8 Great Rustic Wedding Ideas

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A rustic wedding is the opposite of a big city wedding. If you love the countryside and cringe at the idea of an ultra-formal ceremony in a cathedral or hotel, than a rustic wedding might be for you.

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Rustic weddings are often held out in the country

From rustic wedding invitations to rustic wedding venues you might not have thought of, this blog will take you through the top 10 rustic wedding ideas to inspire your wedding planning!

1.) Barn Wedding

A barn wedding is a great choice since barns are spacious enough to accommodate a whole herd of guests. Barns also provide the perfect atmosphere for country dancing at the reception. You can opt to use a barn on family property or hunt for a venue set up for weddings and events, such as the scenic REEB Ranch, shown below. 

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REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, NC

Barn Wedding Invitations

Get your guests excited about your barn wedding with amazing rustic wedding invitations from Invite Shop. The woodgrain background paired with the pretty marquee lettering packs a punch your guests will love!

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Rustic Marquee Letters Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Marquee Light Wedding Decor

Marquee lights add pizzazz to the monochromatic woodgrain setting that a barn offers. We think marquee lighting is a great way to draw your guests’ attention to the wedding cake table!

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Marquee lights really pop against woodgrain barn walls.

Picnic Table Reception Seating

For a rustic barn wedding reception, just cover long, wooden picnic tables with simple white linens. Burlap runners and mason jars full of wildflowers make a perfect finishing touch!

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Picnic tables are a great choice for barn wedding reception seating.

2.) Lavender Farm Wedding

A working lavender farm is one of the most scenic, rustic wedding venues you can imagine. Rows of purple flowers create a ready-made backdrop that makes for the loveliest wedding photos. Better yet, lavender produces a relaxing scent that will calm your wedding day jitters.

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A lavender farm is perfect for a romantic, rustic wedding.

Lavender Wedding Invitations

Carry a lavender farm theme into your invitations by choosing a simple floral wedding invitation from Invite Shop. If you have a specific shade of purple in mind for your wedding invitations, you can easily customize the background color using Invite Shop’s helpful online design center.

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Purple Willow Leaf Pattern Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Lavender Sheaf Bouquets

Instead of traditional bouquets, consider using lavender sheaves for your bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. They are beautiful enough to stand alone, and simple to assemble yourself with some ribbon or twine.

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Lavender bouquets are an easy choice at a rustic, lavender farm wedding.

Simple Lavender Centerpieces

For a rustic look you can DIY, place clear jars of lavender flowers atop simple wood rounds. You can use jars of different sizes and intersperse baby’s breath for a little variety. Adorn the glass jars with lace and twine for a rustic finish.

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Rustic lavender wedding centerpieces

3.) Rustic Winery Wedding

Winery weddings are a popular choice for couples who want a rustic-yet-refined setting for their wedding. Rugged, oak wine barrels provide rustic wedding decor, local wine is poured at the reception, and beautiful rows of wine grapes make for gorgeous scenery.

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Wineries are elegant, rustic wedding venues.

Winery Wedding Invitations

Invite Shop has a unique wine bottle trim that makes for the most unique winery wedding invitations. A grape bunch embellishment and chalkboard background make for special finishing touches on these one-of-a-kind invitations.

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Chalkboard Vintage Grapes Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Wine Bottle Table Numbers

Wine bottles can be used to conveniently hold table numbers at a rustic winery wedding. We love the elegant swirls of these wire table number holders from Fran’s Unique Treasures on Etsy.

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Wine Bottle Table Number Holder from Fran’s Unique Treasures on Etsy

Wine Cork Place Card Holders

Little touches like these wine cork place card holders can make a rustic winery wedding special. The example below is from Kara’s Vineyard Wedding on Etsy.

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Blush Pink Wine Cork Wedding Place Card Holder from Kara’s Vineyard Wedding on Etsy

4.) Forest Wedding

Forest weddings are downright gorgeous with built-in rustic beauty and convenient tree shade for your guests. You can use a wood round as a cake stand and incorporate moss and ferns in your centerpieces.

Forest Wedding Invitations

The perfect forest wedding invitations will incorporate the greenery of the woods. We love the evergreen sprigs and pine cone accents on this Country Charm Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop.

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Country Charm Wedding Invitation fro Invite Shop

Forest Wedding Arch

Enlist the help of a skilled woodworker or handyman to build you a rustic, wooden wedding arch to serve as a backdrop for your wedding ceremony. We love how the example below incorporates lace curtains and forest-inspired greenery in the floral arrangements.

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Forest Wedding Arch adorned with lace curtains and lush greenery

Forest Wedding Cake

Forest themed cakes can be beautiful works of art. We love that the cake shown below features forest-inspired greenery and charming deer cake toppers from the Lilly Oma Designs Etsy shop.

