DIY Projects and Ideas for Creating a Rustic-Style Wedding

Find ideas for putting together a rustic-style wedding, including centerpieces, table settings, menus and cocktails.

©Design by Camille Styles. Photo by She-n-He Photography

©Design by Camille Styles. Photo by She-n-He Photography.

©Design by Camille Styles. Photo by She-n-He Photography.

©Design by Camille Styles. Photo by She-n-He Photography.

©Design by Joanne Palmisano, Photo by Susan Teare

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©Design by Camille Styles. Photo by She-n-He Photography.

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Farm to Table

Set a romantic scene with a color palette of burlap, white, cream, sage and olive. The next slide has more.

Simple, Yet Classy

White dinnerware, napkins made from dishtowels and heirloom silver tied with twine make an elegant, yet casual look. To make the place card, cut craft paper cardstock into small tags, and write guests’ names in a pretty script. (calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen.)

Harvest Favors

With a rustic wedding theme, favors needn't be intricate or over-the-top. A seasonal piece of beautiful fruit wrapped in burlap and tied with twine makes an organic souvenir that adds a sweet touch to each setting.

Share the Wealth

For dessert, you can't go wrong with strawberry shortcake. To make it more fun (and easier), serve all of the classic components family-style. Guests will have a blast passing around baskets overflowing with strawberries, sweet biscuits and whipped cream, and they'll enjoy building dessert to their own liking.

Evergreen Thank You Gifts

Plain food jars are upcycled to make pretty containers for saplings. The jars are dressed in a floral-print paper and ribbon. A tag is included with planting and care instructions.

Water Bottle Table Numbers

This easy and inexpensive project can be used after the wedding as cute kitchen decor. Get the step-by-step instructions

Birch Canopy

Birch-tree logs and billowy white fabric come together to make a natural, but oh-so-sweet wedding arbor. Pillar candle also wrapped in birch bark line the aisle along with pretty white flowers.

A Door to the Altar

While this wedding is outdoors, the feel is that of a rustic barn. Create a surprising entry to the altar by bringing indoor elements outside to define the space. Floral designer Janie Medley accessorized the doors with wreaths made with seeded eucalyptus and green hydrangeas.

For Starters

A rustic cheese display is a welcome treat and makes the perfect starter course for a no-fuss wedding theme. Set up a display of at least three different cheeses, toasted bread and fresh fruits for an appetizer that's seasonal and down-right delicious.

Flower Power

Play up an organic color palette by combining cream flowers with green and sage foliage, including rosemary and olive branches.

Natural Elements

These monogram bags are made simply using paper bags, chalkboard tags and raffia. Place some sweet treats inside so guests can have something to enjoy after the wedding.

Headboard Signage

To direct guests to the wedding, an old headboard is painted with the happy couple's names and then decorated with hydrangeas and greenery.

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