While the traditional fairy tale weddings will always be alive and well, today’s open-minded approach of nearly anything goes has broadened horizons to include unique venues and product choices unheard of only a few years ago. Rustic weddings–including rural venues and country style decor–are one such trend. While the overall look can vary dramatically from one event to the next, there are several themes that tend to appear over and over again in these fun weddings. Six of these are below, along with links to topical pin boards from my Pinterest account and other resources.
The Great Outdoors. Every type of large outdoor space has probably been used for a wedding. Favorites for a rustic flair are farms, ranches, wineries, open fields, and back yards overlooking the countryside. All can add a unique ambiance and incredible backdrops for photos. Get more inspiration here, from my Outdoor Wedding Ideas board on Pinterest.
Barns. If you have lived in urban areas your entire life, you probably picture a barn as messy and smelly. For the most part, this is not so. Clear it out, sweep the floor, and you have a perfect venue for a good time.
Some of the most beautiful wedding receptions are held in barns. This is because a barn’s structure naturally provides many places to hang decorations and lighting from both the rafters and walls. Take a look at the Barn Weddings pinboard and you will see what I mean.
Mason Jars. Originally created for canning foods in the mid-1800s, the mason jar is now a decorating staple in some circles. In fact, my daughter and I recently finished a new mason jar brainstorming section on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com. There is a video plus nine different centerpiece looks to help get the “creative juices” flowing. Also, you can check out the Mason Jar Wedding pinboard here.
Chalkboards. These are no longer relegated to only the classroom. For a rustic sign, add a distressed frame and handwritten note. A modern day version–chalkboard paint –is even more popular. Spray or brush it onto anything from wine glasses to boards or plywood. After drying, you have your own custom sign surface on which to write anything you would like, such as directions, seating charts, or menus. See what others have done here.
Cowboy Boots for the Girls. Country singing star Miranda Lambert wore them in her weddingto Blake Shelton, as did her bridesmaids, but they weren’t the first. This is a trend that has been quietly building over the last couple of years and is continuing to be popular for country-rustic nuptials. Miranda chose white for herself and brown for the rest of the wedding party. Other brides have worn brown boots, with non-matching colored boots for the bridesmaids or some other variation. Take a look here for ideas.
Burlap. The first time I heard of burlap as a decorating material I was befuddled. The stuff potato sacks are made from? Yes, that stuff! It turns out the material is surprisingly versatile and attractive. You can dress it up with lace, pair it with wildflowers and twine for a “down home country” look, or anything in between. Favors, bouquets, table cloths, centerpieces, and chair covers are a few of the ways burlap is making an appearance in weddings. (Many real life ideas are here) The best way to purchase the fabric by the bolt or roll is through an online store. You can find several options–including dyed burlap–here.
I hope these suggestions have inspired several ideas for your own rustic wedding. Happy planning!