18 rustic wedding ideas from real brides on the English Wedding Blog!

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On the English Wedding Blog over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the very best wedding ideas I can find with you: the latest vintage styling ideas and tips, gorgeous inspiration for everything from wedding dresses to invitations and stationery. Today it’s all about rustic wedding ideas I think you’ll love! I’m a country girl and these really inspire me so I hope you enjoy them too! Pin away on Pinterest and bookmark this post for reading and sharing with your friends later. Most of all – enjoy!
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Rustic wedding ideas to inspire your big day

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1. Frosted glass jars with stencilled patterns and raffia make the most amazing little lanterns! Hung from trees, they’ll make your outdoor spaces come alive in the evening. Find tutorials online and get crafty! Image credit

Styling ideas with hessian, logs and lanterns – by Hollie & Tim

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2. The combination of a pretty white vintage frame with rustic hessian fabric, ribbons, roses and twine makes for a lovely wedding table plan. Print your own tags or have them made for you, and decorate liberally with whatever you love! Photography by

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3. Avoid traditional centrepieces and create a gorgeous little collection of flowers and candles with glass jars, lace and twine. The log slice underpinning this display makes it look even more wonderful to fit with the rustic theme. Photography by

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4. Mix and match the flowers on your wedding tables – roses are lovely, hydrangeas are very on trend, and flowers like baby’s breath, carnations, lisianthus and freesias are widely available and will save you money on floristry! Photography by

Hollie and Tim decorated their wedding venue (Hellens Manor) themselves the day before the wedding with the help of an army of friends and family. They rigged up 24 paper lanterns from the beams on a pulley system so the battery lights could be switched on after the church service. They hung hearts absolutely everywhere, and lanterns on every branch possible outside. The centrepieces on the tables consisted of a log about two inches thick with a cream lantern and lots of jars with flowers and candles in placed on top, it was beautiful! See their Hellens Manor wedding here, with images by the fab Amy Taylor Imaging.

Creating a rustic wedding look with lace and pastel colours

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5. Clare and Ian’s Powys wedding is the perfect rustic celebration, and the images are outstanding ( I adore Clare’s colourful bouquet of country flowers, Ian’s charming buttonhole on that fab sand-coloured suit, and the fab backdrop of their wedding venue. Photo credit

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6. Scout around for venues which fit the style of wedding you’re aiming for. Barn weddings are increasingly popular, as are tipi weddings. Clare and Ian married at The Sychpwll Centre, Powys. Photo credit

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7. Pastel colours are very on trend for 2014 and I love how well the soft shades work with a rustic wedding theme. Those sand-coloured suits are fabulous and the bridesmaid and flower girls look gorgeous – Clare’s lace wedding dress is the perfect style for a rustic wedding day. Photo credit

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8. Grooms should look further than the obvious local suit hire companies, and consider options other than the standard grey shiny suit Moss Bros are so fond of! Ian and his groomsmen look fab, don’t they? And happy… Photo credit

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9. Your wedding venue can take centre stage and every location has its own atmosphere and character. Clare and Ian hired a tipi, but the photo opportunities around their wedding venue made it really special. Photo credit

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One more beautiful image from Clare and Ian’s wedding – click the link in the text below to see more! Photo credit

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10. Think about lighting your wedding tables and displays as the evening closes in – the romance of twilight can bring a new dimension to the look of your day. Use grasses as well as flowers in floral displays, with little candles and jars dotted around the venue, both inside and out! Photo credit

Clare and Ian’s beautiful tipi wedding, with images by the fabulous Pixies in the Cellar, is full of amazing rustic details. The venue is The Sychpwll Centre, Llandrinio, Powys. Clare told me, “We were lucky enough to have a lot of help from close friends and family a few days before the wedding and a flurry of activity in the morning (right up until the start of the ceremony) to get everything sorted. I hadn’t thought about a lace wedding dress, but from the moment I saw it in the mirror I was head over heels, I really didn’t know what everyone was talking about when they said you’ll know “the one” when you find it, that was when I knew! Other creative rustic touches were origami map cranes, tea cup candles, handmade chocolate favours, a typewriter and vintage card suitcase.

Use slates and reclaimed wood for focal points and displays

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11. Lisa and Neil used these slate slabs for signage, and provided pens wrapped with jute twine for their guests to write in their guest book. | images by the fabulous Dafydd Hughes Photography

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12. Vintage and reclaimed boxes can be used for all kinds of displays from card boxes to sweetie tables and escort card holders. I love the hessian fabric stamped with letters in white paint – a nice handmade touch! | images by Dafydd Hughes Photography

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13. Use little slate place names for each of your guests – something they can take home and treasure. 14. Bonus tip: if you can’t afford neatly cut squares of slate, you could steal some pebbles from a local beach. Although that is a little naughty… | images by Dafydd Hughes Photography

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15. This old frame for the wedding menu looks fantastic, and the printed logo really adds to the rustic flavour of the board. You don’t have to use a proper blackboard for a display like this: black card or paper with white gouache paint will work just as well. | images by Dafydd Hughes Photography

Lisa and Neil were married at Hyde Barn, Fosse Manor, Stow-on-the-Wold, and were lucky enough to get married outside under their arbour. Hyde Barn also allow you to dress the venue to your own style so the lucky couple made it their own with rustic decoration including candles and bunting that was made specially by a friend.

Lisa’s decorative highlight was their wedding table plan. She wanted something rustic so found some old wooden step ladders on Ebay, sanded them and painted them a vintage cream. She decorated them with twine, lace dolleys, and small pegs, and also sourced little bud vases and rustic candles online. See more of Lisa and Neil’s rustic outdoor wedding | images by the fabulous Dafydd Hughes Photography

Enlist creative friends and family to help style your rustic wedding day

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16. Melissa and Jamie’s guest book is quirky and unique. Buy lovely little ideas like this from or make your own! The twig pencils are so cute and even the hessian table covering looks carefully planned. | Photo credit

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17. This table plan is fantastic! The hessian backdrop looks great and it’s easy to make something like this too. Use a standard noticeboard, staple the hessian around the back and then staple strips of twine to the back too. Print your table names and use mini pegs to attach. Decorate with flowers if you’d like a bit more colour! | Photo credit

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The gorgeous bride and groom – Melissa and Jamie on the English Wedding Blog | Photo credit

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18. Melissa’s Dad was an absolute star, creating table number signs and other rustic decorative pieces from bits of trees. Family members love to help out, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from the experts! | Photo credit

Melissa and Jamie’s wedding venue was a blank canvas, which they saw as the perfect opportunity to use their creative skills. They had the cutest leaf name place settings, apple menu holders, flower jars with rustic twine, log table numbers and the burlap seating plan… all out of this world! “We used various shades of green with hints of yellow and wood elements throughout. Many of the wooden details were crafted by my father. These included table numbers carved into birch tree slices, the cake stand, place settings and a wooden wishing well. The centrepieces were jars that we had been collecting filled with country style flowers which I arranged the morning of the wedding.” See their creative wedding feature on the English Wedding Blog, with images from the lovely Shaun Taylor Photography.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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