Simple and elegant, rustic weddings have been popular among brides for years. They’re a great way to have a beautiful, memorable ceremony that feels warm, welcoming and homey, and a lot of rustic wedding ideas are specifically designed to help marrying couples avoid breaking the bank. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to add a lovely personal touch to your country wedding. Here are some charming rustic wedding ideas to make your “I do” even more special.
Burlap and Twinkle Lights
Burlap and twinkle lights are both staples of rustic wedding style, because they add a charming country feel that is also light and ethereal. This allows you to use them to add small touches throughout your decor that reflect your rustic style. Rolls of burlap can be purchased at craft stores or online inexpensively, cut into strips and used as ribbon to tie around favors, the back of chairs or in a beautiful bow with some greenery above a wedding arch. Battery powered twinkle/holiday lights can also be purchased online at a limited cost and put into Mason jars to make beautiful rustic lanterns for tabletops and bars, which really give outdoor wedding venues that extra special touch. Look for white wired lights, which fit more with most wedding decor than the green ones.
DIY Chalkboard Signs
You won’t believe how easy it is to make beautiful chalkboard signs for your ceremony. They’re a great way to recycle old wood, which makes them a fun part of an eco friendly wedding. All you need is a flat piece of wood in your chosen size(if everyone needs to see it, make sure it’s big), some sandpaper, a can of wood finish and a can of chalkboard paint. Take the wood outside and sand it all over, using goggles and a mask to avoid inhaling sawdust. Brush it off with a dry, clean cloth to remove any dust, and paint with wood finish. Allow the project to dry, and then paint one side with chalkboard paint. You can use painter’s tape to make a clean square, cover the full panel or make some casual, rough edged brush strokes that fit with the rustic look. Once the chalkboard paint is dry, the painted surface can be designed with chalk and hooks can be added to the top of the sign for hanging.
Using Pallets to Display Photos and Hanging Florals
Wood pallets are often upcycled and used as a part of country decor, and they’re a great element to add to your rustic wedding. They’re usually available for cheap or free, and you can customize them easily to fit your needs. You can paint or stain a pallet or leave it just as is, depending on your preference. Adding a few picture hanging fixtures makes it simple to display special photos of you and your partner, adventures you’ve had, pets, family members – whatever is special to you. It’s also a great place to hang greenery and small floral sprays.
Choosing the Perfect Venue
When you’re choosing your wedding venue, you want somewhere that’s evocative of your style as a couple. It needs to be a venue where your ideas can come to life, and for a rustic wedding, it needs to have that perfect down-home country feel. Barn style venues like Hollow Hill give couples a large space with indoor and outdoor facilities that they can tailor to their needs. A barn provides the perfect atmosphere for a country ceremony – hay bales, greenery and beautiful local wildflowers can add memorable natural touches.
Charming Country Centerpieces
No rustic wedding is complete without the perfect table centerpieces. They bring a venue together and are a central point of focus when guests are seated, so they’re a great chance to really show off your style. Mason jar lanterns are a great place to start. Short and wide wooden vases with long stems of local greenery, which is often cheaper than flowers, look great at rustic weddings. A vase with some trimmed, dried tree branches wrapped in battery powered twinkle lights brings an ethereal feel to the tabletop, but make sure you wash and dry the branches and weight the vase – you don’t want to accidentally bring a bug in or have a toppled centerpiece smash someone’s pretty piece of cake!
No matter which ideas you choose, Hollow Hill gives you a place to bring them to life. Located in Weatherford, TX, Hollow Hill Farm is an indoor and outdoor wedding venue that offers an ideal backdrop for country and rustic themed ceremonies and receptions. Since 2012, Hollow Hill has delighted couples with the ideal venue to share their down home style and their love on their special day. Contact us today!