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Metallic Gold Deer Cake Topper from Lily Oma Designs on Etsy

5.) Sunflower Field Wedding

A sunflower field is a beautiful ceremony venue for a rustic summer wedding. Sunflower yellow makes for a cheery wedding color that will pop vibrantly in your wedding photos, not to mention you can use sunflowers in your bouquets and floral arrangements.

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A sunflower field is a great location for a rustic wedding.

Sunflower Wedding Invitations

A perky sunflower design sits atop this gorgeous Yellow and Brown Sunflower Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop. It’s the sunniest way to invite friends and family to your big day.

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Yellow and Brown Sunflower Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Sunflower Seed Wedding Favors

Give your wedding guests a salty treat with sunflower seed wedding favors tucked away in an adorable burlap bag. We love the tiny, silk sunflowers that adorn each favor bag shown below.

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Sunflower seed wedding favors

Burlap and Sunflower Chair Bows

Decorate your reception seating with these handsome burlap and sunflower chair bows. The gorgeous example below is handmade from the One Fun Day shop on Etsy.

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Burlap and Sunflower Chair Bows from One Fun Day on Etsy

6.) Rustic Lake Wedding

A lake is the perfect scenic backdrop for a rustic wedding. If the lake is on farmland, you can offer blanketed haybale seating for your guests and dress up the ceremony aisle with metal buckets full of baby’s breath. You can hold a tented reception nearby.

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A scenic lake is a gorgeous setting for a rustic wedding

Lake Wedding Invitations

To capture the spirit of a lake wedding, consider this Modern Ombre Watercolor Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop. We think the dip-dye look at the bottom of the invite resembles rippling lake waters.

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Modern Ombre Watercolor Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Lake Chair Cake Toppers

Nothing captures the relaxation of a day at the lake like a pair of adirondack chairs. This tiny pair of adirondack chair wedding cake toppers from Morgan the Creator on Etsy is the perfect finishing touch for a wedding cake at a lakeside wedding.

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Adirondack Chair Wedding Cake Toppers from Morgan the Creator on Etsy

Oar Decorations

We love the clever use of oars for simple lake wedding decorations. We’ve also seen wooden oars used as an alternative “guestbook” (just provide black permanent markers), and as simple wayfinding signs for your guests.

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Photo by Nancy Ray Photography / via Southern Weddings

7.) Rustic Ranch Wedding

Working ranches are one of the most popular rustic wedding venues. Spacious ranch grounds are generally large enough for any size wedding, and many ranches have barns and cabins on the property that can accommodate receptions with dancing.

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Haybale seating, whitewashed wooden doors, and burlap banners are just right for a rustic ranch wedding.

Ranch Wedding Invitation

We love the background of this Soft Pink Watercolor Ombre Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop. The fading pink tones call to mind a romantic ranch sunset, while the decorated initials toward the bottom resemble rustic wire fencing.

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Soft Pink Watercolor Ombre Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Grand Entrance on Horseback

If the bride is a confident rider, it could be fun to have the bride “walk” down the aisle on horseback. The bride’s father could still accompany the bride, leading the horse by its reins and helping the bride off the horse to give her away at the altar.

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At a rustic ranch wedding, it only makes sense for the bride to enter on horseback.

Cowboy Boot Centerpieces

Vintage cowboy boots can easily serve as makeshift “vases” at a ranch wedding. They’ll add rustic charm when filled with freshly picked wildflowers.

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Who needs vases when you have cowboy boots?

8.) Rustic Mountain Wedding

What could be more rustic than a mountain wedding? With breathtaking mountain scenery and evergreen greenery, you couldn’t ask for better wedding photos.

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Mountains provide the perfect rustic backdrop for a wedding.

Mountain Wedding Invitation

Many couples opt to have their wedding at a ski lodge, which provides the mountain views they crave with opportunities for wedding guests to get some skiing over wedding weekend. If this is what you have in mind, then you’ll love the Snow Covered Mountain Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop.

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Snow Covered Mountains Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop

Mountain Wedding Cake

Enlist the help of a skilled cake designer to capture the spirit of your mountain wedding. The example below, created by the Colorado Rose Cake Company, features mountains carved delicately into the icing and little evergreen accents.

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Mountain wedding cake from Colorado Rose Cake Company

Rustic Mountain Ceremony Seating

To keep things low-key, consider the simplicity of mismatched wooden chairs for your guests and simple greenery lining the ceremony aisle. With stripped-back decor, the mountain views take center stage.

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Photo by The Brothers Wright via Emmaline Bride
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