Rustic venues, such as converted barns and historical buildings, are becoming somewhat of a popular choice for many brides these days. The wooden panels and beams are a gorgeous aesthetic for photographs and videography, and often don’t take a lot of décor work for it to still look amazing.
If you’re not into a glitz & glam wedding, and prefer a toned down country affair, check out these rustic wedding ideas below to help you pull together your ideal day!
Couples looking to create their own centrepieces and favours can take inspiration from some of these ideas- or even recreate them!
- Floating Candle Lights
Very simple, yet very effective. You can buy single Mason Jars for less than £2 in most shops. If you want to buy in bulk, HobbyCraft sell a pack of 12 jars for £5.00, which you can find here: https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/clear-round-glass-jars-190ml-12-pack-/604223-1000 , to not spend anything, make sure to ask family and friends wash and save their old jars to reuse! If you’re budgeting around florists, these cute and easy jars can be made for such a small expense.
The best part about plain jars is that you can dress them up any way you want. Use chalkboard stickers, fairy lights, ropes or ties, flowers and plants.
Fill the jars with water like the image above, place a tea light candle (removing the casing it comes in) on top of the water and voila! If you’re feeling extra jazzy, pop in some petals that will float with the candle.
As an alternative to water, try sand! You can then add more décor to the inside around the candle without it falling to the bottom. You also won’t need to worry about only using tea lights. Go for votive or pillar candles to stand out.
Place these jars down the aisle, or have them leading to the drinks reception area or notable place.
Be sure to check with your venue that these are safe to leave, or make sure there is always someone on hand to supervise, especially if windy!
2. Drink Arrangement
Although this adds a little more expense on behalf of the bride and groom, these arrangements allow your guests to relax and have fun in your quirky setting. Instead of leaving a tab behind the bar, choose a selection of drinks to have out in fun places. We LOVE this ‘beer barrel’ and ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ station (found on Pinterest). These also provide perfect photo opportunities for guests to view later on (photographers- get your cameras ready).
Of course, you don’t want to leave anyone out, so create alternative stations for non-drinkers and children. This Homemade Lemonade stand oozes cuteness, and makes those not able to have an alcoholic beverage still enjoy the fun and feel special! Hobby Craft sell plain glass bottles for £1.50 each (or £9.00 for a pack of 12), so you can fill them with whatever you desire! Complete with eco-friendly straws to look super cool and save the planet!
3. Framed Guestbook
Guest books can often be neglected in the blur of the wedding night. Have your guests fill in little wooden hearts and drop them in the frame! It takes a lot less time and also looks lovely! It won’t get tucked away in storage like an ordinary book, the frame can be hung up on the wall or placed on a shelf to be looked at for years after.
For couples with a lot of guests, how about this puzzle board? These can be handmade especially for you and family and friends can fill in each puzzle piece to have them connect a whole board together. The meaning behind this is wonderful and brings everyone together.
4. Table Plan
A spin on your table plan. These can be made as small or as big as you need, depending on your guest count. If you are looking to make your wedding as personalised as possible, this is the perfect addition. Put yours and your partners’ crafty skills to the test and make the table layout your own! Items here can be picked up for a small expense in craft shops, or even £1 shops!
Try it and see!
5. Snack vans/street food
Although adding a little more expense, this can really personalise your wedding and fit with the rustic vibe you are aiming for. You’ll find a lot of ideas like this on Pinterest, but we’ve found a couple that we really like. You might be planning that lovely sit down meal followed by speeches, but fast forward to the depths of the night, when a few glasses of wine or some hard-core dancing has your guests pining for snacks!
There are traditional vans such as Fish & Chips and Ice Cream, or cultural food such as Taco/Fajitas, Indian street food and Pizza! For snack alternatives, this popcorn cart is also up there with our favourites. Check them out by clicking on the images!
Aside from providing the tasty goods later in the night, these little trucks provide the perfect rustic aesthetic for your day. Please check with your venue before booking!
Check out our Pinterest boards for more wedding day inspiration!