There's something innately comforting about a rustic-themed wedding, like the warm feeling of returning home and being cozy. What better way to begin your new life with your spouse than by capturing the sentiments of home from the get-go? A relaxed atmosphere, soothing neutral tones, all the bounty of nature, and sturdy wood accents to ground the casual palette are all facets that speak to the rustic wedding persona.
"I feel that the setting is the most important," says wedding planner Julie Lindenman of Julie Lindenman Events. "Working with a palette or design that ties in the natural surroundings feels the most authentic to me." But capturing such an intimate aesthetic that is entirely you can be difficult, especially amidst a sea of trendy rustic wedding décor we've no doubt seen a million times. "Keep it simple," advises Vanessa Vierra of Vanessa Noël Events. "Sometimes with a rustic design, the tendency can be to try to overdo it with signage and clutter. Less is more!"
Meet the Expert
To help make your relaxed fête feel completely fresh, we scoured the rustic wedding décor sphere for the perfect adornments and consulted with top experts on how to achieve results that are completely original and true to you. Whether you're pulling out all the stops or opting for something a bit more laid-back, check out our picks of the best rustic wedding ideas that don't feel so been-there, done-that.
A Feeling of Home
More than any accessories or types of wedding decorations you opt for, rustic weddings are all about creating a feeling of organic simplicity and comfort. "The way that we design 'rustic' is in a more elevated and timeless way," explains Vierra. "Rustic becomes synonymous with comfort and farm-to-table; connected to nature and an understated design that enhances our already beautiful surroundings."
Birch and Quill Calligraphy Escort Cards
Maintain a bit of formality during your rustic-themed soirée with custom calligraphy escort cards. Display them with clothespins and twine to exude the chic casualness that goes hand in hand with this wedding style.
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Our Vows Wedding Vow Bag
A charming protective pouch is the perfect vessel to store your wedding vows on your big day and for years to come.
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Globe String Lights
Having an outdoor wedding? Cue the lights and set the mood with strings of delicate, globe-shaped bulbs to decorate the venue.
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Earthy Aisle Runners
Make your grand entrance down a dreamy aisle flush with earthy blooms, wildflowers, and foraged botanicals like at Lindenman's own wedding. "I enjoy working with floral teams who are happy incorporating local wildflowers into their work, or décor vendors who use found objects to tie in the rustic surroundings," she says.
Melanie Porter Co. Green Leaf Fairy Lights
Channel natural elements and adorn any flat surface with hand-spun fairy lights, embellished with mini leaves. These can even spruce up your reception tablescape.
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Jarful House Set of Rustic Wall Sconces
Mason jars have earned themselves a spot as rustic wedding staples. These distressed mason jars with a wood backdrop are ideal for easy hanging décor.
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A Bouquet Train
In lieu of a train, this bride opted for a dramatic 60-inch amber ribbon tied to her bouquet for an added "sense of flow". The autumnal hues and soft textures have all the makings of a rustic dream.
Experiment with different textures when choosing a ribbon to tie to your bouquet. Lace and tulle are always quintessentially bridal, and burlap has all the trappings of a rustic moment.
Lake Manor Metal Lanterns
If you're craving more natural light for your wedding venue, these votive holders will do the trick. The iron adds to the relaxed yet decidedly modern vibe of these lanterns.
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The Dutch Goldfinch Personalized Wine Cork Place Card Holder
Good news, wine lovers, you can incorporate your vino enthusiasm into your rustic nuptials. Cork pieces emblazoned with your names and wedding date create a striking display for your escort cards.
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An Open-Air Chapel
An open-air chapel provides a structured ceremonial space without obstructing the sweeping pastoral views. Drape vines and greenery from the beams to create an illusion of age and weathering against the bones of reclaimed lumber.
TalkingGloves Personalized Monogram Ring Pillow
With monogrammed lace and satin ribbon, this embroidery hoop makes for a creative take on the traditional ring bearer pillow.
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Ines Wedding Gallery Vow Books
These adorable rustic vow books are an absolute must-have for any nature-loving pair, complete with wooden covers emblazoned with your engraved initials.
