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5 Must Haves for Your Country Wedding

Now, more than ever, wedding styles are completely personal. Many are choosing to go the country route.

Couples are often having their weddings at non-traditional wedding venues brimming with character. In fact, having a rustic wedding is one of the most popular trends today. If this type of wedding intrigues you, here are the top five must-haves for yours.

5 Must Haves for Your Country Wedding

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1) A location with a rustic theme (or one you can decorate for a country look).

A farmhouse yard, barn, or vineyard is ideal. Farms and wineries both meet the top two criteria for authentic versions of this type of wedding. First, they tend to be in rural areas, plus 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 entrance or directional signs.

Out of the way can also mean lost guests. So arrows at the end of the road or other turns along the way are popular. There are also ample opportunities for signs at the wedding and reception itself. Signs at the reception door are currently popular. To shop for rustic wood wedding signs here

3. Rustic decorations.

The decor must, of course, match the ambiance. Consider integrating raffia, burlap, lace, hay bales, barrels, or mason jars into the reception.

4) Flannel, flasks, or other thematic wedding party gifts.

You will, of course, want to extend the theme to your wedding party gifts.

Plaid or flannel shirts for the bridesmaids are currently a hot trend. They are ideal for getting ready before the wedding. Or to change into after the wedding if you are having an informal reception. Take a look at some options, including those in the earlier image, in the shop section here.

5. Asymmetrical bouquets and arrangement.
Country weddings require rustic look bridal bouquets and wedding party flowers. Tap and scroll to number 5 to see how to make a wedding bouquet with fresh flowers like this one. Look for the link to instructions and how to buy real flowers for your arrangements. #CountryWeddingIdeas #RusticBridalBouquets #MyOnlineWeddingHelp #RusticWeddingBouquets #RusticBouquets #CountryWedding #RusticWeddingFlowers #RusticWeddingIdeas #RusticWedding

Rustic flowers tend to be somewhat messy, in a gorgeous way. The effect of loosely-arranged blooms, dried grass, or wildflowers can be dramatic. Take a look at the DIY Real Wedding Flowers blog post. It has resources and directions on how to make the bouquet in the picture and other decorations.

Victoria Addington

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Thanks for listing the must-haves for a rustic wedding ceremony. My friend and her fiance met at a ranch, which is why they'd like to find a barn as their wedding site. Since my friend asked me to help her in the planning process, I shall then look in rural areas for a barn that has lots of space.


Sunday 25th of August 2013

We did all of these mentioned above for my daughters wedding. It turned out beautiful!