Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rock a Rustic Wedding Theme [5 Simple Ideas]

Whether you are planning a huge dream wedding in the mountains, or a simple gathering of friends and family at a local park, you can use many of the current rustic trends to make your day truly memorable for both you and your guests.

What makes a wedding memorably rustic?  It’s not your attire, certainly!  Unless you really want to get married in a potato sack.  No, it’s where and how you style the wedding!

Fortunately, styling a rustic wedding is not only easy, but more affordable than ever.  Etsy and Pinterest are filled with fun rustic wedding decorations at reasonable prices.  And there are many rustic decorations you can create for yourself.  Use sections of logs in different sizes for stands to hold flowers to mark the aisles, or stack in varying heights to create a natural centerpiece.  Repurpose old fencing, barnwood, or even shipping pallets to make “Bride & Groom” signs, or signs for the cake table, or buffet line.  The possibilities are endless!

wedding display

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Something as simple as these antler handled serving pieces can really set the tone for a rustic theme.  Click here for more info on antler dessert servers.  They are rustic and elegant at the same time!  They work for a camo/hunter wedding, but are equally at home at an upscale evening wedding reception.  Which brings us to our next easy tip for the rustic theme – venue, of course!

Before you even set a date, you should have a place in mind.  You’ll want to weigh time of year AND location equally when planning for weather.  And just as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.  Of course, living where I do, I’m a little partial to the Rocky Mountains for the perfect rustic wedding.

A mountain lake setting
A mountain lake setting.
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Estes Park is ranked #7 in the US for weddings & elopements, so we know how to do weddings!  There are so many potential venues in the area, you’ll honestly have a hard time choosing.  The Visit Estes Park website is a good jumping off point to begin planning for a Rocky Mountain wedding.  But, you can check the local convention and visitor’s bureau of any location you are considering for venue ideas.

St. Catherine's Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo
St. Catherine’s Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo
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Indoors or outdoors?   Many wedding venues offer both options, often with more than one choice!  A popular choice for our area is an outdoor wedding.  Colorado enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year!  With that kind of track record, your chances for a sunny wedding day in Colorado are better than most.   There are hundreds of places to hold outdoor weddings, including areas within the National Park.  Click here for info on how to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park.

monarch

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Then of course there is the Stanley Hotel.  Made famous by Stephen King, for inspiring The Shining, the hotel is also an Estes Park landmark and a beautiful wedding venue.  They will even arrange a butterfly release for your wedding for $350.  http://www.stanleyhotel.com/weddings

I think a butterfly release is more suited to a rustic themed wedding than a dove release.  And The Stanley is actively involved in helping butterfly (monarchs in particular) conservation.  The butterflies released for your wedding will contribute to help boost the monarch population!

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All You Need is Love, Love is All You Need! Rustic Wedding Decorations

Heart garland among the birds
Book page heart garland draped around a lamp in my shop.
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Hello Lovebirds!  At long last I am answering the many requests for this tutorial!  So many couples want these heart garlands for wedding decorations, but I’ve also had customers who just want to buy one for themselves.  I usually resist selling them because they don’t hold up well in transit.  I can occasionally be called on to produce a large quantity for delivery to a local wedding, but shipping them tends to be kind of hard on them, and they require large boxes.  So in answer to all your pleas, here is how to make these lovelies!

SUPPLIES:
Old paper back books
Hot glue gun & glue
Paper trimmer (to cut straight strips!)

Wow!  That was a big list, huh?  I’ll bet you have all that on hand already, so here we go!
Cut strips of pages, then fold in 1/2

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Cut strips of paper from your book pages using the paper trimmer.  I cut mine between 1/4″ and 3/8″ wide.  It’s not an exact science; they don’t have to be perfectly all the same width, but the paper trimmer not only helps cut them straight, but also helps you keep them in the same ballpark for width!  After you have a nice pile of strips, fold them all in half, like you see in this picture above. Looking for more Rustic Wedding Ideas?  How about our amazing Antler Handled Cake Knives & Servers!  Find them HERE! Regretfully, I failed to take a picture of the next step, but you can get the idea from the picture below!  Put a dot of hot glue in the crease of one strip and pinch it together.  When the glue has set, pull the two sides of the strip around in the opposite direction of the pinched crease.  See below: Shaping heart fold down sides
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Now, line up the ends to form the “point” of your heart.  Grab another strip to have ready while you hold that point together. pinching bottom together
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Still holding?  Good, grab the glue gun and apply some glue to the edge of the point. glueing the tip
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Sorry about my ugly glue gun!  This is one of my throwaways that I keep at the shop.  It’s been around the block a few times… For the next step, place the fresh gluey point of your heart into the crease of a new paper strip, and pinch it into the glue until set. squashing new heart onto point
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It should look like this, and then you start over pulling your strips around and down and making another point, and so on!  Easy peasy, right?  When you have your garland as long as you would like it, just glue the last point together and you’re done! closeup2
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Now make another one, and another… oh, they’re so easy now, you just can’t stop! among the bottles
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Looking for more rustic wedding ideas?  How about our amazing antler handled cake knives and servers!  Find them HERE!

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