How To Transform Your Rustic Venue Into A Chic Wedding Local?

So if you're looking to add a touch of glamour to your rustic wedding venue, keep reading for tips on creating a chic wedding locally. From adding blooms to upgrading your seating, we've got you covered!

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Seek a wedding venue with flexible space, allowing for larger groups with relative ease. An outdoor venue is often a better option, as it is not restricted by building fire codes.

  • Use Trees to Create Closeness and Divide the Space. 
  • Make the Most of Pipe and Drape. 
  • Lower the Ceiling With Florals. 
  • Mix Up Your Seating. 
  • Get Creative With Lighting. 
  • Set Up a Lounge Space. 
  • Make a Visual Wall With Décor. 
  • Cluster Purposefully.

One way to make your space more modern is to think about adding drapery. It can get a little expensive, but if you choose one or two areas to use white, flowing drapery in, you can make a big impact for less.

Opt for dark, matt colours – as a general rule, white and light colours make a room feel roomier, while dark colours make it feel smaller and cosier. Dark tablecloths or crockery, wooden tables, or accents in darker colours can help a lot!



We were not talking about the brightly coloured draping in the school hall when you had your prom night.

We're talking about the magical drapery of white and cream tulle, chiffon and sheer voile. So, no, we didn't just make those words up.

The fabric used for draping at weddings

There are a few fabrics to choose from, and you also have to make sure that the length is correct. Again, measuring for draping is key to getting the look you want.

Tulle is stiffer than other fabrics, so it's best to use it for the cake table or bridal table.

Chiffon, Voile and Satin are better suited for ceiling and wall draping. It's much softer to use, and they come in various colours.


If you're not up for the task of draping, you can hire a company or team that specialises in draping.

Why use draping?

The main reasons to use draping at your wedding are to:

  • cover up walls and unsightly things at a wedding venue
  • give the venue a softer look and feel
  • make the venue look more elegant
  • make the atmosphere and look of your wedding more romantic
  • Use any wedding style you want – because full-on draping is like a blank canvas! You can then use any theme, style, and colour scheme for your wedding because the venue no longer has a certain style.

Decor Elements

Wedding decor is the one thing you can use to make the wedding look and feel come together.

When working on your wedding style, theme and colour scheme, think about what you can include in your decor. Also, think about where you will be able to place all of your decor items.

For example, if you're going for a vintage theme, maybe include a few strings of pearls in your centrepieces or a few old suitcases at the gift table. 

You can include a few natural elements with a boho wedding theme, such as feathers and dried flowers. 

Pinterest is full of ideas for weddings, so if you already know your style, go ahead and search for decor, styles, elements, colours, etc.


Flowers, even fake ones, are synonymous with beautiful weddings. It is the ultimate go-to wedding element that you can play around with.

Flowers can be added anywhere and everywhere, provided with a budget.

Flowers are a big expense in planning a wedding. If you haven't set up your wedding budget for flowers yet, consider using our Wedding Budget Planner Kit to help set up and manage your wedding budget correctly.

Even faux and paper flowers can make a venue more attractive. You can place giant paper flowers outside in the gardens or on the lawn. Smaller flowers can be used inside and as a backdrop for your guests to take photos in front of.


Any backdrop, big or small, can cover up an eyesore at the venue or bring more pizazz to your wedding

Also, a backdrop can be used as a photo booth background or prop for wedding guests to take selfies in front of or photos of each other.

You can also use a backdrop behind the bridal table or around the venue walls. The great advantage is that you can incorporate nearly any theme or style into your wedding

If you want to create a backdrop, you can use nearly anything from flowers, balloons and greenery to giant hoops, draping and arches. Then, add some sparkle by including string lights to your backdrops.


There is simply nothing more romantic and whimsical than the perfect lighting. Soft lighting creates a certain ambience that you only ever experience on wedding evenings.


The best methods to bring about this type of lighting are including lots of candles in your decor and some string lights or fairy lights. 

