Why is everybody doing rustic???

posted 2 years ago in Themes
Post # 2
1180 posts
Bumble bee

Random: what’s the theme of your wedding? Just curious.

Post # 4
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

adomke:  I don’t think rustic necessarily equals outdoors.  It’s just a style of decor that happens to be in at the moment. 

check out this http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/01/23/80s-wedding-2/ and see what was trendy in 1988!

ETA: I think a lot of people are saying they’re using a ‘rustic theme’ becuase 1- people seem to expect you to have a theme, and 2 – it describes the look the couple is going for in language people understand.

I never said I wanted a rustic wedding – I avoided the word because rustic leads to burlap and I wanted nothing to do with burlap.  I actually had several vendors say ‘so you’re having a rustic wedding then’ and DH and I corrected them. 

Post # 5
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I personally love the rustic theme because it’s just a nature-orientated style. This is what I’m having at my wedding but mine isn’t outdoors. I don’t think rustic necessarily means outdoors. Each to their own though!

Post # 6
4649 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

adomke:  I don’t know if I’ve noticed changes in themes as much as in styles. Yellow gold was more in years ago. Sweetheart strapless dresses are all anyone is wearing right now. Every bridesmaid’s dress looks the same now, I don’t know what you’d call the style. In the 80s brides wore giant headpieces and had poofy sleeves. In the 70s lots of brides wore floppy hats.

For the record, I love that rustic look! I think it gives brides who want a more casual feel that option.

Post # 7
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012


Post # 8
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016


adomke:  Why does it matter? Why do people have Gatsby weddings etc? We don’t live in the twenties… It really doesn’t matter why people do it.

Live and let live.


Post # 9
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

adomke:  Personally b/c I love it and it’s very out of the box where I live.  Around here it’s more of the pink uplighting, fist pumping, bedazzled cake topper type and that makes me want to jump out a window.  My wedding is the first “rustic” type one any of our friends and family will have been to, actually.  

To each their own, I suppose…

Post # 10
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hm, I suppose it’s a trend like anything else. I think a lot of people have a wedding without a real “theme”. But some rustic elements are definitely popular now. Just like lots of other things. When a particular kind of thing is widely available, it certainly makes it easier to incorporate, which can help perpetuate things. And plenty of people like the look of some rustic elements but aren’t big outdoors people. Just like people use rhinestones at weddings without using them a lot in their regular, day-to-day life. 

I didn’t really have a “rustic” theme but I used some rustic elements because they were cheap and easy. Like I used rocks to help weight down my table numbers so that they didn’t blow away. And we used tobacco sticks to hold decorations lining the aisle because they were free and perfectly fit the need. We used mason jars in the centerpieces for the same reason – they were free because we already owned a bunch. We had a backyard wedding, so I didn’t think these were out of place and it was just a logical and easy thing to do. But I don’t really think these pieces made the entire wedding rustic. I think that rustic things can be incorporated into lots of different styles, just like rhinestones or mirrors can be incorporated into many styles without an all out glam theme. 

Post # 11
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

adomke:  It’ll pass. 10 years from now people will be looking at their wedding photos and wondering what possessed them to get married in a barn and use potato sacks and canning jars as decor. My local farmer’s market looks exactly like a rustic wedding.

Post # 12
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Because it’s gorgeous, appeals to and channels the humble down to earth person in the bride and groom and even their guests, plus it’s cheap and easy to DIY. 

Post # 13
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I personally think that rustic weddings can be really, really lovely – there’s just something about the vibe that I find kind of heartwarming. That said, while I like it, I prefer traditional elegance and will be aspiring towards that for my “theme”. Truthfully, I think going for a timeless look is far easier to do than trying to find matchy, cute decorations and accessories to go with a full-blown theme. Props to the ladies (and men) who have the patience to sort all that out. 

Post # 14
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re having a wedding in an old Mill, and decorating using wheat etc. from my FI’s parents’ farm, with dried flowers. So I guess you could call ours rustic? But that’s not what we would say is our ‘theme’ – just the way the decorations came out because of our venue & family history 🙂

Post # 15
3111 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

adomke:  When in doubt, I blame Pinterest. 

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