While some brides prefer an elaborate, traditional wedding, more and more couples are opting for a low-key, outdoorsy ceremony. Rustic weddings have an intimate charm without sacrificing sophistication. If you and your partner are interested in going a non-traditional, route for your upcoming nuptials, here are some tips for pulling off the perfect rustic wedding:

Choose Your Location Carefully

Give nature a starring role in your wedding—have the ceremony or reception take place outside on a ranch, in a garden, or at a cottage. Not only will this create a magnificent ambiance for you and your guests, it will also significantly reduce the amount of time and money you’ll have to spend on decorating! Make sure to have a lodge, barn, or other indoor space nearby to use as a backup plan in case of rain or any other unpleasant weather conditions.

Have Fun with Your Decor and Flowers

One of the biggest advantages of a rustic wedding is the beautiful natural backdrop. Subtle colours like matte bronze, silver, and pale pink work well with natural wood accents and rugged decor. Rather than going with a particular flower, base your floral arrangement around what’s in-season. Long-lasting flowers such as dahlias, succulents, and sunflowers are a great choice for outdoor weddings because they’ll stay fresh and vibrant throughout the day and into the night.

Get the Natural Look

Forget the tight, uncomfortable ball gown and go for a light, natural look to match your beautiful outdoor surroundings. A loose, ethereal dress or a gown with an empire waist are wonderful ways to play with that natural style while still exuding an aura of elegance and sophistication. The rustic backdrop will only serve to compliment your graceful, elegant look.

An outdoor rustic wedding is becoming a popular alternative to the traditional banquet hall wedding. For a more intimate and unique celebration, plan a relaxed and charming rustic wedding for your upcoming nuptials. Get the best possible photographs of your outdoor wedding from Cindy June Photography. For more information about my services and to book a consultation, contact me today.