3 Options For Personalizing Your Rustic Wedding Day

Posted on: 19 April 2018

From choosing a venue and hiring a caterer to designing the décor and sending out invitations, the challenges of planning a wedding are easy to see. Thankfully, choosing a theme for your special day can reduce the stress of wedding planning.

Because of its comfortable feel and casual décor, a rustic theme has become a hot trend that is destined to last. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to planning a rustic wedding, but incorporating a few key elements into your ceremony and reception will make the day even more memorable. Use this guide to help you plan a comfortably elegant and memorable rustic wedding.


The venue is one of the most important parts of your wedding ceremony and reception, so investing some time and money into this part of the planning process is smart. For a rustic wedding, you have so many options available.

Many couples choose to have their wedding ceremony and reception in the same basic location, which is beneficial for many reasons. Not only will this reduce the costs of having to book two locations, but it also create a more streamlined process for you, the wedding party, and your guests.

A barn is one of the most popular choices for a rustic wedding. The old wood creates a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony and your wedding photos. In addition, a barn can be a blank space that is easy to furnish and decorate to your liking.

If you prefer, consider having your ceremony outside the barn, in an open area of land. Arrange simple folding chairs for your guests and create a beautiful arch out of wood, tree branches, and some greenery.

For your reception inside the  barn, hang strong white lights across the ceiling and through beams to create a romantic atmosphere that complements the rustic décor.


Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Therefore, professional wedding day photography and even videography will be a smart investment to memorialize this special occasion.

One common misconception regarding your wedding photos is that these pictures should all contain formal poses, but this will not align with your rustic wedding. When it comes to your rustic wedding, you should think outside the box for your photos.

Professional photographers will be able to capture your rustic venue and unique accessories using a bit of creativity. Consider having photos of the venue taken before the actual ceremony and reception. This will allow the photography to showcase the beautiful architecture of the barn or other rustic venue without crowds.

Also, consider setting up a photo booth that you and your guests can use during the reception. Add props, such as cowboy hats, farming accessories, and even vintage apparel to the booth, which will add a bit of fun and whimsy to your wedding photos.

Focus photography on the décor, as well. Showcase the rustic wood accessories, metal serving and dining pieces, lush centerpieces, and elegant candles and lights so you can truly remember your wedding day.

For photos of the bride, groom, and wedding party, use the exterior of the barn, a large plot of farmland, or a wooded area as the backdrop. Opt for a combination of both colored and black-and-white photos.


Your wedding apparel is also important when planning a rustic wedding. For the actual wedding gown, focus on vintage looks that can be found in antique or consignment shops. Lace, embroidered details, and pearls enhance this vintage feel. As an alternative to bright white, opt for a wedding gown in a bisque/cream color or white with hints of rose for a unique look that will ensure you stand out.

Instead of traditional matching dresses and suits for the bridal party and groomsmen, mix and match styles in the same shades of color. This is not only a more affordable option, but the combination of styles will add enormous texture to your wedding photos.

A rustic wedding does not have to be planned according to a book. This guide will give you some unique ideas for planning a memorable and personalized rustic wedding day.