While vintage and rustic are often considered similar wedding themes, they have definite differences. Both are suited to all times of the year, although the rustic theme is more effective in the summer. Both are stylish, and undoubtedly popular. So, which one is for you?
1. The Venue
The vintage bride loves all things pretty. She’s on the hunt for the most elegant boutique hotel, or a wonderfully picturesque spot for a marquee. There can be an air of formality about the vintage celebration and, while a marquee is often the perfect solution, it’s more civilised than ‘country’.
The rustic bride loves a marquee, but she’s perfectly happy for it to be in the middle of a magical woodland scene , surrounded by all that nature has to offer. The ideal venue for a rustic wedding theme is, of course, a country barn complete with original beams, and plenty of outdoor space.
2. The Colour Scheme
Typically, a vintage themed wedding cries out for natural, muted hues of pinks and ivories, particularly effective when it comes to flowers. A touch of metallic can be added to the mix with burnt shades of gold and silver – nothing too flashy.
If you long for the purest, most delicate whites, you’re probably more of a rustic romantic. Nothing looks more perfect at that rustic wedding than glass vases filled with white blooms and a classic white bouquet.
3. The Menu
The vintage wedding theme conjures up images of a delightful afternoon tea, served in elegant mis-matched china. It’s all Champagne, finger sandwiches, teapots and scrumptious cakes. The vintage wedding might also serve a relatively traditional wedding breakfast with top table and three courses.
Rustic is perhaps a little less formal – it dines on interactive cooking, food stations, and evening hog roasts. If you like the idea of toasting marshmallows around a fire pit after the sun goes down, and lazing on hay bales, the rustic wedding is for you.
4. The Dress
There’s nothing more personal than a wedding dress and both themes offer a large amount of flexibility when it comes to attire. Of course, if you’re going for vintage style and can find a true vintage wedding dress, you’re doing perfectly!
Alternatively, the vintage bride looks fabulous in any timeless design. Lace is often featured, or perhaps an element of beading or ruffles. A rustic wedding dress is probably less structured and certainly less classic. You might decide to wear something a little more boho – perhaps even a shorter dress in the height of summer.
5. The Ambience
Setting the scene, the vintage wedding looks magical, with a Cinderella style. Fairy lights twinkle, china clinks, soft music plays and guests feast on frosted cupcakes.
The rustic wedding is less orderly and more down-to-earth. Candles adorn the room in a multitude of different-sized vessels, glasses clink, groovy music plays and guests feast on bacon sarnies at midnight. It’s less pretty, but it’s oh-so-cool.
Rustic rocking your wedding boat? Check out our 7 top tips for a Rustic Wedding Theme here…
Or if the Vintage Vibe is more your thing, see what Kirsten Butler from The Little Wedding Helper has to say about styling a Vintage Wedding.