I have been so excited to share my wedding with everyone! The theme we were going for was rustic wedding decorations. It’s taken me longer than I thought it would but when you have many people taking pictures, it takes time to gather them all. As it turns out we spent so much time having fun that we didn’t capture all the pictures of the decor that I had hoped but enough for you to see how beautiful and rustic our wedding turned out. A big thanks to my mother for planning this from top to bottom and spending countless hours running through both Hobby Lobby’s in our town to gather all the decor.
Check out all the pictures below to see just exactly what a country rustic backyard wedding looks like!
My favorite floral centerpiece was for the bride and groom table. Instead of choosing the same centerpiece that every other table had, we chose to stand out with a larger and wider floral centerpiece and a Mr & Mrs wood sign.
For the guest tables we chalk painted Ball mason jars and distressed them lightly. We wanted a fall theme for our flowers so most of the floral arrangements contained sunflowers and some red berries. They turned out so beautiful.
We included mason jar glasses at every table for guests to enjoy soda, lemonade, iced tea or beer. For the wine we found wine glasses (on a budget) at dollar stores around the area and added a feminine touch by adding a flower to the stems.
The Wedding Cake
This was my favorite part of the whole wedding. I wanted a simple, yet delicious cake. We went with Boonzaaijer Bakery out of Kalamazoo. Each layer of cake had two layers of bavarian cream. One tier was a white cake with strawberry filling, another layer was chocolate with a vanilla bavarian cream, and another layer was white cake with vanilla bavarian cream. I chose a very simple cake with a rough icing and pearl beading around each tier. We then had Plainwell flowers prepare a few small floral arrangements that I took apart and placed on each tier of the cake. My husband cut the wood cake stand and used a wood burner to burn our initials and real wedding date into it (we were married before our reception).
The Main Entrance
Since this was a fall themed wedding, we chose fall accents for the main entrance of the tent. We used straw bales, mums, corn stalks, pumpkins and this custom sign I made with our last name on it. I also found a farm in Galesburg that was selling 6″ sunflowers for $1 a piece so we placed these around for an added floral decoration.
We included a chalk board right in the entrance of the tent to help guide our guests to their tables and seats. This was custom built by my husband too and we used chalk paint for the trim and chalkboard paint for the inside.
We used another straw bale to sit on either side of the custom built bar to display our wine on one side and margaritas on the other.
More Rustic Wedding Decorations
My mom and I found this old painter’s ladder at a vintage store in Kalamazoo. We chalk painted and distressed this and also found letters to spell out LOVE at various stores.
My mother made these beautiful wreaths from grapevine wreaths and artificial flower stems. We hung them from a guidewire and wrapped the wire with vines to hide them.
My dad built this custom bar for us from treated lumber and corrugated metal. I then used my Cricut to cut The Watering Hole sign and make the signs to show our guests what types of beer we were serving. We cut holes in the top so that the keg taps could be pumped and so that those ugly kegs didn’t have to be seen!
The Cookie & Cake Bar
For desserts I wanted a cookie bar to go along with our delicious cake. This picture was taken when those delicious sunflower cookies from Jonesville Bakery had already been tasted by several of our guests.
I hope you enjoyed viewing our rustic wedding decorations and it can help you plan your country wedding! Our reception was beautiful and one memory we’ll never forget.
For some more wedding inspiration and rustic wedding decorations, view my post on 20 Country Wedding Centerpiece Ideas.
Beautiful! That cake is so perfect. Thank you for sharing!
Hayden Scharrer says
Thank you Lisa! I think the cake was my favorite part!
What a beautiful wedding reception. These is not one single thing I don’t love about any of it. My kind of reception.
Hayden Scharrer says
Thank you Candy for checking it out!
Tami @ The Inspiration Lady says
That’s gorgeous! I love the straw bales and the drink bar, they look so pretty! And congrats on the wedding. 🙂
Hayden Scharrer says
Thank you Tami! My father built the drink bar, it turned out just perfect!
Wow this is absolutely beautiful!!! Congrats 🙂
Congratulations. You did a beautiful job.
The use of the ladders and then the color combinations! So unique and original. It feels like a truly family and home ordeal. I love it!
Christine Emm says
Congratulations on your wedding! The decorations looked superb. Thanks for sharing 🙂
What a great idea ! I love it