Rustic winter weddings are one of the most popular wedding trends for couples today. Not only are they fairly easy to plan, but the results are stunning. We’ve put together a list of rustic winter wedding ideas that you will want to incorporate in your own wedding plans!
1. Rustic Venues
If you want to take your wedding out of the city and into nature, there’s no better way than to book a barn, tent, or outdoor venue. Each location comes with different advantages.
For instance, a modernized barn is perfect for a rustic winter wedding. In this day and age, old barns are commonly restored and used as wedding venues for their lovely, rustic look. Since they are often restored with weddings in mind, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about decor.
Tents, however, are a blank canvas. When you book a tent wedding, you can preselect every decoration and furniture piece to showcase your rustic ideas and personal style. Tents work just fine for moderate wind, rain, and snow, but they may require some heating options to keep your guests comfortable.
Finally, outdoor weddings are always so magical! You can incorporate a wealth of ideas against a backdrop of nature’s design. If you want to incorporate rustic winter wedding ideas into your sustainable wedding, outdoor is the way to go. What’s more rustic than nature itself? We’ve even created a list of some of our favorite Michigan outdoor rustic wedding venues!
2. Rustic Decor
Rustic winter wedding decor is so versatile. Instead of a traditional white cake stand, use natural elements! Wood slices are a great rustic option for cake stands and even table centerpieces. Using wood and wood slices are popular for rustic winter weddings because of their charming simplicity.
Incorporate woodland animal figurines in your rustic wedding decor! Make adorable place settings and centerpieces using these small forest friends. Place deer or bunny figurines with name tags for friends and family to find their seats. Build a scenery using wood planter centerpieces with bright flowers, luscious foliage, and woodland creatures throughout. Woodland figurines would also make a fun and magical cake topper! The options are endless, but if you need even more ideas for rustic centerpieces, take a look at these other ideas we’ve gathered for you.
3. Rustic Music
Music is such an important part of any wedding. If you’re going for a rustic theme, there are a lot of great music options to choose from. Symphonic music is great for most weddings and can even be achieved with just one or two musicians.
Beautiful rustic winter wedding music can also come from an acoustic guitar and/or keyboard. Not only does it make the wedding feel more intimate, but it’s a lot easier on the budget than a full band. You’d be surprised at the level of talent you can get from these solo wedding performers.
If you decide to go with a DJ, talk to them about different country and bluegrass playlists. The fiddles, mandolins, and banjos will make a wonderful addition to your rustic winter wedding ideas and really set the mood.
4. Rustic Games
If there’s something rustic folks know, it’s backyard games. They’re so simple, yet so fun. Have a ring toss, play some cornhole, or chuck a few horseshoes over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres! This is a great way to entertain and bond with your guests and new family members.
Make it extra competitive by doing contests between families or bridesmaids vs. groomsmen. Maybe even add rustic prizes for the winners. These games are not only fun to play, but they’re a joy for spectators as well.
5. Rustic Wedding Favors and Treats
How about sending your guests home with some unique wedding favors? One of our rustic winter wedding ideas is to make ready-made jar recipes to send home with your guests. These popular gift items can be used to make sugar cookies, hot chocolate, spiced bread, and homemade jams. Your guests might need to add an egg or a splash of milk, but otherwise, these simple wedding gifts can be tasty and fun.
Speaking of tasty, why not try some miniature, homemade pies for your guests? These delightful desserts are a unique and rustic alternative to wedding cakes that your guests will love.
Rustic winter weddings are so fun to plan! Which of these ideas will you incorporate in your wedding planning? Be sure to reserve a private bridal suite at The Wedding Shoppe so we can help you find a luxurious gown perfect for your rustic wedding day!