Rustic weddings are one of the most popular themes of the past few years – with brides leaving wooden reception tables bare of linens, adding succulents to their bouquets, and displaying blooms in wooden boxes for their centerpieces. But what about a bride who wants her nuptials to truly evoke a country feel instead of simply including a few rustic details? There are plenty of ways to do this – whether it be choosing a lovely countryside setting for the ceremony and reception or selecting country décor that will be incorporated into all aspects of the big day.
By using a combination of natural elements such as wood as well as feminine lace details, a wedding can be designed to evoke both a chic and country feel. Burlap aisle runners with lace trim, bridesmaids and flower girls in stylish dresses paired with cute cowboy boots, and seating assignments written in calligraphy on antique windows displayed atop hay bales are a few ways to add elegant, pastoral elements to the wedding day. Ceremonies and receptions that take place at a farm or barn and also have a rustic theme are seen as the most "country" of them all, but couples who don't want to have too much of a theme can choose to incorporate just those elements that suit their personalities.
For inspiration, take a look at 20 ways to add chic, country flair to your wedding below. To see more from each of these celebrations, click on your favorite photos!
2. Wedding Dress
Lace gowns complement countryside celebrations very nicely! Suspend your wedding dress from a tower of hay bales for picture-perfect country photos. Photo by Braedon Photography; Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier
3. Groom & Groomsmen Attire
Have your groom and groomsmen wear matching cowboy hats for portraits – or even at the ceremony. Better yet, have them enter the ceremony site on horseback! Photo by Mark Steines
4. Bridesmaid Attire
Dress bridesmaids in short frocks to show off stylish cowboy boots – and accessories to match! Photo by Karlisch Photography; Consulting by DFW Events; Floral Design by Jackson Durham Events
5. Ring Bearer Attire
Give your wedding a country feel with adorable ring bearers dressed in vests, bolo ties, and cowboy boots! Give one ring bearer a rustic wood slab emblazoned with, "Here Comes the Bride." Photo by Mi Belle Photographers
6. Flower Girl Attire
Dress flower girls in adorable pink cowboy boots as they walk down a lace-trimmed burlap aisle runner. This adorable duo also carried a "Here Comes Your Bride" sign made out of the same materials. Photo by Michael Segal Photography
7. Cocktail Hour Venue
Invite loved ones to mingle while sipping libations and enjoying hors d'oeuvres on the wood deck of a rustic barn venue. Photo by Braedon Photography; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
9. Cocktail Hour Décor
The best way to give your nuptials a country flair? A big red barn! Decorate the woodchip-strewn barnyard with cocktail tables and string lights overhead to give the setting a romantic ambience. Photo by Michael Segal Photography
12. Reception Entrance
A barn venue is the perfect way to satisfy a chic country theme, and there are a number of ways to add elegant elements to an otherwise rustic space! Photo by Next Exit Photography
13. Monogram Décor
Many couples choose to incorporate their monogram into wedding décor, and a country wedding offers a wonderful opportunity to display a floral monogram on a barrel of hay. Photo by Jerry Hayes Photography; Consulting by DFW Events; Floral Design by Jackson Durham Events
14. Reception Décor
A rustic wood barn is the ideal canvas for a chic country wedding. Suspend chandeliers from a tin roof, add string lights around the exposed rafters, and soften the space with elegant drapery. Photo by Next Exit Photography
16. Place Settings
Add a chic, rustic element to each guest's place setting with a carved wood charger plate and a wooden menu card! Photo by Karlisch Photography; Consulting by DFW Events; Floral Design by Jackson Durham Events
17. Bride & Groom's Chairs
Save your seats at the wedding reception by placing a classic cowboy hat on the back of the groom's chair and a white cowboy hat with a tiara on the bride's seat. Photo by frame.thirty.six Photography
18. Lounge Area
Decorate an outdoor space with a hay floor showcasing distressed benches and antique furniture to create a countryside lounge, at which guests will mingle throughout the celebration. Photo by Next Exit Photography
20. Wedding Band Stage
Live music is essential at a country wedding! Set the tone for the lively celebration with a wooden stage decorated with mason-jar lights and horseshoes. Photo by Michael Segal Photography
For more country wedding inspiration, view 25 rustic centerpieces, elegant barn wedding receptions, and charming Southern wedding ideas. Be sure to also browse through hundreds of real weddings by your desired style, color palette, or location!
Opening photo by Stacey Newgent