7 Ideas to Plan the Perfect Rustic Wedding

There’s something inherently cosy and welcoming about a rustic wedding, as if you’re returning to the safe comfort of home. A relaxed ambiance, calming neutral tones, and sturdy oakwood accents to anchor the casual palette are all aspects that appeal to the rustic wedding style.

Despite the style being around for some time now, rustic weddings have never been more on-trend. We’re completely in love with everything they stand for, from the ever-popular barn wedding venue to rustic wedding bouquets, hessian table runners, and a plethora of fairy lights.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite rustic wedding ideas that will make your picture-perfect wedding day come to life.

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1. Choose a rustic barn wedding venue

If you’re planning a rustic-themed wedding, a barn wedding location is an ideal backdrop. By selecting a venue that complements your wedding style, you will automatically spend less on décor items to make it appear precisely how you want it. We might be a bit biased, but Old Essex Barn provides a truly romantic and intimate atmosphere, with a variety of spaces for those perfect photos and for your guests to enjoy. The Barn itself oozes character, with its beautiful historic oak timbers and vaulted ceilings, it truly is a special place to say “I do”.

2. Pick a rustic floral arrangement

You can add so much to your rustic wedding décor by choosing the right flowers. When it comes to bouquets, consult with your florist for ideas on creating the perfect rustic bouquet. Flowers that sit neatly, such as peonies, should be avoided in favour of roses, hydrangeas, and masses of trailing foliage. You can’t go wrong with a stunning cascading bouquet!

3. Add a warm glow with candles or fairy lights

Lighting can make or break the atmosphere of your wedding, why not add a wonderful glow with candles or hanging fairy lights? In our humble opinion, you can never have too many. They look fantastic both inside and outside – especially if you’re serving food or performing activities outside.

4. Try a Polaroid guest book

Polaroid guest books are a great way to encourage your guests to leave a personal message and fond memory to look back on, and they’ll love the novelty of taking a polaroid photo. If you’re looking for rustic wedding ideas, ditch the standard paper guest book in favour of this fun alternative. Your guests can take a selfie, sign their names, and write down their message for you to look back on.

5. Bring the woodland to your wedding 

If you like the concept of a rustic wedding but want something a bit more elegant, try a woodland wedding theme. You’ll have all the charm of a rustic wedding, but with the luxurious addition of lush green tones and woodland animal themes down to the smallest detail.

6. Treat guests to homemade favours

Rustic weddings are all about natural and handcrafted elements, so why not continue this theme with your wedding favours too? A popular idea is jam jars packed with homemade jam, honey, or chocolates. For a winter wedding, we also like the concept of presenting cake or cheesecake in a jar, or a hot chocolate and marshmallow jam jar kit.

7. Other decorative elements 

We love calligraphic paper items, such as handcrafted rustic wedding invites, and wooden or blackboard signs. To tie around menus or favours, use natural-feeling thread or twine. Earthy tones contrast with copper pieces scattered around your venue (on tables, walls, or suspended above) as well as any lanterns and string lights.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate your nuptials, give Old Essex Barn a call, and together we’ll help you plan your dream wedding.