They say the wedding dress sets the tone of the wedding, and while that has a significant influence, there are a lot of elements that can add to the theme.
Here are a few ways to make your wedding a rustic theme.
The location of your wedding has a big impact on the theme. The most popular rustic wedding locations are in a barn or on a ranch. The barn can bring that rustic tone while decor can be added to liven up the simple theme. Another idea is to have the ceremony outside in front of an old wedding chapel.
Dress It Down
Tuxes for the groomsmen and sleek dresses for the bridesmaids won’t add to your rustic theme. Dress it down by leaving the jackets at home and having the groomsmen wear dress shirts with jeans or slacks. Have the bridesmaids wear dresses that are different styles but similar colors. They can pick their own, and this leaves the bride with one less thing to worry about.
Keep It Simple
A rustic theme is all about keeping it simple.
Here are some ideas you can try:
- Instead of opting for the fancy table cloth, forget it completely, and use natural wood tables. If that’s not an option, use a canvas painters cloth with a more detailed runner down the middle.
- Instead of paying a fortune on expensive flowers, choose wildflowers that look they’ve just been picked from the garden. Pick bold colors for a rustic appeal.
- Use branches as centerpieces or accent decor pieces throughout the reception. Add twinkle lights to them so they stand out.
Do It Yourself
By handmaking items of your own, you not only save money, but they also have that rustic appeal. A few things you can make yourself are:
- Wine Barrel Chandelier – Take the metal rings from an old wine barrel (3 of them) and connect them with strong rope or heavy duty plastic string leaving about a foot of space between each one. Once they are all connected, wrap them in twinkle lights and add your colors of cloth streamers down the middle.
- Mason Jars Wrapped in Twine – This one is self-explanatory. Take a mason jar and wrap twine around middle of it. Use a hot-glue-gun to make it stay in place. Then wrap your accent color of ribbon around it to add some color. Use it as a vase for the centerpieces.
- Handmade Signs – Signs add a lot of beautiful decor and also give the guests direction. Make simple signs by using old fence-wood and painting the words on in white. Switch it up by using a cursive font for some words and a print font for others.
Burlap, Wood, Lace, & Metal
Burlap and lace seem to be the go-to for that rustic feel but also that classy flare. Adding anything made out of wood or metal will appeal to the rustic theme.
Here a few ideas:
- Use a simple burlap pillow for the ring bearer to carry down the aisle.
- Overlap burlap ribbon with lace and tie it to the chairs along the aisle. Add some flowers for some color.
- Make roses out of burlap. Instructions here! It’s a simple DIY project that you can add to anywhere in the ceremony or reception that needs a little more decor.
- Have a carpenter in the family? Have them slice up an old tree trunk and use the tree rounds as a centerpiece stand.
- Use galvanized buckets to hold your flowers for the centerpieces.
There are endless ideas you can use for a rustic themed wedding. Just choose what fits your style and have fun doing it!
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