You can add candles nearly anywhere at both your reception and ceremony venues. Use it in floral arrangements, candelabra and on tables. You can also add candles in lanterns and place them inside or outside along paths.

Fairy lights can be strung along beams, walls and outside in trees. You can also include them in your draping. 

Also, when looking at lighting, and if your venue (and budget) allows it, some venues' lighting can be replaced by chandeliers. 


Hire additional furniture for both indoors if there is space and outside. Your guests will love to lounge about as they enjoy the special evening.

You can get couches and ottomans outside and make it even more special by adding free-standing draping around the furniture to create "booths'' or "lounges' '. 

Could you not make it too private, though? 

You still want your wedding guests to dance and mingle with each other to get the event going.


If you want to make your venue more appealing and bolder, consider adding larger structures outside.

You can hire a tent-and-pole structure to create your reception venue. Or, you can use a big marquee tent as a ceremony hall or for your reception (or both!).

Some venues have giant structures, such as pagodas, domes or giant arches. You can turn this into a feature by dressing it up with flowers, greenery, draping and string lights. Let your photographer include this feature in your wedding photos.

Things You Should Know When Choosing Your Wedding Venue.

Though every venue is different, here are some things you should know before you choose your wedding venue.

Your Venue Coordinator

It is very important to consult your venue coördinator about any changes or additions you want to make to the venue.

The venue coördinator is the person in charge of the venue, which you will correspond with about all of your wedding arrangements. It is NOT your wedding planner. The venue coordinator also ensures that all behind-the-scenes logistics, such as food, go smoothly on your wedding day.

Venues don't just allow any bride to make any changes she wishes; you should speak to your coördinator first about what is allowed and what isn't.

The Use Of Candles

Although venues have insurance in place, as most larger businesses do, not all of them allow the use of candles because it is a huge fire risk. 

Consult your venue coordinator about using candles in your decor and reception venue. Also, ask about what decor they already have in stock for you to hire.


Not all venues are wheelchair and disability friendly. You should consider this if you have a large guest list and know of guests who will need special requirements at the wedding venue. 

We once did an event for a large birthday party at one of the wedding venues in the area. The couple decided to do a cowboys-and-Indians themed party, and even hay bales were hired in from a local farm.

One of the structures was a set of free-standing barn doors but had a piece of wood that went onto the floor underneath. It certainly wasn't wheelchair friendly, and even though we informed the couple about this, they didn't care much about it.

We had to take turns moving the barn door stand as two people, both in wheelchairs, wanted to go in and out of the venue hall. And it was, to our regret, the only door to use which didn't have a set of stairs.

Take this scenario into account when hiring structures and features that might make your venue hall exits inaccessible to disabled guests.

Costs Involved

Look at the expenses before you go on a hiring spree for props, features, structures, draping, etc.

If it works out to be more expensive than just getting the perfect wedding venue, you should rather go for the latter.

PS. If you still don't have a decent wedding budget in place, look at our Wedding Budget Planner Kit to help you create a wedding budget and manage it properly.

Need a printable wedding budget template? Could you have a look at our latest version here?

Guests Won't Always Notice

You might think that your ideal venue needs a bit of TLC, but not many of your guests will notice your effort to make the venue more appealing.


Even at the perfect venue, guests barely notice what the centrepieces, flowers, and decor look like.

They care more about food, dancing and the atmosphere.

So, before you decide on splurging on extras for one day to make something look more beautiful, think about what else you could do with that money instead.

Transport And Cleaning Up Afterwards

Most brides tend to forget about the giant task of cleaning up after the wedding.


Normally, the venue staff takes care of everything that needs to be tidied up for the venue.

But if you've hired marquee tents, structures, extra decor and so on, all of it needs to be cleaned up and returned to the owners.

Also, if you're on a tight budget, you might not be able to afford professional cleaning services or a team that can help you with this.

