Country Chic: Touches for a Rustic Wedding

Looking for a fun, shabby chic theme for your outdoor wedding? Well, one of the current most popular reception themes is the rustic wedding. Barns are big, back yards are wonderful, and anything vintage is fabulous.

Whether you are having your reception at a vineyard, golf course, or your own backyard there are plenty of shabby-chic ideas that can make your party green and fancy-free. Rustic weddings just need to be centered on vintage, earth friendly, and outdoor based.

Instead of a flower woven arch, choose an Adirondack style arbor to say your "I do's" under. The natural wood and sharp lines adds a warm, down home feeling. Old milk pails and watering cans make good flower containers to line your aisles. Old fashion wooden folding chairs also add a quaint touch the ceremonies look and appeal.

Old milk bottles with fresh cut local flowers, bees wax candles, and vintage, floral table cloths make a fun reception table. Need place cards? How about a place card keepsake? Either commercial or handmade, natural wood name signs can be hung on chairs to help guests find their seats. A chalk board makes a fine seating chart, with a personal touch.

For an authentic, rustic feel mason jars also make appealing glasses for guest beverages. Instead of having the signature drink served in martini glasses; have them served from old fashioned iced tea dispensers with pour spouts. Better yet, set up an old fashion lemonade stand for guests to help themselves.

Need a rustic location for photographs? Long Island has a vast amount of local vineyard, farms, and stables to choose from. With prior permission, a barn or an old historic landmark makes an exceptional background for your photo shoot.


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