7 Top Tips for making the most of a Rustic Wedding Theme
Choosing a wedding theme can be really hard – there’s so much inspiration, it’s hard to pick just one!
Here at The Cow Shed we love all things rustic, and rustic, country style weddings are our specialty, so we don’t think you could go wrong with this theme for your big day. It’s pretty, simple to style and works at any time of year, from sunny summer days through to frosty winter ones.
Pick a barn venue
One of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is choosing your wedding venue – and picking one that complements your wedding theme makes all the difference. Barns are the ideal choice for a rustic themed wedding, with their beautiful settings, neutral colours and natural, romantic feel creating a perfect backdrop and relaxed atmosphere.
Use pretty props for styling
There are so many objects you can use to style your rustic-themed wedding; hay bales, jam jars, barrels, logs, apple crates and candles can be given extra finishing touches to turn them from everyday items into pretty wedding props. And they don’t have to be expensive! You can find pieces at flea markets, car boot sales and charity shops for a reasonable price, and get creative with upcycling and embellishments etc. to create your own unique pieces. If you’d prefer to hire them, local florists and wedding hire companies stock most items which they will happily hire to you and also help you with styling.
Make mealtime fun
Rustic weddings and a relaxed, laid back atmosphere go hand in hand, and allow for a little more fun too. So serve up something a little less formal than the traditional three-course wedding breakfast, and opt for a hog roast or barbecue. Dessert could be a selection of classic home-made cakes so guests can choose a slice……or three…… of their favourites. Here at The Cow Shed, Sarah’s repertoire of classic dishes and delicious comfort food is always a winner with our guests, no matter what time of year it is.
Add a twinkly touch
Fairy lights are a must for adding subtle, romantic lighting that perfectly complements your rustic wedding and adds a little touch of magic to your big day. Hung as a backdrop from the ceiling, wrapped around the beams or strung between the eaves, twinkling fairy lights set among beautiful seasonal flowers and foliage are the perfect addition.
Keep it natural
A rustic wedding always has a natural overall finish, neutrally coloured in browns, creams and greens that works well with many colour schemes. There’s no need for chair covers, tablecloths or chair sashes; in fact at The Cow Shed, we use hay bales covered with cosy blankets and wooden trestle tables with simple linen runners, although you could always use burlap or lace depending on your taste.
Weave your theme throughout
Keep your rustic wedding theme in mind when choosing each element of your wedding. Choose wild flowers for simple floral centrepieces and bowers, and have a naked or lace-style cake as your wedding cake. In terms of your dress, add a rustic touch by opting for a simple dress style or a lace design, while your groom could choose a less formal suit with a touch of tweed, or even braces and a flat cap!
Give homemade favours to guests
Everything about a rustic wedding is natural, simple and homemade, so you can be really creative and bring a touch of this to your wedding favours for your guests too. Jars of homemade jam, honey or sweets are good choices, or you could put together hot chocolate and marshmallow jam jar kits for a winter wedding; the possibilities are endless!
If you’re stuck for inspiration, Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas on everything from décor, to dresses to homemade crafty touches. Whatever ideas you have in mind, make sure you discuss them with your venue co-ordinator who will often have plenty of tips and advice to help make your day perfect.