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Rustic Wedding Series – 1

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As we were planning our wedding last year, I fell in love with the idea of having a rustic theme. After lots of searching for ideas, too many trips to the paper store, and many dates were Ryan and I went rock hunting (you’ll see why), we got everything pulled together for our wedding last June, with a tremendous amount of help, especially from my sister and mom!

I am sure other bride’s are out their doing the same thing- looking for ideas and practical ways to make their dream wedding happen while staying within a tight budget. So, if you’re digging the whole rustic theme, you’ve come to the right place for inspiration and money and time saving tips!

All photos were taken by Crystal Rose Photography, she is amazing!

Rustic Wedding Series – Part 1, Reception Decor

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Personalized Table Numbers
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We decided we wanted to do something fun and not so traditional for the table numbers. So we picked numbers that were important to us (it got kind of difficult towards the end, we had around 24 tables) and on the back side of the card we explained why the number was significant.

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Other elements in the picture include: Burlap from Uline.com ..we were swimming in burlap, I got 100 yards for  about $50, the tiny wooden tree slice table number holders came from Etsy, the blue ball mason jars came from a sweet old couple who has listed them on craigslist, and the paper for the table numbers (and for the entire wedding) from Anchor Paper, a Minnesota based business.

Wooden Tree Slices
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Right away I knew I wanted wooden tree slices as centerpieces. You can find them online (Save On Crafts) but they are pretty pricey, like between $10-40 for 1 slice! After a lot of searching, we found a mutual friend who was willing to cut them for us from wood in his backyard. We ended up dipping the tree slices in a wood sealant to help prevent them from cracking while they dried out.
We actually got the tree slices about a year before the wedding and stored them in our garage, so don’t be worried if you have to store them for a while, ours didn’t break. However, for the first couple of weeks right after they are cut, you will want to lay them out on the ground, otherwise if you stack them on top of each other, they will get moldy since they are releasing moisture.

Head Table Hanging Tree Branches
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My sister came up with the idea to have something hang in front of the head table. It actually turned out great, but getting to that point took a lot of trial and error. We ended up tying small wooden branches and twigs (from our backyard) together with twine and fishing line. Then we rigged up several counter weights (aka bags of rocks) that were attached to the hanging braches with fishing line and placed on the back side of the head table. So the clear fishing line ran across the top of the table.

Rock Place Cards
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This is where the rock hunting dates come into play! We found rocks in front of various apartment buildings (oops!) and down by the Mississippi River. Each rock was painted with a colored stripe according to what meal our guest had ordered. The rocks were then attached to the paper card with hot glue. The moss mat that the rocks are sitting on was found at Save On Crafts. It was incredibly affordable and the best part, it didn’t come apart or shed, the moss was actually sewn together!

See Part 2 of our Rustic Wedding Series for more reception decor and Part 3 for ceremony decor ideas.

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  1. this are sooo cute!! I love the rustic, relaxed theme! I want some wood slice now. thanks for linking this up too!

  2. What clever ideas! I know they will be talked about for a long time.

  3. Those are good tips. I like the tree trunk idea.

    I’m visiting today from the Raising Imperfection hop.

  4. What a fantastic idea on the rock place cards. I am in love with rustic weddings, so pretty.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  5. These ideas are all so cute. I love the table numbers with the explanation on the back! When I was getting married I was so obsessed with doing a rustic/barn wedding… but that didn’t really work out in my favor getting married in December lol. Love the photos!

  6. Love the rustic details! My sister got married a little over a year ago and I got to help her with her wedding. We did the wood slices on the tables as part of the centerpieces. And we did a wood slice cake stand. The wood even came from a tree in our backyard that we had had to cut down. It was so fun to make all the decorations!

  7. I love the rock hunting and the tree trunks cut for center pieces is too cute!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  8. Hi Beth, just stopping by from WB! Your blog is awesome! I love rustic weddings. My favorite part is the rocks you painted!! Can’t wait to see more.

    xo Rachael

  9. What an awesome idea with the rocks! Thank you for sharing this at the ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

  10. It’s all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Beth,
    Fun ideas. I love the rustic things too. Would slices are good for so many great things.
    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  12. Such cute and unique ideas. Love it!

  13. Love all of these rustic ideas! Thank you for sharing this in our Crafty Showcase!

    Susie @Bowdabra


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  15. I love it all! Thank you for linking up at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  16. So pretty!! Love the table numbers idea. I’m excited to see more of this series!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  20. Absolutely amazing ideas! Rustic/barn weddings are definitely trending! I started selling the wood slabs about a year ago after my sister used them for her wedding. Love the idea. Here’s a link to my shop if anyone wants to view the wood slabs!


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