Now, more than ever, wedding styles are completely personal. Many are choosing to go the country route and having their weddings in non-traditional, often out of the way, places brimming with character. If these types of weddings intrigue you, here are the top five must haves for your rustic wedding.
1) A field, barn, or winery. Farms and wineries both meet the top two criteria for this type of wedding: (a) they tend to be in rural areas and (b) they have lots of space. They also contribute the right “feel” to your wedding. For ideas on decorations and set up, check out the Barn Weddings pinboard.
2) Wooden wedding signs. Out of the way can also mean easily lost. So signs at the end of the road or other turns along the way are popular. There are also opportunities for signage at the wedding and reception itself. A favorite message is something along the lines of ‘sit where ever you’d like, we are all family.’ For more ideas, see my Wedding Signs pinboard.
3) Chalkboard signs. These also make frequent appearances at the rustic wedding. Today’s versions goes well beyond the classroom variety. Chalkboard paint makes it possible to create a board from virtually any flat surface. A few ideas are: write the menu on a door; use small frames or create a “runner” on the table to label food; or coat the front or bottom of wine glasses or mason jars so guests can write their names on them. For even more inspiration, see the Chalkboard Wedding Ideas pinboard.
4) Rustic decorations. The decor must, of course, match the ambiance. Consider integrating raffia, burlap (pinboard here ), lace, hay bales, barrels, or mason jars into the reception. For inspiration on the latter, you can find eight different centerpiece looks, with accompanying video, in our Mason Jar Centerpieces section. Take a look at the pinboard for even more mason jar inspiration.
5) “Farm” wedding favors. Another contributor to the ambiance are the favors. There are a range of edible favor options, like S’mores (see how to make individual mini stations here), small size pies, or home made jams. Eco-based favors–such as “plantables” with flower seeds embedded in the paper–are also common. You can take a look at other farm favors here.