Woodsy Weddings! Rustic Style Ceremonies are Still a Trend For 2018 #nomasonjarsneeded

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,

And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;

When the air does laugh with our merry wit,

And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.

~William Blake

Woodsy Weddings are super popular for 2018, with a bounty of natural elements such as armloads of greenery, shafts of sunlight, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and the glorious woods setting the stage. The upcoming season’s take on the ever-popular rustic themed wedding is an updated, more nature-inspired affair. Think fresh-face brides, hand made signs, whole foods, and the gorgeous backdrop of mother nature.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.” And we think exchanging your vows in a forest grove is effortlessly romantic and an appropriate choice of settings. You can enhance the beauty of nature with just a few key pieces of decor such as a hanging crochet arbor, or an antique bike topped with a box overflowing with flowers. Flower petals can still pave the way down the aisle, even in an outdoor “cathedral.”

Something about an outdoor wedding, especially in the woods, evokes a carefree feeling. We love long, loose waves for the bride at such a wild and free ceremony. And we think that keeping decor simple with elements found in nature such as wood slices, wildflowers, and antlers brings home the woodsy spirit. An especially rustic basket would be endearing as a flower girl basket.

Embrace this trend by utilizing vintage glass bottles, galvanized metal pails and stacks of wooden crates. And of course bring in lots of greenery, and lots of unstructured florals. Wayfair has an awesome collection of nine crates on sale for less than $90, available here. You could give them an aged appearance by simply adding a touch of stain. Plus, these crates could easily transition into your home decor after the wedding.

Nothing is more woodsy than, well, actual wood. This is a rustic wedding staple, an element that we’ve seen in years past, and it will remain relevant in 2018. Wood stumps, branches and slices of tree trunks offer limitless possibilities from seating, to place settings to cake stands. Factory Direct Craft sells wood slices here.

For creative, earth-friendly woodsy favors consider handing out evergreen saplings. This gift that is a keepsake which continues to grow with your family and friends. Homespun, handmade favors in simple kraft bags embellished with paper doiles and tied with string are another good choice. Or hand out pine cone fire starters, a great DIY project.

Easy & Affordable

DIY PINE CONE FIRE STARTER SUPPLIES:

Soy wax flakes

Pinecones

Wired candle wicking

Wooden spoon

Double Boiler

Wax paper

Melt your wax over a double boiler. Let it cool for about 15 minutes. Meantime, wind candle wicking around your pine cones, and tie the end into a little loop at the top of your pinecone. Dip each pinecone in the cooled, melted wax until it is fully submerged. Remove with wooden spoon and let cool on waxed paper. After about 15 minutes re-dip each pinecone. Repeat a couple more times. Re-melt and re-cool wax if needed. You can add color to the wax and scented essential oils to the melted wax if you so desire. Need better instructions? Martha Stewart knows waaay more than we do….here is her recipe

 

 

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