Rustic weddings are here to stay (yay!) and have even expanded to include variations on the theme.
One of my favorites is the elegant rustic wedding (think rustic chic with a bit more classy elegance). While the setting goes a long way in creating the theme, details can be critical to the look as well.
With that in mind, here are my top rustic elegant wedding ideas with my favorite examples. Look for the links for more info or to buy each product.
First, here are a few tips for creating a classy rustic wedding:
a. Juxtapose the sophisticated with unrefined by choosing elements that contrast. Use burlap and lace in the same decoration or script font on a natural wood sign, for example.
b. Make liberal but targeted use of lighting to create elegance.
Lit monogram signs with a weathered finish or mason jars with fairy lights, for example. Both take on a different vibe compared to their unlit counterparts.
c. Consider an upscale or traditional venue and choose rustic details for the decor. Or do the opposite by holding the reception in a barn or farm and go with classic crystal, linens, and bouquets.
d. White against wood is drop-dead gorgeous. Consider a white baby’s breath arrangement as part of a wood-slice centerpiece, for example. It is both rustic and polished looking.
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1. Elegant Rustic Wedding Invitations on Kraft Paper
The invitations are one of the first points of contact with your guests. Set the theme early with rustic invites or save the date cards.
Carol hand makes these laser cut rustic tree invitations with bellybands. Or you can choose to have her cut and print them, leaving you to DIY the rest. She has a variety of colors to choose from and you can get a full sample before you buy! More detail…
2. Rustic Wedding Hair Accessories
Tatiana is quite an artist. She is the designer, artisan, and photographer for all her wedding headpieces! You can choose one of her in-stock items or ask her to create a custom design for you.
This rustic elegant wedding hairpiece comes with a veil, too! Choose from four different color veils and different color flowers. More detail…
See all Tatiana’s current designs >>
3. Rustic Burlap Wedding Bouquet with Pearls and Flowers
Another approach to elegant, yet rustic flowers is to start with burlap and add romance.
Jessica creates this rustic burlap bouquet with both burlap and silk flowers. She adds in pearl and rhinestone brooches. Have her create a version of these bouquets or order a custom look of your own for both you and the bridesmaids. More detail…
4. Personalized Wood Wedding Cufflinks
Wooden cufflinks add the right rusty touch to otherwise average shirt sleeves. Remember the tip above about wood against white? It definitely applies here. These custom cufflinks make thoughtful groomsmen gifts. More detail…
5. Rustic Groomsmen Gift – Drink Holsters
Andrew nailed it with these drink holsters! Your groomsmen will love these wild-west style holsters. (Admittedly, these aren’t quite as classy as some of the more elegant options in this list, but I couldn’t resist!) More detail…
6. Canvas or Leather Bridesmaids Gift Makeup Bags
Left: Metallic leathers add elegance to a rustic wedding by creating contrast.
These custom bridesmaid makeup bags can complement your theme. And your ladies will have a keepsake to use long after the day. The message inside makes them extra special. More detail…
Right: Canvas is another material that is a natural for rustic weddings. Holly and John will decorate these with each lady’s name and a glitter heart. More detail…
7. Rustic Lace Flower Girl Dress with Flowers
“Too cute,” says it all. The toffee flowers add a rustic aura to this adorable lace flower girl dress. Choose ivory (off-white), light pink, lavender, or yellow for the dress lining and flowers if you prefer a more romantic country look. More detail…
8. Burlap and Lace Flower Wedding Bucket Decor or Flower Girl Basket
The burlap and lace flower makes this galvanized bucket a must-have. Susan lists it as a flower girl basket. You could also use it as a wedding program holder or centerpiece vase at a country wedding. More detail…
9. Rustic Wood Ring Bearer Box
You can also use an alternative to the ring bearer pillow to extend a rustic theme.
Nicole engraves this fine box on the outside with whatever initials or message you like. The inside lid features his and hers hearts. Stylish flowers secure the rings inside. Plus, the rings are safer in a box than dangling from a pillow or inside someone’s pocket! More detail…
10. Rustic Religious Aisle Markers
Wood can look posher with sophisticated lettering. Kaylie and Josh show how with these bible verse aisle markers. You get six 15″ x 12″ stand-alone signs that you can use to decorate your home after the wedding. Each is a passage from 1 Corinthians 13:
- Love is patient, love is kind.
- It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- It is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.
- Always protects, always trusts.
- Always hopes, always perseveres.
- Love never fails.
11. Rustic Elegant Wedding Ceremony Curtains
Lace can be an intricate part of the country-rustic look.
These ceremony curtains are perfect for incorporating it into your wedding. You can, of course, use them for any type of backdrop. Consider these for behind the head table, the cake table, or even hanging across an entrance. More detail…
12. Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternative with Photo Frame
Alternatives to traditional guest books are popular right now, and I love this one. The fact that it includes a tree makes it rustic, but there are many elegant elements as well: the artwork, cute hearts, and sophisticated photo frame.
