How to Have a Rustic Themed Wedding

A rustic theme is becoming one of the fastest-growing wedding trends. It’s easy to see why. They’re simple and can be fairly inexpensive compared to that of a traditional formal setting.

They’re also beautiful in their simplicity. Mother Nature provides some of the best tools and settings you need to incorporate into your wedding day. Rustic weddings offer charm and character. Guests enjoy the casual atmosphere and can sometimes be more relaxed.

Most rustic weddings are held outdoors. If you’re choosing an indoor venue due to weather or season, consider a simple historic chapel or barn. Bails of hay make terrific seating arrangements for your guests. Or for the very easy-breezy outdoor rustic wedding, simply spread checkered clothes on the ground picnic style!

Tell your guests to come dressed casually. Rustic weddings are best enjoyed comfortably. Even the wedding party can make the best of this! The bridal party can sport anything from flip-flops to cowboy boots under their dresses. Or they can not wear any shoes at all! On a warm summer day fresh grass feels great on the bare tootsies! Make sure to get that pedicure first, though!

Wild flowers are a natural choice for your floral arrangements, both in bouquets and centerpieces. Simply arrange some in a watering can or clear glass jar for a table centerpiece. Or include some pine cones and branches for extra added rustic charm.

Earth tone neutral colors tend to be the easiest to incorporate with rustic themes, but throwing in a few bright colors can really jazz up your overall look! Imagine a pair of hot pink cowboy boots popping out under your wedding dress while you dance. How about an electric blue here or there? Maybe you’d like to match nature’s own bright colors and go with cheery citrus tones? You can match the lemonade!

For the reception you can hand out picnic baskets if you went with blanket seating which is also great if you went with the hay bails. Or you can treat your guests to a barbeque! Add some corn on the cob, baked beans and cornbread to the menu.

Picnic tables are perfect for the rustic wedding. Simply add a checked cloth or wildflower-printed table covers to add wedding day charm. Throw in a chalkboard sign here or there to let guests know where to sign the guest book or what’s on the menu.

Whatever you serve, buffet-style or family-style arrangements are the most casual and cozy. Fill tin buckets or barrels with ice and bottles drinks. Place pitchers on lemonade on the tables with frosted drinking jars for an extra cute touch.

For the cake, try another fabulous new trend in weddings-the “naked” cake. This natural-looking alternative to the traditional heavily iced and decoratively covered with fondant cake you’re used to seeing. What’s different is you can see the outer edge of the cake itself. The benefit to that is that you can see the layers in between! The naked cake has a naturally simple look to it.

Cupcakes also make an easy alternative to the traditional wedding cake and are perfect for the rustic theme. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of chocolate frosting! The earthy brown tones go perfect with the theme, so no need to use all white icing for the rustic wedding!

A candy buffet filled with old-fashioned style candies is simply darling for the rustic wedding. Don’t forget the s’mores! What better way to top off the festivities of a rustic country wedding than with a bonfire? You can’t have a bonfire without s’mores!

But before the sun goes down, let your guests enjoy a few rounds of corn hole toss or horseshoe! When the night dancing begins, lanterns and simple white lights are the perfect setting.

Don’t forget the wedding favors! Make sure to send your guests home with some darling rustic themed wedding favors such as photo frames, luminary lantern tea light holders, or chalkboard shot glasses.

Maybe your photographer can put a few photos of your special day in black and white. This really can enhance the simplicity and elegance of the day.

Your rustic wedding can be as much of a family reunion or barbecue as it is the day you say “I do”. What a fun way to celebrate and begin your life together! Everyone is sure to have a ball. Your friends and family will be talking about what a great time they had at your rustic wedding for years to come.

Including Sentimental Photos in Your Wedding Decor

There is a charming new trend popping up at weddings these days. More and more couples are choosing to make their wedding not only a celebration of a new future, but also a chance to honor the past. A wonderful way to do this is to include sentimental photos in your wedding décor.

The people whom you choose to showcase in your pictures usually include parents, grandparents, as well as the bridal couple. There are some really great ways to use the photos; it is even better if you can keep at least some of your intentions a secret from those you are honoring so they will encounter a happy surprise when they arrive at your wedding. This can also be a special way to pay tribute to a loved one who has passed on.

A very fun thing to do is to hang pictures of the bride and groom as children somewhere in the ceremony or reception site. Your guests will have such a great time looking at all the pictures of the newlyweds when they were little. Start with baby pictures and work through time, including photos showing the early days of the bride and groom’s relationship, up until the present day.

Of course you will want every part of your wedding to be stylish, so be sure to arrange the photographs artistically. They tend to look best when presented in a large group, and some sort of visual continuity is also important. You might decide to have all the pictures printed in black and white or display them in coordinating frames of different sizes. At one wedding in a rustic barn, the couple used clothespins to suspend black and white photos along a clothesline in chronological order in the walkway to the barn. It had great visual style, and their guests all had fun taking a trip down memory lane.

Your wedding is also a great time to honor close family members. One lovely trend is to display the wedding photos of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents at the ceremony. People love seeing old wedding pictures, especially the vintage gowns and custom bridal jewelry on the brides. Of course, it is important to be sensitive to individual situations; you would not display pictures of a divorced couple’s wedding, for instance. In that circumstance, it would be more appropriate to hang a group of individual portraits of each parent, perhaps showing them at around the same age as the bride and groom are now.

