Rustic weddings strike the perfect balance between country-inspired details and thoughtful vintage touches. So just how do you come up with rustic wedding ideas for a chic and romantic country celebration? Read on for decor ideas, venue suggestions, flower arrangement inspiration, beautiful wedding invitation options, wedding cake looks, fun party favors, and more to inspire your rustic wedding theme.
The exposed wood and vaulted ceilings of most barns lend so much possibility for rustic wedding decoration ideas. As you tour venues, consider details like the grounds surrounding the barn. Will it be easy for cars and elderly people to make their way in and out? Bugs are another thing to consider. In order to add charm to a barn venue, the homespun details are endless. Consider bringing in vintage furniture for mingling areas to add elegance, or wrap the beams in greenery and twinkly lights for true fairy tale romance.
For couples on a budget, consider reaching out to a local Parks & Recreation department to see if you can purchase a permit for a scenic public outdoor facility. Some park venues have covered amphitheaters, charming gazebos, or large pavilions that can be reserved for the afternoon. This venue option is also a sound choice if you are planning to welcome guests of all ages. Children will be able play in the large open spaces or even nearby jungle gyms. When speaking with Parks and Rec., ask how much flexibility you have to decorate. Usually they just ask that all decor and trash be taken down once your event is complete.
If you’re planning a rustic wedding during the warmer summer months, find an outdoor spot with views and rolling hills that will stun your guests. When you’re looking for potential open meadow venues, consider things like whether there’s an indoor space too for people who may be sensitive to the elements, and whether it’s an easy meadow to access. There are endless rustic wedding theme ideas to experiment with in the flowering fields of a meadow. Include a truly unique arch made from wood, metal, florals, or whatever screams “you”. Another way to use rustic chic decor would be to fashion cocktail tables out of wooden crates where guests can rest their drinks or appetizers.
Getting married by the water is especially romantic as far as rustic outdoor wedding ideas go. As you look at lakeside venues, ask if chair and table rentals are included with your venue rental. Added expenses like these could derail you from your planned budget. When it comes to adding charm to a lakeside venue, set up a canoe filled with ice for drinks. Use plaids, light blue accent colors, and a few custom-made flotation rings (with the wedding couple’s names printed on them) to decorate the grounds.
Mountain Cabin or Lodge
The charm of wooden walls and high beams make for a cozy feel! As you scope out mountain cabins and lodges, also consider things like whether there is adequate outdoor space in case you would like an outdoor component to your wedding. Locate what room or area on the grounds has the best views, and think how you can take advantage of that focal point during your ceremony or reception. Rustic country wedding ideas that perfectly align with a winter lodge venue include decor such as antlers, skis, and old wooden toboggans. If snow is on the ground as you tie the knot, consider having blankets and hot cocoa available for guests.
Here are some color pairings that work well for a rustic wedding theme.
- Blush pink and sage green
- Burgundy and gold
- Dark green and white
- Cobalt blue and gold
- Tan and blush pink
- Violet and mauve
- Turquoise and peach
- Dark green and tan
- Burgundy and dark green
- Dusty blue and brown
“Leaf Print”, designed by Katharine Watson
Imagery of Foliage
If you’re planning a rustic-themed wedding outdoors and want to tie in natural elements, select invitations that show whimsical trees, colorful leaves, decorative wreaths, and other delicate illustrations of branches.
For a rustic-chic look, leverage depictions of flowers on your wedding stationery. From big, bold arrangements that set a statement to small floral accent illustrations, browse Minted’s assortment for a look that complements your color scheme as well as the type of flowers you’ll be using at your own wedding.
“Dried Foliage”, designed by Cass Loh
Focus on Texture
When envisioning a rustic wedding theme, it’s hard not to picture an element of wood, trees, or exposed bark. Tie this into your save the dates or invites by selecting stationery designs that have a background that looks like the rings of a tree, uses wood grain as a background, or use foil elements to mimic a rustic texture.
Depictions of Mountains and Lakes
Highlight another aspect of Mother Nature on your invites with designs showing a forest peeping through to a lake and mountain. We also have themed designs featuring illustrations of snow-capped peaks or a moon’s reflection on a dark lake. Celebrate the outdoors and get your guests excited too with these nature-focused invites!
Bronze/Rose Gold Foil Accents
Pinkish foil-pressed elements will add an extra touch of elegance to your wedding correspondence. Softly allude to the copper rivets you may see woven into a leather saddle or cowboy boots.
“Mountain Vista”, designed by Rebecca Daublin
Showcase the Night Sky
Because a rustic wedding theme is so synonymous with the Great Outdoors, it’s not a stretch to envision a dancefloor assembled under a moonlit sky. Add a celestial touch to your wedding website and stationery by featuring stardust that gently sprinkles the night sky.
So what are some rustic country wedding ideas your bridesmaids, groomsman, and guests can incorporate into their attire? For a unique rustic ensemble, opt for one (or more!) of these looks.
These are a classic choice for the groom and groomsmen. You can ask the ring bearer to wear them, too! Look beyond the standard styles and go for stripes, plaid, leather, or mix-and-match looks among the wedding party.
Rolled Up Sleeves
The relaxed look of rolled-up sleeves on groomsmen looks great whether they’re wearing a vest or suspenders.
This pattern is often associated with all things country. Try looks like tweed plaid vests for the groomsmen, plaid bowties, wrapping the bride’s bouquet stem in a plaid fabric, or featuring a plaid garter.
The bridal floral crown is whimsical and can be a great alternative to a traditional veil if you’re looking for unique ideas for a rustic wedding. Work with a florist to select fresh flowers that can be weaved together with berries, feathers, or other natural items. Consider dressing your bridesmaids in less ornate crowns as well.
