Planning your rustic-themed wedding

rustic weddingOne of the most popular wedding themes to have emerged in recent times is the rustic wedding, which features a laid back ceremony followed by an informal (usually outdoor) reception. Just perfect for a wedding in Tasmania.

Rustic is an umbrella term, which can mean anything from a country or garden backdrop to a barn, farm or vintage-style setting.

Charming and down-to-earth, rustic weddings are all about quaint DIY touches, allowing you to get truly creative with every element ­– from your decorations, bomboniere and flowers to the style of your photography.

Here’s how to get this look on your special day.

The setting

When it comes to your rustic wedding the great outdoors serves as a stunning backdrop, whether you opt for a lakeside farmhouse or simple picnic tables set up in the evening air.

Whatever location you decide on there are a plethora of decorative elements that will give your space the rustic look.

Decorate with folded quilts, lanterns, and mason jars used as candleholders or filled with wildflowers. Chalkboard signs that give directions to the reception, detail the evening’s menu or allow guests to write messages are a nice touch.

Burlap table runners, antique linens, dried flowers, pinecones, vintage tin watering cans, glass jam jars festooned with gingham ribbon and place cards made from kraft paper, canvas and stamped ink can all add a rustic vibe to your table decor.

The flowers

Eschew formal rose arrangements in favour of brightly coloured wildflowers that look as though they’ve just been picked. Complete the rustic look with twine, burlap or lace wrapped around the stems of the bouquet.

For wedding centerpieces, flowers like sunflowers, lavender, lilac, dahlias and wheat in wicker baskets or terracotta pots also work.

The bomboniere

Your bomboniere should reflect the homemade DIY feel of your wedding.

Wedding favours like honey, jam, granola and hot chocolate mix are all great ways to rustically thank your guests for coming.

Some other ideas include mini burlap sacks or galvanised tins filled with edible favours like caramelised cranberries or sugared almonds, petite glass bottles as flower vases make cute little floral gifts that also dress up the reception tables, or package bunches of fresh local produce, such as a pint of strawberries or fresh tomatoes on the vine for your guests to take home.

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