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How To Plan a Rustic Wedding on a Budget

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Swap vases for jam jars, Roses for Sunflowers, thrones for hay bales and high heels for cowboy boots.

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Rustic weddings are a wonderful way to include nature, the outdoors, and the arts and crafts into your special day. They are also affordable. A rustic wedding theme is perfect for the frugal, low-budget couple that wants their big day to be both lovely and economical at the same time! This section of the website is dedicated to wedding planning in the rustic style, and it includes information on rustic wedding venues, budget rustic wedding invitations, rustic wedding flowers, rustic wedding decorations, rustic wedding cake, and much more. 

5 Wedding Hacks To Halve Your Wedding Rustic Venue Costs

To maximize the natural beauty and materials that can be used to create the ambiance for your budget rustic wedding, choose an outdoor venue or a backyard for the wedding ceremony and celebration. By using the same venue for all components of your wedding, you can halve your venue fees! Selecting a weekday or off-season wedding date will also significantly minimize your rustic wedding venue prices.


By providing your own catering, such as a BBQ, Pig Roast, or Pot Luck, you can further reduce the cost of the rustic wedding location. Consider employing a family member or acquaintance who is a great musician or vocalist as entertainment or requesting their services in lieu of a wedding gift. Take care not to insult them, as they will want to attend your wedding as guests, not hired help! You can do the same thing with photography, but due to the length of the day, have a number of buddies assist you rather than just one.

  1. Keep the ceremony and reception in the same location.
  2. Arrange for the wedding to take place on a weekday and during the off-season.
  3. Provide your own catering services
  4. Request a talented friend or family member to sing or DJ at your wedding in lieu of a wedding gift.
  5. In place of a wedding gift, enlist the assistance of a couple (not just one owing to the time commitment) of friends or family members to photograph the event.

If you are having the ceremony in the same space as your reception you need to decide how you will 'set the scene' as you will likely have to move the guest chairs around for each part of your event. Ensure you have allocated help re that! It's not something you want to be doing in your wedding dress.

If you're having a boho or shabby chic inspired rustic wedding, mismatched tables, chairs, and linens will look fantastic, so borrowing from friends, relatives, and neighbors is a great way to save money.

Wooden pallets are relatively economical and may be transformed into great rustic furniture, including tables, chairs, and lounge spaces. Collect items from nearby building supply stores, scrap yards, and landfills.

The traditional layout has the chairs in rows with an aisle down the middle terminating at a decorated arch. Alternatively, you could have your guests standing and grouped around you.


You can decorate tables, a wedding ceremony arch, a wedding tent, and trees with artificial garlands or real leafy garlands for a rustic woodland look. Hire or borrow event tables, decorate and paste tables and cover with some clean fresh table linen. Ask at your local community hall or school if you can borrow or hire their collapsible chairs for your rustic backyard wedding ceremony and reception. 

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When sending out your invitations ensure the details let the guests know that it will be outdoor, possibly on grass and appropriate clothing and footwear is advised. They may need to bring something warm, depending on the time of year. Sunscreen and bug spray might be something they want to bring or you can provide.

Rustic Wedding Decorations

Collect Your Materials

Here is a list of some things you can find around the home, or borrow from friends, neighbors and family to set the scene for your outdoor rustic backyard wedding. This list is not exhaustive and you can see how some of these items can be used in the pictures opposite.

  • Silver Buckets 
  • An old bath
  • An old bicycle
  • An old water trough - wooden or tin
  • Wicker baskets
  • Terracotta flower pots
  • Wooden Logs
  • Wood cut rounds
  • Mason Jars
  • Pine Cones
  • Birch Twigs
  • Lace and Paper Doilies
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Burlap
  • Sack
  • Kraft paper / card
  • Twine
  • Vintage birdcages
  • Vintage picture frames
  • Vintage suitcases
  • Chalk, cupboard, shabbychic style paint
  • Artificial flowers, garlands
  • Checkered Ribbon
  • Empty Barrels
  • Vintage table cloths
  • LED strings of lights
  • Baby's Breath
  • Sunflowers
  • Lots of Greenery
  • Chalkboard and chalk
  • Sunshades/hats/blankets for guest comfort
  • Event Tent/Parasols/Shade
  • Decorating/Pasting/Catering tables/chairs (hire/borrow)
  • Dinnerware

We have lots of images for rustic backyard wedding decoration, create your own Pinterest board (you can follow ours here) and pin anything that you like and might like to imitate at your own wedding.

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Rustic Wedding Decorations


Hay bales with thick blankets are a good seating alternative and look great for decorations with Sunflowers, greenery, wood elements, chalkboard signage, colored bottles with single stem flowers. You can have baskets with fruit, bread rolls, and cans.


If you are getting married in Autumn, Fall or around Thanksgiving, Halloween, pumpkins make a wonderful decorative feature.

DIY Rustic Table Decor Using Glass Bottles

For some creative inspiration, check out these lovely photos of glass bottles. A vast range of varied forms and sizes, some ornamented and others left as they are, create this peculiar but highly effective aesthetic. Start collecting glass bottles while you're finalizing your wedding plans. Make an online appeal for donations and see what you can find around the house, with family, in local thrift shops, and on pre-loved websites. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make your wedding table look beautiful. It's possible to buy the flowers, but you can also get them from your own garden or from a friend or relative who has a green thumb (with their permission of course).


The bottles can be decorated with decoupage, sprayed with glitter paint, or painted with blackboard coating and used as'signs' if you'd want to be a little more creative. They believe that the sky is the limit. The sand will help keep the bottles from falling over if you aren't using real flowers. A rustic effect can be achieved by decorating the bottles with lace, burlap, kraft paper tags, and other rustic elements, such as candles. If you decide to go with this idea, we'd love to see your wedding photos!

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Outdoor Venue Catering

For a rustic outdoor wedding having a Pot Luck, BBQ, Pig Roast, Grazing Table. All of these are ideal catering solutions for a low cost, budget-friendly micro wedding. Dinnerware can be picnic-style disposable plates, cups and cutlery, paper napkins, and so on. You may want to set up a hand hygiene station with hand sanitizer, paper towels and a bin for safe disposal. Have plenty of fresh cool water, drinks on ice to help keep guests hydrated and cool. Have a selection of fresh fruits along with cakes and sweets that will survive well outdoors in the heat. Have fly covers for anything that might be sitting a while.

Flowers for a Rustic Wedding

When it comes to rustic wedding flowers, sunflowers reign supreme. And of course, they're stunning in every way! For example, you'll find them woven into bridal bouquets, adorning hay bales or baskets, and adorning everything from bicycles to barrels. Sunflowers and Baby's Breath are the perfect complement to each other. Grow your own flowers for a rustic wedding and save a fortune.

Rustic Wedding Cakes - Go Naked

Rustic wedding cakes can have an informal look like all other rustic wedding decorations. Naked wedding cakes, embellished with summer fruits and edible flowers, are ideal for rural weddings. For a rustic backyard wedding, cupcake towers are a stylish and cost-effective alternative to traditional cake tables. Table and dessert decorations frequently feature eucalyptus flowers. To get you started, we've put together a list of rustic wedding cake ideas.