important part of making the table look elegant.
This is one area of the wedding decor where you can really take some liberties and have fun. We love seeing wedding couples use wood as table numbers, framed images, or mason jars with number tags – no matter how you display your table numbers it is important to make sure your guests can read them easily!
Rustic Themed Floral Arrangements
Floral arrangements are a big part of the wedding budget pie so take some time to discuss with your florist what exactly you are looking for and what sort of flowers you would like to work with. When planning a rustic wedding you have the choice to work with more wildflower arrangements or go with a more traditional style flower arrangement – either way you can’t really lose. Some of the best rustic themed floral arrangements are Sunflowers, Babies Breath, Roses, Greenery, Succulents.
Bright and sunny and filled with southern charm might be one way, to sum up what sunflowers are so why not add them to your rustic wedding. If you are having a rustic wedding using sunflowers in your arrangements can add a large pop of color perfect for brightening up your venue.
If you are looking for a floral arrangement that is easy to work with while adding tons of elegance you have found it in babies’ breaths. Perfect for bundling together and adding to seating arrangements or making into oversized wreaths – babies’ breath is the perfect rustic wedding flower.
Thanks to the versatility of roses these make for perfect additions to any rustic wedding floral arrangement. Since roses come in a variety of colors and sizes adding them to larger displays is easy while they make a major impact on their own.
If you want a lot of bang for your buck you will want to consider using greenery at your rustic wedding. Perfect for adding to long tables or dressing up the head table, greenery can add elegance without having to work with just one flower type.
Succulents For Rustic Wedding
Many brides choose this unique floral detail because of their unique qualities and boho sort of feel. Succulents can be worked into bouquets, centerpieces, and larger displays making a major impact. Considering succulents come in a variety of sizes and colors this makes the perfect decor item.
Rustic Wedding Backdrop Ideas
Wedding backdrops have come a long way in the past few years. It seems like no matter what the wedding theme there is a wedding backdrop to match. When hosting a rustic wedding you are in luck thanks to all of the fun options you have for a backdrop. We love it when couples choose rustic wooden backdrops, soft drapery backdrops, personalized backdrops, and vintage-inspired backdrops.
Rustic Wooden Backdrops
Many wooden backdrops have popped up on the rustic wedding scene offering a somewhat simple look yet it can be dressed up with flowers, monograms, and fairy lights.
Soft Drapery Backdrops
If you are going for a more gentle feel for your backdrop consider using a drapery backdrop. Beautiful and light drapery is hung to create a stunning backdrop filled with elegance. Adding string lights, small floral details or a Mr. & Mrs. sign can really make this backdrop pop.
If you have a specific quote that you want to showcase or you are looking to add your monogram to your wedding backdrop this might be the perfect solution. Thanks to a large variety of online outlets you can order specific wording that is printed on canvas that can be hung as your wedding backdrop.
Vintage Inspired Backdrops
Vintage doors, wood pallets, and reclaimed windows are just the start of vintage items you can create to make the perfect rustic wedding backdrop.
Rustic Wedding Menu Ideas
Family style, BBQ’s and farm to table dining are just the tips of how you can create a unique rustic wedding menu along with creative ideas for your food display, cake display, and bar area. Many rustic wedding venues offer outdoor seating which makes it the perfect spot to have a BBQ style dinner which can also be totally as elegant or country as you want it to be. If you love the idea of having the food sourced from the same location as your wedding you might want to work with a local farm to create a farm to table option.
Food & Menu
Once you have decided to host a rustic wedding you will want to work with your catering company or venue to create the perfect menu. One of the best things about having a rustic wedding is the food options are endless. If you want a laid back BBQ style menu you can certainly achieve that but if you are looking to have a more formal menu you can have a farm to table event focusing on local food, family-style dishes, and environmentally friendly fare are just a few of the choices you have to enjoy.
Wedding cakes have come a long way from the traditional simple white wedding cake. Rustic wedding couples are opting for cakes that are inspired by nature. Birch wedding cakes, chocolate wedding cakes, naked wedding cake, woodland cakes, and cupcakes are just the beginning of the rustic wedding cake ideas you can choose from.
Even if you serve cake you can still add some desserts that make the day special. It seems only fitting for a rustic wedding to add a S’More station, ice cream truck, donut wall, or candy buffet.
Bar & Drinks
From signature drinks to beer stations it seems you can create any type of wedding bar that fits your style. Many couples decide to have a bar that offers wine, beer, and mixed drinks while others want to offer wine and beer and one or two signature drinks. No matter which way you are leaning it is fun to add some twist to the traditional wedding bar by having a beer tasting center. A Champagne truck, or a drink display that can be created out of anything from galvanized buckets to whiskey barrels to a canoe filled with beverages.
Starting to plan your rustic wedding means gathering inspiration, information, and insights to help your dream day come to life. Filled with romance and elegance hosting a rustic style wedding is a lovely way to create a day that showcases your style and vibe. From birch logs to burlap banners and everything in between the sky’s the limit for your perfect rustic chic wedding.