As wedding trends come and go, one that seems to be sticking around is a Rustic Country Affair. Being from a small country townmyself, I have a few great tips on how to achieve that romantic, outdoorsy feel.
One of the biggest factors that can set the overall vibe at a wedding is the venue space. When choosing a venue you want to make sure it is large enough to fit everyone and yet small enough to keep that intimate feel. Try to find a venue that is outdoors, either with a wide open space or surrounded by a lot of trees. That way you can have the option to decorate yourself, or keep the natural scenery the main backdrop. You could also go full country and find a space that offers a barn. There are a lot of barns that have been completely redone to accommodate events. Either way, choose a venue that both reflects you as a couple and the vibe you want to set.
With the fabulous world of Pinterest and many other wedding DIY sites, the decor at a wedding can make the simplest site an elegant affair! With a country chic theme, less is more….think simple elegance. If the space allows for it, consider hanging twinkle lights to create a soft glow once the sun goes down. And to pair with that, use candles as part of the centerpieces to add to that romantic glow. Simple DIY projects can help make the most beautiful and delicate details and complete the ambiance you want. Think of wine barrels, raw wood slats, soft lace on tables with burlap runners, and ribbons tied around mason jars or tins that hold lavish and romantic flowers. Another detail I adore are the hand written chalk signs placed around the venue, directing guests to the food or drinks, showing the bride and grooms table, or a timeline of the couple and their love story! There are so many different ways to create a beautiful wedding, and still keeping it personal.
Now….what to wear?! While still keeping things bridal, you can still have “casual wear” at your wedding. You wouldn’t want your poor bridesmaids strutting around in sky-high stilettos through grass and dirt, so think outdoor friendly. Lightweight fabrics like chiffon and lace are great for warm summer days and venues that don’t offer air conditioning. And lace is and will always be a vintage, country loved fabric! If you really wanted to go all out complete the look with a cute pair of cowboy boots or summery wedges. Another accessory I love is a birdcage veil. I will never forget how amazing the southern belle Reese Witherspoon looked when she wore that style of veil in Sweet Home Alabama! And we can’t forget about the boys! I’ve seen a lot more informal looks for the men in the wedding party that look a bit more casual-guy friendly. Try skipping the jackets and put them in a nice vest instead. I have even seen a few picture of men in just button up shirts and suspenders. Such a great look and much less formal and stuffy.
One last small thing you could do: instead of doing boring and expected wedding food, think country comfort foods. BBQ style is always a great option with things like pulled pork or chicken, macaroni and cheese, pasta and potato salads, rolls, etc. You can also carry that theme onto the dessert choices. Maybe you have a family of cooks? Have everyone make a few different types of your favorite pies to be served. Add some ice cream and you’ll have some happy guests! Food is always a great way to really influence your wedding theme.
Whether you want a simple, outdoor afternoon event or a lavish and whimsical evening affair, country rustic is always a great way to go, especially for all of us outdoorsy Oregonians! And being able to be so hands-on with all of the easy DIY details available out there really gives you a chance to personalize your wedding.