Think about this before you hire in a ton of extras.


We've already talked about venues having insurance, but this is important, especially if you want to "transform the venue".

Check with your venue coordinator to see if they cover most things because anything can go wrong.

You don't want to remember your special day as the day your giant outdoor flower podium collapsed and damaged some property.


If you're going to make an effort to add additional things to your wedding venue, consider how much of it will be seen in broad daylight.

Consider when your ceremony ends, plus cocktail hour, and then the actual time your wedding guests will get to enter the reception hall.

For example, some things, like table decor, need extra lighting to be seen in the dark. Also, don't forget that the venue might dim the lights later on in the evening when guests want to dance and mingle.

Will Guests Use It?

If you decide to hire furniture and booths or props for your wedding day for guests to enjoy, think about how many of them will use them.

Also, consider things like the weather before hiring outdoor furniture and lawn games. And then take into account the space needed for all of these extras.

Maybe your guests will rather dance inside the reception hall than lounge outside on the couches and ottomans.

Have An Outdoor Reception

Hosting your reception amongst the natural beauty of the outdoors is one of the easiest ways to naturally create a rustic backdrop for your farm wedding. You could hire a private property, find an idyllic farm, or even host your wedding in a park. Whatever you choose, hosting your wedding outdoors will ooze rustic charm and beauty before getting to the decorating part. Having al fresco dining and dancing will elevate your guest experience and make for magnificent photos while also providing the ideal atmosphere for wedding bliss: soaking up the sunshine and giving an openness to your rustic wedding.

Get Creative With Your Escort Card Displays

Escort card displays provide a fantastic opportunity for showcasing your rustic wedding theme. Highlight countryside splendour by using simple objectives and transforming them into something special and unique for that rustic vibe. Here are our few favourite ideas for rustic wedding escort card displays:

  • Use seed packets as escort cards for your farm wedding. These will have beautiful images of roses, lavender, beanstalks, olives, and other plants, infusing the natural farmyard feel into your wedding. 
  • Use small escort cards with custom calligraphy and hang them on clotheslines with wooden pegs to create a chic, homey feel. 
  • Attach a local flower to each of your escort cards. It will create a beautiful escort card display that showcases various colours and textures, doubling as the perfect photo booth backdrop for your farm wedding
  • Write your guests' names on containers or mason jars filled with olive leaf, eucalyptus, and moss for a creative rustic seating chart. You can place these on a vintage wooden cabinet to highlight the cosy feel of your wedding and infuse that farm-to-table design into your rustic wedding.

Include Farm-To-Table Centrepieces

Luxurious bouquets make for fantastic centrepieces, but you can also highlight the rustic wedding atmosphere by adding other organic elements to your tables. Consider placing bowls of fresh figs, plums, grapefruit, or lemons on your tables as decorations. To give your farm wedding a more offbeat vibe, go for unexpected fruits and vegetables like artichokes, beetroot, or pomegranates in your centrepieces. It's all about taking everyday objects and turning them into a focal point.

Another idea we love for tables is creating edible tablescapes for your farm wedding. You can decorate your table runners with garlands of lettuce, tomatoes on their vines, grapes, apples, or bunches of wheat. It will add another chic farm-to-table element while sprinkling natural colours and textures across your tables. If you're hosting your wedding on a farm, you can use these fruits and vegetables to feed the farm animals after your wedding. 

A more simple way to integrate the natural, organic theme into your table centrepieces is by using moss instead of a table runner, scattering it with natural wildflowers and olive leaf, and using wooden charger plates to add a dash of earthiness. 


Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! If you've chosen a rustic venue, don't worry, there are plenty of ways to give it a chic wedding look. We've put together some tips for you that will help transform your space without spending a fortune. Using simple tricks like colour schemes, flowers, and lighting, you can create an elegant atmosphere that will wow your guests. So gather those materials and start transforming your rustic venue into the perfect place for your chic wedding day!

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