All Things Cowboy
If the mood strikes you, don’t hesitate to incorporate cowboy boots or cowboy hats into the bridal party’s outfits or the groomsmen’s attire. Cowboy boots can be darling peeking out under a bridesmaids dress, or go perfectly with shorter dresses too. Custom-made hats can be a special gift from the groom to his groomsman.
Consult with your florist regarding what flowers will be in bloom during your wedding celebration. They will also be able to cue you in on trending looks and styles other brides have been experimenting with. We have included a few considerations to get you started in the right direction.
For the Bouquet: Greenery galore is a good place to start! As we have mentioned throughout this article, rustic weddings tend to have a strong ode to nature. Arrangements featuring flowers or leaves you might see growing naturally on a hiking trail, a meadow, or your grandma’s home garden is the look you are aiming for. Exact flower types to explore include sunflowers, lavender, roses, Baby’s Breath, dahlias, and eucalyptus. Shy away from intricate show flowers that look as if they were grown in a nursery.
For Centerpieces and Decor: It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when scrolling through countless pictures of rustic wedding decoration ideas online. Some popular elements to feature alongside flowers in your centerpiece include antlers, fruit, mason jars, wood planter boxes, lace, burlap, and wood planks or circles. One inexpensive and whimsical way to creatively cover excess table space is the use of moss. Creatively arrange the moss in a circle around a candle or lantern (just watch out for any open flame).
When the wedding day finally arrives, the day-of decor at your venue can really make or break your theme. This is where your rustic wedding ideas should come to life. Here are some ways to achieve Instagram-worthy decor.
A wooden ceremony arch is an essential base, whether you purchase it or make it yourself. You can dress it up with linen, chiffon, flowers, branches, greenery, and more. If you’re having an evening wedding, drape string lights from the arch or hang long candle holders.
When guests walk into the ceremony venue, they’ll immediately notice the seating arrangement so it’s important that it pops. Arrange pails of baby’s breath down the aisle near the outside seats, use lanterns with rose petals, or use pampas in rustic wood vases.
Instead of using basic high tables for a cocktail reception, include rustic wooden barrels. Perfect for people to congregate around and set wine glasses and appetizers on, barrels take what would ordinarily be a drab table and transform it into something that ties into the theme.
Twinkle lights are a rustic wedding decor staple. Take the look a step further and hang lanterns as well. You can select lanterns of different shapes and sizes for a dramatic and beautiful look. Between the candles and twinkle lights, your wedding photographer is bound to capture some stunning shots.
Vintage Mirror Seating Chart
While escort cards are a more informal way to direct guests toward a table, seating charts tend to direct guests toward a specific seat. Use an oversized vintage bronze mirror to direct your wedding guests to their dining location. Handwrite seat assignments onto the surface of the mirror for a truly authentic look!
Natural/Simple Escort Card Holders
Handwritten or custom calligraphy escort cards exude a sense of sophistication but are very rustic-chic when displayed with clothespins and twine or lodged in a pinecone. We have assembled a list of other creative ways to display your escort cards.
Instead of sending the wedding couple off with sparklers, glitter, or rice, have people use eco-friendly handfuls of dried olive leaves, lavender, or rose petals. It’s beautiful, rustic, and all-natural.
When in doubt, using individual slabs of unpolished wood or natural bark is the perfect addition to any of your wedding decorations. Use them on your dessert or cocktail table, along the ceremony aisle under vases for extra height and contrast, or position them in guest bathrooms and set the hand sanitizer or soap dispenser on top.
If your venue has high ceilings and you’re looking to fill the space in a beautiful way, consider adding layers of texture by draping white cloth up above. You can mix and match this with lanterns and lights as well.
While wedding favors are often set out on a standard table, try a different spin at your rustic wedding, by placing them in an antique dresser! Decorate the top with flowers and feature a sign explaining what’s inside. Open the drawers at varying degrees and leave instructions for guests to take a favor as they leave.
Your ideas for a rustic wedding can carry beyond just day-of-celebration elements. A clever and unique wedding favor that is on-theme will have your guests reminiscing about your wedding weeks and months later. Below are a few ideas to consider.
For a farm-style favor, opt for small jars of local jam. Keep the original label or custom make your own (include a thank you to guests for coming, the date, venue, and your hashtag). Tie some raffia or ribbon around the bottle for added charm.
Send guests off with a rustic mini lantern. You can use one lantern design or a variety, it’s up to you! Do this in a creative way by setting up a long table made up of two barrels for legs and a long board on top. Arrange the lanterns on top in neat rows so there are enough for each guest. Light an artificial candle in each one. When guests see this display in the dark and the sign encouraging them to take one, it will take their breath away, and also illuminate their path toward their car or shuttle.
Either make or purchase miniature pies as a “thank you” for guests. Opt to package them in small glass containers with a velvet ribbon and a homemade label, or in a brown cardboard pie box with your monogram on top. Offer a few different flavors so your guests get the pleasure of selecting their favorite.
Wedding Themed Bottle Opener
Gift your guests with something they’ll find practical like a bottle opener. Rustic ideas include an antler bottle opener, an antique key bottle opener, or a design featuring a cowboy boot. If you’d like to stick with your wedding theme colors, personalize a bottle opener with your colors, monogram, names, and wedding date.
Personalized Seed Packets
Love grows, as they say. And what better way to demonstrate this than by giving out rustic wedding favors that are packages of wildflower seeds? Enclose the seeds in pretty paper packets with a customized label detailing how to plant and care for the flowers.