A rustic wedding is a very popular wedding theme for Portland and it’s no surprise. Portland is known for it’s lush greenery, sweeping outdoor venues and abundance of vendors and venues that can work the outdoor into the indoor.
Vendor Credits Top Row (left to right): Artisan Cake Company – Postlewaits Saloon – Swoon Floral Design – Bridal Bliss
Second Row (left to right): Peter Corvallis Productions – Petalos – BLUM
Third Row (left to right): Something Borrowed – Blissfully Sweet – Mosca Photography
Bottom Row (left to right): Nimbi Design – Sophie Chang – McMinnimins
The venue should be the FIRST thing you check off your rustic wedding list. Great barns are reserved far in advance so it is important that you put down your deposit as soon as possible. A great rustic venue should have an indoor space for the ceremony (or outdoor if that is what you prefer but you should make arrangements in case of rain) that has the rustic and country charm to set the mood for your big day. Things like sweeping landscapes, greenery, wooden structures and casual environments make up the perfect environment for your rustic wedding day.
To create the rustic wedding of your dreams might be easier than you think. The first step is to find the perfect wedding venue. Postlewaits in Canby Oregon is a gorgeous facility with a lovely indoor barn, saloon, arbor and sweeping country setting that is great for wedding photography!
The facility includes enough space for 200 guests, ample parking and you can bring in your own catering!
Next on the list should be your catering, desserts and cake. All the best vendors book far in advance so there is no such thing as planning to early in this category. Most dates are booked up 6 months in advance.
There are a lot of options for a rustic wedding cake but one theme always reigns supreme, keep it casual. A rustic wedding is the perfect opportunity to downplay the sweets. Simple decorations like ruffles, burlap and wildflowers always look great. If you want something with a bit more “WOW” factor, try incorporating textures and patterns that mimic nature like tree bark, flower petals or wood grain.
Check out this popular rustic wedding cake design I created. I used fondant to re-create a birch log look and used raw cotton, pine cones and other dried flower pods to finish off this rustic country look.
More great rustic wedding cake ideas, check out our pinterest page
From the bouquet to the centerpieces, flowers are a major part of setting the tone of your rustic wedding! Consider using branches, dried flower pods, succulents or even raw cotton in your arrangements. Swoon Floral Design and Petalos are amazing floral designers here in Portland are sure to help bring your floral vision to life.
Whatever your wedding theme, the details are what makes a wedding tell your story. Make a wedding board on pinterest and choose 3-5 themes that you will use throughout your wedding (like raw cotton, burlap, chalkboard and ruffles). Use these details everywhere from the centerpieces to the invitations.
For more rustic wedding inspiration, check our our rustic wedding inspiration board on pinterest.