25 of Our Favorite Rustic Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Pair delicate lace details with décor inspired by nature for a rustic-elegant event.

In the past few years, we've seen our fair share of rustic outdoor weddings, and there are few details that always stand out. Whether you're gathering your family and friends at a seaside location on a grassy bluff, a charming lake house, or a forest filled with redwoods, incorporating the beautiful natural surroundings into your wedding décor sets a laid-back ambience for your event – even a formal affair. 

Earthy green and brown hues can be incorporated with your favorite wedding colors, or stand alone by themselves mixed with neutral shades of cream and ivory. Utlize natural tones in your paper materials accented with delicate lace, and present escort cards or seating charts on rustic materials such as old wooden frames or slabs from tree trunks. Adorn a raw-wood ceremony structure with elegant ivory blooms and verdure, and decorate linen-free wood reception tables with moss, birch bark, or twigs. An outdoor wedding venue really makes a rustic event incredible, but if you must have some sort of covering, hold your wedding reception in a barn with open sides or beneath a beautiful tent. 

See 25 of our favorite rustic wedding details below, and let us know which are your favorites in the comments! 

Rustic invitation with white lace and twine
Photo by Next Exit Photography

Rustic wedding invitation on kraft paper with white ink
Photo by Catherine Hall Studios

Rustic outdoor wedding ceremony in Bakersfield
Photo by Braedon Photography; Consulting by Melissa Torre for Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Forest wedding under large redwood trees
Photo by Chrisman Studios

Rustic wedding bouquet with succulents
Photo by Vue Photography 

Rustic wedding boutonnieres for groomsmen
Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Consulting by Linda Howard Events

Rustic winter wedding flower plant headpiece
Photo by Catherine Hall Studios

Adrianna Costa Arizona wedding ceremony
Photo by Mi Belle Photographers

Forest outdoor rustic wedding ceremony
Photo by Catherine Hall Studios

Ring bearers in bolo ties carrying wood sign
Photo by Mi Belle Photographers

Bride and groom with parasol at outdoor rustic wedding
Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Bridal gown by Monique Lhuillier

Hors d'oeuvres on rustic wood slab
Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Consulting by Linda Howard Events

Place cards on rustic wedding wood slab
Photo by Carrie Rodman Photography

Seating chart on rustic window panels
Photo by Michael Segal Photography

Seating chart with rustic wood border
Photo by Jose Villa Photography

Melissa Egan rustic wedding reception
Photo by Next Exit Photography

Rustic outdoor wedding sweetheart table idea
Photo by Lucky Love Photography

Birch wrapped centerpiece at wedding
Photo by Jose Villa Photography

Rustic wedding with hydrangea table runner
Photo by Vue Photography

Terracotta pot centerpiece with moss
Photo by Regina Hyman Photography

Rustic outdoor wedding table idea
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

Rustic outdoor wedding idea table number on wood
Photo by Lucky Love Photography

Rustic wedding centerpiece wood box
Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Consulting by Linda Howard Events

White wedding cake on rustic wood slab trunk
Photo by Jose Villa Photography

Rustic wood grain cake at David Tutera wedding
Photo by Michael Segal Photography

For more rustic outdoor wedding ideas, browse some of our favorite rustic weddings or visit our Rustic Wedding Charm board on Pinterest

Authored by: Kelcy Christy