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Z Create Design Wedding Chair Signs Hoop Style
Play on the wood and floral decorations synonymous with rustic wedding décor through matching seat backs. These adorable "Mr." and "Mrs." hoops can be repurposed and live on as home décor.
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Baby's Breath by Sarine Dried Baby's Breath Flower Crown
Baby's breath—a pastoral wedding decoration must-have—has never looked better than in flower crown form, adorning the heads of your bridesmaids or flower girl.
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An Edible Tablescape
Create a sustainable tablescape by swapping out floral centerpieces for fruits and veggies. These tables were decorated with garland runners of lettuce, apples, artichokes, pomegranates, and bunches of wheat. "My favorite part was that, after the wedding, all of the fruits and vegetables we used to decorate the tables were fed to the farm's animals," explains bride Kim.
Fira Studio Heart Cake Topper With Custom Initials
Yes, your cake topper can also revel in the full rustic treatment. A simple plywood heart bedecked with your initials makes for the final romantic touch to your dessert.
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Forgo the usual dessert bar, or traditional wedding cake even, and have an exclusive pie table instead. "We served the pies warmed in an outdoor fire oven and served à la mode,” explains bride Sarah.
Masters3Sisters Wooden Lanterns
Rich, wooden lanterns inject tons of rustic charm to any fête and can be quite versatile. Use a few to light up dark areas or brighten them up by tucking fresh flowers inside instead.
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An Organic Wedding Arch
This earthy chuppa actually holds a symbolic meaning for the couple. The olive branches covering the rustic wedding arch are a reflection of the groom's amiable character. "I’ve always joked that Zack’s personality is like an olive branch," bride Jen says of her husband. "He is so kind and warm to everyone he meets."
Preserved Pink Gypso Bunch
Dried flowers are the perfect rustic touch to wedding decorations. These preserved gypso branches incorporate tons of texture with their frilly stems adding a playful charm to any arrangement.
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SweethomeByLulu Crochet Doilies
While the mere mention of doilies may transport you back to memories of your grandma's doily-covered home, there are ways to incorporate them into a rustic-chic theme. We personally love the idea of using these as place settings to serve as delicate backdrops to charger plates and unforgettable food.
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A Ranch-Style Seating Chart
At this Montana ranch wedding, the seating chart was framed by elk antlers, with each table assignment pinned to a plywood board. A base of large blossoms added softness to the rugged display.
Our Vows Personalized Vow Books
These gorgeous vow books are made of handmade cotton paper to inscribe your nuptial promises on. A sheer ribbon completes the stunning package.
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Open Vintage Shutters Lantern Table Numbers
These vintage lanterns can be customized with table numbers so that wedding guests can easily find their seats.
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Baby's Breath Bouquets
You already know we love baby's breath in floral crowns, but how about sprays of baby's breath in lieu of complicated bouquets? Opting for simpler touches adds tenderness as opposed to overwhelming drama, an ongoing theme when it comes to rustic wedding ideas.
Nothing says homegrown like a batch of freshly baked cookies. Personalize your wedding reception by using your favorite family recipes or host a bake-off the night before and have your guests bring their own favorites, along with the accompanying recipes to start off your newlywed recipe collection.
A Homespun Escort Card Display
These seating arrangements were written on containers brimming with olive leaves, eucalyptus, and moss for a residential spin on an escort card display. "We wanted the seating chart to feel very organic and homey without feeling girly," explains Vierra. "We opted for greenery instead of flowers, but greenery with no shortage of texture and variance. This is a great option for rustic design, especially if you're going for a style that feels more farm-to-table."
Rustic Wood Slices Individual Slabs of Bark
Wood slices are a versatile and budget-friendly way to incorporate a dose of rustic-chic to any wedding decorations. Use them in lieu of chargers, or as a cake stand, or as a base for decorative arrangements like the above.
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La Mia Casa Wedding Garland
Decorate your venue (or hang them off of trees for an outdoor celebration) with these dainty heart-shaped paper doilies.
