Top 10 Items to Use for Rustic Wedding Ideas (Infographic)

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Many people, especially women, are dreaming of a wedding that they will remember for the rest of their lives. But if you are not the traditional gal whose idea of a wedding is walking down the aisle of a church then you would be delighted to know that other options are available to you. If you don’t want to be married in a church then that is fine. If you don’t want to walk down the aisle, then that is fine as well. You can do whatever you want for your wedding as long as you are not hurting other people or stepping on their rights.

If you are a nature lover, then an outdoor rustic wedding is the perfect wedding for you. Some people think that the word rustic is synonymous to old and drab. That is simply not true. With the right materials, a rustic wedding can become chic and classy. For the perfect rustic wedding, the key is to find the right source of materials. Do you really need to use purely old and vintage materials? Not necessarily. You can actually use new materials as long as they blend in with a general theme. You must realize that rustic is not really about the materials being used but about the overall feel.

So what follows are 10 materials that you can use for your rustic wedding.

Burlap Aisle Runner

The wedding march is probably the most awaited moment in a wedding. But if you are planning an outdoor rustic wedding, then you would need to find an appropriate alternative to the traditional red carpet. Your best option is to go with a burlap aisle runner. For those who are not familiar with it, burlap is a coarse canvas woven from hemp, jute or any similar fiber. The look and feel of burlap is simply perfect for a rustic wedding ceremony. You can even personalize your burlap aisle runner if you want by putting your monogram on it. After the ceremony, you can cut out the portion where your monogram is and then keep it as a souvenir of your special day.

Mason Jars

Do you love mason jars? These classic jars are all the rage nowadays especially among crafters and those with a penchant for nostalgia. But do you know that you can use mason jars for your wedding as well? Yes you can especially if you are planning an outdoor rustic wedding. There are many uses for mason jars for a wedding. The most obvious of which is to use them as an alternative for drinking glasses for your wedding reception. You can also use these jars as centerpieces. You can have painted mason jars in different colors, put some flower sprays in it and you already have unique looking table centerpieces.

Terrarium garden

You can also use mason jars to create a terrarium garden. Don't have time? Then you can simply purchase them. Terrariums are wonderful. They are like tiny worlds.

Flower Sprays

Can you imagine a wedding without flowers? It is hard, right? If you are having a rustic wedding, then you really need to get beautiful flowers. The problem with flowers is that they are so commonplace in wedding ceremonies that people tend to take them for granted. It is up to you to come up with unique ways to use flowers for your wedding. One of the things that you can do is to crate a wedding wish tree. The concept is quite simple. You create a small tree made from flower sprays, twigs, etc., place it near the altar or stage and then let your guests hang pieces of paper containing their wishes (or gifts) for you on the tree.


If you are planning an outdoor rustic wedding, you need to take care of the details. You need to make sure that all of the materials that you will use for your wedding would go well with the theme. In weddings, many things are needed to be tied or wrapped. If you are in a bind, it is tempting to simply use any kind of material. But what you need to keep in mind is that it is easy to ruin the look of a wedding by using a material that does not go with the theme. For your tying and wrapping needs, go for a rustic looking material such as raffia. Don't let the appearance of raffia fool you though, It is actually a durable and versatile material that can serve many different purposes. You can also get raffia grass bundles for your decorating and packaging needs. Raffia ribbons are sold by the spool while raffia grass bundles are sold in packs.

Rustic tableware

It is rather hard to find rustic tableware. But you can never go wrong with classic pieces. Fine china and crystal would definitely go well in an outdoor setting. Or if you want a quirkier look, you can always use mismatched pieces in different colors. Even if you are planning on an outdoor reception, avoid the temptation of using paper and disposable plates, cups and cutlery. After all, it is still a wedding so a touch of class is still necessary. Are you planning on having cupcakes for your wedding? Then having a nice crystal cupcake stand would be perfect. You can jazz it up by putting twigs and flowers around it.

Reindeer moss

If you want a real rustic and outdoor wedding then you need to have lots of greens. One of the ways you can do so is by using some reindeer moss that comes in different shapes and sizes. You just need to pick the shape and the size that is appropriate for your needs. Reindeer moss is very versatile. You can use them as accents on centerpieces or you can even use them as the main attraction by placing the on urns or vases.

Boxwood balls

You can also add greenery to your wedding by using green boxwood balls. Like reindeer moss, these can also be used for wedding centerpieces.

Rustic kissing balls and bouquet

If you are having a rustic outdoor wedding, then traditional kissing balls and bouquets simple won’t do. They should have a more natural feel. Traditional kissing balls and bouquet look too arranged. A wonderful rustic twist to kissing balls would be to use twigs.

Gold and silver? Why not?

Some people would think that gold and silver would be out of place on a rustic wedding. But the truth is, they would provide a wonderful contrast to the theme. Of course, it would not be right to place big and obvious gold and silver items. So the best thing to do is to splash a little gold and silver all over the place. For example, you can use gold or silver mesh wraps to decorate vases. You can also use silver ribbons as accents to your flower arrangements.

There you have it, 10 materials that you can use for your rustic wedding. Keep in mind that you are only limited by your imagination. By mixing and matching the pieces above, you can have an almost infinite number of combinations.  And for sure, you will have that unique wedding you are dreaming of.

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