Not every bride wants her wedding reception held at the finest hotel and catered with elegant foods. There is nothing wrong with those bride's whose deepest desire is for a sophisticated and refined event, but some brides just want to have a casual affair with rustic décor and an easy, laid-back style. Here are five ideas to create the perfect wedding for a shabby chic wedding reception.
Rather than trying to decorate a banquet room in a hotel or restaurant, seek out rustic wedding venues. There are plenty of refurbished barns that landowners and farmers offer up for wedding rentals and other events. These are usually located in rural areas, which can also make it more convenient for your out-of-town guests by providing a centralized location. A rustic wedding venue will also reduce how much you need to spend on decorations to simulate a rustic environment in conference room.
Most rustic wedding venues will allow you to bring in any caterer you like. Depending on the season, you can consider a menu that utilizes farm-fresh foods at harvest time. You could also consider planning a menu that highlights local ingredients. An old-fashioned picnic may be more your style, or possibly a barbecue. You could even consider a whole pig roast with all the accompaniments. For couples on a budget, you could even have a potluck dinner where your guests each bring a dish to pass.
Flowers can be extremely expensive. With a shabby chic wedding inexpensive wildflowers will be right at home in your bouquet, for your bridesmaid's flower, for your hair, the men's boutonnieres, and for your tables. You can also consider using living plants to add to the natural décor.
You and your guests can kick up your heels with a traditional barn dance. Consider hiring a country or bluegrass band, or if your musical tastes aren't quite that rustic, you can hire a disc jockey to play all your favorites.
Rather than spending a fortune on a new wedding dress, consider purchasing a vintage gown. You can choose a traditional lace, or you can choose a style like a white on white gingham check and have your bridesmaids don something similar. Instead of tuxes for the men, choose dress shirts with vests and have them wear their best pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots.
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10 November 2016
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