Have you always wanted a country wedding that celebrates classic beauty in a glorious, natural setting?
Whether it’s simple, rustic, elegant or vintage that you’re after, there are plenty of ways to achieve it.
Let’s look at some of the most popular country wedding ideas relating to dress, décor, location and nostalgia.
This is an obvious place to start, as the wedding dress itself is often the first thing to be decided. Perhaps a classic lace or silk dress, or a vintage dress from the roaring 20s or stylish 50s? A pure and simple milkmaid gown straight from Tess of the D’Urbervilles? More and more brides are opting for the Boho look – carefree gypsy-style dress with flowers woven through the hair. It’s really up to you.
This is where the imagination can run wild, as country and rural locations offer endless opportunities for photo shoots. Think wagon wheels and quaint timber barns; winding, flower-lined pathways; a backdrop of sun setting over rolling hills and farmland; or the lush, green promise of wine and roses found in rural vineyard wedding venues.
A skilled wedding photographer will know how to get the best from your location. Tell them the look you want – timeless elegance, rustic charm or lost in nature – and the scope is endless.
You can really go to town on décor with a rural theme. Decorate rooms with hessian bunting and pine cone or gum nut garlands. Place cottage garden flowers in simple glass vases and display them on thick bases of polished wood.
Use an alternative wedding book of wood graphic wrapped in hessian – easy for guests to sign, and great for hanging on the wall afterwards. Burlap table runners and crepe paper flowers have a beautiful and natural appearance your guests will love.
Here you can choose anything from grand floral arrangements of rose and lily to delicate and entrancing cottage garden bouquets filled with flowers fresh from the garden.
Make a batch of paper roses in vibrant shades and decorate your reception room with them. Try tiny arrangements of country blooms in old-fashioned china cups, or have rosemary garlands made up to place on hessian linen napkins.
If you want to spend time outdoors with your guests, try simple timber furniture and crisp white linen, decorated with vintage china, old-fashioned vases with single roses and table placements of lavender, hollyhock and daisy.
Centre the table with wooden tea candle holders and light up the night in style.
With the colours of nature many and various, there’s sure to be something to suit your taste. Test the palette of natural colours like soft greens, ivories and sandy hues, with variants of red and brown for trees and splashes of yellow and blue for sun and sky.
Why not choose a colour like rose pink or honeysuckle gold, then use it as a theme across the whole wedding – dresses, table settings and flowers?
It’s always nice to give your guests simple and pleasing take-home gifts as a memento of your special day. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can prepare cottage garden soaps in hessian and lace wrappers, scented rose or lavender candles, or miniature boxes of chocolates wrapped in linen or lace.
Country wedding cakes
Keep your wedding cake simple, rather than sculpted and layered. Serve on a gnarled wood slab and decorate with fresh sprigs of daisy and jasmine. If you want the real deal, you can even wrap it in straw-like paper ties and place tiny leaves, twigs and ornamental birds around the base.
If you’re thinking manor house or country estate rather than rustic simplicity, you can build your wedding cake with the size and stature to suit the occasion – no holds barred!
Downton Abbey wedding
Traditional country houses staged weddings that were grand, opulent and brimming with period elegance. With photographs likely to be taken in the formal rose garden or in front of an imposing fireplace, a Downton-style wedding ensures the whole tone of the day will take a sophisticated, timeless and indisputably expensive turn!
Bohemian or boho wedding
Growing in popularity, a boho wedding is an eclectic mix of hippie, nomad and gypsy, with the bridal couple unleashing their creative flair. Not playing to traditional wedding rules, you can hold a boho wedding anywhere.
They lend themselves well to country themes, however, with brides favouring vintage lace, headbands and flower wreaths in their hair, in relaxed, rural locations.
These are on the rise too, with more and more bridal couples choosing to tie the knot in tranquil and stunning winery settings. A combination of rural charm, scenic greenery, exclusive accommodation and the absolute pick of quality tipples on hand makes a vineyard wedding a compelling choice.
Get married under tall trees, beside still waters or with stunning views as a backdrop. Wedding venues like Glen Erin in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges offer 4.5 star luxury combined with true country hospitality and a complete package taking care of every aspect of your rustic wedding.