It doesn’t matter if you’re getting married in the middle of a beach or in the heart of New Orleans, sometimes you just want that touch of unique class and atmosphere that only comes from a rustic style wedding!
Rustic themed ceremonies tend to focus on the outdoors, floral décor, minimalism, articles of nature such as wood and stone, ambient lighting, and an overall atmosphere of quiet charm.
You almost get the feeling that you’re stepping into another world when you partake in a well done rustic style ceremony, and here’s how you can grab some of that magic for your own wedding or elopement.
Choose the Right Venue
Make sure that regardless of where you’re planning on having your ceremony, it fits your rustic theme. You want to go with soft lighting, frosted style lights, candles, wooden décor, easy access to the outside, a nice old style bar, and plenty of charm.
If you know where to look, you can find such venues in even the biggest, trendiest cities. Actually, these kinds of “rustic” styles are becoming increasingly popular for city cafes and restaurants. The aesthetic lighting, wood furniture or paneling, spacious designs, and simple aura attract people looking for an escape from the usual chaos of city life.
This same philosophy works perfectly for a destination elopement or even a moderately sized wedding. The right venue will allow you to give the ceremony just the right feeling you want, while still providing five star services and dining.
Some unlikely places also can be transformed into the perfect location for a rustic style elopement or wedding, such as barns and large makeshift tents in the woods. Let your imagination do the talking!
Boho is the Way to Go
One of the most popular trends in rustic weddings are casual, boho style dresses with earth tones. Not every ceremony has to be glitz and glam – part of the charm of a rustic wedding or elopement is the simplicity, and that goes for the dress as well.
Get that natural, earthy feel by choosing a more down-to-earth kind of dress, which you can also fit into the theme of the entire ceremony itself. Coordinate what kind of soft lighting, earth tones, and rustic setting you are planning with the kind of dress you are looking for. This is especially important if you are planning an outdoors ceremony. You’re going to want to take weather into account as well.
Most of all, choose a dress that fits the essence of the ceremony. Are you going for merely a touch of rustic, or a full-fledged “back to nature” kind of wedding? You can accentuate your dress with accessories such as flower crowns, lace, and earthy stone, shell, or wooden jewelry.
Use Natural Elements of the Country as Props
Hay bales? Check. Wagon wheels? Check. Wooden fences, horses, and picnic tables? You bet!
There’s really no limit to what you can put together when you opt for a more rustic style wedding or elopement. Even if your ceremony happens to be in a bustling city like New Orleans, you can invest in some country-style props, like wagon wheels and hay bales, to transform a venue into a mock barn or old-fashioned saloon.
You would also be surprised how easy it is to transform a public park into a slice of rustic heaven with some fairy lights, tents, hay bales, and wooden benches or chairs. Just keep all of this in mind in the planning stages so you have no last minute snafus trying to put it all together.
A little can go a long way in a rustic ceremony. The right lighting and dresses alone can transform what would be an ordinary wedding into something much more memorable and magical.
Don’t Forget the Food
Whether you plan on holding the ceremony in the comfort of a hotel, the square of a local park, or in the middle of the woods, you’re going to want catering that can accommodate the look, feel, and theme of your special day.
Good food can truly put a lasting impression on guests and give a ceremony the right aura. In this regard, do away with the overly fine dining and go with comfort food options. New Orleans for example is one of the biggest elopement destinations due in part to its amazing selection of fine comfort food dining.
Who says you can’t do BBQ or seafood at a wedding? If you’re planning an outdoors event, this can be the perfect kind of after-party. Likewise, sometimes there’s nothing better than a ceremony that’s topped off with a hearty home-cooked style meal.
It’s easy to transform any wedding ceremony into a rustic fantasy, with the right venue, props, and planning. Don’t be afraid to coordinate with all of the parties involved, especially your hotel or venue of choice, catering, floral services, and photographers.
Most of all, don’t be afraid to experiment, after all, it’s your day. You get to make it as magical and exciting as you want. Even if it means renting a horse!
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