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50 Gorgeous Rustic Wedding Ideas for Your Big Day

Want to have a rustic country wedding? We have compiled a list of 50 amazing ideas for you to try!

What is a Rustic Wedding?

Is your dream wedding at a barn venue in the countryside? Then a rustic wedding may be the theme for you! 

Rustic weddings can be extremely beautiful and super romantic. Think of wood accents, florals, foliage and a country feel when it comes to a rustic wedding theme. There are lots of reception ideas that are perfect for a rustic wedding. 

Most rustic weddings happen in a barn wedding venue, which are easy to come by these days. Rustic weddings are becoming more and more popular, so there are lots of unique ideas for you to choose from for your beautiful wedding.

What are the Typical Decorations for a Rustic Wedding?

This theme is very popular for weddings so there are lots of decoration ideas available. For a rustic theme, opt for lots of wood accessories. Pick a venue with lots of exposed wood, like a romantic barn wedding venue.

This theme is very popular for weddings so there are lots of decoration ideas available. For a rustic theme, opt for lots of wood accessories. Pick a venue with lots of exposed wood, like a romantic barn wedding venue. 

A rustic wedding is not complete without fairy lights. If you want a romantic and rustic wedding, adorn your venue with lots of hanging decorations like fairy lights and lanterns. 

Another popular decoration for a rustic wedding theme is linens. Simple, fresh linens are the perfect table runners at a rustic wedding. Country simplicity is the idea of the whole theme, so make sure you add some pretty linens. 

As for reception ideas, incorporate your wedding colors throughout. It is important to have lots of rustic wedding decor throughout the venue to make all of the elements come together. 

Rustic Ideas for The Perfect Country Wedding

Here is our list of some popular rustic wedding reception ideas. 

1. Naked Wedding Cake

Have a unique and rustic naked cake at your wedding. A naked wedding cake is basically a traditional wedding cake, but with way less frosting on the sides like somebody scraped it off the sides. The cake will give your wedding a trendy, modern, and simple look. 

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2. Log Accents

Use wood accents on your tables at your wedding by using cut pieces of wood as your place settings. Rustic wood is a good way to go when decorating your wedding. 

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3. Mason Jars

Decorate using masons jars for the ultimate rustic look at your wedding. Mason jars can be used in various ways for decoration, you can fill them with candles or even make them into stemware!

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4. Rustic Floral Arrangements

Make your bouquet at your wedding rustic by speaking to your florist. Make the arrangement unique and special to you as a bride. 

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5. Bonfires

Set up bonfires for your guests to sit by at night outside your wedding venue. 

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6. Pickup Truck

Use a vintage pickup truck to decorate at your rustic barn wedding. A pickup truck fits into your rustic country wedding theme. 

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7. Live Country Band

Book a live country music band at your wedding reception to get the dancing and party started!

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8. Rose Gold Bridesmaid Dresses

Pick a super trendy color like rose gold for your bridesmaid dresses. It will be totally country chic. 

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9. Sunflower Florals

Use sunflowers in your florals at your wedding to add a country flair. Pick a time when sunflowers are in season if you want this flower at your wedding. 

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10. Barn Venue

Most rustic weddings occur in a barn venue because it is perfect for a country wedding. Decorate wooden table barn venues with fresh linen table runners. 

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11. Rustic Tablescapes

Decorate your tables using rustic decorations like wood accents, fairy lights, and linens. 

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12. Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are a must at a rustic wedding. The twinkle from the string lights give the wedding a romantic atmosphere. 

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13. Cheese Wedding Cake

Try something unique and have a cheese wedding cake. In this cake, layer wheels of cheese in tiers and serve like a cheese plate for guests. 

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14. Rustic Photo Booth

Have a rustic homemade photo booth background made for your wedding with a monogram and florals. Decorating the booth backdrop is a perfect way to make sure your guests share lots of memories from your wedding. 

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15. Rustic Welcome Sign

Greet your guests with a custom rustic homemade sign with handwritten lettering. This rustic wedding sign is the perfect decor for a country themed wedding. 

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16. Baby’s Breath Flowers

Use baby’s breath in your floral arrangements to add a light, country feel to your bouquet. A vase of baby breath is a cute, rustic touch.

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17. Bowties

Make the groomsmen in your wedding party wear bowties for a cute and handsome touch to your rustic outdoor wedding. 

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18. Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are the perfect accessory for a dreamy, rustic farmhouse wedding. Make your bridesmaids and flower girls wear flower crowns with simple dresses for a rustic look. 

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19. Cowboy Hats & Boots

Have the groomsmen in your wedding wear cowboy gear on your barn wedding day. Your wedding guests will love seeing the cowboy hats and boots!

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20. Wildflowers

Use fresh flowers that you pick from your venue as rustic wedding decor. The wildflowers will add a personal, rustic touch to your wedding day.

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21. Chalkboard Signs

Use chalkboard signs to indicate where certain things are at your rustic reception. Label reception tables, where the bride and groom will be sitting, and where the food will be served with chalkboard wooden signs.

