Creating a Rustic Country Wedding

If you love festoon lighting, exposed wooden beams and simple foliage a Rustic Wedding would be a perfect wedding style. We have recently seen a rise in stunning rustic weddings, and we understand it can be hard to find a starting point when wedding planning. We have put together a quick go to guide of things we suggest incorporating into your wedding to create that stunning rustic look.



Finding a venue can be incredibly difficult, especially if you’re looking for something with character. If you would like a rustic-inspired wedding a barn venue would be a suitable setting. By finding the perfect venue you naturally spend less on décor because you’re no longer hiding features but enhancing them! We work closely with Hooton Pagnell Hall which is a stunning barn conversion near Doncaster that is a natural choice for a Rustic Wedding. The Normans in York, is also a very popular option for a stunning rustic setting.

Stretch Tent

If you already have the benefit of having suitable land you could create a venue using a teepee or stretch tent. These look stunning in a woodland setting or even just in your back garden.  There is something magical about getting married outside, especially if the weather is good to you! We use a brilliant company so if you need a quote please get in touch. Pictured below is a 6m x 6m beige stretch tent with our Rattan Furniture and Pallet Bar.


A fully iced wedding cake is a thing of the past. Naked or Semi-Naked wedding cakes look awesome, ideal for a rustic theme.

Cheese ‘Cakes’ have massively risen in popularity and we’re not surprised why, especially if you have a savoury tooth! If you want to surprise your guests, nothing beats cheese and crackers. Why not incorporate the wedding favours too, and make some homemade chutney with bespoke labels? Our Fruit Crates, Jam Jars and Barrel Bar are pictured below.

If you’re wanting to jump on the doughnut trend we also have a Doughnut Wall. Which is perfect for either an alternative wedding cake or just adding something extra to your drinks reception.

Table Centres

If the venue has gorgeous wooden tables, we really advise not to cover it up! Rustic old wood is so essential to making this theme work. Normally we suggest bronze or matte gold table centres, in-keeping with the hessian and wood colour palette. We would style a wooden rectangular table using our Brass Candleholders interspersed with a faux eucalyptus or smilax vine which we also supply. If you are wanting some more detail our Pewter Candleholders also look stunning.


We work with a number of freelance florists and many would recommend having some trailing foliage to give you the natural look. A recent rise in popularity has seen Cortaderia Selloana (Pampas Grass) incorporated into many displays, which we think looks stunning.


Swapping chairs for benches is something we love! It brings people together and creates an intimate wedding breakfast. This relaxed approach will need far less decoration. If you are wanting to keep chairs, we suggest a light oak cross back chair – no taffeta bows or covers needed. Why not use wooden signs, instead of wedding place cards, tied by hessian string? These can be completely DIY and something personal your guests can take home with them.

If you’re needing outside seating, hay bales are a cheap and fun alternative. We can supply hay bales with throws to make them a little more comfortable. We also have Grey Faux Fur Throws which look fantastic for a rustic winter wedding, see below a shoot we recently styled at The Normans.

For softer seating we suggest having cream sofas and chairs dotted around the venue for your guests to sit down. The image below is from a recent shoot using our Louis Range, Wooden Pallet Plinth, Suitcases and Regency Glassware.


Using fairy lights definitely adds a warm atmosphere. You could wrap them around a column or beam, drape them from the ceiling or use Shepard’s Crooks to line a walkway.

Some venues have restrictions with naked flames, especially if using candlelight in alcoves or on wooden beams. We suggest using LED candles to add a cosy and romantic feel to the venue. It’s always best to check with your venue about having lit candles before making any styling decisions!


If your venue doesn’t have a bar, we have three types of rustic bars that look perfect in any setting. Our Circular Bar really does make a statement. They can also be used for buffet and canape food! If you’re also wanting high seating our Wooden Bar Stool and Wooden Pallet Poseur Table look great together too.

We hope you found this post inspiring! For prices and availability please email or alternatively leave a comment below. Thank you, Hire and Style

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