This concept can be taken even further. If you can get your hands on the wedding gowns of the mothers of the bride and groom, it is fabulous to display them at your weddings on mannequins. This can be a fairly large project, so be sure to start early. The antique gowns are likely to need some restoration and pressing to look nice enough to display. Complete the effect with photos of the original brides accompanying the gowns. It would be really special if the bride had a set of custom bridal jewelry created that echoed some of the features of her mother’s wedding jewelry, especially since the guests will be able to see the inspiration for it.

One final idea for using sentimental old family photos is to set them up on the tables at the reception. Instead of table 1, you can have table Uncle Fred and Aunt Miriam. Your guests are bound to get a kick out of it, and it is a wonderful way to personalize your wedding.

Unique Wedding Guest Book Ideas

Guest books are a must for any event, especially for weddings! It is the perfect way to preserve the names of loved ones that shared in your special event! However, over the years guest books have become, for a lack of a better word, boring! There needs to be an infusion of personality into the ordinary guest book. It’s time to make guest books as stylish and trendy as today’s brides-to-be. Do you want a guest book that will make a statement? Let’s take a look at some great ways to take your guest book up a notch or two!

1. What about a photo guest book album? Now that’s a cute idea! Set up a photo station with a simple flat sheet or large piece of fabric. Have your guest book attendant greet your guests with either a Polaroid camera (for an instant guest book) or a digital camera. Have a designated area on each album page for your guest to sign. Add the pictures taken and Voila – a guest book photo album!

2. Budget getting a little tight? Cut or buy 3×5 or 4×6 note cards in a color that coordinates with your wedding (simple cardstock paper will do the trick). Dress them up with embellishments or keep them simple. Place them in a basket or spread them out on a silver platter. Place a framed card on your guest book table instructing your guests to leave their names and words of advice for the bride and groom. Later on, you can put them in any standard photo album.

3. Create a wedding scrapbook. As your wedding supplies arrive (i.e. invitations, programs, printed napkins, etc.) place them in a scrapbook. Have your guests sign the pages and add comments and well wishes!

4. Get rid of the book altogether! Today’s brides are opting for unique twists to the traditional guest book. Consider replacing your guest book with an engravable platter or a picture frame mat.

Personalized platters are a great guest book option. Not only are they beautiful, but you will be left with a gorgeous wedding memento that can actually be displayed for years to come – not packed away in a box! They are typically either ceramic (guests sign with marker) or silver (come with engraving tool).

The picture frame mat….also a great option. Simply frame one of your engagement photos, with a photo mat of course. Opt for a wide mat so that there will be plenty of room for all of your guests to sign. It will make a fabulous addition to your home décor.

5. Want rustic sophistication? Find a flat piece of driftwood or an old barn door perhaps. Fill it with signatures and you have instant rustic wall décor for your home.

Think out of the box! You are limited only by your imagination. Just about anything can be written on, right? Have fun with it! Create a guest book that you won’t want to pack away!

Rustic “Old World” Wedding Themes the New Way to Go

According to the wedding experts the rustic wedding theme is getting an updated makeover in 2014.

The what you might call shabby-chic is becoming more old world glamour for the couples’ wedding theme now.

Think about combining different decoration elements together to get that “Old World” vintage look you have chosen for your special day.

The weddings are taking on an “old” feeling with the use of old photos from their grandparents and other family members.

Family heirlooms are being used along with more contemporary wedding choices.

At your reception table hang a variety of vintage tea cups over the table and add several candles in vintage holders to the table add for a truly “Old World” vintage feel.

An old typewriter might be used as the guest book so guests may type their thoughts and wishes to the bride and groom.

Even old suitcases are used in various ways for decoration to set the mood.

Brides are beginning to be bolder with their color choices in all wedding items including the wedding invitations.

Centerpieces are being made up to include wonderful looking old books stacked with the container setting on top or nestled in amongst the books.

Flowers that look “just-picked” from the garden such as sweet peas, snap dragon and daisies are perfect for your theme look and you can find them in your theme colors I am quite sure.

The local super market have really nice fresh flowers at most reasonable prices.

The 2014 pantone color, purple orchid, is being used with mint green, gray and a darker shade of purple making its appearance. Pantone is also suggesting light blue, sand, a soft orange, bright yellow and a brighter blue.

For a cocktail hour, the way you offer your hors d’oeuvres is important to the theme.

How about serving bite-sized portions of mac and cheese, a cube of meat loaf on a long toothpick or even a bit of chicken with puff pastry like a chicken pot pie in a shot glass.

There are many other things you can serve this way if you have other ideas or favorites and that could include vegetarian snacks.

When it comes to your wedding cake the “naked cake”, an un-iced exposed layer cake made famous by New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar, is growing in popularity and would be just right for a “Old World” rustic wedding theme.

Donuts, scones, homemade cookies and bite-sized brownies or mini pies that can be handheld make for a wonderful sweets table.

One of the hottest flowers right now are peonies ad they can be had in a great variety of colors to suit your wedding theme.

Mix the peony arrangements if you wish with hydrangea or tulips or if affordable with roses.

The idea of doing different centerpieces for each table fits your “Old World” theme quite nicely.

You can do lovely arrangements with daisies, snap dragons, sweet peas and other flowers that give the look as having just be picked from your garden.

Your bridesmaids might carry nosegays in your theme colors naturally.

I also like the idea of them carrying muffs with or without flowers attractively attached to the muff and they have the muff as a remembrance of the day they proceeded you down the aisle.

Even just a pretty brooch attached to the muff is a lovely idea.

The vintage brides today are opting for lovely floral crowns. Baby’s breath is often used alone for a dreamy vintage look.

There you go for some ideas and suggestions that will help to make your Rustic “Old World” theme just as you want it to be.