And I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings when I posted it! In fact, many of my wedding vendor Facebook friends thought it was funny! But somebody got offended and unfriended me because HER wedding decor had comprised of burlap and mason jars and twinkle lights and wooden crates and SHE thought it turned out beautifully! Well, I’m sure it did, and that was never my point.
But here’s my honest opinion: Standard rustic wedding decor is TIRED. It astounds me on the daily that so many couples still want rustic decor when there are so many other themes out there that are just as affordable and less commonly seen! Don’t get me wrong, rustic isn’t ugly or bad, it’s just very common—I see it every weekend. And because it’s so common, it has become impersonal to the couples getting married when they go rustic-themed because it’s become such a stereotype.
As a planner, I am all about helping clients personalize their decor by choosing themes and ideas that help them express who they are as a couple! I get so excited when clients do something bohemian, art-deco, tropical, whimsical… you get the idea. I find that couples who branch out to these kinds of themes feel more invested and satisfied with the decor they go with because they are not constantly comparing themselves to the Pinterest Wedding Ideal (come on, you know what I’m talking about!)
I’m in Oregon, where almost every venue is a barn, and here it makes sense to go rustic with our themes. HOWEVER! That doesn’t mean you can’t come up with a super cool hybrid that spins rustic and, say, boho, together! In fact, that’s what I’m about to do.
We are going to take a look at decor that can fit in the rustic theme while offering some creativity with other theme roots: boho, art-deco, garden party, tropical, whimsical, modern… HERE WE GO!