After coming home from a venue meeting at a quaint bed and breakfast, and then drooling over the beautiful photos from the "Rustic Chic" real wedding on www.StyleMePretty.com, I was inspired to post on rustic chic myself!
I have been seeing more and more sophisticated farmhouse style weddings in bridal magazines and wedding blogs, and it's such a nice breath of fresh air! I love that the bride and groom are able to really personalize their wedding through elements such as chalkboard signs, homemade favours, and rustic vintage decor. We're so used to seeing glitz and glamour in the wedding industry that it's nice to see a more fun and laid-back approach to wedding receptions.
One of my best friends is getting married soon, and her wedding quite simply takes the cake when it comes to defining rustic chic with a dash of vintage. A farm house ceremony followed by games of bocci served with old fashioned soda bottles and popcorn will start the day off. The reception will carry on the theme with gorgeous flower arrangements in mason jars, and favours of jam and olive-oil soap hand-made by the groom himself (where did she find this supergroom? Handmaking favours is only one of his many amazing qualities!). These are just a few of the personal touches that will make this wedding THE wedding of the year, but I don't want to spoil all of the greatness that this wedding will be.
One of my favourite features of a rustic-vintage-chic wedding is the many possibilities for reception venues. A farmhouse with classic picnic tables, a lakeside rental property, or a quaint B&B supply you with endless reception ideas. Tying this all back into my venue tour at a local B&B, you are often provided with many, many amenities that you wouldn't find elsewhere. At this specific location you get ALL of the following included in your package: 2 guest rooms, 1 honeymoon suite, a very sizable bridal room for hair/makeup, a kids-babysitting room, access to the 2.5 acres for any guests to pitch a tent for the night or to park their RV, access to set-up reception the day before, a snack and refreshments for guests after the ceremony, bring in your own liquor and bartender for cost-savings, golf cart shuttle around property, reasonably priced fully catered meal including all tables & linens (even chair covers!), a midnight snack for guests, a vintage 1960's ivory Mercede's roadster for photos, and they will even let you bring your own food in the night before for your rehearsal dinner to barbeque provided you clean everything up. There are even more little perks associated with this venue but I just can't list them all.
Ironically, the wedding I was scouting the location for isn't even a rustic-vintage-theme at all! It just definitely got the wheels turning in my head for inspiration. The bonus of such versatile venues like said B&B, however, is that you really can do just about anything!
(Photo Sources: Style Me Pretty and Project Wedding)