Wedding theme SOS: Rustic Romance

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Perhaps one of the most beautiful themes of the year, the rustic romance look is here to stay. Based on natural beauty and infused with pretty feminine touches, it promises a laid-back, yet stunning, vibe that will always remain in fashion. But how do you go about creating the look? That’s exactly what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog…


The look

The rustic romance wedding theme goes one step further than the popular rustic look by incorporating lots of feminine beauty. Think dusky pink, cream and sage green colour palette, delicate details, such as lace and ruffles, along with a touch of elegance.

Your wedding style

When it comes to your gown the cut should be quite simple – think sheath, empire or a modified A-line style. While the shape of your gown may be simple, the detail will be quite the opposite - from long trains to flowing sleeves, and lace overlays to open backs. Accessories will be important too. Floral crowns, quirky boots and cosy cover-ups can all be part of the look.

An ideal choice of attire for your groom is a slim-fit suit finished off with a bow-tie. Smart and romantic, the groom can also experiment with textures like tweed, in the cooler months, and play around with colours such as greys and royal blue.

The rest of your wedding party would look great in muted pastel shades – think along the dusky pink, cream and sage colour palette. The mismatched bridesmaid look also works well with this theme.


The venue

Choosing the right venue is one of the most important factors in getting this look right. Wedding barns lend themselves well to this theme with their neutral colour palettes, exposed features and natural feel. What’s more, they usually come with plenty of outdoor space too – great for all your outdoorsy, countryside-inspired photographs.

Another couple of venue options include the quaint country house and farm. Again, these types of wedding venues provide the ideal backdrop for your wedding snaps and fit with the informal, welcoming atmosphere of your rustic romance-inspired day.

The details

It’s those little details that will really make your day and bring your rustic romance alive. Here are just a few things you might like to consider to create your final look:

  • The food. Keep things fun with food favourites and a menu that includes a pretty – and tasty - trio of desserts. A well-styled dessert table also complements the rustic romance wedding theme and will no doubt win your guests’ hearts.
  • The bouquet. Add a romantic touch to your bouquet with pretty ribbon streamers and think about incorporating some statement flowers. Protea or hydrangeas are great options, while succulents also add interest to your bouquet while keeping things pretty.
  • The cake. While the naked cake has long been associated with rustic weddings, it’s the buttercream-iced cake that sits best with this wedding theme. Simple, yet beautiful, the whipped-like texture of the buttercream adds that all-important texture to your wedding style. Couples looking for something extra decorative should also consider the ruffle wedding cake.
  • The textures. Wooden features tie in really well with the rustic wedding – but remember to glam things up a little to add that romantic touch. Apple crates, barrels and tree logs are just some of the wooden props you can incorporate in your day, along with some quirky wooden signs.

To add that glamorous overtone, why not consider lace-top chair covers or ruffle fabric backs? Worlds away from the traditional chair cover, these modern designs give off a feel of real romance. If you’re looking to keep things more natural, white chiavari chairs also work well and can even be adorned with flowers. Lace or burlap table runners are another way to add a fabulous finishing touch.

  • The favours. Since you’ll be embracing all things natural and homemade, it’s a great idea to bring this touch to your wedding favours too. A simple option might be homemade jam or honey in a cute jar. Alternatively you could pot a DIY hot chocolate kit, with hot chocolate powder and marshmallows, into mini jam jars, or serve up your favourite cheesecake in a jar.
  • Something extra special. Creating the right atmosphere is key to this wedding theme – and you can’t go wrong with twinkle lights. Whether they’re hung as a backdrop or from the ceiling, they’re a great way to add some romantic ambience to your day. If you’re planning on celebrating outdoors you could also wrap some fairy lights around tree trunks to light up the space and make way for some beautiful photographs.


For more inspiration on creating the perfect rustic romance, take a look at our Pinterest board.

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