A rustic country wedding is perfect for a ceremony being held outdoors or in a rented venue suitable for the theme, such as a barn. Two key elements of planning a wedding that guests are sure to take notice of are the wedding favors and the food and drinks served at the reception. To incorporate a rustic, country flair into your favors and menu, draw inspiration from these ideas.
Rustic Wedding Favor Ideas
Very few things evoke a country feel like a mason jar, and mason jars can be used in a variety of ways for favors. A do-it-yourself idea for a country wedding favor that guests can enjoy long after the ceremony is to fill mason jars with ingredients for something they can make at home, such as chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies. Make cards to attach to the jars with baking instructions and tie a nice brown, red, or sage green ribbon on the jar to dress it up. Set up a candy bar with colorful candies in mason jars and allow guests to fill their own goodie bags to take home. Label the mason jars with small heart-shaped pieces of wood that have the name of each treat burned onto the surface. Mason jars can also be purchased that have a chalkboard-like panel on the front which could also be used to label items. Other favors to use with mason jars are colorful miniature soaps or candles. Choose fragrances that go along with the season in which you’re getting married. Floral scents are good for spring and summer weddings while pumpkin or apple scents are best with fall weddings. Miniature galvanized tins wrapped with ribbons can also be filled with edible favors like caramelized cranberries, chocolates, or Jordan almonds.
Rustic Wedding Menu Ideas
When planning a country or rustic themed wedding, depending on your taste and whether your other decorations are more casual or formal, your menu could be traditionally country or more refined. More casual weddings can serve bottled sodas, water, and craft beers from whimsical makeshift coolers like a wagon or vintage bathtub filled with ice. Serve iced tea and lemonade from pitchers served in mason jar styled drinking glasses. Buffet items could include country favorites such as pulled pork, barbecued chicken or barbecued tri tip, meatloaf, fried chicken, chicken wings, coleslaw, cornbread, corn on the cob, and potato salad. Other ideas for rustic food items are glazed pork loin, lemon dill baked fish, spinach salad, rosemary potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. Cherry or apple pie can also be served with the wedding cake or cupcakes. Work with your caterer to choose a menu that fits your theme as well as the season and the tastes of your guests.