Rustic Weddings: 27 Breathtaking Ideas for Your Big Day

Add some rustic style to your wedding day with these 27 breathtaking ideas

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If you love the idea of a laid back wedding in the country then a rustic wedding style could be perfect for you, just picture a barn wedding venue, a cascading bouquet and pretty hessian table runners. If this describes your style perfectly then you are going to love these rustic wedding ideas.

Choose a Barn Wedding Venue

If you are planning a rustic inspired wedding day then a barn wedding venue will be the perfect setting. By choosing a venue that suits your wedding style, you will naturally spend less on decorating your venue to get it exactly how you want.

Barn wedding venue

Image credit: Old Luxters Barn

Or Get Married in a Tipi

Don’t feel restricted to only having a rustic wedding day in a barn venue, if you are a couple that loves breaking the rules then look at some more untraditional wedding venues such as yurts and tipis.

Tipi wedding venue

Image credit: Minnehaha Events

You Could Even Pick a Woodland Wedding Venue

A wedding venue surrounded by woodland could also be the perfect setting for your rustic day and can help to add an enchanting twist.

READ MORE: Our Favourite Woodland Wedding Venues

Woodland wedding venue

Image credit: Harvest Moon Holidays - Photographed by Christopher Currie Photography

Order a Semi-Naked Wedding Cake

We’ve all seen naked wedding cakes rise in popularity over the last couple of years but now we have its more demure cousin, the semi naked wedding cake! This is when a naked cake is partially covered in buttercream giving a more rustic edge to the design.

Rustic semi naked wedding cakes

Image credit: Bake Rattle N Roll

Forget the Table Cloths

If your venue has gorgeous wooden tables then don’t hide them under a table cloth. Spitalfields Venue in London shows just show stunning a wooden reception table can look with the right décor.

Rustic wedding table

Image credit: Spitalfields Venue

Pick a Rustic Bridal Bouquet 

Speak to your florist to get tips and advice on how to create the perfect rustic bouquet. Avoid flowers that sit neatly such as peonies and instead opt for roses, hydrangeas and lots of trailing foliage.

READ MORE: How to Have the Perfect Rustic Wedding Bouquet

Rustic bridal bouquet

Image credit: Joseph Massie Flowers

Swap Traditional Vases for Jam Jars

Swapping vases for jam jars is not only a great budget hack but it will also give your tables a pretty rustic edge. Wrap the vases in hessian and tie with string to add to the rustic style. If you are feeling overwhelmed at how much work you have to do then this is a great task to give to your bridesmaids.

Jam jar centrepieces

Image credit: The Crown & Thistle 

Wear a Boho Wedding Dress

If you are planning a barn wedding venue, a rustic bouquet and pretty jam jars as centrepieces then you can complete your style by wearing a pretty boho wedding dress - we adore these boho designs by Jenny Packhm.

READ MORE: 47 Stunning Boho Wedding Dresses

Boho wedding dresses

Complete Your Look with a Flower Crown 

You can complete your boho bridal look by wearing a flower crown in place of a traditional wedding veil. You can ask your florist to create one to go with your bridal bouquet or you could even try your hand at making your own.

Wear a rustic flower crown

Image credit: Amaris Flower Boutique

Opt for Rustic Groomswear

It’s not just to bride that can opt for rustic-inspired attire – the groom can also really embrace this style. Consider a tweed suit or a lighter colour of fabric rather than the more traditional black, grey and navy. You can then team this look with a fantastic rustic buttonhole.
READ MORE: Rustic Groomswear Ideas 

Rustic groomswear

Image credit: Cad & the Dandy

Have a Woodland Wedding Theme 

If you love the idea of a rustic wedding day but you want something a little more glamorous then consider a woodland wedding theme. You get all the style of a rustic wedding with the luxe addition of leafy green tones and think about adding pretty strings on fairy lights.

Woodland wedding theme

Image credit: The Queen of Crowns

Swap Chairs for Benches 

Add a more relaxed twist to your wedding ceremony by swapping formal chairs for wooden benches, they will need far less decoration and will look amazing in your wedding photos.

