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Rustic wedding ideas

 

The rustic wedding trend has grown exponentially in recent years, with many couples choosing to get married in unique and eclectic venues and featuring rustic, DIY decor for their ceremonies and receptions.

And while barn venues seem to be a prominent feature, they’re not the only option. Warehouses and factories are also a great choice, with soaring ceilings, exposed beams, concrete floors, and blank canvas walls that you can decorate with whatever you choose.

But, what does rustic mean exactly? Good question. Rustic weddings are all about having a simple, stripped-back, natural aesthetic.

Why are rustic weddings a thing? With a growing consciousness of sustainability and our impact on the environment, rustic weddings seem to be a response to that—a desire to reuse, repurpose, do things yourself, and most importantly, buck convention by making your wedding as unique as you are.

At The Nook, we’re all about that. That’s why we’ve put together our favourite rustic wedding ideas that’ll give you all the inspo’ you need for your big day.

Native and wildflower bouquets

In Australia, we’re blessed with a pretty stunning selection of native flora. So it’d be rude not to include those in a rustic wedding—after all, the rustic vibe is all about celebrating the great outdoors and connecting the man-made with the natural.

Pay tribute to native Australian (or whatever country you’re from) wildlife and go for a bouquet full of native plants and flowers.

Pay homage to Australian botanics with a native bouquet. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Pay homage to Australian botanics with a native bouquet. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Rustic wedding sign

An adorable way to greet your guests? A DIY wedding sign.

Buy a cheap chalkboard from an op shop and scrawl on it yourself, or go for an A-frame sign, type up a message and clip it on with bulldog clips. Either way, a simple wedding sign can add a rustic, homemade vibe to your wedding ceremony or reception.

Jen and Aaron used this gorgeous sign to greet their guests at The Nook. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Jen and Aaron used this gorgeous sign to greet their guests at The Nook. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Repurposed timber tables

Repurposing old timber products, like a cable reel, crate, or wine barrel, is both a sustainable furniture choice, and a gorgeous rustic wedding addition. Add a cheese platter and you’ve got yourself a casual, laid-back snack table.

A cheese platter on a repurposed timber cable reel adds an industrial touch. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

A cheese platter on a repurposed timber cable reel adds an industrial touch. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Warehouse venue

We might be biased, but hosting your wedding in a warehouse or old factory is a great way of creating a stripped-back, simple vibe. The aesthetics of a warehouse, with exposed beams and roller doors is an easy way to achieve the rustic look.

Warehouse vibes at Ian and Shara’s wedding at The Nook. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography .

Warehouse vibes at Ian and Shara’s wedding at The Nook. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

DIY photo booth wall on rustic wire racks

Photo booths are an interactive, fun activity for guests, and a great way of making memories of your wedding. A wire rack display also gives guests a place to hang their photos, as well as providing a cute decoration for the reception.

Add a creative element to your reception with a photo booth guest wall. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Add a creative element to your reception with a photo booth guest wall. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Native floral reception backdrop

Native flora and fauna doesn’t just have to be a feature of the bouquet—a simple flower arrangement or floral archway for your ceremony backdrop is another way to achieve the natural, rustic look.

Native Australian flora add a simple, natural look to this ceremony backdrop at The Nook. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Native Australian flora add a simple, natural look to this ceremony backdrop at The Nook. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Drink buckets

Store your drinks in repurposed steel drink buckets for a casual, easy way for your guests to grab a drink—minimal wait staff required, and another rustic/sustainable decoration ticked off the list.

Drink buckets are an easy and stress-free way to serve drinks at your wedding. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Drink buckets are an easy and stress-free way to serve drinks at your wedding. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Arrive in a vintage car

Nothing says cute and rustic like arriving in a vintage car—make it a van and you can even fit in all the bridesmaids and flower girls. Our pick? A combi van, obvs.

The bride arrives in style in a vintage Combi van. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography .

The bride arrives in style in a vintage Combi van. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Floral centrepieces in bottles, jars and ceramics

Yes, we know, native flowers…. Again. But this time, in jars, cups and bottles! Grab some flowers, chuck them in a cup or jar you already own, and you’ve got yourself an affordable, rustic flower centrepiece or decoration.

Natives can be put in jars and cups to create a homemade, natural look. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Natives can be put in jars and cups to create a homemade, natural look. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Have your photoshoot outdoors

A great way to pay homage to the great outdoors? Go outside. Choose a venue that’s close to somewhere pretty, and shoot some of your photos there. Not only do you get a natural look for your wedding pics, but you also add a little variety to them, too.

Jen and Aaron in some scenery near The Nook. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography.

Jen and Aaron in some scenery near The Nook. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

Rustic reception menu

Keep it casual and have an informal reception, with a rustic menu. Just like the welcome sign, you can go for a second-hand chalkboard or sign, write on it yourself or type it up and clip it to the board with bulldog clips.

A menu sign adds a casual, low-maintenance touch to the reception. Image credit:  Anitra Wells Photography .

A menu sign adds a casual, low-maintenance touch to the reception. Image credit: Anitra Wells Photography.

That’s it, folks…

There you have it—our favourite rustic wedding ideas. When all else fails? Have fun, and get creative. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to wedding trends.  

An eclectic, rustic vibe in a blank canvas space lets you create a wedding that perfectly reflects your uniqueness as a couple. So, go for decorations you enjoy and that feel natural to you—it’s your day, after all.