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13 Must-Have Details for Your Rustic Wedding That Don't Involve Burlap

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Planning a rustic wedding can be a fun and exciting experience. With the right details and decorations, you can create a unique and beautiful ambiance that your guests will love. From incorporating natural elements to choosing the perfect venue, there are plenty of must-have details that can help you create the perfect rustic wedding.
In this article, we will explore the must-have details for a rustic wedding that will make your special day unforgettable, without involving Burlap. 

Hop on the handmade sign bandwagon

The best part of going rustic is that slight imperfection is actually the goal. So grab some old pieces of wood and get to work painting warm personal messages, like "welcome to our wedding," "ceremony this way" or "pick a seat, not a side." It will set the scene for your big day by bringing a little homespun charm to your party.

Café string lights

A soft, romantic glow is the epitome of a rustic wedding. So whether you opt to set up paper lanterns along the aisle or to drape string lights around the dance floor, having some sort of unique lighting in place will help you achieve that ethereal feeling you're after. 

Pie it up 

Serving pie for dessert instead of the traditional wedding cake will really up the rusticness of your event. Opt for cherry or apple and an unkempt look to bring some unrefined elegance to your big day.

Mix up your seating style

One of the best aspects of having a rustic wedding is the freedom to be creative and have all sorts of mismatched items that still tie together perfectly. A great example is with seating! Get different wooden chairs of different colors, or mix benches and hay bales for seating options, this is an opportunity to have fun and be creative! 

Unlock the vintage look

Add a bit of old-school glamor to your wedding day with vintage details. Mix and match some vintage keys for your escort cards or napkin holders for a unique and chic look. 

Snag some must-have mason jars

Mason jars are to rustic weddings like marshmallows are to hot chocolate; you just can't have one without the other. But our favorite thing about this versitile little container is that you can incorporate them into your big day in about a million different ways, from serving up your signature cocktails to using them as vases for your centerpieces. It doesn't matter how you use them, just make sure you do!

Go au natural for your favors

Let your guests take the rustic feel home with them by giving out tiny potted succulents or herbs such as rosemary or basil. 

Light up your love

Whether you can use real candles or resort to the faux LED ones (both look beautiful), try to get all different sizes and shapes to place all over your party. You can even place them in mason jars, or get long stemmed one and put them in empty wine bottles. You have plenty of options, and no matter what, you'll have a vintage and rustic vibe going from them! 

Love the lace accents

Delicate doily-esque details really up the ante on your rustic affair. Wrap the fabric around your flowers, use it as a table runner or hang your escort cards from the dainty lace.

Wooden elements for days

Use large tree stumps as seating during your ceremony, or put the thinner, smaller cuts to work as table settings and coasters. They'll help create a woodsy feel for your wedding.

Gorgeous garlands

Capitalize on the natural beauty of wildflowers and vibrant vines to decorate your venue. Create some gorgeous garlands to take the rustic theme to new heights.

Eclectic frames

Take assorted photo frames of different colors, shapes, and patterns to hang along the walls for an eclectic, vintage vibe. Or, get a couple of large frames and have your guests pose inside of them for a fun and unique photo sesh!

Wine barrels as tables

There's just something about a wine barrel that creates a sense of countrified romance, don't you think? The faded wood and rustic charm make them perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour — just add rose gold votives or some cascading, textured flower arrangements to add a bit of festive flair.
Kellee Khalil
About The Author
Kellee Khalil is the Founder & CEO of Loverly. She lives in upstate NY with her fiancé and two dogs.