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Pops of copper bring warmth and luster to neutral tones while still complementing the rustic table décor. This tablescape pairs copper mugs and flatware with amber and fuchsia hues. Eucalyptus, fresh grapefruits, and canopies of bougainvillea freshen up the aesthetic while rattan lanterns add texture.
Vintage elements with bronze or brass fixtures make for a great accompaniment to a rustic theme as they easily complement raw wood and natural greenery. Mirrors, candlesticks, or picture frames can add an ornate elegance to any space without taking over the scenery.
Transform mirrors or picture frames into signage for the entryway, bar, or tables by writing on them yourself or having decals made that adhere to the surface.
Janney Leather Vow Books
Rugged yet soft, these leather-bound vow books will keep your precious nuptial sentiments safe for a lifetime.
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Open Vintage Shutters Personalized Lanterns
How charming are these miniature, painted lanterns? Use them to light up walkways, scatter them around tables or, have your bridesmaids carry them down the aisle.
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"You want your guests to enjoy the outdoor setting, so why not incorporate fun games into your cocktail hour?" says Lindenman. She personally recommends Upstate Jamboree, a rental company that builds all of their games from sustainably-harvested local lumber.
A Rustic Wedding Arch
This charming nuptial arch was built by the bride's father out of oak branches. The bride and groom personally decorated the structure with swags of eucalyptus and fresh garden roses.
A Moss Table Runner
This bare table is adorned with an earthy runner of moss embellished with candles, scattered flowers, and fresh fruit. Wooden charger plates and champagne-gold flatware pair incredibly well with the simple yet bountiful setting.
Susie's Wood Shop Wood Crate Centerpiece
Reclaimed wood planter boxes packed with mason jars are another versatile and budget-friendly accessory for any rustic theme. Use them to hold floral arrangements, fill them with glowing fairy lights, or stuff them with garnishes for the cocktail bar..
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My Primitive Boutique Last Name Sign
A custom sign combining your first names and new last name is the perfect rustic wedding decoration that can easily transition into your new home together.
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Sweet Confetti Co. Acrylic Table Numbers With Wood Stands
These acrylic table numbers give off the illusion of expensive glass for a far more attractive price. The minimalist look will blend seamlessly with your rustic table décor
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Place Card Holder Shop Personalized Wooden Place Card Holder
How cute are these birch place card holders? Each can be burned with custom text and date for a personalized wedding favor.
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"The size of the barn was quite large for the guest count so the draping helped in several ways—it filled the space well and made the scale of the barn feel more appropriate, lightened up the dark interior, and added layers of texture," explains Vierra. "While wood is a staple in rustic design, it can also become quite dark and heavy so using draping in creative ways can lighten up the space and add softness."
The Little Rustic Farm Birch Wood Vase
A birch planter box carved with your initials for every centerpiece. It doesn't get much sweeter than that.
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"Go for more high-end materials and textures like linen, stoneware, and iron to keep the focus on the quality of those elements rather than the quantity of things to look at," says Vierra. "This will help maintain sophistication in your rustic theme and keep the aesthetic timeless." Neutral hues with a heathered grain evoke an organic feel without having to go full burlap to achieve a rustic look.
The Virginia Artisans Reserved Chair Sign
Show a little extra love for your VIPs at your ceremony with these wooden "reserved" signs to hold their place until they arrive.
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Seagrass Lanterns With Glass Inserts
Illuminate your venue with the warm, comforting glow of candles tucked away in these organic lanterns. Cluster various heights together in crevices, stairwells—anywhere that needs a little touch of luminosity.
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Fresh Olive Branch Bunch
If we haven't made a case for olive branches already, here are a few extra rustic wedding ideas to get your DIY on. Use them to fill centerpieces or scatter them down runners for a mediterranean vibe. Tuck them into hairstyles or get crafty and weave them into floral crowns. Grab a bunch and let them shine on their own in your bridal bouquet. The possibilities are endless.
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A Warm Bonfire
"One of the highlights of our wedding was a bonfire after party," says Lindenman. "We easily could have brought down chairs or cute lounge pieces, but we chose to go with the existing tree stumps that surrounded it. Using the natural elements was a great way to keep things understated and authentic to the environment."