Couples planning a wedding in the mountains of Wyoming or the deserts of Santa Fe won’t have any trouble working a rustic theme into their nuptials. But if you’re getting married in a grand ballroom, you may need more than just a pastoral colour palette.
Don’t worry; we’ve invited Rustic Wedding Chic’s Maggie Lord back to share her insights. (Her first appearance on this blog—How to Plan a Rustic Wedding—is one of our most popular stories.) On the heels of publishing Barn Weddings, Lord offers tips on incorporating charming touches inspired by countryside locales into your big day.
If you want to recreate a barn-like setting, what elements should you include?
What couples really seem to love about a barn atmosphere is the mix of rustic elegance it offers. To recreate this setting, bring in elements like birch wood, hay bales, Mason jars and pine cones.
How can you enhance a naturally rustic setting to give it a vintage or dramatic feel?
A couple looking to add vintage touches might want to bring in some re-purposed items, like a ladder for suspended flowers, and hanging mirrors or mismatched china on the reception tables. To add some drama, couples may want to introduce drapes and lighting. Long white drapes are elegant and make a space feel more intimate. Lighting, whether lanterns or small string lights that bathe the room, brings a theatrical flair.
What’s the significance of signage in a rustic wedding atmosphere?
Signs serve two purposes: They direct guests to the various locations for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and after-party, as well as decorate the venue. A couple can enhance a rustic setting by using signs that are made from materials that blend in naturally with the venue.
What unexpected rustic details are you seeing right now?
Nothing pleases wedding guests more than truly unique decorations. The burlap trend seems to have taken over the rustic, country wedding market and has found its way into invitations, table runners and favour bags.
One of my favourite decorations is mismatched recycled bottles as vases. I’ve seen couples use old Coke bottles in their original crates and fill them with flowers for amazing centrepieces.
Another novel decoration is a clever guest book. One of the most popular images on RusticWeddingChic.com is an image of a wood bench that a couple used as a guest book.
What about favours?
I’ve seen everything from maple syrup to seed packets as rustic wedding favours. The best ones are locally sourced; think mini pies, jam or honey. A favour should be one last reminder about your wedding’s overall look and feel, and choosing something from the local area is always more memorable.
Peruse these Real Weddings for more rustic wedding inspiration: