A Rustic Wedding
Rustic weddings are amongst one of the most popular chosen wedding themes and its popularity has grown over recent years. A rustic theme offers a romantic, elegant and relaxed atmosphere. It focuses on bringing the outside in. Imagine eucalyptus trailing off the top table, hessian and lace spread across the reception tables and modern calligraphy hand-painted onto wood to create personalised wedding décor signs.
Bride and grooms looking to create a rustic vibe will most likely start by choosing a venue which reflects their chosen style. Almost any wedding venue can be transformed to create the vision of what the bride and groom desire. Nonetheless rustic weddings are very well suited to barns, farmhouses, local village halls or outdoor alternatives such as a farm or tipi. Once the wedding venue has been chosen the bride and groom can begin on selecting the finer details of their special day.
When planning the wedding décor for a rustic wedding bride and grooms will opt to incorporate natural materials such as hessian, lace, wood and foliage. Natural materials help create a neutral tone for the day, reflecting on the relaxed and elegant style of a rustic wedding. Hessian and lace can be used as runners on tables and wooden elements such as table numbers and wooden logs can help create rustic centre pieces. Simplistic flowers in jar and bottles can be added to add that elegant and romantic touch. Brides and grooms may also decide to put a personal touch on their wedding day by carrying out DIY projects to create their own unique wedding décor. This could be from creating table centre pieces, maybe mismatched bottles and jars wrapped in lace or arranging wild flowers into milk churns.
When creating the ambience of the day bride and grooms may opt for dim lighting. Speeches by candlelight and candles in jars lining the ceremony aisle are a popular choice. Instead of a DJ the couple may opt for a band and a barn dance. Wedding entertainment may be in the form of garden games to make use of any outdoor space the wedding venue may offer.
When choosing wedding flowers muted shades of flowers are a popular choice; ivory, blush and pale greens are often chosen and arranged as though they have just been cut from the field. Foliage is a main focal point of rustic wedding flowers, for example foliage can be used to cascade down the bouquet to help create a flowing and natural bridal bouquet. Bouquets may be tied with lace, twine or hessian to continue that rustic feel.
When fine tuning their wedding plans bride and grooms may decide to arrange personalised and unique wedding signage to give a personal touch and to also help co-ordinate their wedding day. Signs could be used made from various materials, such as; wood, chalk boards or acrylic sheets sat in wooden bases. Signs can be used to display personal messages from the bride and groom, or also to instruct guests, such as a seating plan or table numbers. Wedding signs are a very important part of the day to ensure guests are well instructed, this helps to take pressure off the wedding party. For example, signs can instruct your guests on the order of the day, to prompt them to fill out the guestbook or to tag their pictures on Instagram using your own personalised hashtag. Alternatively, signs can be used on a more informal basis, such as a welcome sign to welcome your guests to your special day or a sign for a pop-up bar to let your guests know which gin and cocktails are available. Signs such as these can be teamed nicely with other rustic materials, such as lace, hessian and foliage. They can be placed directly onto tables or stood on items such as apple crates, alternatively larger signs can be placed onto easels and dressed with foliage to compliment the chosen wedding flowers.
Each rustic wedding is unique to each couple and each bride and groom will put their unique twist on their day depending on their vision and preferences. A laid back, relaxed and romantic atmosphere teamed with natural décor and unique elements will help create a special and one-of-a-kind event that your friends and family will remember.
Emma Thornton — The Wooden Knot