Rustic Wedding Theme Ideas

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Rustic Wedding Theme Ideas
Rustic wedding setting (red barn image by Photoeyes from

Rustic wedding theme ideas add a casual country flair to your big day. Provide a shabby chic atmosphere, a southern-style hoedown or a simply elegant wedding look with rustic ideas which incorporate unique floral, decor and design elements. A rustic wedding theme is very budget-friendly, and a good solution for do-it-yourself (DIY) brides who want to use a lot of homemade items and ideas.

Rustic Wedding Colors

To bring your rustic ideas to life, choose a colour palette that fits with the wedding theme. Earth tones in deep yellow, gold, sage, celadon, rust, tan and cinnamon are perfect when you want to create a rustic, country look. Neutral earth tones still create bold pops of colour, and match well with rustic flowers and decor.

Rustic Venues

The setting of your rustic wedding is every bit as important as the theme itself. It might be hard to create a rustic look at an elegant cathedral, so choose a venue that will match well with your wedding ideas. Look for local barns and open fields where you can bring your rustic theme to life. Natural scenery creates a stunning visual element, giving you a palette from which to work with all your other ideas and design elements.

Rustic Flowers

Choose flowers with large blossoms and petals that naturally grow in earthy colours to create a rustic look in your floral arrangements and bouquets. Flowers which are associated with natural gardens, as opposed to hothouse blooms, create a more natural, rustic look. Sunflowers, black-eyed susans, daisies and lupin can help bring your rustic theme to life.

Place floral arrangements in watering cans, baskets, mason jars and clay pots to add another decorative country element. Add dragonflies and butterflies to bouquets and arrangements to include more rustic touches. Clusters of berries create another natural style element in bouquet and floral arrangements.

Flowers aren't the only way to create a country, rustic theme for your wedding. Corn stalks, dried earns of corn, pumpkins, apples, cinnamon sticks and sprigs of lavender are easy to find, affordable and attractive. Wheat stalks and branches add more rustic elements to your decor.

Reception Ideas

Your wedding event isn't limited to the ceremony alone, so carry the rustic theme to your reception as well. Create a picnic, barbecue or potluck-style dinner with iced tea and apple cider to give guests a relaxed, down-home rustic feeling. Red and white checkered tablecloths will help bring the rustic theme home. Cornbread, apple pies, pulled pork and other country favourites should be included on the menu. After-dinner square dancing and bluegrass music will add even more rustic elements to your wedding reception.

Your rustic wedding theme should incorporate simple decor. Place floating candles in clay pots, and fill mason jars with popcorn or dried beans to create pretty country decorations. Use baskets and natural fruit (apples, cherries and pears) to make unique centrepieces.

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