3 Differences Between A Rustic and A Classic Wedding

Classic weddings have always been the norm and are still what many couples opt for these days. Think a long white gown, an ancient church, and flower arrangements almost everywhere you look. The rustic wedding is a creation of Gen Y and has also become a popular theme for modern couples. There are many differences and similarities between rustic and classic weddings, and we’ve decided to chronicle a few to help you make the right decision.



  • The Colors

For classic weddings, most couples go for a strong black and white presence in the wedding attire. When it comes to rustic-themed weddings, there is a heavy focus on natural or farm elements; you can embrace everything about the great outdoors. There are usually elements of wood and stone in the décor too.


  • Your 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. The bride will be given away by her father or another valuable 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 manicured, classic wedding counterparts. Couples who decide on a rustic-themed wedding may also choose to have a full bridal party afterward.


  • Your 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 generally quite structured, with the couple and wedding party formally introduced, great speeches, the cutting of the wedding cake, and first dance.

Any flowers present at a rustic wedding will most likely be unmanicured. There are similarities with a classic wedding here, though, because rustic receptions also consist of a sit-down dinner. But if the couple prefers a more informal buffet or hors d’oeuvres, that can be arranged too. 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 Los Willows. You’ll find us in San Diego and we’ll be more than happy to host you and your guests. We’re located at 530 Stewart Canyon Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028. You can call us at (760) 731-9400), and leave us an email at [email protected]

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