Our most-adored wedding favour ideas from Pinterest are perfect for a rustic theme and seriously great for lovers of DIY crafts. Grab your fiancé or a couple of members from your bridal party to help you put these gifts together and make sure you take advantage of these super cute quotes. We love that all of these are practical and totally rustic gift ideas.
Love in bloom
Whatever your favourite miniature plant or succulent, bulk buy and pot them with a rustic twist. Tie the pots in with your theme by mixing up the pot material, shape, colour or accessory. Top tip, they also make a great name setting.
Meant to bee
Why not turn this idea into a fun day out with your partner? Arrange a date with your local honey supplier to learn something new, check out the hives and most importantly bag yourself some delicious, sweet honey for guest to enjoy.
Let love grow
We love these simple and low-cost wildflower seed packets. Wildflowers go hand in hand with a rustic theme, especially if you’re planning to include them in your floral designs.
Where friends and marshmallows get toasted
So delicious and great fun for all ages. Leave out a bucket of roasting sticks for guests to make their own s’mores around the fire as they reminisce on the day’s highlights. There’s no doubt, the next time you’re around a firepit you’ll be flooded with memories of your special day.
Keep the fire burning
The classical candle is a popular choice, but there’s something extra special about making them yourself – another great date night idea too! Combine your ‘wedding scent’ whether it be lavender, roses or woodland for a delightful gift.
Ditch the traditional table set up and add some wow factor with these unique rustic themed grazing, dessert and drink ‘tables’.
If your venue is next to a water’s edge, incorporate this theme into your grazing table designs. Any outdoor space is ideal for this set up and perfect for adding character in a unique way. Top tip: embrace the rustic look and feel by using hay bales to raise the canoe to a comfortable height for your grazers.
Image source: Aimée Wimbush-Bourque
With at least three different ladder ‘table’ set ups to choose from, this is such a great way to add rustic appeal. It’s also incredibly functional and space saving too. For the super organised brides and grooms, use the multiple levels for starters, mains and desserts.
You’ll often see carts used for sweets and drinks tables, but they aren’t always rustic enough for us. So, we’ve been searching and found this rustic cart from To Have & To Hire Weddings for just £90! A bargain for such a special piece.
Image source: To Have & To Hire Weddings
The top rustic wedding trend of 2018? Log slices. You’ll find the majority of catering and decor hire companies stock these beauties but you can also source your own from your local sawmill, or online. For extra wow factor, get yourself a rustic log cupcake stand – or if you’re a DIY enthusiast, give it a go yourself.
Love this look, simple yet charming. Pair rustic planks from your local timber recycling yard (or a couple of waney edge boards) with rustic draws, crates or tree trumps to add the layers and create a ‘shelf’ set up.
Image source: Yolk and Flour
I’d love to see more ‘hanging’ features in 2019 weddings, who agrees? So unique but surprisingly easy to put up, especially if you’ve got a venue with beams or a large tree. Just grab some rope, a ‘table’ top (or maybe an old timber door) and depending on the style, a holesaw drill bit. It’s certainly a personal favourite, where rustic meets festival chic.
We adore this farmers market set up with the fruit and wooden crates. Something different, cost effective, and tasty too. Remember, good quality local produce is always recommended but has every item really got to be so extravagant? A true rustic theme embraces nature’s goods, so fruit would be a massive tick! And who can resist a fresh loaf, especially when it looks this pretty.
Pallets are a core rustic trend for furnishings. We love how the glass top gives a clean modern edge but allows you to admire the pallet too. Easy to construct and they give vast space to fill with a stunning grazing selection.
Who doesn’t love the look of a barrel, even better when topped with some delicious grazing food, but we wouldn’t mind if they were filled with wine too… Why not try individual barrel platters, dotted around? What a great incentive to get your guests socialising.
We’d love to see your take on these rustic grazing, dessert and drinks tables. Tag us on instagram @naturallyrusticweddings or email us to feature in your very own ‘real wedding’ blog email@example.com.
Wedding costs these days can easily run into the tens of thousands, but what if you don’t want to saddle yourself with a huge debt at the start of married life?
I decided to keep our wedding budget to a minimum and spend the money on an amazing honeymoon instead. Not only was our honeymoon unforgettable, but our wedding (on a budget) was amazing too.
