How to create the perfect rustic wedding vibe

Rustic wedding - Liam Calder

Rustic weddings are those where the flowers are plentiful and the vibes are happy. They are small, intimate affairs that are full of love and leave everyone feeling warm and glowy. They can strike that balance between being relaxed and pretty but also have a festival-like joy. Plus, they are seriously stylish right now.

At our intimate, small wedding venue in Yorkshire, we pride ourselves on our ability to host gorgeous rustic weddings. So, here are some tips and the best small wedding ideas to spark your imagination…

Rustic wedding - Liam Calder 


When it comes to rustic wedding ideas you have to focus on nature, so a venue with outside space is ideal.

Drinks on the terrace, an al fresco ceremony, and little ones dancing in floral dresses on the lawn are all part of the vibe, and even if it rains on your wedding day, then this is all part of the festival fun.

The rustic theme can also be interpreted indoors too. So, it’s ideal to find a venue, where you and your guests will feel nurtured, loved, and special in an intimate space.



Seasonal, local food is perfect for a rustic wedding. Keep the mood relaxed by offering sharing plates. Charcuterie platters and huge, full serving bowls, where guests can help themselves, can help people get to know each other and create that feeling of abundance and family.

Long tables can also keep things feeling relaxed. They are less formal than the traditional circular tables and make the seating plan easier too.



Flowers are a really big part of any wedding day. They can turn a venue into a magical wonderland and help to build a really strong theme. Depending on the season, flowers like gypsophila, ammi, and daisies can add that gorgeous rustic whimsy and they look great tied onto chairs with simple ribbons or string. Then add in some bolder shapes like peonies or dramatic dahlias. And roses of course, for their incredible scent.

Try not to overload the dinner tables with huge displays, instead keep things lower so your guests can see over the top of them. A leafy garland running down the centre of a table can also look elegant and modern.



Décor is where a rustic wedding theme can really come alive. Choose finishes that are natural, like simple cotton tablecloths, wooden chairs and paper lanterns. You could go with the traditional rustic wedding style with bunting and fairy lights, and blackboards to write out directions and table plans. Mismatched jam jars are great as little vases and simple brown paper bags can make gorgeous favour bags.

There is a more glamorous rustic style as well though. Think tall candles and foliage-rich displays to create an elegant evening look. Crystal glassware adds some sparkle and even the odd disco ball can work well against the natural textures and tones.



Live music always goes down a storm at a wedding and a small acoustic set could be the perfect entré as your guests arrive at your venue or as they mingle for drinks before your wedding breakfast. Whether you opt for a string quartet or a folksy guitar duo is a decision for you and your betrothed.

When it comes to your evening entertainment, be sure to pick an uplifting playlist that ties in with your rustic, festival theme. One way to get everyone dancing is to ask for song requests before the day so that you can prep the DJ beforehand and ensure the music is enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Holly & Stuart Rustic Wedding Setting at Grassfied Hall


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