You can get the frame in three different styles (oak, white, or black). Also, the background is printed, so you can get any of 30 different designs. Some are various woodgrains, but others include brick, hearts, and textured colors. More detail…
13. Sign Style Rustic Wood Wedding Card Box
Meg stains this wooden card box in your choice of three stains. She then hand paints your names and wedding date with white paint. Or order the paint or stain to match your wedding. More detail…
14. Lantern Wedding Decorations
These customized lantern wedding decorations are beautiful as wedding centerpieces. Or place them along a ceremony walkway.
Give Amanda your photos and say how many you want on which side (you can get a line of text in place of a photo as well).
You will get a lot of use out of these because they can do triple duty.
(1) Hang them on hooks or set them at the end of each chair/pew row as aisle decorations at the ceremony.
(2) Decorate the reception by placing them as centerpieces or along a walkway.
(3) Later use them to decorate your home.
15. Unique Burlap Table Runner
It’s an unwritten rule that a rustic elegant wedding requires lace. And burlap is an iconic rustic fabric, so why not combine both as a table runner?
One reason you may not want to is burlap edges fray. Amber has you covered. She’s mastered the material and can make these and other burlap table runners, hemmed on all sizes, for you in any size. Take a look at all her designs in her storefront (don’t miss her unique ruffle versions) …
16. Rustic Wedding Logs Table Decorations
These tea lights are a perfect element in your rustic wedding decorations.
Table centerpieces come alive with these log candle holders. For an elegant country wedding guest table, use with the burlap table runners (above) and wooden heart scatter (below). More detail…
17. Wedding Reception Heart Table Scatter Decorations
Combine the log tea light holders above with these wooden hearts table scatter from the same seller for a perfect rustic table. More detail…
18. Mason Jar and Wood Planter Centerpiece with Lights
Tia glams up this rustic mason jar centerpiece by adding fairy lights in two of the three jars. She paints the third jar (If you’d prefer a different color, ask Tia in the notes at checkout). Hydrangeas are also included.
She stains the wooden planter box in any of six colors. It’s also available without the box.
These can become household decorations after the wedding. Or give them away as door prizes to a lucky few wedding guests. More detail…
19. Rustic In Memory Wedding Sign. In Heaven.
You may want to remember those close but no longer with you on your big day.
This “watching from heaven” sign is perfect. Megan stains the wood with the color of your choice. She hand paints the letters in one of the 6 colors then seals with a matte polycrylic. If you’d like a size different from the 11″ wide x 16″ high, shown, ask her.
20. Rustic Wood Wedding Favor Boxes
These little birchwood favor boxes are just the right touch for your country rustic wedding guest tables. Maria ships them flat with your choice of wood cut out charms and twine or cord. You simply assemble and fill with goodies. More detail…
21. Rustic Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Signs
Sundy makes these Mr. and Mrs. signs can be as rustic as you want.
You choose unpainted, glittered, or painted in your choice of color. Sizes range from four to seven inches tall, so you could also hang larger ones behind the couple’s table. More detail…
22. Rustic Wood Wedding Cake Stand
Create an elegant or romantic look to this rustic wood wedding cake stand with flowers. Add your name and wedding date. Or Sarah and Josh will create a custom message if you’d like. More detail…
23. Rustic Country Wedding Cake Topper
No rustic elegant wedding is complete without the cake. This cake topper from Sarah is also perfect for any farm or barn wedding.
The three stacked hay bales, chalkboard, and daisies are country icons. She will paint the wood base ivory or white. The topper’s adorable with burlap flowers decorating the wedding cake. More detail…
24. Weathered Font Bride and Groom or Mr. and Mrs. T-shirts
These 100% pre-shrunk cotton t-shirts are nice to wear while setting up the wedding or reception; after the festivities; or during casual, wedding-related events (BBQ rehearsal dinner, anyone?).
The link goes to the Bride and Groom shirts. Look for the Mr. and Mrs. T-shirts from the same seller. More detail…
25. Wedding Hangover Survival Bag Kits
These hangover survival kit favors come assembled, including goodies and first aid items.
Lisa adds Emergen-C, band aids, breath mints, Advil, lip balm, hand sanitizer, wipes, and hair ties for a mess-free recovery. Cute as wedding favors. Or for your bridesmaids and groomsmen after the bachelor and bachelorette parties. More detail…
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Tuesday 13th of March 2018
Photo lanterns and wedding banner is one of the best idea. Overall, I rally like your ideas. Thanks for sharing those helpful tips with us. I will try to apply your ideas in my brother's marriage ceremony.