Rustic Chic: Ideas for Rehearsal Dinners for Outdoor Wedding Weekends!


March 11, 2014

Rustic Chic: Ideas for Rehearsal Dinners for Outdoor Wedding Weekends!

Are you thinking about having an outdoor wedding weekend complete with a rustic chic rehearsal dinner? Perhaps you are envisioning a beautiful sit-down option amid all of nature’s beauty and bounty to create memories for a lifetime?

Country or rustic is a popular theme with budding brides these days as the allure of the great outdoors offers not only some budget-friendly décor ideas, but is a way to bring a country feel to weekend festivities.

Rustic generally means that it resembles country living—simple and without elegance—or the rough bark of a tree. However, there is no reason why country décor cannot be elegant! Even if you use the rough part of some branches in your design, it can be made visually appealing. Adorned with vibrant colors, you can make shabby chic looks classy and cozy.

An outdoor rehearsal dinner with fresh table linens, wildflowers, Mason jars—clear or painted to match a color palette, and earthy wooden flower boxes can accentuate fine white china, colorful cloth napkins, and silver place settings.

Another way to include rustic in your theme is to use mini-chalkboards with etchings for the guest’s place holders. Use vintage or modern wine or glass milk bottles to hold a mixture of your favorite field flowers or branches from flowering trees. Use recycled wine corks and wire to make napkin holders.

To make a buffet style drink table, you could use wine barrels as the table and a piece of unclaimed wood as the topper. Set large pitchers of old-fashioned pink lemonade and sweet tea out for guests to enjoy in their mason glasses.

Another idea is to incorporate burlap, which is currently a hot new material for crafters, designers, and event planners. Nicole Walters, a bride from Alabama, had a rustic chic wedding last year in a beautiful barn. She said that she tied burlap bows around the chairs and also used it as a table runner!

Make a photo backdrop for your rehearsal dinner guests using old painted and faux weather worn shutters or windows! Adorn them with flowers in colors that pop like deep purple, orange, or teal and have lasting family photos taken there instead of making sure to only try and capture them during a busy reception.

There are a myriad of ideas and color schemes to make your rustic rehearsal dinner truly country chic. Reserve outdoor wedding space today at HideAway Country Inn, located in Central Ohio near Bucyrus and Marion, Ohio by calling (800) 570-8233. Click on the link to read more information and ideas on rehearsal dinners with us: /weddings/the-rehearsal-dinner.

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