Rustic Weddings Done Right

After the engagement glow has faded, the dreamy visions of wedding planning can filter in, and inevitably the overall theme of the wedding must be decided on.  When it comes wedding theme and design trends, few have stood the test of time like a rustic wedding. Rustic weddings have been a major trend since 2010 and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. However, like a classic car, sometimes a fresh coat of paint brings a new look back to an oldie but a goodie.  So this blog is all about rustic weddings . . . . 2.0.

Reception Design

When you think of rustic weddings, you think much of the standard flair. Burlap, lace, mason jars, a barn venue; all of these things do say rustic, but more and more brides are shying away from these staples and adding in new elements while still keeping an overall rustic venue. The simple way to achieve this is by adding an additional word with your rustic vibe. Are you a rustic glam bride? A rustic vintage bride? A rustic modern bride? A rustic bohemian bride? By simply adding this additional layer, you open your wedding style, décor, floral, food, and attire to many many options.

Overall, more brides are saying goodbye to white on white on white weddings, and embracing natural wooden and creamy neutral tones in their chairs, tables, and linens, Now that our venue has over 250 mahogany chiavari chairs and 6 farmhouse tables and a wooden spool table in our inventory, this look is easily achieved without the added expense of renting additional tables or chairs.  From there, you can add in different colors and design. Thinking glam? Then add in some golds, coppers, and other mixed metallics. Thinking modern? Then think clean lines. Thinking bohemian? Think vibrant colors.


Flowers are always important to a wedding no matter the style, but what is more important is textures. A variety of textures is what gives floral arrangement dimension and life and rustic weddings can really be jazzed up by floral textures. Roses and baby’s breath have been a rustic wedding staple for years, but there are so many other options outside of this rustic wedding go to. For signature blooms, we love to embrace the seasonal floral available, think ranunculus and tulips in the spring, peonies in the summer, and dahlias in the fall. All floral arrangements need a “filler” and some of our favorites for rustic weddings are wax flower, chamomile, and astilbe. For texture items, we love items like blue thistle and hypericum berry. Proteas are great too for the rustic bohemian bride. Finally, greenery has become a real game changer in floral design. While it used to be the majority of brides asking for LOTS of blooms and little greenery, it’s reversed itself. Whether you are thinking muted greens, like seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, or deep greens like nagi and ruskus; greenery allows you to add in texture, depth, and rustic all at the same time.

Ceremony Décor

Not to be overshadowed by the reception, the ceremony is where the rustic wedding can shine! Your ceremony backdrop will be the most important aspect to the look of a rustic wedding. If you are a bride looking to stand out from the crowd, don’t be afraid to add in mismatched vintage chairs, pews, or vintage furniture rentals to add depth and design to the space. Floral, drapery and whiskey barrels can also add to the rustic vibe and all of these items are able to be included in your ceremony package with us.


One of the great aspects of a rustic wedding is the food can be anything. BBQ, Tex-Mex, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, steak? The good news? They all work!


As you’ve read so far, the beauty of rustic weddings is all in how you, the couple, interpret rustic. So many things can be personalized to add your own signature style, while still maintaining that rustic vibe, but there is one absolute that cannot be messed with. Cowboy boots. Whether it’s the bride, groom, or the whole wedding party, cowboy boots must make an appearance at a rustic wedding. 

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