Planning a Rustic or Vintage Wedding Theme

July 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The 5 Elements of planning a Rustic or Vintage Wedding Theme


The Southern Louisiana area is seasoned with many rustic and vintage style venues. With the area’s many historic buildings and Plantation homes, it is no wonder the rustic and vintage theme is so popular.

There are six primary elements that make up a wedding theme. They are wedding location, your wedding stationary, your wedding dress, the wedding flowers, the wedding venue décor, and finally the wedding cake.

Everything else easily fits around these elements. For example, the DJ, your food choices, and the photo booth entertainment can all work nicely within any theme framework. You can even expand your theme to things like using vintage cars or trucks as bridal party transportation, and it looks particularly stunning in your wedding photos.


The location of your wedding

The first, and probably most important thing to consider when planning a rustic wedding, is the location. An outdoor setting is clearly the easiest way to really get that rustic feel, such as a national park with lots of tall trees, a barn, or a restored historic building such as a mill or farm. The idea is to incorporate nature, vintage architecture and rustic buildings into your special day. A rustic or vintage wedding is also a way of mixing old and new. There are several locations in Metairie, Kenner, Mandeville, Madisonville, Destrehan and Ormond.


The wedding invitations & save the date cards

The rustic or vintage wedding Invitations and save the date cards that you choose really set the initial tone for your wedding. They give your guests an idea of what your theme will be. Be sure to choose something with a little bit of a rustic or vintage feel, but make certain to add your own touch to them to make them truly your own. Lace, burlap, country craft and chalked text can all add to your design.

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The wedding flowers

Vintage or rustic themed wedding flowers are one of the other most important wedding decorations, especially for this style of theme. They are easy to incorporate into everything from the rustic wedding bouquet to the vintage wedding table centerpieces. On popular idea is using burlap & lace to wrap the stems as opposed to traditional ribbon. And, along with the flowers, use lots of herbs and plants, such as rosemary, mint, moss, or wheat. Dried flowers and plants are also a great option. 

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The wedding decor

Rustic and vintage wedding decorations not only are economical and earth friendly, but they’re beautiful! You can really get into some fun rustic DIY projects using items even from your own backyard, such as twigs and tree trunk slices. Some other rustic decoration ideas are with the use of cotton, wheat, burlap, twine, dried flowers, pinecones, hay, fruit, country vegetables, and old vintage items like mason jars, washboards, chalkboards, window frames and shutters, old doors, and things such as antique typewriters, old bicycles and wagons, and old crates. Visit a flea market or antique gallery for inspiration. Posting on craigslist or Facebook groups often results in an abundance of folks offering to sell vintage items cheaply. 


The wedding cake

A rustic or vintage wedding cake tops is all off! Everybody loves something sweet, and the best thing about a rustic wedding cake is that you can capture the theme easily. Many rustic wedding cakes use a simple white buttercream frosting, surround it with things from nature, and then rest it on top of a rustic wedding cake stand made out of wood or a tree trunk slab. Vintage themes could have the cake resting atop of old hardback novels, or an attractive antique cake platter that can be found in nearly any flea market or antique gallery. 

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Additional ideas to spark the vintage wedding theme…


  • Request that your guests dress in theme – vintage fashions are available in nearly every part of the country. It can be a fun way for guests to be even more a part of the big day.
  • Set the mood with vintage inspired music. If you are hosting your reception at an 1850’s farm house, then talk to your DJ about music selections from that era.
  • If you are having a photo booth at your wedding, have the photos set for black and white or sepia. This will give a strong vintage feel to the photo strips! Guests will love it!


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