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Woodsy Wedding Ideas For Your Rustic Celebration

  |  By Alexandra Davies

Looking to the wilderness for wedding inspiration never goes out of style. The rustic wedding theme is still going strong, and brides are constantly finding new ways to infuse their celebrations with country charm. These days, the romance and folklore of forests are capturing our imaginations, and the desire to add a hint of woodland enchantment to big day themes has grown to new heights. If you're hoping to plan a woodsy wedding, here are some hand-picked ideas to get you started.


Paper lanterns

Want to give your outdoor wedding space a glow-up? These romantic paper lanterns will illuminate your aisle or garden setting with an ethereal ambience straight out of a fairytale. The dainty scalloped edges and the cut-paper design on the front impart a hand-crafted feel. Although traditional luminaries use real candles, you might want to opt for the more forest-friendly (and longer-lasting) LED variety. Don't forget to add some pebbles or sand to the bottom of the bags so a brisk breeze won't whisk them away.


Homemade preserves

If you're in a jam trying to find woodsy wedding favours that will preserve memories of your special day, here's a sweet solution. Send your guests home with miniature glass jars of homemade forest fruit jam with your names and your wedding date on the label. You can also use the jars as part of your table decor.


Commemorative glass boots

To really step up your country theme, incorporate boot-shaped beer glasses into your centrepieces. Known as bierstiefel in Bavaria, these Oktoberfest mainstays will kick any rustic Autumn wedding tablescape up a notch. Instead of beer, tuck freshly-cut stems of fragrant flowers into the glasses. You can also fill them with coffee beans and rest tea lights on top. The heat from the candle flame will release a mood-boosting coffee aroma. Your guests will walk away from the table with happy memories to boot!


Burlap bouquet

To add rustic chic to your walk down the aisle, bundle your blooms in a handmade burlap bouquet wrap like this one. Budget-friendly burlap is one of the simplest ways to bring more boho charm to your big day decor. Best of all, you can easily elevate it with just a few finishing touches. We love how the lace detailing here adds a vintage homespun elegance that ties the whole look together.


Gorgeous pomanders

Hang pretty pomanders around your ceremony and reception site to set the romantic mood in motion at your wedding. Instead of flowers and bows, the ones you see here are hand-woven grapevines for a nature-inspired twist that suits relaxed, rustic themes. We love how the handmade butterflies perched on them add an unexpected touch of woodland magic.


Chalkboard menus

Handwritten chalkboard signs add timeless farmhouse charm, which makes them especially well-suited to woodsy weddings. This one is the perfect size and shape for tabletop menus, dessert displays, directional signs and even photo props. The distressed, upcycled wood frame blends seamlessly with natural settings.


Wishing well

This wilderness-inspired wishing well is a whimsical alternative to a traditional guest book. Have your guests write their best wishes on the wooden hearts and place them in this gorgeous personalized basket. You'll have a stack of timeless keepsakes to treasure for years to come.

Want to put them on display instead of storing them away? Loop some sturdy twine ribbon and attach it to the back of each handwritten heart with a hot glue gun to turn them into ornaments.


Burlap sashes

These gauzy burlap chair sashes will add pastoral elegance to your ceremony. We love how the loosely tied knots at the back lend a laid-back look to the crisp all-white table setting, introducing a festive forest-y vibe. For an extra touch of country, attach a single flower to the back of each chair.


Dessert stand

This wooden stand will add rustic character to your dessert table as you showcase your cakes, pies and other goodies. We're wild about the back-to-nature feel of the unfinished bark edges. Be sure to scatter an arrangement of edible wildflowers, pine cones and freshly cut evergreen sprigs around the base of the stand for that perfect forest floor finish.



Top off your wedding cake with endearing and unique handmade lovebirds like these. The wood-burned details on this pretty pair bring easygoing outdoorsy charm to the table. As a bonus, they can double up as handheld props for photo ops after you've cut the cake.

This article was originally published on Jul 02, 2012

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