A rustic theme is becoming one of the fastest-growing wedding trends. It's easy to see why. They're simple and can be fairly inexpensive compared to that of a traditional formal setting.

They're also beautiful in their simplicity. Mother Nature provides some of the best tools and settings you need to incorporate into your wedding day. Rustic weddings offer charm and character. Guests enjoy the casual atmosphere and can sometimes be more relaxed.

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Most rustic weddings are held outdoors. If you're choosing an indoor venue due to weather or season, consider a simple historic chapel or barn. Bails of hay make terrific seating arrangements for your guests. Or for the very easy-breezy outdoor rustic wedding, simply spread checkered clothes on the ground picnic style!

Tell your guests to come dressed casually. Rustic weddings are best enjoyed comfortably. Even the wedding party can make the best of this! The bridal party can sport anything from flip-flops to cowboy boots under their dresses. Or they can not wear any shoes at all! On a warm summer day fresh grass feels great on the bare tootsies! Make sure to get that pedicure first, though!

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Wild flowers are a natural choice for your floral arrangements, both in bouquets and centerpieces. Simply arrange some in a watering can or clear glass jar for a table centerpiece. Or include some pine cones and branches for extra added rustic charm.

Earth tone neutral colors tend to be the easiest to incorporate with rustic themes, but throwing in a few bright colors can really jazz up your overall look! Imagine a pair of hot pink cowboy boots popping out under your wedding dress while you dance. How about an electric blue here or there? Maybe you'd like to match nature's own bright colors and go with cheery citrus tones? You can match the lemonade!

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For the reception you can hand out picnic baskets if you went with blanket seating which is also great if you went with the hay bails. Or you can treat your guests to a barbeque! Add some corn on the cob, baked beans and cornbread to the menu.

Picnic tables are perfect for the rustic wedding. Simply add a checked cloth or wildflower-printed table covers to add wedding day charm. Throw in a chalkboard sign here or there to let guests know where to sign the guest book or what's on the menu.

Whatever you serve, buffet-style or family-style arrangements are the most casual and cozy. Fill tin buckets or barrels with ice and bottles drinks. Place pitchers on lemonade on the tables with frosted drinking jars for an extra cute touch.

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For the cake, try another fabulous new trend in weddings-the "naked" cake. This natural-looking alternative to the traditional heavily iced and decoratively covered with fondant cake you're used to seeing. What's different is you can see the outer edge of the cake itself. The benefit to that is that you can see the layers in between! The naked cake has a naturally simple look to it.

Cupcakes also make an easy alternative to the traditional wedding cake and are perfect for the rustic theme. Don't be afraid to use plenty of chocolate frosting! The earthy brown tones go perfect with the theme, so no need to use all white icing for the rustic wedding!

A candy buffet filled with old-fashioned style candies is simply darling for the rustic wedding. Don't forget the s'mores! What better way to top off the festivities of a rustic country wedding than with a bonfire? You can't have a bonfire without s'mores!

But before the sun goes down, let your guests enjoy a few rounds of corn hole toss or horseshoe! When the night dancing begins, lanterns and simple white lights are the perfect setting.

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Don't forget the wedding favors! Make sure to send your guests home with some darling rustic themed wedding favors such as photo frames, luminary lantern tea light holders, or chalkboard shot glasses.
Maybe your photographer can put a few photos of your special day in black and white. This really can enhance the simplicity and elegance of the day.

Your rustic wedding can be as much of a family reunion or barbecue as it is the day you say "I do". What a fun way to celebrate and begin your life together! Everyone is sure to have a ball. Your friends and family will be talking about what a great time they had at your rustic wedding for years to come.


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