5 Ways to Create A Rustic Chic Wedding Style

5 ways to create a rustic style wedding

Rustic Chic. You want your wedding day to look like a wedding day, but at the same time you want a relaxed & romantic rustic feel without going totally rural! I understand where you are coming from. It’s that classic mix between relaxed romantic and country garden. Where there is a clear emphasis on the natural without losing too much of an elegant wedding feel.

Well you are in good company exploring this style of wedding as wedding blogs and inspirational styled shoots are full of ideas to explore for your rustic chic wedding. I’ve selected 5 key trends that allow you to be more rustic while still keeping it chic.

Greenery

Megan W Photography via Ruffled, Floral Design & Styling by Prema Style

Megan W Photography via Ruffled, Floral Design & Styling by Prema Style

The difference between designer lux and rustic is simply the use of greenery! Most high end floral designers will create designs using at least 90% flowers with very little greenery in the arrangement. Whereas with a rustic look the opposite can be true, sometimes an arrangement can have up to 90% greenery. To keep it chic and have just a touch of rustic the trick is to have enough greenery in play but not too much!

Adding a touch of greenery as an accent to your wedding cake or table plan is one option.

Megan W Photography via Ruffled, Cake by Chef Megan Joy

Megan W Photography via Ruffled, Cake by Chef Megan Joy

Allie Lindsey Photography via Artfully Wed, Floral Designer Carla Kayes Floral Design

Allie Lindsey Photography via Artfully Wed, Floral Designer Carla Kayes Floral Design

Or using leaves, garlands, or branches as a motif in your stationery or wedding signage is another more subtle way to add a touch of rustic charm.

Lindsay Madden Photography via Mod Weddings, Invitations by Katie Fischer Design

Lindsay Madden Photography via Mod Weddings, Invitations by Katie Fischer Design

Nancy Ray Photography via ModWeddings

Nancy Ray Photography via ModWeddings

Wedding Arches

Sometimes when you mention arches people make the assumption that these need to be full on flower arches covered with layer upon layer of perfect roses and blooms. However at the moment the wedding arch is one of the most adaptable features to include in your wedding ceremony to add to your overall wedding style and look. By using exposed wooden uprights and plenty of lush green foliage you can create a stunning rustic chic focal point for your wedding celebration.

Allie Lindsey Photography via Artfully Wed, Carla Kayes Floral Design

Allie Lindsey Photography via Artfully Wed, Carla Kayes Floral Design

Photo by Nadia Hung via Mod Weddings, Floral Design by Poppy’s Petalworks

Photo by Nadia Hung via Mod Weddings, Floral Design by Poppy’s Petalworks

Lindsay Madden Photography via ModWeddings, Floral Design by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

Lindsay Madden Photography via ModWeddings, Floral Design by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

Wedding Bouquets

A full on rustic wedding bouquet will be very informal, have lots of greenery and will have that handpicked from the garden look. But to make your bouquet more chic you can take elements of this and add them to a more traditional bridal bouquet. Use a mix of flower sizes and shapes with some dart or conical shaped flowers along with trailing greenery to create your perfect rustic chic bridal bouquet.

Photo by Morgan Gosch via Wedding Sparrow, Flowers by Maxit Flower Design

Photo by Morgan Gosch via Wedding Sparrow, Flowers by Maxit Flower Design

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Wedding, Flowers by Flowerz

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Wedding, Flowers by Flowerz

Carmen Santorelli Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers by Siren Floral Co.

Carmen Santorelli Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers by Siren Floral Co.

Sarah Jane Ethan via Rock My Wedding, Flowers by Bels Flowers

Sarah Jane Ethan via Rock My Wedding, Flowers by Bels Flowers

Mix it with metallic

In my view the best way to take rustic and elevate it to chic is to match your rustic florals and patterns with elements that you would expect to see in more elegant weddings. Metallics are perfect for this. Whether it’s a gold, rose gold, brass, or silver vessel in which to stand your flowers or the use of metallic votives or candlesticks, when you put them together it lifts the look to rustic chic. Simply take away the dominance of wood and burlap / hessian and replace with glass, mirror or metal!

Photo by Morgan Gosch via Wedding Sparrow, Cake by Buttercup Bakery

Photo by Morgan Gosch via Wedding Sparrow, Cake by Buttercup Bakery

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers & décor by Flowerz

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers & décor by Flowerz

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers by Poppy’s Petalworks

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers by Poppy’s Petalworks

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers by Poppy’s Petalworks

Nadia Hung Photography via Mod Weddings, Flowers by Poppy’s Petalworks

Non floral table centrepieces

And finally if you are looking for a little more on the rustic side, then why not remove the flowers from the table totally or have very very few. Using lighting and scale you can still make a non floral table centrepiece feel chic as some of the examples below will show you.

Nancy Ray Photography via ModWeddings, Florist Nature Composed

Nancy Ray Photography via ModWeddings, Florist Nature Composed

Carmen Santorelli Photography via Mod Weddings, Floral Design by Plenty of Petals

Carmen Santorelli Photography via Mod Weddings, Floral Design by Plenty of Petals

From left to right: Loft Photography; Colin Cowie Celebrations; Danielle Capito Photography; Pinterest; Nancy Neil; Colin Cowie Celebrations; Victoria Greener Photography; Colin Cowie Celebrations

From left to right: Loft Photography; Colin Cowie Celebrations; Danielle Capito Photography; Pinterest; Nancy Neil; Colin Cowie Celebrations; Victoria Greener Photography; Colin Cowie Celebrations

Happy planning! Dee

Dee McMeeking is the designer (wedding planner, wedding stylist & floral designer) behind Dedicated2Detail Wedding Design, a wedding styling business based in Warwickshire, UK & Dublin, Ireland. If you’re a creative with lots of great wedding ideas but need some help to bring your unique style to life on your wedding day, then contact Dee today - weddings@deemcmeeking.com . Dee works with clients from anywhere in the world and is waiting to hear more about your wedding styling ideas.