Maybe I can help you with a few tips…
Tip 1 – Keep it Simple
Your family and guests are there to see you and your partner enjoy a happy day, maybe also catch up with some old friends and relatives, they are really not concerned with the cost of the petit fours.
Tip 2 – Call in the favours
Who in your circle of family and friends has any specific talents that could help you out; can anyone make your cake, help with flowers?
For my wedding, my Mum made me a lovely simple white two-tiered square fruitcake, which we decorated with rose buds and ivy from the front garden of my family home. It looked great, tasted great, cost virtually nothing and felt special with meaningful touches of flowers and ivy from the garden.
Another university friend who was a photographer took all our photographs for the price of a hotel room for him and his girlfriend for the night of the wedding – a lot cheaper than a professional wedding photographer and the photographs are professional quality.
One of the best weddings I can remember attending was one set in a rural community, where everyone mucked in to prepare the food, decorate the venue and the evening do was a barn dance, in a proper cleared out farm barn, a fun and unforgettable day.
Make the most of the ‘natural decoration’ of the venue, a manor house with wood panelling, stags heads and oil paintings doesn’t need the addition of mountains of costly flowers. A rural barn can be beautifully attired with some tasteful bunting, tea lights in jars, posies of flowers or coloured bottles filled with twinkling fairy lights. There are many crafting websites which can give great ideas for simple, non-costly decorations.
Tip 3 – Keep it all in one place
Try to find a venue where you can ‘have it all’ – service, reception and evening event, this will cut transport costs and cut down on the stressful logistics of moving yourselves and your guests around. Not only will this cut costs, but from our experience people had a better time!
Tip 4 – Rent holiday accommodation
Tip 5 – Print your own
For invitation cards, menu cards and place cards – simply print your own, there are many packages online that you can use to print them yourself, easily and cheaply.
Tip 6 – Buy a cancelled wedding
Buy a cancelled wedding from someone like cancelledweddings.co.uk – yes, that’s right, you can save a fortune by buying a wedding package that’s been cancelled!
Tip 7 – Buy a dress that is not a “wedding dress”
The word wedding immediately adds £££ to the price of a dress, but you do not need to. Some of the large High Street retailers, like Next stock a range of beautiful, elegant, stylish dresses, which start at less than £100.00 and no more than £600.00, considerably less than a bespoke designer dress, remember it’s only going to be worn once.
Tip 8 – Don’t get sucked into the wedding ‘thing’
Don’t get sucked in… There is a myriad of ways to spend a fortune on everything from bespoke acceptance cards to dresses, try to keep in mind what the day is about, and that it is only one day.
The best weddings I’ve been too were where people happy and relaxed, invariably the weddings that cost less!
So make it fun – challenge yourself to get value for money and see how far your budget can go….., and why not have an amazing honeymoon instead – I’ll never forget our three week trip to New Zealand paid for by the savings from our wedding.
This post was contributed by Abigail Monk, a recommended supplier for rustic accommodation. We loved Abi’s budget, rustic wedding tips and are delighted she offered to share with NRW’s readers. We know you’ll also adore Abi’s accommodation, Alber Barn in Ashwell, Hertfordshire – there are beams galore! It’s the perfect place to relax after any local wedding celebrations or just to get away with your family and friends for a week.
Searching for quirky yet practical props for your wedding? The Gin Bar by Nakd Weddings, provides you and your guests with hours of pure pleasure. Made from reclaimed school desks, the Gin Bar is a best seller.
Guests will love making their own Gin cocktails, adding fruit, edible flowers, herbs and spices to create their perfect individual mix.
Why should you love Nakd Weddings?
Because they always reclaim things that are overlooked and think of how to put a twist on it without decimating the original design.
Owners Mark & Olly say “The trick is to look at what others have done but don’t copy, and to keep it personal but relevant to all. Quite often we have storming sessions where we find a nice lump of wood or and old piece of furniture and throw the craziest ideas at it until it works”
Whats better that a Gin Bar? A Gin Bar with games. Discover a range of games to complement your rustic theme perfectly, providing hours of entertainment for the kids and young at heart! Follow Nakd Weddings on Facebook & Instagram.