If you have chosen a rustic venue for your wedding, it is important to style it in a way that complements the rustic theme, and that doesn’t detract from its natural beauty.
Keeping things laid back and simple is the easiest way to bring your rustic theme together, and there are plenty of options for making it your own, and adding your personality to the space.
Choose neutral colours
The best way to make the most of your rustic wedding venue is to use neutral colours which will complement the natural look of the place where you are getting married.
Wooden chairs are ideal, and can either be left bare or dressed with a natural linen cover and tied with an elegant bow. Chairs can also be decorated with leafy branches or wooden decorations to fit in with the rustic theme.
Alternatively, you could choose not to have chairs at all and instead opt for straw bales or crates, which will give your rustic wedding venue a quirky twist that your guests are sure to love. Just be sure to have suitable covers so you don’t end up with scratched legs!
Add some magic to your neutral colours by decorating the venue with simple, white fairy lights, which are sure to bring some rustic romance to the day.
Fill the venue with flowers
Your flowers will complete the look of your venue. We love British grown and wildflowers for creating a rustic look, as they are completely natural, like they have just been picked from a garden, and have a subtle imperfection to them which suits this theme perfectly.
Alternatively white and green plants and flowers are all that a rustic wedding venue needs, although touches of lavender, or bold sunflowers, can be included to add summer colour.
Bouquets can be tied with twine, or hessian ribbon, centrepieces can be created from flowers in mason jars, or vintage milk jugs.
Trough style planters offer another great way to arrange flowers on tables, as they create low centrepieces which guests can easily look over, which can be difficult with taller, larger, displays.
Add extra decorations
Although a rustic theme is mostly about trying to keep things simple, you can indulge in a few extra decorative items to personalise the space and make it look beautiful.
A chalkboard is a great rustic option for displaying your seating plan, if you have one, or for writing a message to your guests, and a lovely, rustic favour idea is to give each of your guests a hessian bag containing seeds so they can grow their own wildflowers to remember your special day.
Home made decorations like tealight candles in jars wrapped with twine, or displays using mismatched bottles, and have these dotted around the space to give it extra character. Single stems of flowers create a simple but elegant display in different sized bud vases of bottles.
Don’t over dress
When you have chosen a rustic theme don’t try too hard to hide its natural charm, what may initially look a bit old and battered may turn into the most unique photographs. If your venue is a cow shed, go with that!
Look outside the ceremony space too, if you are on a working farm ask about quirky spots that you can use, better still ask the venue for details of photographers who regularly shoot there as they will know the secret spots for the best photos.
By following these tips, you can make the most out of your rustic wedding venue, and style it in a way that suits both the theme, and your own personal tastes.
The Barn on The Bay is a unique farm wedding venue in Northumberland that combines the best ot two wedding backdrops, coast and country. Our farm is right on beautiful Druridge Bay, a secluded 7 mile stretch of sandy beach and has it’s own flat area in the dunes looking out over the Bay for you to use how you like.
We have a rustic Wedding Barn that seats around 200 and plenty of accommodation including a converted bunkbarn, shepherd’s hut, camping , glamping and a lovely stone cottage with hot tub. With plenty of outdoor space you can dress the venue how you want and make it unique to you.
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Anita Nicholson, Coast & Country Weddings – Photography
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