How To Decorate a Rustic Wedding: Discover the Most Chic Tricks!

The rustic style continues to be one of the most popular decorative elements for 2019. If you’re getting married in the coming year, don’t miss out on the best ideas for how to decorate a rustic wedding, which is one of the preferred trends for many couples thanks to the intimate and artistic ambience that it creates. So discover in this article how to decorate a rustic wedding in 5 steps, and add a very chic touch to make your big day the best it can be!

Lindsay Hite
Photo: Lindsay Hite

Choose a suitable venue 

It can seem difficult to mix two different types of décor into one – and even moreso when the two components are as different as the rustic style and the chic style. But don’t be put off – the end result can be really incredible, and it’s not as hard as you might think. The rustic style requires a natural environment, the fresh air and rural elements, and can then be decorated with candles, glass jars, and hanging features such as fairy lights – so simple!

The key is to find the balance between these natural elements and their location without giving the impression that you haven’t put any thought into the décor. So to make sure your guests know you’ve gone above and beyond, add those chic details! Combining these distinctive decorative details perfectly will create a spectacular setting that will also be very welcoming.

If you are a big fan of the rustic style and you want more than anything to have your wedding outdoors in the countryside, you could organize a daytime wedding to avoid being caught in the dark halfway through the reception or cocktails. And if you have always dreamed of an afternoon or evening do, use candles and rows of lights to illuminate the space. This will look great when integrated with the rest of the décor, and will also look very luxurious when the darkness settles in.

Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography
Photo: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography
Yeray Cruz
Photo: Yeray Cruz

Use natural rustic elements

There is a huge variety of elements that you can adapt to include in your rustic-style wedding, but at Zankyou we think that the best thing to do is to choose those aspects that will not go unnoticed, and that all of your guests will take the time to compliment you on. Wood, logs and stones: these are the rustic elements that you have to include on your big day. And flowers! Flowers are present at every wedding, and bring happiness and color to the event – whilst also emitting the sweetest aromas. And of course, if there is one element that integrates the rustic and chic styles perfectly, it is always the flowers!

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Photo: photoLOVEgraphy
Photo: Monociclo
Photo: Fitz Carlile.

Take a chance on chic details

These elements you should combine or decorate with accessories that will bring the chic aspect to your wedding, like porcelain accompaniments, vintage details such as old typewriters or candelabras, candles, lace tablecloths etc…

If you choose an imperial wood table, layer it with large draped lace, and in the center you can go from one extreme to the other, using wildflowers, crystal glasses, and a combination of greenery and wooden textures. Bring the outside in – it will give your wedding a lot of personality! However, be careful to not go overboard on these features – too many will spoil the simple elegance, and you could end up with vintage decoration, instead of rustic-chic. Choose porcelain vases with color prints and unique patterns, forget about neutral and nude tones, and consider geometric designs too – your wedding will be a sensational sensory experience!

Heather Hawkins
Photo: Heather Hawkins
Kate Ignatowski
Photo: Kate Ignatowski
Yeray Cruz
Photo: Yeray Cruz
Yeray Cruz
Photo: Yeray Cruz
Pedro Bellido
Photo: Pedro Bellido
Photo: Barney Walters

Experiment with basic colors

As well as the natural colors you will receive from your environment (such as ash and green), you can use chic colors such as rose quartz, white and nude, or you could opt for more traditional rustic colors such as orange and coral. And if you’re a really bold bride, why not try out a combination of the two? However, if you are the opposite and you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, then your rustic-chic decorations – such as candles, glass jars and vases – will look amazing against a white and silver color palette!

Foto: Noé Ariza
Photo: Noé Ariza
Foto: Noé Ariza
Photo: Noé Ariza
Photo: José Villa
Photo: José Villa

Choose unique stationery

When it comes to rustic weddings, every detail counts, and you should make sure to not introduce any element that clashes with the overarching theme of the day. As such, when it comes to the stationery – from the invites to the name-cards – you should play around with new techniques to acquire a natural touch without forgetting the chic aspect. For example, you could use recyclable paper for your invitations, classical caligraphy, natural touches, and interesting extras within the invite such as biodegradable confetti.

When it comes to the details of the wedding itself, you can substitute the usual paper or card for something of a more natural substance, and use a plume quill to write. You could use wood, candles or even slate boards instead of paper for these details, such as the placeholders and the menus – the point is that the details of your wedding echo the rural environment that you have tried to introduce.

And now you know how to decorate a rustic-chic wedding! You will have the wedding you have always dreamed of, and your guests will have an amazing time!

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