Looking for an alternative to a vintage wedding theme? The buzz word for 2014 weddings, apart from 1920s, is rustic and we love it!

 rustic wedding

This is the perfect theme for an outdoor, festival-style celebration. Rustic touches will lend your day a handmade look without you having to spend an age making DIY details.

Rustic wedding themes are all about hand-picked flowers, jars as vases, marquee or tent venues and raffia-wrapped favours and stationery. When it comes to your dress, just give a nod to the rustic, outdoorsy vibe with floral details and lighter-than-air layers. Try Claire Pettibone for some beautiful bohemian looks.

Charlotte by Claire Pettibone

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You can ditch traditional seating plans at rustic weddings, too. Why not seat your guests on long picnic-style benches and have a finger-food buffet so they can move around and mingle if they wish. Serve drinks in jugs on the tables and stick to homemade punch, cider or elderflower presse for the non-drinkers and the children.

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Mini pots of lavender, homemade chutney and packets of grow-your-own seeds make wonderful rustic favours. Attach a handmade thank you note with raffia or traditional twine for the perfect rustic finishing touch.

When it comes to decorations, think wood! Wicker hearts and wooden Just Married signs all help to bring the outdoors in. Wooden crates can hold beers, flip flops or blankets to keep guests warm as the evening draws in. You could even use a block of wood as your table centre holder!

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Get the rustic wedding look from the Wedding Ideas shop

The Wedding Ideas shop has got some fab details that are perfect for finishing off your rustic-style wedding.

5ft Ficus Tree

Deep Green Tealight Holder