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While planning my wedding, I was torn between what the theme would be. I loved the idea of a formal wedding, one where everyone is dressed to the nines. Women would wear long dresses and men would be in tuxedos. As wonderful as that would be, it wasn’t going to happen. I wanted my guests to have fun and not feel like they were walking on needles.
After searching tirelessly on Pinterest, I realized that I was gravitating towards one specific theme that was fun but not too formal. It was then that I knew I loved the rustic theme – it had a country feel to it but with a girly touch and I couldn’t get enough. I saved countless pictures that I wanted to replicate for my own wedding and wanted to share with yall tips to make the perfect rustic wedding.
Before anyone would attend a wedding, I had to send out invites. For my wedding party, I used Wedding Paper Divas for many reasons. It was a company that I knew I could trust. I had ordered free samples from them before so I knew what to expect. The quality was out of this world and loved the large variety of invitations that I was able to choose from. I narrowed down my invitation choices to two different invites.
The first invitation that I swooned over was the “Floral Dreams” invitation. What drew me to this invite was the chalkboard look with the bright floral design. I love the chalkboard look and knew I wanted it at my wedding so I knew these would match my style.
The second invite that I loved was called the “Cherished Sprigs” invite. This was a very clean look and loved the simple detail of the flowers on top. It has the rustic feel but isn’t too over bearing.
Any guesses which one I choose? I went with the Floral Dreams invitation. Although it had much more going on, it felt more like our wedding theme than the other one did. The invitations were so fun to customize and make them our own. They offered complementary DIY options such as gift tags and stamps. I added DIY accents to the wedding stationary that I ordered to give it more of a rustic feel. (Fun Fact – You can get FREE samples from Wedding Paper Divas to see how great they!)
Choose your location wisely
I knew I wanted to rent a space that I could make my own. I wanted to be able to move around the tables, add as many flowers and decorate how I wanted. I mean, who wants rules? I choose a backyard type setting for my reception. We were able to hang gorgeous lights across the dining area and set the tables however we wanted.
Carefully choose decorations
I only use the word carefully because it can get expensive if you aren’t careful with your choices. I used mason jars from my center pieces. I bought them in bulk and tied burlap around them to give them the rustic touch. I went the night before our reception and bought a variety of flowers in my wedding colors in bulk. My family helped me make centerpieces that came our perfectly.
Instead of a guest book, we framed a picture of us and bought a large mat board to border it. We tied a permanent marker to the frame and asked our guests to sign it. Not only was it a great alternative to a guest book (that we might not ever look at) but it now hangs in our home! I’m able to walk past it every day and be reminded of all the loved ones in our lives.
Skip the bartender and liquor to save lots of money. We opted for beer, sodas and water for our guests and had no complaints. There was something for everyone and since we weren’t serving hard liquor no bartender was required! Drinks were free to our guests and they were able to grab one anytime they wanted. Again, we wanted our party to be FUN and not uptight.
Use all the helping hands you can get
When my family members said they wanted to help, you better believe that I let them! No matter how young (or old) they were, I gave them a job. My mom helped put all the arrangements together, my father in law hung pictures, my mother in law helped clean, my father dealt with the catering, and my nieces and nephews helped welcome and direct guests. Here are some of my helpers, aren’t they just the cutest!?
What other ideas do you have for the perfect rustic wedding?