When planning a wedding there are many style options; formal, playful, modern etc. We are going to start addressing different themes and sharing decor ideas and which styles are best suited to which season. This is the first in the series!
Usually planned outdoors or partially outdoors, these weddings utilize natural settings and work in harmony with them. Receptions and dinners tend to be in a converted barn or old farmhouse. The best seasons for a rustic weddings are high wedding season, late spring through early fall, although rustic weddings can be done as late as late fall-early winter. Autumn colors are a great time to use a rustic wedding theme, as it is harvest time and great local foods are in perfect season. Rustic style weddings can also be done inside old warehouses that have been turned into art spaces or museums.
Guests should be in semi-formal or dressy casual attire. Men in smart slacks with dress shirts and ties, women in casual to formal dresses or blouse/skirt combinations. Rustic style weddings are a perfect time to utilize mis-matched bridesmaids dresses and shabby chic style!
Table dressings should be simple and elegant. Plates and table settings can be mismatched, although along a certain theme, plates can be found by going to thrift stores, garage sales, collecting from friends and neighbors etc. Mason jars with name tags can be used as glasses, painted on the outside to match your colors or left clear. Table centerpieces can be wildflowers in assorted vases, jars or collected bottles. Lanterns and candles can also be used to create a romantic look.
Rustic Weddings and receptions do not need to be outdoors, here are some demonstrations of rustic weddings taking place in renovated warehouses that have been turned into trendy event centers! The great thing about these spaces, is that they can easily double for ceremony and reception venues! Have the ceremony set up first, then move people to the cocktail area at the back while the simple reception set up takes place behind screens or curtains, then REVEAL! It eliminates transportation costs, and reduces venue costs.
Rustic Weddings are a great way to use Family style food catering – it saves on food costs and helps to get your guests talking to each other! Also by taking up space on the table, you need fewer table decorations, thus enabling you to save on decor costs as well. Typically because family style required fewer servers it reduces catering staff costs as well. Ask your caterer when booking if family style is available at a discount.
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