When the weather is warm, the great outdoors is the perfect setting for a rustic wedding. But what about when the weather is just too cold or unpredictable to be outside? Change the focus from scenery to the wedding details and your indoor wedding will be just as successful.
Set the scene with your wedding stationery designs.
From your first announcement through the time your guests sit down at reception tables, there are several ways to make it clear your wedding is rustic. Choose or create imagery that reflects your style, then personalize all of your wedding stationery with it: save the date cards, postage stamps, invitations, reply cards, wedding programs, the guest book, and escort or place cards (get some design ideas here).
Bring the nature indoors.
Fall–with its beautiful browns, oranges, reds and yellows–adds a new facets to the definition of rustic. Look for these elements to include in your centerpieces and other decorations.
- Many of mother nature’s ornaments mature when the weather cools. Brown pinecones and acorns, as well as pumpkins, make interesting decor.
- Add fall leaves for more color. If the real things are too frail, consider tissue paper leaves on tables and/or walls.
- Use year-round greenery such as pine or other evergreen branches and moss (buy sheet moss if needed).
- Wood–in the form of branches, cut slabs, or “slices” of tree trunk–add contrast. I especially like the look of both birch bark and bare willow branches.
Be liberal with the rustic details.
You can change even the plainest of rooms into a rustic chic or country showcase by adding elements complementing your theme. Some ideas to think about:
- Fabrics can go a long way in setting the tone for your wedding. Use strips of romantic or country-theme fabrics as a backdrop for the head table or photo booth entrance. Burlap as table clothes or under the centerpieces and cake is another option (go here for choices of wedding burlap by the roll, yard, or bolt).
- Vintage American is also rustic. For example, use an aged door set a top barrels as a table, or an old suitcase for the card box.
- Favors such as plants in tiny pots, individual pies, and homemade jams are other options (mini favor jars of various shapes are readily available by the case).
- Even more ideas for transforming a room include wildflower or other rustic details on the cake; mason jar centerpieces; and chalkboards as signs (any flat surface can be transformed with chalkboard paint) .
Your options are too many to mention here! For even more inspiration, check out the following:
- Read Top 6 Rustic Wedding Trends here on the Gemvara blog.
- Look at the Rustic Wedding Ideas for Fall Pinterest board.
- Read 5 Must Haves for Your Country Wedding on my blog.
Couple cutting cake: Amy Hardin, Details Weddings & Events http://www.weddingsbydetails.com
Amy and Pam strive to make every part of your wedding planning experience enjoyable and stress-free. They serve the River Valley, Northwest Arkansas, and Little Rock areas.
Burlap rose and mason jars: Amarette Arnold, Amarette Arnold Photography http://stlportraitphotography.com
In addition to being Bobette’s http://www.myonlineweddinghelp.com/about-Bobette.htm daughter, Amarette makes lasting memories one picture at a time through her photography. She serves the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Barrel dessert table: Erich McVey, Erich McVey Photography http://erichmcvey.com/
Erich provides couples with timeless images to remember their day by. He strives to document every wedding through artful photos that bring to life all of the excitement, love and care you put into making your day so special.
Invitation: Rustic Leaves and Burlap Wedding Invitation by Zazzle http://invitations.myonlineweddinghelp.com/country-western-invites.htm