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Rustic Weddings; The force is strong with this one…

Bride in White Dress Sitting on Bales of Straw in a Barn

It’s not just burlap and mason jars.  As the rustic wedding theme’s popularity snowballs, it is increasingly both an attitude and a style, involving planning as well as purchasing decisions.  Local sourcing, more natural textures & materials, and less fussy, more comfortable decor are the defining elements of today’s rustic weddings. 

And while barn venues continue to define the quintessential rustic wedding reception, inspired brides & grooms (and their creative planners, florists and bakers!) are designing ever more creative elements to consider (queue Pinterest).  David and I happen to have gotten married in one of THE absolutely most romantic and historic barns in Central California, so we bring a personal as well professional perspective to this rustic wedding decor and favor fever. Here are 12 of our current favorites. 

Rustic Wedding Decor Good design comes from the heart, not the brain.  So when you think of your ideal rustic wedding decor, find inspiration first — looks that you love — colors and textures that delight you.  

Rustic Wood and Glass Box with Hinged Lid & Lighted Candle
Wood and Glass Box  |  Taylor Street Favors

The best part about this wood and glass box is that it is something you really will want to use at home too!

White enamel pitcher with wild flowers and purple ribbon on outdoor table.
French Provencal Style Enamel Pitcher | Taylor Street Favors 

This enamel pitcher is a simple and casual centerpiece natural.  Add flowers and you are done.  You will want to have this for home use too.

Rustic Wood Place Card Holders with Place Card 

I chose these because they are made from real wood. There are less expensive resin birch logs available (we carry the resin ones too), but if your budget can accommodate these, real wood wins the day.

image_1024x1024@2x Ribbons & Textiles

If you want to skip the burlap, consider hand dyed silk for your table runners, pocket squares and bouquets.  Janelle Nicole Wylie, the owner of Tono + co. creates beautiful one-of-a-kind hand dyed fabrics.  Awesome.


Wood Blocks for Guest Book Alternative

Not only is this a lighthearted wedding guest book alternative, it happily lives on after your wedding day as a game-night essential that will rekindle memories every time you play.  I wish we had thought of this for our wedding — we play this game often and it would have been so easy to set up for guests, either at a reception table or incorporated at each place setting.

Personalized Leather Guestbook with Kraft Paper

If you are looking for a more traditional wedding guest book, this one is not only made with natural leather and kraft paper, it looks the part too – refined but not fussy.  Makes a beautiful personalized keepsake.

Rustic Wedding Favors:  At their best, favors are meant to be a thoughtful way to show your guests your appreciation for participating in your wedding day.  I’ve written about selecting favors here before, so I’ll just refer you to that article from last year here, and leave you a few suggestions of popular rustic favors we love.

Miniature Galvanized Buckets

Super cute and truly a miniature version of its workhorse name sake, these galvanized buckets could be filled with just about anything – candy, plants, candles, confetti, crayons – to name a few.

Miniature Woven Picnic Basket with cinnamon bun and tag tied with purple ribbon
Miniature Picnic Basket Favors  |  Taylor Street Favors


Continuing the miniature theme, these picnic basket favors are almost as versatile as the mini-buckets above…and they might even be cuter.  Not shown in the image, they come with a solid lid too, in addition to the double handles and classic woven wicker design.

Rustic Wood Print Favor Box

While these card stock wood print boxes have been around awhile, they continue to be very popular — easily customized with our personalized black chalkboard style label, and affordable.

Rustic Inspired Wedding Gifts – these gifts prove that rustic can be fun too.  

Personalized Wood Trimmed Flask

This flask makes a great gift for your entire wedding party – guys & gals both will appreciate this personalized reminder of their participation in your wedding day.

Personalized Wood Cuff Links with Gift Box

Available in two finishes – cherry or white oak, these round wood cufflinks with toggle backings in a personalized wood box make gift giving easy.

Personalized Wood Heart Treasure Box

Our wood heart treasure box comes in two sizes and can be laser engraved with up to two lines of text.  The inside is bare wood, and the two sizes can be nested, if you want to kick it up a notch and get both.


Happily Ever After | Photo by Ben Rosett on Unsplash

Happy rustic wedding planning!

“First, think. Second, believe. Third, Dream.  And finally, dare”.  -Walt Disney