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If you’re planning a summer wedding and want a reception that’s full of charm and character, a rustic theme is the perfect choice. You’ll create a relaxed and warm atmosphere, with the perfect balance of elegance and simplicity. Read on and find some rustic wedding reception ideas for summer that will make your big day unforgettable.
One of our favorite summer wedding reception ideas is a garden wedding. Choose a venue with a beautiful, vibrant space, and enjoy a reception surrounded by flowers and greenery. For a bit of extra glamor to an already-beautiful scene, hang lights from trees around the area.
Add mismatched vintage chairs and tables to create a charming and ramshackle atmosphere, while serving a light, fresh menu to your guests. Consider incorporating a refreshing salad bar or fresh juice bar for a summery twist!
A barn wedding reception is exactly what most people picture when they think about rustic charm. Decorate with burlap table runners, wildflowers, and vintage decor to create a relaxed, country vibe. With string lights across the rafters glowing warmly, your guests will feel like they’ve been transported to a simpler time.
You can accentuate the string lights with a touch of elegance in the form of crystal chandeliers or ornate candelabras. Use wooden or neon signs to direct guests around the barn, and incorporate hay bales for a cozy touch.
All these elements will go perfectly with hearty comfort food like a farm-to-table buffet or a barbecue. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with fresh pies or cupcakes!
Outdoor Dance Floor
There’s nothing quite like dancing a warm summer night away! An outdoor dance floor with your favorite tunes is a great way to transition from eating dinner to rocking out. You can use reclaimed wood to create a rustic bar, and keep the drinks flowing with a selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and refreshing summer beverages. If you want to make it extra special, you could even have a bonfire going nearby, with s’mores for guests to roast.
Nothing says “rustic” like a traditional barbecue! Serve up some finger-licking good food like pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and corn on the cob. Consider using red-and-white checkered tablecloths and mason jars to bring home that classic country feel. If you’re in the mood for fun and games, set up activities like cornhole or horseshoes and keep your guests entertained between bites!
Every wedding goes well with a bit of magic. To bring that enchantment to your reception, have your guests release lanterns into the sky after the sun goes down. These glowing orbs will add a romantic and whimsical element to any wedding reception. To make it even more special, have guests write messages of love and well wishes on the lanterns before releasing them into the night sky.
Now that you know how to plan a rustic wedding reception, remember to focus on the elements that make your theme come to life. Stick with natural materials like wood and burlap, and incorporate vintage and rustic decor. Keep the food and drinks simple and hearty, and bring in elements like string lights and hay bales for that authentic country feel.
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