(Closed) Why is everybody doing rustic???

posted 5 years ago in Themes
Post # 46
3730 posts
Sugar bee

adomke:  I think there is just an attempt to get away from the stuffy formality of past wedding trends. I booked my barn reception in 2012 and all I can say is that my reason behind it is that I have always liked old architecture (like exposed beams) and was not interested in having anything super formal. Was my wedding rustic? I have no idea. I know that my guests all thought it was very different from the norm (mind you this took place June 2013), but I don’t know if it fell under the “rustic” category. I guess it probably did since I did have burlap curtains and table runners, but they were accented by lace table clothes, a crystal chandelier, vintage fine china, and german glass glitter table numbers. At the time my thought was “I really like the juxtaposition of fancy pretty things with more down to earth materials”. I guess my point is, some people just want to be comfortable and vintage/rustic/informal weddings I think are a way of rebelling against formality. I still think those types of weddings are really pretty even if they are played out.

P.S. I do not have a Pinterest account lol

Post # 47
2348 posts
Buzzing bee

adomke:  Weddings didn’t really used to have themes. I blame pinterest and all the wedding shows, wedding blogs, etc. 

Post # 48
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


Weddings in the 80’s were luxury functions with over the top dresses and bridal party clothing. Think ruffles, bows and cathedral trains.

Destination weddings are very much in style these days as couples are leaning towards more intimate affairs. This is where the cocktail wedding also came into fashion.

I don’t like the rustic look but I also do not care if that is what others want.

When my husband and I eloped, it was a destination elopement within our province. Our vow renewal will have a red and white theme. It will also look far more formal than our elopement. We are having the ceremony at a beautiful little church and then a reception at a luxury hotel. I can’t wait!!!

Post # 49
1678 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

winterwoodlandbride15:  oh my goodness i love the banner and the pics of everyone on their special days. that is the CUTEST THING EVER!!!!

Post # 50
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I actually agree with the posters who say there really aren’t even that many rustic  weddings in reality anyway. Three of the last four I’ve attended, including mine, we NOT rustic and I live in the middle of “country”. It seems like the industry promotes that rustic/vintage theme, looking at u SMP, than actual weddings having it. I see way more fake crystal and feather bling weddings than anything.

I will say tho, for those brides doing their own decor, there’s almost nothing else out there to buy that doesn’t look fake and cheesy than rustic or vintage stuff. I think to get nice looking high quality decor in any other theme, u would have to work with a planner and rent ridiculouy high priced decor.

Post # 51
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

its cheaper

Post # 52
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Several reasons:  it is cute, it is easy to DIY, and it is affordable

Post # 53
3730 posts
Sugar bee

ezasabc123:  My budget spreadsheet says otherwise. You are false my friend.

Post # 54
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

adomke:  We are doing rustic-ish, but I live on a farm and we have a beautiful historic barn on our property and a Victorian home that we have spent two years restoring. This is the opportunity to show off all of our hard work :). It would have been hard to do anything but rustic given the location. I don’t know that I answered your question, but this was the reasoning behind our decision. 

Post # 55
5365 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

blushpink10:  I’ve been to 3 this year alone and will attend 2 next year that are rustic. That doesn’t include the weddings that I wasn’t invited to but saw pics of and they were also rustic. Only 1 of those couples that did the “rustic theme” did it fit the couple. 

Rustic weddings are so annoying to me when they do not fit the couple in the least. If you’re country, I understand you getting married in a barn. When you are like the bride I was just in a wedding for, who is fashion forward, has never stepped foot on a farm much less in a barn, who’s house has ZERO rustic/country elements, loves sequins/glitter and you’re just doing it because it’s all over Pinterest, that’s when I think it’s stupid. I don’t understand why people can’t make their wedding reflect their own style, not just what they find on pinterest and think it’s cute. 

Two of my best friends will have a country/rustic wedding and it will be beautiful because it will fit the couple perfectly!

Post # 56
230 posts
Helper bee

I’m hesitant to say anything that would come across bashing anyone’s decor choices, but I feel like at the point I’m having fake eyelashes glued to my face, I can’t pretend to be “rustic” in any regard.

I’m city folk, kids. I’m not going to buy burlap and mason jars just for the heck of it. And drinking out of mason jars is super annoying anyway.

Post # 57
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

OMG, Definitely Pinterest. LOL.  Everyone is having a rustic, barn wedding. Everyone but me that is. We are going for a gothic feel. My mom calls my wedding “Wednesday Addams marries Dracula in Sleepy Hollow”.  I take it as a compliment.

Post # 58
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I feel like since we see so many people on here are having “rustic” weddings it may seem like it’s over done but like others said how many have you even gone too. I’ve been to one country inspired wedding but it realy wasn’t rustic so in reality I’ve never been to a wedding with a rustic theme. I’ve only seen it on here. I love it looks so cute to me.


Post # 59
124 posts
Blushing bee

adomke:  Tell me about it, I think it also goes along with the fact that everyone (at least where I live) has suddenly started to wear camo and supposedly likes to fish and hunt haha.  FI and took the “rustic” theme to a whole new level with fish and deer mounts and such, but that’s because we actually do that and it’s part of us.

Post # 60
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Rustic is not my cup of tea… I don’t care what others do. Nonetheless, I think that rustic is a bit easier to pull together because it is popping right now. I have never had or really been on Pinterest for anything except nail polish colors, so that gave me no ideas… With enough work, you can make whatever theme that you choose a reality. My theme was old hollywood glam, with bling, butterlies, and my wedding colors. No theme is better than another theme, they are just different. Many weddings have a theme of “wedding” and nothing more, which is just fine.

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