Are you planning a rustic-style wedding but still want a little glitz and glam? A Rustic Glam wedding is perfect for you and it’s totally possible even if you’re working on a budget. Here’s how you do it…

How to do…a Rustic Glam Wedding

Location, location, location.
A well-done wedding theme starts with the location. We suggest finding a rustic wedding venue and adding your own glamorous touches. You could certainly find a more glamorous or elegant wedding venue and add rustic touches. We just love how an old barn backdrop creates such stark contrast with bright and shiny details. Besides, rustic locations are probably going to be more affordable.

Glam up, girls!
If you choose to focus on only a few major elements in your wedding for adding a glamorous touch, you simply have to put the bridesmaids into this category. Make sure they are wearing something gorgeous and eye-catching with stunning jewelry and maybe even a few other luxurious accents like the faux fur scarves shown here. The attire doesn’t have to be expensive, it just needs to look expensive. We’re guessing you’re pretty good at scouting out those kinds of deals.

Keep the food casual.
Go for a buffet-style meal and give your guests lots of choices. Not thinking a full meal? That’s a great plan for saving money. You can do hors d’ oeuvre stations, which allow guests to roam the venue and mingle with everyone all night long. This style of eating lends a super friendly atmosphere, which will fit in perfectly at your rustic glam wedding.

Light up the venue.
Choosing to add lights to the venue will obviously depend on the venue you find but we have to say that white lights are still super classy and they will give whatever venue you choose a lovely glow in the evening. This will up the glamour factor significantly while still complementing the rustic surroundings. You can use white Christmas lights, candles or up-lighting to achieve your desired look.

Surprise guests with your invitation.
We like the idea of choosing elegant wedding invitations for introducing your rustic glam event. Normally we would say to find an invitation that fits your theme, and you can. We’ve got plenty of rustic wedding invitations for you to choose from but with a Rustic Glam wedding, it’s kind of fun to surprise guests once they get to the location. A simple but elegant invitation will give them all the details and get them excited but when they arrive at your venue, they’ll be surprised and delighted!

Photo Credits: Reception: via Deer Pearl Flowers, Centerpiece: JESSICA FREY PHOTOGRAPHY via The Knot, Bride/Bridesmaids: Brinton Studios via Luxe Mountain Weddings