Do You Want A Rustic or A Classic Wedding?

Classic weddings have always been the norm and are still what many couples opt for these days. Think long white gown, church or another formal setting, and flower arrangements everywhere. The rustic wedding is a creation of Gen Y and has become also become a popular theme for modern couples. There are many differences and similarities between rustic and classic weddings. We at The Oaks have decided to chronicle a few in this article, to help with your decision.

  • Colors

For classic weddings, most couples go for a strong black and white presence in the wedding attire. The main theming comes in the form of the colors the bridal party is dressed in as there are not usually a lot of outrageous details.

When it comes to rustic themed weddings, there is a heavy focus on natural or farm elements, and embrace everything about the great outdoors. There are usually elements of wood and stone in the décor too.

  • Ceremony

Couples tend to have their traditional weddings in a church or some other formal location. The bridal party will include several attendants from bridesmaids and groomsmen, to flower girls and page boys, and the bride will be given away by her father or another important family member.

Rustic themed weddings are held outside under a tree or in venues like barns, sheds, and vineyards. The bouquets used are also unstructured and a little more wild-looking than their traditionally manicured classic wedding counterparts. Couples who decide on a rustic themed wedding may also choose to have a full bridal party afterward.

  • Reception

The majority of traditional weddings are formal affairs with a sit-down three-course dinner. Decorations are usually in the form of floral centerpieces and the cake will be of the tiered kind. The reception is usually quite structured, with the couple and wedding party formally introduced, a schedule of speeches, the cutting of the wedding cake and first dances.

Any flowers present at a rustic wedding will most likely be unmanicured. There are similarities with a classic wedding in that rustic receptions also consist of a sit-down dinner, but there is more room to move on this if the couple prefers a more informal buffet or stand up hors d’oeuvres affair. There may be some formalities at the reception, but it is quite laid back and couples have more flexibility in the tone they set for the day.

Whether rustic or classic themed, you can hold your dream wedding with us at The Oaks. We’re located in Maryland and would be happy to host you and your guests. Give us a call today!