The “perfect” weddings used to be hosted in lavish ballrooms, with more non-traditional weddings hosted on beaches along the coastline. That was the case until one word inspired an entirely new wedding movement, one that can be taken and delivered in a million and one different ways: Rustic. Such a simple word with an equally simple meaning: having a simplicity and charm that is considered typical of the countryside. This simple idea has turned the wedding world upside down in the most spectacular way.
The best thing about creating a rustic wedding is the design freedom. They are typically outdoors, but when it comes to style and details, it could many things for many brides, and that’s what makes rustic weddings so great. You could see burlap, wool, linen, twine, or lace. It could include cowboy/girl hats and boots, flannels, suspenders, or camouflage. The theme might be mountain ranch, small Southern barn, country vintage, campground picnic, or boho chic lakeside rustic. The only thing you know for certain is that it will include hand-made wooden signs, mason jars, and a lot of love.
If you are about to embark on the journey of planning your dream wedding, here are some great ideas, tips, and tricks from your rustic wedding invitations, to the thank you cards you’ll send after your big day.
Rustic Wedding Invitations and Matching Thank You Cards
- Small Southern Barn. Chalkboard wedding invitations are perfect for this theme, especially if you are planning on utilizing chalkboards at your wedding ceremony or reception. They have a vintage look with a whimsical feel, and they offer you a selection of fonts.
- Country Vintage. White invitations with gorgeous birch trees is an ideal look if your wedding is being hosted in the country woods. Birch trees suit every season, and they scream classic outdoors. These invitations will showcase the enchanting occasion your wedding will be. With a layered design, you can choose varying shades of leaves which allow you to include multiple colors; you also get your choice of paper and font. This classic look with subtle pops of color embodies country chic.
- Mountain Ranch. There is nothing more reminiscent of the mountains than pine trees. A simple white card with pine needles and cones gracefully dangling above your names and information is a subtle seasonal choice. The minute your guests see these wedding invitations, they’ll know they’re in for a mesmerizing evening in a rustic winter wonderland.
Rustic Tableware Flower Power
- Water pitchers were typically reserved for your mama’s sweet tea, but they make rustic chic flower holders for your reception tables. Tie white lace and a piece of linen yarn in wedding colors into a bow around the center, and fill then with a stunning wildflower arrangement, and you are barn-chic ready.
- Every rustic wedding needs to feature mason jars in one fashion or another. Use burlap and twine around the jars, and fill then with sunflowers and sweet peas. Attach a jar to each of the chairs down either side of the aisle for a beautifully rustic path leading to your soon-to-be husband.
- Rectangular wicker baskets are great centerpieces for reception tables when filled with a stunning assortment of roses and ivy. These centerpieces will offer your guests an unobtrusive view of one another, allowing for easy conversations and the feeling of togetherness that rustic weddings are known for.
From Hors D’oeuvres to Dessert, Your Rustic Wedding Needs This
- Creating playful appetizers is a great way to keep your guests satisfied during waiting periods, and it offers you a chance to get creative. Use grass covered trays that serve an array of finger food. Using toothpicks keeps the grass from the food and allows you to take rustic to the next level.
- While an open bar is an extremely great idea, having a lemonade and sweet tea stand in vintage glass jugs with pour spouts is an even better one. Let your guests keep cool during the ceremony with various flavored lemonades and sweet tea, set up on a vintage wood table off to the side.
- Late night bites like s’mores can be an alternative to a traditional wedding cake. Set up a s’mores table with all the fixings and have a few fire pits lit so your guests can refuel after shaking a tail feather on the dance floor. It’s a fun way to cool down and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors.
There are so many different ways you can create your perfect dream rustic wedding, from barn bells your guests ring for a kiss, to wine barrel bouquets. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong, so have some fun and enjoy it.