For those wanting a laid-back and breezy big day, a ‘rustic charm’ wedding can be a winning way to go, and we love this effortlessly cool look. The overall vibe is pretty and detailed, yet the proceedings are largely informal, resulting in a visually-pleasing celebration that flows with ease. Here, Brides Up North share with us their top tips for re-creating this beautifully chilled-out theme…
Outdoor elements take a central role, with many rustic couples opting for open-air and countryside locations. Natural materials and garden-like blooms play a key part as well, though influences can be taken from other popular themes too, such as vintage and botanical styles.
If you’re tempted by the romance of rustic for your upcoming wedding, we’re here today to provide inspiration on how to achieve the look and pull the whole theme together, focusing on the varying elements that will help to reflect your chosen style…
Perhaps the most important element to nailing the rustic look, your chosen venue will set the overall scene on which to build your themed celebration. As previously mentioned, brides and grooms taking the rustic route often look to settings in the sticks, whether they be fully in the great outdoors, or under some form of cover. Open-air woodland ceremonies can be a fabulous way to start proceedings followed up by a barn or tepee reception to keep on-theme. Accommodation wise, your chosen venue may have cottages or rural ‘huts’ on site, or alternatively there may be the option for guests to ‘glamp’, whether they bring their own tents or your hire a glamping company to provide luxurious canvass covers instead.
The rustic theme will be particularly appealing to creative and craft types, as there’s pretty much no limit to the amount of detailing you can include. From log-slice centrepieces topped with jarred-flowers to burlap table runners, cute bunting and wooden signage – the list is endless! We’ve seen couples push their rustic décor to the next level by using barrels, wooden ladders and crates, vintage bicycles and metal troughs and milk churns to create wow-worthy displays. Flowers and foliage in abundance are also required, and again there are plenty of options to choose from – whether it be pretty pastel petals to match your colour scheme, an all-white wedding with daisies and gyp or wild-meadow style flowers spread across varying vessels. Pinterest is literally overflowing with inspo for the look, so getting pinning your favourite ideas and let your creativity run wild!
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Another excellent way to reflect the theme is through your food and drink choices. As mentioned, informality works best with rustic style weddings so consider a hog roast or barbecue with grilled meats and fresh salads. Sharing platters and afternoon teas also lend themselves well and encourage guests to mingle and interact with one another. Vintage style street food vans are another option and can work well for feeding guests in the evening. Elsewhere, cute ice cream tricycles suit rustic settings and could be served to guests in place of favours. The cake is a main spectacle at any wedding, but we have to confess that ‘naked’ style cake creations decorated with fresh fruits and flowers are certainly among our favourite and are particularly well suited to the rustic look, as are ‘cheese cakes’. Village fair style ‘baking competitions’ are also favoured at such weddings and give guests an opportunity to show-off their culinary skills and perhaps win a prize as the happy couple find their inner Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to rate and reward the efforts. Finally, in terms of drinks, fruity cocktails topped with berries and those garnished with greenery add to the overall rustic aesthetics and so you may want to have your own wedding happy hour. Kegs of beers wouldn’t look out of place either and are a great way to keep the men smiling!
In-line with the informal feel of the day, brides throwing a rustic wedding will probably feel more comfortable in a fluid boho style dress rather than a structured ballgown. Some marrying outside also prefer a dress with a higher hemline to avoid their gown being dragged over grass and dirt. In terms of detailing, plainer designs and lace creations work particularly well, and flower crowns are the perfect way for a rustic bride to complete her attire. For the groom meanwhile, tweed suits are among the top choice during cooler times of the year, while in spring/summer chinos, braces, short-sleeved shirts, waistcoats and dickie bows can provide a cool and more laid-back look.
Photo by Helen Rushton