Post # 1
Alright bees, who else is having a “rustic” wedding and is totally EXCITED about it? I’ve seen a few posts now with people hating on rustic weddings, which I get- it’s super trendy and all over Pinterest. This thread isn’t to bash other brides who are doing something different, but to be positive about our rustic wedding and maybe share ideas.
For me, a formal fancy wedding is just not my personality. I’ve always been laid back and pretty casual, and my wedding will reflect that. I’m didn’t necessarily set out to have a “rustic” wedding, but I’ve always wanted to get married outside, and the venue I found is a lodge/log cabin so I’m sure it will be labelled as rustic. I’ve always gravitated towards natural elements in decor in my every day life, so I want to use lots of flowers, trees, wood and natural motifs in my wedding.
So fellow rustic bees, what are you doing to keep your wedding unique amogst a sea of identical Pinterest weddings? What “old junk” (as another bee eloquently put it) will you be using to decorate your wedding? For me, I’m trying to avoid anything trendy unless I absolutely LOVE it- so there will be Mason jars and hay bales and wldflowers and lace, but there will not be burlap, chevron, chalkboard signs, buntings or moustaches on sticks (which are maybe not “rustic” but seem to pop up at these types of weddings). The venue is beautiful on its own, so I will probably just decorate with some string lights, flowers and vintage teacups. I’ll be wearing a flowy, lacy dress, but there will be no flower crowns 😛
Post # 2
I’m guessing that some people would brand my wedding as rustic as there were definitely nature elements in it. However, for me it was more an expression of what I thought represented us both, plus my vision of “A Swedish summer dream” (I’m Swedish, my husband Canadian and we got married in Sweden). I loved that my uncle cut the wood that we used for our centerpieces, that grandma had grown all the cornflowers and that the name signs came from cedar that my husband cut at our cottage here in Canada.
And I had baby’s breath in my hair – because a veil just wasn’t for me (felt like I was playing dress up).
Post # 3
Well, you shouldn’t be ashamed! At weddings I’ve gone to, I’ve most enjoyed the ones that truly reflected the bride and groom. If this reflects you, go for it 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!
I don’t mind rustic weddings. I just hate how trendy they are! Takes away from just how unique they could be.
Post # 5
I’m DIYing a lot of my wedding, so I imagine I will be using whatever cheat hand-me-downs or thrift store goodies I can find (which will probably mean mason jars). I already made my “ring pillow” for a cost of $8 (here’s a pic), and cake topper for ~$10!
Burlap, if I can get it for super duper cheap… will be used too, not because it’s trendy, but because it’d be cheap!! My FI is going to be wearing khaki’s, a white shirt, and *maybe* a vest – we’re not at all going with the formal look. Reception will be super casual.
Nature has always been my inspiration; I love hiking and just spending as much time as possible outside. It’s what fueled me to study Biology in college. Damask, fancy decor, chandeliers, expensive halls… not for me. I can’t stand that crap.
Post # 6
HoorayLouLou: girl please!
Nothing is new anymore … everything you see has been overdone somewhere by someone!
Unless you have a Beyonce and Jay-Z budget your wedding will never be unique
I just wish people could stop saying things like this… smh
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Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We did, for the same reasons as you. Loved it all, it’s very us. We live in the mountains and an elegant ballroom wedding would have been like “Whaaaa?” Baby breath floral crown, mason jars with wildflowers, barnwood signs, a red barn, and the works. I didn’t care about making it stand out per se – I don’t think your average wedding guest really pays much attention to wedding trends, so we just did everything we liked and called it good.
lolot's festive colorful outdoor wedding recap! (pro pic heavy)
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!
MeandMyLouboutins: I didn’t say ‘hasn’t been done’…I said ‘trendy’. Every wedding I’ve been to for the past year and a half has had this kind of rustic theme.
I think it’s cute!
Post # 10
HoorayLouLou: my point was nothing is unique.. the wedding industry in North America is a 10 billion dollar industry..
There are on average 2.5 million in America alone every year… no such thing as unique anymore
Post # 11
lolot: every time you post a link to your recap, I go back and look through the entire thing. I just wanted to make sure you knew that. 🙂
Post # 12
iarebridezilla: I do the same thing!
lolot: And they make me smile every time. I think yours is my favorite wedding recap on the bee. So beautiful and perfect. I especially love seeing all the smiling faces and love that is so obvious in all your pictures. (sorry for being so sappy — lol)
Post # 13
I love all the pictures you ladies have posted- beautiful!
And I’m definitely NOT ashamed of my rustic-y theme, I was just tryign to be a litle silly. I often see brides who almost feel the need to apologize or try to justify their reasonsfor having trendy things at their wedding (ie “Well I know Mason jars are trendy but I’ve been drinking out of them since I was 3!”)- which I think we shouldn’t have to do! You like what you like, and I happen to like this aesthetic.
Post # 14
ClaudiaKishi: Proud, rustic bride here lol. Contrary to popular belief, the rustic thing is actually UNIQUE to where I’m from!! I have never been to a “rustic” event before, nor has any of our friends and family.
There will be burlap, lace, mason jars, pumpkins, leaves, cupcakes, a pig roast, comfort food, hard cider, brown tuxes, circus lights, the whole nine!!
My venue already has great bones, being a converted barn with chandeliers. It also has about 10 – 12 long farm tables with mis matched chairs the owner has collected from various estate sales over the years which we’re using. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable, be well fed and really walk away in a great mood. This is how my FI and are and we wanted to reflect that!
Post # 15
ClaudiaKishi: completely agree 🙂