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7 Tips For The Perfect Rustic Wedding

Themed weddings have become very popular in the past few years.

One of the most interesting types of themed weddings is the rustic wedding.

It involves a ceremony and reception featuring simple decor, vintage clothing, natural materials and wholesome food.

This type of wedding is usually held at a scenic location like a farm, winery, or country homestead.

Rustic weddings can be very romantic and charming.

Many guests prefer this type of wedding because it is so laid back and casual.

If the idea of a rustic wedding sounds interesting, read on!

We are sharing the 7 great tips for having the perfect rustic wedding — including some great songs to use during the reception.

Keep the furnishings natural

Rustic weddings should use a lot of natural materials.

That means beautiful timber tables, timber milk crates, natural cotton tablecloths, timber bowls, fine and wooden chairs.

You can even incorporate burlap to emphasise the rustic feel.

The palette should very neutral, featuring lots of browns and whites.

A splash of colour can be added with some bright tablecloths if you prefer, but most of the colour should come from the beautiful location where the wedding is being held.

Make eating casual and informal

Rustic weddings are relaxed affairs where people spend a lot of time mingling and chatting.

A traditional three course meal doesn’t work well at a rustic wedding — servers would be very out of place!

Instead, have a BBQ or a buffet.

Create cheese and fruit plates that your guests can help themselves to.

Purchase some home-cooked cakes, puddings and cheesecakes for desert.

Focus on simple food that is delicious and of very high quality.

Use simple floral arrangements

The key to making your rustic wedding special is to apply the theme to every aspect of the ceremony.

That includes flowers.

Instead of having large bouquets of roses or lilies, use wildflower bouquets that have been gathered from the local area.

Create simple flower arrangements with these flowers, including long strings of wildflowers across tables and basic bouquets.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen can wear simple flower arrangements.

Give guests rustic-themed gifts

Create a lasting impression on your guests by giving them a rustic-themed parting gift.

Some of the most interesting gifts include plants, hard boiled lollies in burlap bags, jars of home made jam, seed packets, cheese, a mason jar full of popcorn, homemade pies, or honey.

Look for a venue with views and a rustic vibe

The ideal venue for a rustic venue will be in a location surrounded by a pristine natural environment.

Farms work well and a rustic reception can even be held in a large barn.

Rustic wineries are also a great choice and there will be no shortage of wine.

The more natural and authentic the venue is, the better.

Make the lighting magical

Setting the mood with the right lighting is particularly important if you are throwing a rustic wedding.

Edison globes and lanterns work really well.

You can also hang fairy lights around the room to give the reception a magical feel.

Choose music that is appropriate for the rustic theme

Choosing the right music is crucial when throwing a rustic wedding.

The best musical genres to use for rustic weddings include blues, country, bluegrass, soul, acoustic, and folk music.

Everything from Bob Dylan to Albert King and Willie Nelson can work well.

Even music by contemporary artists like Kaleo, Hozier, and Bon Iver can suit a rustic wedding well.

Some of the songs that we love for rustic weddings include:

  • Ray LaMontagne: Let it be me
  • Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck: Big country
  • Cam: Burning House
  • Patsy Cline: Walking after Midnight
  • Johnny Cash: I walk the line
  • Ray Charles: I got a woman
  • Nike Mulvey: Fever to the form
  • Kaleo: All the pretty girls
  • Hozier: Cherry wine
  • Bon Iver: Holocene

Thanks for reading 7 Tips For The Perfect Rustic Wedding!

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Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colecloughdj.

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