How to Style Your Rustic Wedding

From earthy outdoor receptions to fairy-lit barn venues, the rustic wedding continues to enchant brides and grooms. It’s the perfect alternative to extravagance for down-to-earth couples who are keen to add a handmade twist to their special day.

A rustic theme has a financial draw too, allowing you to repurpose pre-owned items and low-value pieces with creative flourishes that bring with them the romantic magic that every wedding should have. Each detail – from those early invitations to the decorations on the day – can be handmade with a rustic edge, with a vast range of crafting techniques to choose from to tie it all together.

Here are a few of our favourite ways to bring your rustic wedding to life…



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There are plenty of ways to incorporate pyrography details into your big day, from wooden signs and table numbers to hand-crafted ring boxes.



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Find added inspiration on our pyrography page >>, where you can find all the tools and materials you’ll need and you can get extra ideas! From wood slice place cards to welcoming signage, wood-burning is the perfect skill to master for your wedding.



Natural materials

Natural textures and materials are guaranteed to bring a warm, rustic feel to your big day.

Our old favourites are kraft cardstock, wicker designs and some heavenly hessian. The great thing about these materials is their woodsy look means that any colours in your dress, flowers or table centrepieces are bound to stand out even more with a simple backdrop.

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Florals and foliage

Bringing a touch of nature to your wedding is the perfect fit for a rustic theme. From simple floral corsages to a venue transformed into a woodland wonderland, choose how best to adapt these details to suit your style.

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Stunning centrepieces, enchanting tea light holders, heartfelt wedding favours and more; the possibilities with glassware pieces are limitless. Instantly up the ante on a rustic theme with milk jars, mason jars, jam jars and more.

Customise by using ribbons, materials, tags and more to create unique pieces…


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You can even use glass paints and acrylic paints to change the look of the jars themselves for unique designs. Tie it into your theme effortlessly by incorporating your colours and accents.



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Chalk it up

Whether to tell your guests to unplug during the ceremony, direct everyone to their seats, write up the menu or spread a lovely message, a chalkboard sign has become a popular wedding staple. It’s rustic, easy to edit and shows off a little creativity.


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As well as a traditional chalkboard display, you can even find chalkboard designs for your place cards, photo booth props, table signs and more!


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Bright lights

Lights, candles, action. Whether you’re brightening up a bare-brick building or celebrating outside, there are certain details that add instant wow factor. The warm glow of twinkly lights will transform any space – effortlessly.

Simply add fairy lights, perfect whether you’re indoors or outdoors…

…Or achieve that stunning glow even more authentically: with candles. You can dot them around your venue for a magical effect, whether you go for statement designs or tiny tea lights, to achieve a romantic ambience to brighten your big day.

For this, you might want to make it personal with homemade candles!


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To add a personal touch to your candles another way, try DIY tea light holders. Dot them around on the wedding tables, turn down the lights and let your candles shine.


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