Turned off by the ostentatious showiness of glamorous yet stuffy décor, many brides are turning to nature to create the intimate weddings of their dreams. With delightfully handmade bouquets, floral hairpieces, innocently simple decorations and enchanting mood lighting, rustic décor has the ability to create a timeless charm that sweep the couple and their guests right off their feet and into a timeless fairy tale.
Bask in Nature
Though it is by no means a requirement, an outdoor setting like a private garden or woodsy environment will bring beautiful greenery with minimal effort on your part. Hold the ceremony and reception in the same space to lessen the pollution and stress that would be caused by having guests motor from one space to the next. Having a backup plan in case of rain is always advised; a stylish tend could protect attendees from a drizzle, and having a nearby venue on standby in case of storms certainly won’t hurt. Of course, there’s also the possibility of wind to worry about. Make sure lighter items like menus are weighed or tie down, and try to keep food covered as long as possible to protect it from kicked up dirt or insects.
A rustic wedding is about naturalness, subtlety and down-to-earth prettiness, so apply such a concept to your selection in dress. Find a gown that you can comfortably move in, whether it is a sheath, empire or short style. Because you won’t have the drama of an over-the-top tulle gown, consider adding popular detailing like a lace or bead overlay. Vintage styled weddings dresses, like the ones available at David’s Bridal or Sarah Houston, will coordinate perfectly with the rustic color scheme and surroundings.
The fashion for hairstyles is favoring interwoven braiding, small floral embellishments and gentle flowing lines. Careful hair designs show off the natural beauty, as well as making for a more comfortable bride. No matter what, don’t have your locks pulled into a tight bun.
Table Settings and Centerpieces
For a truly rustic affair, try not to synchronize your table settings and centerpieces, and make them unique from one another. As long as you have a general color scheme to guide your decisions, you can accumulate mismatched antique china, tea cups and more for a truly dynamic table. The centerpieces should be shorter, and should feature wildflowers with soft hues. Some couples choose to forego floral table arrangements entirely and, instead, showcase lanterns, candles floating in water, or medleys of vegetables and grains. Mason jars, wood stands, lace, burlap and ribbon will provide additional rustic appeal.
There are no rules about what you can and cannot serve guests, but incorporating local ingredients will be a nice touch. Roasted vegetables, a wide cheese selection, handmade ice cream, caramelized apples . . . if you keep portions small but abundant and varied, guests will feel full but you won’t have to serve a four-course-dinner. Consider serving locally brewed beers and wines for a nearby vineyard, as well as fresh lemonade, teas and water with fruit slices floating within the pitchers.
A popular option with an outdoor setting is picnic receptions. Adding picnic blankets and baskets of food can add a sharing affair which will encourage guests to chat and get to know each other as food is being passed around. Unassigned seating also gives guests the freedom to socialize as they please, and allows the newlyweds’ to greet and mingle with greater ease. Want to include an added touch that no one will ever forget? Have a fire pit and encourage guests to roast marshmallows!
The rustic wedding trend is all about embracing the beauty of nature along with your personality. Enjoy your wedding in a gorgeous scene with your closest friends and family, and epitomize the beauty of the woodlands bride, clothed in lace, with flowers in her hair and a shining smile on her face.