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22. Woodland Accents

Use woodland themed accents for your wedding decor. Natural wood and boho wedding themed pieces like moss, wood rounds, and fairy lights also go well with a rustic style. 

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23. Burlap Accents

Use lots of burlap for your rustic décor. At your wedding ceremony, line the seats with burlap to protect your guests from the elements and to add a little rustic wedding chic to your ceremony. You can also use it to create a burlap table runner.

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24. Hay Bales

Have your guests sit on hay bales at your reception. The hay will add to the rustic appeal of your wedding and is perfect if you like DIY wedding ideas.

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25. Horse Drawn Carriage

Have a dramatic send off by leaving your wedding reception in a horse drawn carriage. It is the perfect opportunity to have a fairytale exist from your wedding. 

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26. Rustic Escort Cards

Use rustic place cards to guide your guests to the reception tables. These escort cards can be anything from something guests can bring home like packets of seeds, or purely decorative pine cones. 

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27. Monogrammed Barn Doors

Decorate your barn venue with monograms. If you use the monogram of you and your partner’s names as a rustic wedding decoration, it adds a personal, yet rustic touch to your venue. 

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28. Framed Photographs 

Add more personal details to your wedding style by decorating with framed photographs of the bride and groom. These will make a perfect wedding decoration. 

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29. Rustic Chandelier

Decorate your rustic venue with antique chandeliers hanging from the ceiling with string lights!

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30. Hanging Drapery

Hang drapery on the ceiling of your rustic venue to make it into an elegant wedding space. 

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31. Rustic Cake Cutting Set

Find a rustic cake cutting set from a bridal store or online. Some of these rustic cake cutting sets look like they are wooden branches. You can also find cute rustic cake toppers or wooden cake toppers online. 

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32. Rustic Centerpieces

Use rustic décor items like branches, wooden pallets, moss, lights, and candles for centerpiece inspiration

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33. Rustic Sweetheart Table

Make your wedding table unique by decorating the table that the bride and groom sit at the perfect setting. Add to the rustic theme by labeling the seats “Mrs” and “Mr.” 

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34. Rustic Wedding Photos

Create a beautiful photo backdrop for people at your wedding to take pictures. Use the venue and allow your photographer to take photos of you and the groom in fields, outside the venue, or even inside the venue.

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35. Rustic Cookie or Dessert Bar

Serve a selection of cookies and other desserts. Many reception ideas are about the decorations, but serving lots of good food will keep guests happy!

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36. Creative Bar Signs

Use an illuminated rustic wedding sign for your bar. The sign can be lit up neon so the guests know where to go for the alcohol. Alternatively, use corks or other rustic touches like the one seen below.

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37. Lanterns

Another idea for rustic wedding decorations is to use lanterns to light the way for your guests to get the venue.

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38. Baby Blue Color Scheme

Incorporate your wedding colors at your rustic themed wedding and use the color baby blue. This color is perfect for the tradition of “something blue” at your wedding. 

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39. Rustic Ceremony Arch

Decorate your wedding ceremony with a beautiful arch around the happy couple. A decorated wooden arch will add to the rustic appeal of your wedding. 

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40. Mirror Accents

Mirrors are rustic elements that go perfect with a romantic wedding in the countryside. Decorate your venue with mirrors to add unique design elements. 

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41. Handwritten Menu

Add some rustic charm to your wedding and write a handwritten menu for your wedding. You can use a wood slab or any other rustic wedding décor and write out the menu in beautiful handwritten script. 

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42. Smores Bar

Serve smores at your rustic dessert bar to make bonfires at your wedding. People of all ages will enjoy this create-your-own treat. 

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43. Donut Bar

Serve donuts at your reception for a cool and trendy special touch. Use a wooden box with pegs to hold the donuts on display with a rustic sign to label what flavors they are.

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44. Rustic Hairstyles

Wear a country hairstyle to your wedding. Rustic hairstyles may include long curls or a braided updo. 

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45. Wine Barrel Bar

Use old wine barrels if you are having your wedding at a winery. You can decorate your bar area with old wine bottles for an extra touch.

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46. Rustic Rings

Choose a unique and rustic setting for your wedding rings. If you want to add some vintage flair, get an antique ring and make sure it comes in a rustic looking box. When you exchange rings at your wedding ceremony, it will add to the rustic charm.

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47. Pies Instead of Cake

Serve pies instead of cake at your rustic dessert table. Pies are aa unique touch to your special day if you don’t want a traditional wedding cake. 

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48. Tree Stumps

Use tree slices to put plates on for your table decorations. Have your guests write their own names on tree slices where they would like to sit if you have an open seating chart. You can also use tree stumps at your wedding ceremony to have guests sit on.

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49. Clustered Vases

Use old, antique vases as wedding décor at your rustic celebration. Add several rustic bouquets to the vases for fabulous florals.

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50. Lawn Games

Add some lawn games such as a custom corn hole set to play at your backyard wedding. For a DIY bride, you can create corn hole sets from old wooden boxes you may have.

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Final Thoughts

These are some of our favorite ideas for a rustic wedding! We hope you get inspired by these ideas and have a beautiful wedding. 

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