Wedding How-To: Rustic Inspiration

Whether you’re throwing a down-on-the-farm, casual reception or something more refined, we’re head-over-heels for rustic wedding details. If you’re in love with the rustic look, you’ll adore the following rustic wedding ideas.

Where to host your rustic wedding

A formal dining hall is no place for a rustic wedding. Instead, choose a casual venue with something more rustic to offer like an old barn, a country vineyard, a colorful botanical garden, or the intimacy of your own backyard.

Rustic Wedding Setting

Lindsey Johnson Photography


What should you wear to a rustic wedding?

The whole point of hosting a rustic wedding is to let your hair down (read: no tuxedos allowed). Your groom will look great in gingham with a cool bowtie, or a simple khaki suit. You, of course, can wear what your heart desires – you’re the bride after all!

Essense of Australia bride Kendra wore a beautiful vintage-inspired lace wedding gown with baby’s breath in her hair.



Carry a rustic wedding bouquet

A woodland arrangement with wildflowers and succulents is the perfect choice for a rustic-inspired wedding. You also can go more simple with a spray of bright sunflowers or creamy tulips.

Rustic Wedding Bouquet

Green Photographic


Add rustic finishing touches

One of the great things about hosting a rustic wedding is the unending choice of casual decor. Another plus? You can save money by creating rustic decor yourself out of things you can find at your local craft or hardware store.

String lights are an inexpensive way to add romantic ambiance to any rustic affair.

Rustic Wedding Outdoor Lights

One Love Photo

This gorgeous wreath will sit pretty on your reception chair.

Rustic Wedding Chair Wreath

Dasha Caffrey Photography

Another great rustic wedding idea is to replace fancy table linens with decorative kraft paper placemats.

Rustic Wedding Place Setting

Southern Living

Display flowers, candles and table numbers on a DIY tree stump trivet.


Kaysha Weiner

Place wildflowers in pretty painted Mason jars on each table. (These also make great guest gifts.)

Rustic Wedding Painted Mason Jars

The Shabby Chic Wedding

You can easily add rustic flair with marquee lights that spell out your initials, new shared last name, or a romantic word like “love.”

Rustic Wedding Marquee Lights

Daniel Stark

Absent of heavy layers of fondant or buttercream, a naked cake is the perfect less-is-more alternative for your wedding cake. (Read more about how to plan the perfect comforting menu for your rustic wedding on our blog.)

Rustic Wedding Cake

Amanda Drost Fine Art

Stella York Bride Jamye hosted an amazing rustic meets vintage glam wedding with her groom, Hank.



Hopefully these rustic wedding ideas inspire you. Are you a Stella York, Martina Liana, or Essense of Australia bride hosting a rustic wedding event? Submit your story for a chance to be featured on Pretty | Happy | Love!