29 Awesome Rustic Wedding Ideas
Rustic weddings are all the rage thanks to their charm. If you’re looking to add some shabby chic elements to your big day, we’ve got a few rustic wedding ideas for you.
Ready to start planning your perfect rustic wedding in Canada? I’m sure you’ve saved about a thousand rustic wedding ideas on Pinterest, but we’ve got a few more to add to your vision board. From killer venues and menu suggestions to rustic chic wedding decor ideas, we’re here to help you create the event you’ve been dreaming of.
Here are 29 of our favourite rustic wedding ideas.
Rustic Wedding Venue
Barns and wineries are tried and true rustic wedding venues in Canada, but if you’re looking for something a little different, follow this couple’s lead and host your big day on a campground.
Bucket Aisle Markers
Wedding aisle markers are an amazing way to pretty up your ceremony runway. Instead of using candles, lanterns or decorative props, fill a few buckets with baby’s breath or greenery.
Mason Jar Lights
Mason jars and Edison lights are almost mandatory rustic wedding ideas. Instead of using chandeliers or fancy floor lamps, use a few mason jar lights to illuminate your space.
Tree stump accents
Tree stumps can be used in so many ways. You can use them to create a stunning wedding altar, aisle markers, seating, food displays and more.
Skip decorating your venue with ribbons and lace - use burlap, instead. That’ll give everything from your backdrops to table runners a shabby chic feel.
Hay Bale Seats
Forget about thrones, chiavari chairs and stools - ask your guests to take a seat on a bale of hay at your ceremony. Note: you’ll probably want to find something a touch more comfortable for your dinner tables.
Ethereal Wedding Gown
While you’re free to choose any wedding dress silhouette that you love, we think effortless flowing gowns pair perfectly with these other rustic wedding ideas.
Baby’s Breath Bouquets
This budget-friendly bloom is the perfect flower for your rustic wedding bouquet. If you want to shake things up, consider adding a few wildflowers into the mix.
Boho Flower Girl Outfits
Everyone in your processional should be dressed to the nines on your wedding day. Make your flower girls’ ensembles extra adorable with some hippie-dippy dresses and halos made of daisies.
Ring Bearer Wagon
Is your ring bearer to young to make his way down the aisle on his own? Have another processional member carry him along in a shiny red wagon.
Have an acoustic artist play you down the aisle and sing you through your first dance. If you’ve got a skilled musician in your wedding party, this is the perfect time to give them the spotlight.
Every wedding needs signage to help direct guests. Make yours fit with your rustic chic wedding table designs by using pieces of reclaimed wood as your canvases.
Opposites attract! If you’re looking for rustic but elegant wedding ideas, add some shabby chic furniture to your venue for a stunning mix and match lounge space.
Cheese & Charcuterie
Impress your guests with a spread filled with artisan cheeses and meats at your cocktail hour. Don’t forget to order extra.
Take your reception to the next level by adding in some fun and games. Ring toss, giant Jenga, croquet and cornhole are all crowd-pleasers.
Want to nail your wedding portraits? If you’re hosting your wedding far away from the city, take advantage of your rural surroundings and stage a photoshoot in a field.
His & Hers Muskoka Chairs
You don’t need to go all out and purchase Game of Thrones worthy seating for you and your new spouse - Muskoka chairs are perfect for more laid back weddings.
Bench Guest Book
While paper and polaroid wedding guest books are cute, you could land yourself a sentimental piece of furniture by turning an old bench into your GB.
Bunting has the homemade charm that every rustic affair needs. If you want to save a few bucks - and who doesn’t?! - try DIYing your own instead of ordering off Etsy.
Modern Rustic Accents
You can incorporate the geometric wedding trend into your rustic wedding decor with a few wooden hexagonal wall accents. Add some vintage bottles filled with blooms and greenery along with fun elements like a disco ball for a bit of contrast and you have an Instagram-worthy display.
You’ve probably already purchased bunting, burlap and twine bits and bobs, but if you want to amp up your rustic decor even more, add a few antlers to your rustic wedding centrepieces.
Cork Place Card Holders
Looking for cheap DIY rustic wedding ideas? Then here’s an easy one. Save the corks from the wine at your pre-wedding parties for some creative (and free) escort card or place card holders.
DIY Seating Chart
You can also easily DIY a rustic wedding seating plan like this one with some reclaimed wood, chicken wire, clothespins and kraft paper. Add a bit of greenery and you’re good to go.
Comfort food is the way to go for a rustic wedding menu. Stack your guests’ plates with BBQ staples like ribs, brisket, mac ‘n’ cheese and potatoes. That’ll give them the fuel they need to party all night long.
Faux Wood Wedding Cake
Looking for rustic wedding cake designs? Ruffle and naked styles are tried and true options or give your wedding cake a woodsy twist by asking your baker to create a faux wood design on its tiers. Top it off with some sugary flora and fauna and you’ll have a real edible masterpiece on your hands.
Rustic Dessert Display
If you want to add a shabby chic touch to your sweet display, we have a few rustic wedding dessert table ideas for you. You could use a vintage dresser, harvest table or decorative table cloth as your base and use accents like crates, vintage cake stands and tree trunk slices to display your desserts. You can then add old doors as your backdrop like this.
Plenty of Pie
Speaking of dessert tables, get your guests drooling by filling it with an array of pies. Don’t forget to check which fruits are in season before placing your order.
Give your guests gifts that’ll keep on giving! Potted plants, seeds and flower bulbs are great eco-friendly wedding favour options.
Limos and Lincoln town cars aren’t exactly rustic, so think about looking into other transportation options. A vintage truck will add some old school charm and match your theme perfectly.
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