From cowboy-boot clad bridesmaids and Mason jar centerpieces to chalkboard reception signs, hosting a rustic destination wedding is no longer your traditional straw floor showdown. Instead, elegance and invention are key ingredients. If you want to serve up a personalized rustic wedding that feels as inviting as your backyard but is as perfectly detailed as your beaded bodice, then all you need is a little inspiration. Perfect for those that want unpretentious nuptials, a rustic wedding combines hand-hewn details with the off-beat beauty of nature's best. Here are a few ideas to get your rust and lace wheels-a-turning.
Rustic Romance: A Farm-Side Soiree
Color Palette: Burlap and Poppy with splashes of Olive Green
Design Elements: Burlap is a rustic romance theme's best friend. Wrap everything from the cake-stand to the guest book in its country-style crosshatch for an added element of un-doings. Have the flowers be cream with pops of bright pink dressed by olive green sprigs. Arrange them in antique jars, mixing bowls, and pitchers in a lackadaisical "I-just-threw-these-in-here" way. The key to a successful, rustic romance theme is to appear effortless in all details.
The Scene: The most popular choice for a romance rustic destination wedding is a local farm in the area you are traveling to. The best ones to choose are those that are self-sustaining. These precious gems can serve guests their homegrown carrots or potatoes right alongside the organic lamb-chops without having to bring in an outside vendor. Choose a farm that has loads of outbuildings that are shingled with historic charm and rolling hills that are photo ready.
The Duds: And the bride wore lace. Lace and ruffles are synonymous with romance. Work both of these elements into your gown for the perfect rustic statement. Look for dresses that are off-white or champagne that could pass for couture or vintage. Have bridesmaids wear English print 50's style sheath dresses in bright poppy. Have the groomsmen wear olive green suits with bright poppy-colored ties. This happy, romantic theme is sure to look and feel easy-breezy beautiful.
Rustic Glam: A Tale of a City Girl and a Country Boy
Color Palette: Navy, Candy Apple Red, and Yellow
Design Elements: Antique barrels of shiny red apples to greet guests alongside robust bouquets of yellow and red roses are the perfect juxtaposition for a rustic glam wedding. Bring in elements of a traditional wedding to a country setting. Have homemade apple pies and cakes instead of a traditional wedding cake, and hand out brown-paper favors tied up with twine. Use wooden blocks and rude wood as signs for table numbers and directions, but still have crisp table linens and rose centerpieces. The contrast of elegance and rudimentary will add that glamorous element to your rustic theme.
The Scene: Choose a rustic location like an old grange or a cabin, and bring in antique chandeliers to add drama to the space. Have the space speak for itself and don't over-decorate with flower arrangements of intricate centerpieces. Instead, use old watering cans or milk jugs to hold long stem red and yellow roses. Light a few votives and call it a day.
The Duds: The bride's dress should be classically beautiful. Go as big and as sparkly as you want. The bride's dress should be the show-stopper. Instead of blowing dough on fancy details, invest in the dress. It is the perfect centerpiece to your rustic glam evening. Dress the bridesmaids in navy colored silk or satin A-lines with a red sash, and have the boys wear navy tuxes fit for a black-tie affair. This high-end look will be the perfect dash of class that your country wedding needs be truly "glambitious".
It Takes Two: Most Important Rules for a Rustic Theme Wedding
No matter what colors or style you choose for your rustic wedding " romantic, glamorous, hippie, or vintage" be sure to get two things right. The first rule of a successful rustic wedding: Choose an unusual location that screams simplicity and natural. You cannot have a salt-of-the-earth affair at a country club, so choose your locale wisely.
Secondly, you must have the gumption to be a DIYer. From creating hand-painted signs to fashioning bird seed or flower seed satchels, it is up to you to make sure the personal details are as organic as the love you and the groom have cultivated.
Photo Credit: You Look Nice Today Photography
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