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A rustic wedding is more than just burlap and mason jars. A relaxed ambiance, soft tones, an emphasis on nature, and warm wood accents are all elements that help create the perfect rustic wedding setting. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think rustic are design elements that feature wood,” says McKenzi Taylor, founder of Cactus Collective Weddings explains. “Think wooden arbors or hand-cut wood centerpieces.” For additional textures to go with the theme, Taylor suggests using ivory and lace. These materials add an elegant and romantic touch to balance the overall look.
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McKenzi Taylor is the founder of Las Vegas-based Cactus Collective Weddings, an event service that specializes in micro-weddings and elopements.
Read on for the best rustic wedding decorations for your big day.
What to look for in rustic wedding decorations
Natural materials are key when planning a rustic wedding. Think about the location and the venue—is your event being held in an old barn on a bucolic farm? Or is it on a pristine beach, a woodland cabin, or mountaintop retreat? Let the natural environment influence your design choices, and add customized, personal touches wherever possible.
It’s important to plan within your means, and truthfully, almost any design style can be achieved on any budget. However, rustic decor lends itself to DIY projects and up cycling, which is perfect for tighter budgets. Handmade objects and natural materials are hallmarks of rustic decor.
Taylor loves to use love baby’s breath, dried blooms, and eucalyptus for rustic weddings. But don’t feel limited in your choices. “Florals of all kinds can be used to create a rustic and romantic space,” she advises. Instead of formal, tight arrangements, look for greenery and blooms that feel more laidback and natural.
There’s no bad time to have a rustic wedding, but outdoor settings and airy spaces lend themselves to the theme. With this in mind, be mindful of seasonal weather and local climates if you plan to hold the ceremony or reception outdoors.
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