Mismatched Chairs and China
The clash of mismatched chairs and china gives this reception a casually elegant feel. This set up also helps you cut costs because you can borrow chairs from friends and relatives, rather than rent them.
Embroidered Lace and Doily Table Runners
Here, the chic lace table runner contrasts the rustic, bare wood. If you’re opting for a minimalist look, this is just as pretty without the centerpieces. If you’re using round or smaller, separate tables, use doilies instead of the table runner.
Picnic Tables or Bench Seating
Outdoors is the perfect setting for country chic and rustic weddings. Shake things up by using benches at the ceremony and picnic tables instead of the plastic tables at the reception. This is another opportunity to save money by borrowing rather than renting!
Wooden Crates as Centerpieces
Wildflowers and Vines
Pair wildflowers with china dishes or vines with elegant floral arrangements to get a “simple but fancy” look. This ties back into the city belle and country boy theme, or gentle and sweet versus rough and wild.
At almost every wedding reception, plain tablecloths are used. Typically, this is because we want the focus to be on the centerpieces. For a chic and rustic wedding style, use a patterned tablecloth instead. Make it a maximalist style by not holding back on the centerpieces, either!
Antlers are probably close to the top of the list when you think “country chic and rustic.” Surprise guests by using them in unexpected ways, like in these centerpieces rather than mounted on the wall. You can wrap vines around antlers and strategically place them so you can stick tags to the points and use them as place card holders at each chair. Or, use these cute antler-shaped bottle openers as a place card holder and a favor.
Mason jars are practically a staple for country chic and rustic weddings, along with many other wedding styles! They’re so versatile, it’s easy to find a way to fit them in anywhere. Here, the blue glass pairs beautifully with these stunning wildflowers. Notice the grass “doilies” under some of the jars.
Wooden Table Decorations
Sneak in wood accent pieces to keep your wedding grounded, no matter how frivolous or fancy the rest of your decor gets. Using round wood slices underneath centerpieces can add height and allow you to configure each centerpiece a little differently by layering the slices differently.
Last (but of course not least)…Burlap
Burlap is likely the first thing you thought of when you read “country chic and rustic.” We get it — it’s cute, versatile, hardy, and inexpensive. On top of all that, it can be used to make some breathtaking decor items. Use it as a table runner, chair covers, twist it into strands of garland, cut it into doilies, the possibilities are endless. Get creative with it! Brainstorming, shopping for supplies, and having a DIY day would be a great way for you and your bridesmaids to spend some quality time together before the wedding, too!