Mason jars and chalkboards and burlap, OH MY! If somebody told you a year ago that the rustic wedding trend would be dying down by the end of 2015, they would’ve been wrong. Rustic weddings are STILL the most popular wedding theme at the moment. What is a rustic wedding you ask?
Rustic weddings, also know as barn weddings, or wild west weddings, are a way for a couple to offer chic, quaint charm and without spending a gargantuan amount of money. Some couples also prefer it because they want to create a warm, enchanting atmosphere, as opposed to cold, formal and stuffy.
Think a rustic-style wedding is for you? Here are some tips for how to create a rustic wedding that will put your guests under the whimsical spell of love.
As for the location of your rustic wedding, the obvious choice would be outdoors. There are rustic wedding venues all over the U.S. Some let you rent out a large barn space, and some let you rent out farm land, either way, you will most likely be getting married amongst the beautiful trees.
You will most likely want your invitations to be simply designed, with natural, earthy colors. Using lace, burlap, or even old-style typography will also strongly communicate your theme to your intended guests. We adore these invitations designed by Etsy seller tranquillina:
You have many decorating options to help you create your rustic atmosphere. Just grab a bunch of mason jars, burlap rolls, hay barrels, and wild flowers and go to town! Here is some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing:
Whether you choose a simple, minimally frosted, or bare naked cake, your rustic wedding cake should be a complement to the themes and colors you have displayed for the rest of the wedding. We think that naked cakes are the perfect touch on a rustic wedding. These cakes tend to be decorated with fruits, flowers, and even plants as opposed to thick icing and fondant designs. We love this Three-Tier Naked Cake with Strawberries and Roses by Ellen Hutto:
(BY GABRIELLA RELLO)
Your rustic bouquet should also be a reflection of the rest of the wedding decor. Taut, sphere-shaped bouquets are not for rustic weddings, and should be considered more for formal weddings. Instead, try piecing together wild flowers that match the other decorations, and don’t worry about making it look perfect, as they are supposed to evoke a come-what-may feeling!
Signing a guest book at a rustic wedding should transport your guests to another world for even just a few moments. You could set up an old typewriter (one that still works!) on an antique desk so that your guests can type out their messages of love, or you could have postcards that your guests can fill out and then “mail” back to you by putting them in a vintage suitcase. We love this message-in-a-bottle idea from Etsy seller Angelfishweddings:
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