Nestled in rolling countryside and home to characterful venues galore, the Cotswolds are a hot spot for rustic weddings, whether you prefer to tie the knot in a barn, a characterful country inn, or in the great outdoors.
There are plenty of inspiring ideas to create your dream rustic wedding, from décor and dining, to entertainment and floral arrangements – the list is endless.
Whether you’re finalising the minor details or starting from scratch, prepare to be inspired by SoGlosWeddings’ dedicated feature.
Whether it’s a bucolic barn, a charming country inn, a magical marquee, or an alfresco ceremony, rustic weddings are synonymous with countryside settings, beamed ceilings, open fireplaces and breathtaking backdrops.
Guests can sit on wooden chairs, hay bales, benches, or large logs, whilst couples say their vows before a beautiful altar adorned with fairy lights, wild flowers, or whatever rustic décor takes your fancy.
Neutral colours are key for country-style invitations, with a touch of lace, burlap, twine, or a hint of pastel to brighten things up. Couples can get creative and tie it up with a little string, or keep things simple with a striking card. And for that personal touch, handmade stationery or careful calligraphy adds a little love.
Bohemian-chic bridalwear, complete with flowing layers and in soft cream shades, will complement a rustic theme, with Jenny Packman's 2017 bridal collection sure to inspire budding brides. Whether it’s a vintage-inspired lace dress, a simple sheath, or a bow-tied bodice, the romantic design options are endless.
Handsome groomsmen can adopt a casual country look, complete with tweeds and burlap, checked shirts, flower button holes, waist coats, bow ties, and braces. A relaxed but smart take on wedding attire, dashing grooms can break away from traditional morning suits.
When it comes to flowers, it’s time to take a walk on the wild side, with couples able to create a bespoke arrangement with Saltbox & Co. Whatever the colour scheme, flowers such as gypsophila – also known as baby’s breath – larger-than-life daisies, violet limonium, blue thistle, and sea holly are just some of the endless options. Aim for an unstructured arrangement for that ‘just picked look’, and complete the look with ribbons, twine, or a burlap tie.
Naked cakes, fruity decorations, and flowers are some deliciously good looks for wedding cakes which are both natural and impressive. Add some rustic ribbon, a dusting of icing, or present the showstopper on a wooden base for a countrified creation which is sure to impress, with Cherish Cakes and Vanilla Pod Bakery perfect for inspiration.
A laidback approach for the wedding breakfasts works well to encourage a rustic feel, whether it’s a buffet or sit-down meal. A farmers’ table or sizzling barbecue allow guests to help themselves, whilst hog roasts, wood-fired pizza, street food from Ross & Ross Food, or fish and chips are sure to be a hit. And how better than to finish the meal than with a visit to a vintage ice cream van?
Arrive in laidback style by opting for a characterful camper van, quaint bicycle, classic Volkswagen Beetle, rustic wagon, decorated truck, or wooden carriage – promising a memorable entrance with plenty of individuality. Adding flowers, tin cans, or maybe even some hay is sure to enhance the appearance and inject some fun into your entrance.
Keep guests entertained throughout the day and night, adding to the rustic vibe with relaxed music and some interactive fun. Whether you opt for an acoustic set or a rocking band, live music is sure to set the scene for celebrations. Meanwhile, large lawn games such as Connect Four, Jenga, or Scrabble complement outdoor weddings and get everyone involved.
For a look which is lovely but laidback, brides can opt for flowing waves, soft curls, or a casual side sweep – which even though it might have taken hours, looks effortlessly beautiful! For the finishing touch, add some hair accessories such as flowers, ribbon or a simple headpiece.
Wooden décor is synonymous with a rustic theme, with Pinterest bursting with beautiful inspiration, encompassing everything from quirky signs and seating, to tableware. Wooden stepladders remain a popular trend for rustic dos, and are often used to display flowers or for a unique table plan. To add some colour and light into the mix, pretty bunting, wild flowers and twinkling fairy lights are a must.
Guests can enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable stay in true rustic style, with tipis, tents, cottages and yurts perfect for taking your theme into the night. A number of Gloucestershire venues offer a place to stay, whether you fancy pitching up campsite, staying in cosy cottage, or glamping.
A few special touches can take your theme to a whole new level, completing the rustic theme from the big down to little details. For example, present wedding favours in burlap, opt for wooden drinks coasters, or adorn your venue with glowing lanterns – just a few of the many, many ideas!
By Kathryn Godfrey
Wednesday 24 May 2017
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