Last Updated: Dec 28, 2017
If you’re planning a rustic-inspired wedding, chances are you’ve blended some traditional rustic elements with the wedding looks and styles you love best. Rustic weddings range from outdoor farm-style celebrations and mountain weddings to formal indoor camp weddings and rustic weddings with a vintage flair.
“Rustic-themed weddings and wedding invitations are definitely in style today,” says wedding planner and designer Christine Zohrabians of Fancy That Events. “The trend started about four years ago and is going strong. We’ve seen a shift from DIY rustic weddings to elegant and manicured rustic weddings.”
What is a rustic wedding? The classic rustic wedding is usually set outdoors and decorated with natural materials and earth tones. But what makes this wedding style so popular is that brides can easily customize the outdoorsy nature-inspired style elements to reflect their personal tastes and unique love stories.
Whatever your rustic wedding style may be, your invitations must match your vision for your big day.
Rustic-Themed Wedding Invitations
“A wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding day,” says Christine. “For a rustic-theme invitation, you can definitely add a great piece of lace, use recycled envelopes, or attach a piece of lavender for that extra special touch.”
Lace, burlap, and barn wood are all ideal materials and textures for a rustic-themed wedding.
“I’m also a fan of using natural materials such as branches, leaves, and herbs,” says Christine.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite materials and designs that capture the style of a rustic wedding.
Lace Wedding Invitations
Delicate and feminine, lace is an elegant invitation material that can soften an outdoorsy, natural look. There are many different ways to add the beauty of lace to a wedding invitation. Some invitations feature real lace pieces while others mimic intricate lace trimmings and prints.
“You can also use a beautiful piece of lace to wrap all the elements of your wedding invitation together,” says Christine.
These stylish lace wedding invitations are rustic chic.
Lovely Lace Border
Beige jacquard lace accents this elegant “Lovely Lace Border” wedding invitation by designer Yours Truly. Choose from Signature of Pearl Shimmer card stock to create a personalized invitation that will fit any vintage or rustic wedding theme.
Try your big-day details in the Lovely Lace Border wedding invitation.
Laced with Happiness
Set on a taupe grey background, an intricate lace border frames this soft white “Laced with Happiness” wedding invitation designed by Éclair Paper Company. Gorgeous script emphasizes the structural lace detail in this feminine invitation with a strong point of view.
Personalize the Laced with Happiness wedding invitation with your own wedding wording.
Lace and Burlap Wedding Invitations
Burlap is a hard-working earth texture while lace is feminine and soft. With lace and burlap wedding invitations, the two marry to create a combination that is playful yet polished.
A burlap background sets the foundation for three photos of the bride and groom bordered by soft white lace. A light brown or beige, burlap is also the perfect backdrop for most rustic color schemes, whether it’s a pastel palette or bold and bright hues.
Add your own engagement photos and event details to the Burlap and Lace wedding invitation.
Barn Wood Wedding Invitations
Perhaps no other natural material represents the rustic style more than natural barn wood. Whether you’re getting married on a farm, inside a barn, or at a venue with solid wood dining tables and chairs, barn wood wedding invitations instantly communicate to your guests that a rustic wedding is around the corner.
Consider the following barn wood invitations for your rustic, country, or western wedding.
Rustic and Refined
A delicate white floral frame stands against a rich woodgrain background in the classic “Rustic and Refined” wedding invitation by designer Poppy Studios. This invitation perfectly espouses the combination of earthy and floral, and masculine and feminine that makes the rustic style so well loved.
Personalize the Rustic and Refined wedding invitation with wording unique to your wedding.
Love and Laughter Forever
For barnyard wedding invitations, “Love and Laughter Forever,” designed by Petite Lemon, features distressed dark brown barn wood and a flirty and bright script.
Customize the Love and Laughter Forever wedding invitation with your details.
Rustic Statement Wedding Invitation
With its natural birch hue, the beautiful “Rustic Statement” wedding invitation features a dreamy illustration of an oak tree, evoking family and pride. The roots of an oak tree grow deep and are a symbol of strength in unity, making this invitation the perfect choice for a classic, vintage bride.
Personalize the Rustic Statement wedding invitation with your upcoming nuptials.
Rustic Romance Wedding Invitation
Oak trees and weathered wood are symbols of longevity and the richness of history. As you and your partner start the next stage of your journey, call upon these symbols in your rustic wedding celebration with an invitation that mimics text carved into a dark wood trunk.
See how the Rustic Romance wedding invitation looks displaying your names and details.
Personalized Rustic Wedding Invitations
Rustic wedding invitations aren’t limited to the motifs and materials mentioned here. You can easily create your own stationary using patterns, textures and images from your big day.
If you’re planning to use a photo in your invitation, Christine suggests doing a photo shoot in a very natural environment. “A large oak tree is a great background,” she says. A rolling countryside, a wooden barn, bunches of white baby’s breath are just some of the popular rustic wedding imagery.
When you’ve found the perfect burlap, woodgrain or barnyard wedding invitations on Shutterfly, it easy to personalize your invitations with your details.
Your rustic wedding invitations are just the beginning. The style you use for your wedding invitation will be consistent throughout all pieces of stationery, from the information cards to your thank-you cards. Shutterfly offers complete rustic wedding invitation suites you can customize and send out in time for your wedding day.