Wedding Planning Guide

rustic wedding ideas

Rustic weddings strike the perfect balance between country-inspired details and thoughtful vintage touches. And while barn weddings are quite popular, you certainly don’t need to hold your wedding on a farm to create a rustic ambience. Here are our favorite rustic wedding ideas for a chic and romantic country celebration.

Rustic Wedding Stationery Ideas

  • Use kraft paper paper for your stationery with a stamp-like typography treatment.
  • Add pops of color with the envelope, envelope liner, font color, or stamps.
  • Subtle floral designs.
  • Chalkboard typography.
  • Rustic weddings often mean a more lax dress code, so be clear in your invitation about how you’d like your guests to dress.

Rustic Wedding Attire Ideas

  • Coupling your wedding dress with denim or plaid tops (works just as well for the bridal party or the flower girl).
  • Deck your wedding party out in cowboy boots (you can rock them, too).
  • Cowboy hats and/or bolero ties for the boys, obviously.
  • Bridesmaid dresses with fun floral patterns are a cute, casual option.
  • For your wedding party’s colors, go bold to contrast against the more muted, natural country tones: orange, turquoise, sea green, royal blue, purple, red, etc.
  • Succulent boutonnieres for the groom(s) and/or groomsmen.

Rustic Wedding Flower Ideas

  • Simple and clean: daisies or dahlias in pint-size mason jars (bonus points: wrap the jar with burlap and twine).
  • Keep your floral arrangements a little loose and less manicured, so they have that rustic, just-picked-from-the-garden look.
  • Big, lush sunflowers combined with lavender sprigs for a pop of purple.
  • Vintage, rusty milk jugs, pails, or watering cans as vases.

Rustic Wedding Ceremony Ideas

  • A ranch, farm, or meadow are idyllic outdoor venues for your country wedding.
  • Have the ceremony in front of a barn, with the big barn doors serving as the backdrop.
  • Use hay bales as ceremony seating (cover them with blankets so they’re comfortable for guests).
  • Have your flower girl carry her petals in an upside-down cowboy hat.
  • Tie baby’s breath to the chairs along the ceremony aisle with burlap ribbon.
  • Tie your rings to small burlap pillows.
  • Depart from the ceremony (or reception) in a vintage pickup truck (bonus points if you can find a car in your wedding color.)

Rustic Wedding Reception Ideas

  • Host the reception inside a barn (with some outdoor seating, games, or other activities to keep guests comfortable and cool).
  • Rustic wooden signage.
  • Chalkboard signage.
  • Use a wheelbarrow as a cooler for sodas and beer on ice.
  • Use lighted marquee letters for your bar with the word “BAR,” your initials, or your wedding date.
  • Place tealight candles in small mason jars to create a warm glow.
  • Escort card ideas:
    • Miniature horse shoes with escort cards tied with twine.
    • Mini mason jars with guests’ names (can double as favors).
    • Small bundles of baby’s breath tied with twine and an escort card.
    • Tape or wrap escort cards to billy balls for a fun twist and pop of color.
    • Fall-colored leaves with guests’ names.
    • Escort cards attached to escort cards.
    • Small log slices with guests’ names and table numbers written on them.
  • Long dining tables so it can feel like a cozy dinner party.
  • Burlap “Mr. & Mrs.,” “Mr. & Mr.,” or “Mrs. & Mrs”. signs to drape over the back of your dining chairs.
  • Hanging string lights can help illuminate your rustic surroundings or venue (and look beautiful in a barn).
  • Bunting banners add pops of color to your venue, whether strung across trees or the barn rafters.
  • S’mores station as a fun late-night snack in front of the fire is a perfect way to wind down the party.
  • Wood panels as the guestbook (can make for great home decor afterward).

Rustic Wedding Cake Ideas

  • Two words: naked cakes. They were basically invented for country weddings.
  • Top your (naked) wedding cake with strawberries and blueberries or blackberries for a rustic look.
  • Have a dessert bar with homemade, handheld sweets (e.g., fresh-baked cookies, brownies, lemon bars, etc.).
  • Serve wedding pies instead of cake.
  • Throw a dessert potluck for a casual vibe with lots of variety.
  • Place your cake tiers atop tree trunk slices.
  • All the cake pops.

Rustic Wedding Photography Ideas

  • Kiss atop a large bale of hay.
  • Your wedding dress hanging in front of barn doors, wood panels, from a tree, or with a pasture backdrop.
  • Pose with a romantic heart made of twigs.
  • Long shot of you two walking through lush green fields.
  • Recreate the infamous American Gothic painting.

Rustic Wedding Favors Ideas

  • Personalized mason jars (can also be used as escort cards).
  • Personalized shot glasses for whiskey or any other booze (can also be used as escort cards).
  • Mini jars of homemade jam.
  • Personalized favor bags for guests to take dessert bites home.
  • Country-inspired bottle openers (e.g., in the shape of a cowboy boot or hat, wheelbarrow, horse, etc.)