Rustic Country Wedding - photo via nuestraherenciaco (flickr.com)

Rustic wedding receptions could be in a barn or on a farm, up a mountain or by the lake, in a marquee or a stately country home – wherever you choose your country wedding, rustic chic is the perfect décor.

Table plans and escort cards

Birdcage Seating Plan

Birdcage Seating Plan – notonthehighstreet.com

Perfect if you have chosen apple green as a highlight colour, these charming apple escort cards are a tasty way to let your guests know where they are sitting.

Easy to make at home if you are handy with a saw, these escort cards are placed in slots carved into branches and could double as a favour for guests to use as a photo or memo holder.

Simple pine cones make great escort card holders, and these lovely basil seedlings in moss covered pots, with escort card labels, are a tasty memento of your big day.

Combining rustic with pretty vintage, this lovely birdcage wedding seating plan could be used by the happy couple as a decorative noticeboard for years to come.

To add a sprinkle of good luck charm for your guests, how about using lucky horseshoes to hold your escort cards?

Rustic charm is a key part of some of our previous blog posts – have a look at these posts about creating wedding seating plans using chalkboards, mirrors and frames, escort card trees, garden weddings and shabby chic for more ideas.

Table names and numbers

Shabby Chic Table Numbers

Shabby chic table numbers – etsy.com

Table names could comprise of local beauty spots, or be drawn from the bride and groom’s favourite countryside locations at home or abroad.

This hessian table runner has the table numbers handpainted in white onto the ends, and these shabby chic wooden table numbers would complement the theme perfectly.

Decor and colours

Hessian (or, as the US calls it, burlap) is a great material for adding a little rustic vintage twist to your décor. It could be used as everything from table cloths to napkins, or more subtly by using it to make pretty table centrepieces or bunting. Other rustic touches to the table could include:

  • Tying hessian around napkins;
  • A little posy of flowers or fragrant herbs to each place setting;
  • Jars wrapped in hessian and tied with rafia to make vases for flower arrangement centrepieces;
  • Red and white checked tablecloths and decorations of dried corn and wheat, carved pumpkins, apples and cinnamon sticks for an autumnal rustic feel;
  • Wild seed favours;
  • Bowls of beautiful, fresh, in-season fruit placed in the centre of every table;
  • Adding sparkle with decorative butterflies, dragonflies and peacock feathers.

Watch this short tutorial to discover how you can make your own fragrant lavender rustic table centrepieces:

Finishing touches

Read more on this website dedicated to all things to do with rustic weddings.

Round your evening off with an energetic, fun filled barn dance or ceilidh. If you think this would be far too old fashioned then think again – do a bit of searching and you can find some very funky contemporary barn dance bands with excellent callers to make your evening fun for all ages.

Remember to have a look at our rustic wedding seating plan Pinterest board for plenty of further inspiration!

Wedding Couple In Hay Field - via Jonathan Day (flickr.com)

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A little bit about Adam, founder of TopTablePlanner...

Adam has been working in the wedding industry since 2006. After discovering that arranging the seating is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding, he launched TopTablePlanner in 2007. See his Google+ profile.