How to Create the Perfect Rustic Wedding
Published March 2020
Updated September 2021
Rustic-style weddings are a trend that has been steadily growing all around the world thanks to their effortless country style and the fact that a beautiful wedding can be created on a limited budget. While many couples still choose to drop mid-five figures on their weddings a rustic-style wedding can be achieved for a fraction of the cost, and look just as good.
Since the pandemic, more and more people have chosen a rustic wedding due to the fact that public places were closed or would be on their scheduled wedding date, and those couples didn't want to wait so they went ahead with something that would be open--nature!
Rustic weddings mostly take place outside, but not always. They are all about using natural textures and colors in your aesthetic; choose your favorite shades of wood, neutral colors like whites and browns, hints of green from natural sources, and soft accent colors like light rose pink and soft gold. Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration.
Here are 3 ideas to help you create the perfect rustic wedding.
Create Your Rustic Wedding: Use Wooden Benches
Wooden benches are incredibly versatile and perfect for rustic weddings, whether you’re renting a barn or borrowing space from a family member, hiring an event tent, or keeping everything outside on a hot summer’s day.
Place strategically before your wedding for social hour before your nuptials, then use these same benches as pews when you walk up the aisle later. You can also place them around your tables as seating for a relaxed buffet or barbeque, and again later in the night as seating for those who aren’t ready to hit (or are taking a break from) the dance floor.
You can keep your benches clean and simple, paint them white, or wrap some fake flowers around the legs and edges of the bench – they’re extremely versatile both in their use and in their look. After your wedding, offer the benches to your family members to put in their yards or sell them to another couple for their wedding.
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Create Your Rustic Wedding: Use Wooden Signage
It’s not a rustic wedding without the use of pretty wooden signage – use it to show guests where to park, where to be and when, funny signage at the bar, and any other message you need to share with them. This welcome picket fence is perfect and we’ve got plenty of other great options, too.
Another option is to use a simple pallet or wooden background and use pushpins to attach photos and information to it. If you want to do something more fun and creative than a guestbook, provide paper, pens, and pins and ask your guests to leave their best wishes for you on a card pinned to a sign you can keep forever.
This patriotic flag and this colorful abstract piece are both the perfect background for your guests to pin their thoughts about you, the couple, and best wishes for you too.
Create Your Rustic Wedding: Be Creative with Your Use of Light
No rustic wedding is complete without a creative use of light. The best rustic weddings use string lights, industrial-style lighting, and candles to create romantic soft lighting that lean into the rustic feel.
Be creative – use lanterns, string lights across the barn ceiling or put lights in jars and place them strategically. If you want to step things up a level we have some great options, like these Star Pendant Wood Lights and these statement-making Barrel Lights.
When beginning with these three great rustic wedding ideas, you’ll have the recipe for a beautifully themed wedding, no matter your budget. From there look into silky materials to hang, greenery spread throughout and log-sliced lazy susan serving trays for stocking your dining tables.
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