Once he pops the big question, and you say yes, a million times yes – it’s the official start of your wedding preparations. As a bride you probably already have a bunch of ideas and scenarios about your big day. Most often brides-to-be have a hard time deciding whether to opt for a rustic or a classic wedding. Well, let’s make that decision a bit easier by comparing the two.
Rustic Weddings That Reflect Simplicity and Earthy Tones
When it comes to rustic weddings, simplicity is the name of the entire game here. Usually, this type of ceremony is focused on natural or even farm elements, and embracing everything in connection to the great outdoors. For décor, couples that decide on a rustic wedding usually rely on elements of wood and stone, and one of the most popular addition is wedding buntings. These are so high in demand (even for traditional ceremonies) because their usage can be quite versatile. There are wedding buntings made of lace or burlap (or both combined) that can be used to mark your and your husband’s pathway to the altar and to the main table as well. Moreover, you can include this simple yet eye-catching décor piece as an over the table decoration or as a wall design. It can complement the existing woodsy appeal and create a cozy down-to-earth feel.
People who are into rustic weddings are fans of the earth tones and tend to use them as a base for the whole setting and outfits too. Besides these, you can also see deeper jewel palettes. Bright shades are usually avoided, as they don’t quite go well with a brownish and green colour palette. As for the venue, most rustic weddings take place in an open area – under a tree, near a barn or shed and quite often people choose vineyards. Bouquets are also in earthy colours and a bit wilder than traditional ones.
Classic Weddings That Reflect Tradition and Formality
When it comes to the wedding attire, classic weddings are characterized by white and white alone for the bride and black for the groom. Usually, there aren’t many out-of-the-box details included, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen try hard to complement each other’s outfit colours. Sometimes the bride or groom add detail to their attire that matches the shade that bridesmaids and groomsmen chose to wear. Most popular and widely appreciated colour themes for classic weddings are emerald green, cobalt blue, purple and red.
If you see yourself getting married in a church or a quiet, secluded monastery, then your choice should be a traditional wedding. The bride is escorted to the altar by both her parents, or just the father, and is welcomed by her future husband and the best man. This can happen during rustic weddings too, but the scenery would be different.
The formality of traditional weddings is greatly expressed by the reception’s atmosphere itself. Generally, it is a more formal affair with a sit-down three-course dinner. The newlyweds are formally introduced right before their first dance, then there are scheduled speeches made by friends or relatives of the couple. After all that is done, the party usually loosens up a bit and gets less formal – depending on the couple’s wishes, of course. As for décor – floral centrepieces, a huge wedding cake with bright coloured details and lights that complement the atmosphere of the wedding hall are the most popular choices.