7 top tips for a rustic wedding theme

Just like vintage, rustic is a wedding style that never seems to go out of fashion. It's whimsical and romantic. And, you'll be pleased to know, rather easy to pull off >>>

Just like vintage, rustic is a wedding style that never seems to go out of fashion. It's whimsical and romantic. And, you'll be pleased to know, rather easy to pull off. All you have to do to create the perfect rustic nuptials is remember 7 top tips:

1. Rock a barn

A barn wedding venue is THE choice for a rustic wedding. Barns are bursting with character and being large open structures, practically ready-made for a big get-together. Look for a barn that's already a wedding venue. An actual farmyard barn might look suitably run down and romantic, but getting it into wedding-shape will take heaps of work and cost a pretty penny.

There are lovely wedding barns that already have the facilities you need for your big day, such as loos, chairs and tables. Choosing one for your wedding leaves you free to concentrate on the fun stuff - like decorations.
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography
Image © Ed Peers Photography at Upwaltham Barns

Rustic Wedding Theme | Senior Mac Photography
Image © Senior Mac Photography at Rivervale Barn

2. Embrace the outdoors

If you've opted for a rustic wedding theme, you are probably a fan of the countryside. So, take advantage of your wedding venue's outdoor space by getting guests outside into the fresh air. Your wedding meal can be inside the barn, which you'll have dressed to great rustic effect (see tip 3). But why not have your drinks reception outside? You could create al fresco seating with blanket-covered hay bales. Or, design a “garden room” using shabby-chic furniture. Your guests will love it!
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography
Images © Ed Peers Photography at Upwaltham Barns

3. Choose rustic decorations

Mother Nature should be your inspiration when it comes to rustic wedding decorations. Forget fancy displays of exotic flowers, you want a hand-tied bouquet that looks like you picked it from a hedgerow this morning. And, for your big arrangements try these containers:

  • Mason jars
  • Tin cans
  • Mismatched vases
  • Milk churns
  • Barrels
     

Rustic Wedding Theme | Chris Giles Photography
Image © Senior Mac Photography

Table centrepieces can veer from the norm with something like a section of a tree trunk decorated with candles or flowers. Or a selection of different types of colourful squash and gourd vegetables. Natural materials, such as wool and linen, are your best friends for a rustic wedding. You could make woollen pom-pom garlands, or have rustic linen swags draped from beams.

But it doesn't all have to be homespun and natural. Throwing in a little luxury, such as a crystal chandelier or a swathe of lace, creates a pleasing contrast.
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography
Image © Ed Peers Photography

Rustic Wedding Theme | Allabouttheimage.co.uk
Image © Senior Mac Photography

4. Dress the part

Your wedding outfits can reflect your rustic vibe too. The chaps could go for tweed or check suits. Or if they don't want to go the whole hog, waistcoats. And nothing says rustic like boots, breeches, braces and shirts open at the neck (your man will look like he's just been stacking hay in a Thomas Hardy novel).

Having a rustic theme doesn't mean you can't wear a glamorous dress. Just like your decorations, a luxurious twist makes the rustic touches even more effective. But if you're not a fancy gown kind of girl, rustic is your friend. For starters, you can ditch the heels and pop on your favourite boots – or even wellies. And your dress could be a beautifully simple and relaxed style – there's no rule that says you have to wear a “wedding” wedding dress. You could wear a lovely summer dress or a vintage party frock instead.
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography
Images © Ed Peers Photography

5. Food and drink

It's homemade all the way when it comes to rustic wedding food. Of course, that doesn't mean making everything yourself, just adopting a home-cooked outlook. Serve up something hearty for your wedding meal, like pie or a roast dinner. Your caterers might be able to help by using rustic cast iron pans as tableware or serving side dishes on wooden board or slate.

A cheese wedding cake that doubles as a cheese board for your evening food is brilliant for a rustic theme. Along with a hog roast and real ales.
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography
Images © Ed Peers Photography

6. Party on down

Put on your dancing shoes; at a rustic wedding you can really let your hair down when it comes to the evening reception. A ceilidh or folk band would be the perfect entertainment. And you could have group country dancing to get everyone on the floor.
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Tracey Hosey Photography
Image © Tracey Hosey Photography

7. Light it up

The most beautiful part of a rustic wedding is how romantic and atmospheric they look during the evening. Fairy lights wrapped around the wooden beams and lanterns dotted about makes everything look twinkly. You can even use lights outside in the trees, or on tables, walls or in flowerbeds, to create that magical effect.
 

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography

Rustic Wedding Theme | Ed Peers Photography
Images © Ed Peers Photography

Now you have the basic ingredients for a rustic wedding it's all about imagination. Bring your own personalities to the party and make your wedding reflect who you are in your everyday lives. One of the most enjoyable parts of wedding planning is deciding on the “look," so why not take the key elements of rustic and have fun with it. Happy wedding planning!

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