March 8, 2021
Do you love the outdoors and want to incorporate your love of it into your wedding. Here are a few rustic wedding ideas to give your wedding that outdoorsy feel.
Choose a wedding venue that has a rustic barn for your backdrop. Nothing says rustic more than a barn! Charlottesville and the surrounding area have lots of options for wedding venues with barns. River Crest Farm in Elkton, Virginia has a lovely mountain backdrop and a rustic barn to boot! Wolftrap Farm in Gordonsville Virginia also has a great rustic feel. The Pavilion was created by converting an old equipment and hay barn into a great reception space and behind it is a lovely area to hold a ceremony!
Have your ceremony outside! If you choose an outdoor location you have a blank slate to work with and can add whatever rustic elements you would like! Hay or straw bales can be used for seating but you’ll probably want to overlay them with some sort of cover! A simple rustic arbor can be easily created to pledge your vows under.
Incorporate logs! Nothing looks more rustic than a log. Slivers of a log can be used to set the cake or cupcakes on as well floral centerpieces and candles.
Trade your vases and glasses for mason jars! You can wrap lace around large mason jars to create your vase and you can use mason jars for you and your guests to drink out of.
Use old metal milk cans, metal buckets, and small metal cans to decorate your reception and ceremony. You can add burlap and lace to buckets and cans and put floral arrangements in them. You can also decorate old milk cans with burlap and lace and place an arrangement in a mason jar on top!
The right flowers can also add to your rustic wedding theme. When it comes to your bouquet and floral arrangements, ask your florist for tips and advice on how to create your perfect bouquet. By avoiding flowers that sit neatly such as peonies, you can opt for roses, hydrangeas sunflowers, and lots of trailing foliage. You cannot go wrong with a cascading bouquet!
Groom and groomsmen can wear attire that creates a rustic and casual feel and be super comfortable as well! Opting for a vest and casual pants instead of a tux or suit and tie can go a long way to keeping your groom happy on his wedding day especially if he hates to dress up! It’s your wedding and both of you should be happy with your wedding attire!
Wooden Signs, chalkboards, and old wooden pallets can be used to direct guests, list the menu, and any other pertinent info you need to relay to guests. Plus, they can be a way to save money when planning your wedding and reception!
Choose a wooden guest book that you can later display in your home! Kayla and Chris did just that and now can display their rustic guest book on a table or hang it in their new home!
Old barrels can also create a truly rustic feel. Again, adding that burlap and lace will give a unique rustic appearance to your ceremony and reception! Placing a beautiful floral arrangement on top softens the decor.
Using string lights behind sheer fabric and adding lanterns with candles give a rustic feel as well as create a warm mood at your reception!
Who knew you can apply rustic wedding ideas to the wedding cake. Cakes can be decorated to add to that rustic feel as well! Naked cakes absolutely add rustic as nothing else will. And haven’t you always wanted to carve your and your significant other’s initials in a tree? A tree-inspired cake will display the visual representation of your commitment in confectionary form!
There are so many more rustic wedding ideas you can incorporate! I hope this gives you inspiration! Comment below with any additional ideas you have or have tried! And check out more of my work here: https://kimforbesphotography.com/