Wedding benches

Image credit: Laura DeBourde Photography

Have an Outdoor Ceremony

There’s something magical about getting married outside. If your venue permits and you have a great outdoor space then embrace this and opt for saying ‘I do’ outside.

Outdoor ceremony

Image credit: Camp Katur

Say It with a Sign

Wedding signs are a huge 2017 wedding trend and they can be a great way to add some personal style to your wedding day. You will also then be left with a beautiful reminder of your wedding that you can hang in your home.

Wedding signs

Or With Light Up Letters

Light up letters can add a warm and glowing atmosphere to your wedding day and can help transform your wedding venue for the evening. Just make sure you get some amazing photos that you can treasure!

Light up letters

Image credit: The WOW Business

Use Fairy Lights 

Lighting can really make or break the atmosphere so why not add a warm glow by hanging fairy lights. Dainty lights will also look great outside your wedding venue – particularly if you are serving evening food outside such as a hog roast or a barbecue.

Rustic fairylights

Image credit: Stone Barn

Add a Warm Glow with Candles

Candles can add a cosy and romantic feel to your day - however, some venues may have restrictions on naked flames. Before you start to think about where you can use candles, it’s always best to check with your venue what their restrictions are.

Wedding Candles

Image credit: Cripps Barn

Give Your Guests Honey Wedding Favours 

Homemade wedding favours will be a cute addition to your reception tables and these honey wedding favours with bespoke labels are perfect for a rustic wedding theme.

Honey wedding favours

Image credit: The Ballroom at Darenth

Cheese Wedding Cakes

If you have more of a savoury tooth then opt for a cheese wedding cake surrounded by bread, crackers and your favourite chutneys. If you love this idea but would still like a traditional wedding cake then you could have a smaller cheese wedding cake as part of your evening food.

READ MORE: Mouthwatering Cheese Wedding Cakes

Cheese wedding cake

Take Photos with the Animals

Here at hitched we love weddings that include animals! If you have chosen a rural wedding venue that has animals then why not take this opportunity to get some amazing pictures. We adore these fun wedding pics taken with horses – perfect for a rustic wedding!

Wedding photos with a horse

Image credit: The Holford Estate

Embrace Hay Bales

If you have chosen a barn wedding venue then take the opportunity to get as many stylish photos as you can. We love how this cute couple had a romantic photos taken on the hay bales.

Hay bales wedding photo

Image credit: Owen House Wedding Barn

Hire Rustic Chairs

Forget chair covers, sashes and bows – decorate your chairs with wood signs and rustic greenery to really embrace your theme.

Rustic wedding chairs

Image credit: Holly Cadogan Flowers

Have Fun with Your Ring Photos

Even your ring photos can be make beautifully rustic – we love how this couple made simple hearts from hessian to get this romantic picture.

Rustic ring photos

Image credit: Claire Hillyard Photography

Use Hessian Table Runners to Transform White Table Cloths

How amazing is this hessian table runner captured at The Crown and Thistle – it’s a simple and cost effective way to transform a plain white table cloth.

Hessian table runners

Image credit: Black Horse Beamish

Use Drinks Dispensers to Create a Laid Back Vibe

Yes even your drinks can be made rustic! If you are having a DIY wedding then drinks served in clear dispenser will look fantastic and be a great way to save money.

Rustic drink idea

Image credit: The Ferry House Inn

Create Rustic Place Settings

Use matte gold tones on your reception tables to create the perfect rustic place setting – we adore this style photographed by Tiree Dawson Photography.

Rustic place setting

Image credit: Askham Hall - Photographed by Tiree Dawson Photography

Choose a Wooden Guest Book

Handmade Days create the most beautiful alternative to a traditional guest book – guests write their well wishes on a wooden heart which then becomes a stunning piece of artwork that you can keep.

Wooden guest book

Image credit: Handmade Days

If you love the idea of a rustic wedding style then browse our inspiration gallery – filled with over a thousand pretty ideas or start looking at our favourite rustic wedding venues.



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