5 Keys to the Ultimate Rustic Wedding
One of the most popular wedding themes is rustic chic, with more and more people opting for creative locations, decor and styling choices. Rustic can be a hard look to nail, but there are five key things that will set you up for success.
1. Location, location, location
The venue for your wedding is usually the most important factor in creating the style of your big day. For rustic charm, opt for somewhere outdoors, in the countryside, or on a ranch. Rustic weddings do well on farms, in barns and lofts, and basically anywhere there is a lot of wood. Think exposed beams, distressed timber and plenty of trees. Nature is crucial to the rustic look, so either set your wedding in the outdoors or use your decor to bring the outdoors in.
Your wedding stationery is your opportunity to set the scene for your guests, give them a preview of what is to come and get them in the spirit of things. Your save the date invites are the first insight friends and family get into what the day will be like. It is often something they hold on to as a memento, so you want to make it a great reflection of the whole occasion. For the perfect rustic wedding stationery, incorporate floral or botanical design elements, natural colours, kraft paper and a DIY feel.
Rustic weddings usually mean slightly out-of-the-ordinary outfit choices, more casual than your typical ballroom gala wedding. For men, think patterned shirts, suits in unusual colours (if a suit at all!), and some old world charm with suspenders, a bow tie, quirky socks and perhaps a hat. For the beautiful bride, think flowy and feminine to fit in with the nature elements, and consider dresses that are shorter, paired with eye-catching accessories. Flower crowns are also all the rage for rustic weddings.
The wedding cake is one of the focal points of your wedding reception; a canvas for creativity that can encapsulate your whole day in one centrepiece. Whether you want to stick with a classic cake or go for something super contemporary, there are rustic options to choose from. Any cake can be decorated with sprigs of greenery, flowers, berries and other bits of nature. A naked cake works beautifully for this purpose, mimicking the look of timber with a distressed paint job.
Decor is everything for a rustic wedding! Again, it comes down to taking inspiration from nature and country living. Make use of burlap and other natural fabrics. This kind of fabric pairs seamlessly with a delicate, feminine lace to add a soft touch to the roughness. Use recycled jars to hold wildflowers and use wood features where possible. You might also make use of twine, candles and rope.
Rustic weddings are beautiful but can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task to take on! Narrow your focus to these five areas, and you’ll get the rustic look you want with ease.
This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.