(Closed) Why is everybody doing rustic???

posted 5 years ago in Themes
Post # 62
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

adomke:  ahh! its so beautiful there. we are trying to get back there several times a year from here on out. our hearts are now so emotionally connected to that place. it is truly magical!

Post # 63
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Blushing bee

Pinterest. I’m sure that is the culprit. I’m going with a “vintage” theme based on the fact that I am getting married in a historic mansion. 

 

I am done planning, but during the process, trying to find items to go with my theme was tough! Everything out there is “rustic” – rediculous!

Post # 64
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

ksn1219:  Yea, I totally understand what you mean! 

Post # 65
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Wow, this got a lot of attention. Lol.

I’m with a lot of PPs. Rustic is not necessarily outdoorsy and I do think Pinterest has a lot to do with it. I also think that vendors and venues have adopted the word as an encouraging “safety” for couples who aren’t spending an extravagant amount on a “crystals and bling” wedding.

That does not, in any way, mean that rustic means cheap or meager.

I think rustic weddings are beautiful, comfortable, warm and inviting.

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think it’s just like any other trend.

And it could be worse. Remember when everyone thought hugely puffy sleeves and shoulder pads for bridesmaids were the way to go? 😉

  • This reply was modified 5 years ago by  mscuppycake.
Post # 67
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Honey bee

mscuppycake:  Well, I’m sure lots of us will look back on our choice and cringe, no matter how lovely we think they are now!  (I’m looking at you, fit and flare dresses!). Puffy sleeves were probably considered a super beautiful and flattering silhouette in the 80s, LOL. 

I feel like rustic means many different thing to many people. I suppose my wedding is “rustic”, but there will be no chalkboards, mason jars, paper straws and barely any burlap (I got a good deal on some so there will be a little. There will be dried flowers, old teacups, hay bales, a barn-like setting, old books, wood slabs and pastel colours- things I don’t necessarily consider “rustic” but seem to get lumped in. 

To me, you do necessarily need to be super outdoorsy/country for this to fit…its more of a casual, laid back alternative to “bling and banquet hall weddings” that seem to be the norm (in my area anyway). In my town, basically everyone has their reception at this one hotel. They have a backdrop they drape with tulle and lights, same with the head table. Flower, mirror and floating candle centrepieces. This is SO NOT ME. So while I like to wear makeup, am fashion forward and do not fish or hunt, I’m also not a super matchy person. I like vintage and natural elements and a more casual atmosphere, and I think the ~rustic thing applies to a lot of brides like me. 

 

Post # 68
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I wanted a ‘rustic’ wedding.  What I didn’t realize is that ‘rustic’ to vendors means burlap and lace. While that’s pretty, that’s not me.  Nor is it what I want for our wedding.  I had to find a different way of describing our wedding to vendors so they’d get the idea right. And I totally don’t get the appeal of mason jars.

The rustic I was hoping for is a log cabin in the woods feel, candles, lanterns, wood, pine cones, berries, greenery, snow.  I tried to explain it like this to our vendors – Imagine you’re having a formal Christmas dinner at a cabin in the woods (in the snow).  That’s the feel, minus any obvious Christmas decorations (no to ornaments, santas, presents, but yes to snowflakes, glittered berries, pointsettas, lit trees, etc.) 

Rustic means many different things, but it feels like the interpretation has been limited to burlap, lace, mason jars and country.  

Post # 69
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Honey bee

sostobe:  That’s true….I think when the trend started, it started as very “country rustic”: mason jars, cowboy boots, chalkboards, cutesy signs. It’s since evolved to include more natural elements. There’s a difference between a rustic wedding and a country wedding- they aren’t mutually exclusive! 

Your wedding sounds lovely by the way! 

Post # 70
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

sostobe:  this sounds so lovely! i thought of doing a winter/holiday wedding. i love the details you listed!

Post # 71
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

ClaudiaKishi:  Thanks!  I agree!  There’s so much more to ‘rustic’ than the burlap and lace.  I do think pinterest has contributed to the narrow definition.  Your wedding sounds fantastic! And my dress is totally going to be one that dates itself quickly.  Fit and flare/mermaid?  Check.  Ruffled skirt? Check.  It’s ridiculous.  I think that about it now!  I know in 20 years I’ll shake my head and laugh at it.  (I totally love it.  It’s a totally ridiculous dress and I can’t wait to wear it!) 

blankenshiptobe:  Thanks!  I really wanted the wedding right after Christmas, but the flights are just too expensive.  So we went a few months out.  I’m still doing all the decor I wanted!  I’ve just eliminated anything obviously Christmas! I can’t wait! 

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