7 Easy Rustic Wedding Reception Ideas

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I fancy simple and rustic weddings. Using nature as the inspiration and the cozy and comfortable ambiance of either a barn wedding, backyard wedding, country wedding, or woodland wedding is sometimes all you need for a perfect wedding!

There are many easy, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that can be done way in advance and the simplicity of the details lend itself for your friends and relatives to pitch in to help. A rustic wedding is also a green and budget friendly, with a lot of cost savings in the DIY rustic wedding projects and the ability to use elements and decorations straight from nature.

The rustic or country wedding setting does not demand the lavishness and opulence of traditional weddings held in hotels, landmarks, museums and the like. The outdoor setting is clearly the easiest way to really get that rustic feel, such as a national park with lots of tall trees, a barn, or even the beach! The idea is to incorporate nature and all of it’s beauty into your special day. All you need is your creativity to express both your and your fiancé’s individuality. The beauty of the fundamental nature of a rustic wedding is that simple touches with a lot of personality can speak volumes.

Your rustic wedding reception is an aspect of the wedding where you can apply many personal touches. You can greet your guests with chalkboard signs on wedding sentiments, directions, or anything that meets your fancy. Signs can be painted on wood or other natural materials outlining the day’s activities or menu. Instead of tented name cards, wooden plaques with guests’ names can serve as the escort cards. Guests will be seated at long tables draped with clean, white tablecloths accented with burlap runners and wildflowers that burst with vibrant colors. The perfect thing about rustic weddings is the lack of predictability and the ability to make distinctive differences come together in a delightful way, creating a feast for the senses.

Following are 7 easy Rustic Wedding Reception Ideas that will help inspire your creativity.

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Rustic wedding decorations are scene stealers and they create awe-inspiring responses from wedding guests. Not only are they easy on the budget and earth friendly, but they’re absolutely beautiful! You can really get into some fun, rustic DIY projects using items even from your own backyard, such as twigs and tree trunk slices. Some other rustic decoration ideas are with the use of cotton, wheat, burlap, twine, dried flowers, pine cones, wheat, hay bales, fruits, vegetables, and old vintage items like mason jars glasses and bird cages. Have fun with your projects!

Rustic Wedding Decorations 1

Rustic Wedding Decorations 1

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Rustic Wedding Decorations

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Rustic Wedding Decorations 4

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

A rustic wedding dessert buffet is the showcase of any rustic wedding reception. They have recently become the center of attention in the wedding world. According to Martha Stewart, use of homemade delicacies displayed with seasonal fruits reminiscent of a farmers’ market, right down to the handwritten labels never disappoints. As every season has its bounty (in the winter, citrus fruits and pomegranates are fitting) you will never run out of inspiration.

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

Rustic Wedding Dessert Buffet

Rustic Wedding Cake

It is easy to generalize that most people love something sweet, and the best thing about a rustic wedding cake is that you can do it yourself. The trending rustic wedding cakes use a simple frosting, surrounded with things from nature, and then placed on top of a Rustic Wedding Cake Stand made out of wood. How fabulously simple!

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic Wedding Escort Cards

Consider using natural materials as your place card holder. Guests will be charmed by both the practically of it but also that they get to take home a little taste of the outdoors and nature. Using twigs or slices of wood as a place card holder is also a really great DIY project that is fun to do with your bridesmaids leading up to the big day.

Rustic Wedding Escort Cards

Rustic Wedding Escort Cards

Rustic Wedding Escort Cards

Rustic Wedding Escort Cards

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

The beauty of using the rustic theme is that you don’t have to use flowers exclusively for your centerpieces. Another great reason is that you don’t have to go overboard. A simple and minimalist use of centerpieces is favored so as not to detract from the serenity of the organic surroundings. The complementary use of a few sprigs of flowers, succulents, twigs or driftwood can create a truly dramatic presentation which creates a sense of movement and continuity from the natural setting.

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Wedding Guestbook

Since the rustic wedding theme, as we established earlier, does not lend itself to conformity, the use of alternatives and homespun touches to wedding guestbook is very pronounced in this type of wedding. The trending application of upcycling things around the house is very evident in creating alternative applications for the wedding guest book. Use of game board pieces, quilts, vintage plates, river rocks, and other out of the usual materials are very acceptable in this countrified and sometimes bucolic of a wedding theme.

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternative - Quilts

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Alternative – Quilts

Rustic Wedding Signs

Wedding signage are fun, playful, and very romantic! Pinterest, Tumbler and Etsy are rife with resources and are a wonderful wellspring of inspiration. There you’ll find some charming and witty sayings to jump start your rustic wedding signs project. Make sure you express your own personalities into the signage, much like incorporating the feel of your personal brand on just about everything else in your wedding!

Rustic Wedding Fun and Whimsical Signs

Rustic Wedding Fun and Whimsical Signs

Rustic Wedding Directional Signs

Rustic Wedding Directional Signs

Rustic Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Signs

Rustic Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Signs

Rustic Wedding Romantic and Whimsical Signs

Rustic Wedding Romantic and Whimsical Signs

Have fun with your Do-it-Yourself Projects!

Stay fabulously creative,

Beth Neaman

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