Top Rustic Wedding Trends Of 2017

For the last three years, the Wedding Academy has released a trend report full of the hottest bridal ideas for the upcoming year. The 2017 report has us looking forward to a very exciting wedding season. Rustic brides will find plenty of trends to choose from in the 2017 report: found object decor, blush accents, and lots of lace. People are even adding DIY doughnut stations to their receptions now. These are our favorite rustic trends from the 2017 International Wedding Trend Report.

Lots of greenery – Get ready for a green wedding season. Florals were huge in 2016, but they’re taking a spot on the back burner this year, allowing greenery to take center stage. Expect to see foliage covering the walls or hanging from the ceiling, with cascading floral accents completing the look. Succulents, smilax, petrified wood, and moss will be everywhere you turn.

Lace and embroidery – Not only was lace big on bridal runways this season, but it also covered the catwalks at major events like New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. This classic pattern is trending, keeping intricate detail on the map for 2017.

Engaging food stations – Many couples are transforming food into a social event, requesting family-style catering and setting up DIY food stations. Whether you’re big on banquet tables or a fan of a good “Build your own ice cream cookie” stand, this trend is sure to shake things up at weddings this year.

Warm metallics and blush accents – Metallics are a great go-to for any wedding, but this season the focus is shifting away from silver to gold and rose gold. Warm tones will complement the greenery showing up at more weddings, and blush pinks will serve as a stunning accent, as well.


Natural textures – Organic elements, like wood and geode stones, are trending in 2017. And for good reason: These natural accents combine to create stunning, unique decor for any rustic wedding.

Hygge – Hygge, a Danish word loosely translating to “comfort” or “coziness,” is on top this year. As we look ahead toward spring, people are filling their homes with candles, blankets, and furs, and decorating their weddings accordingly. These cozy accents pair well with greenery and they’ll keep wedding guests feeling calm and peaceful.

Smaller weddings and wedding parties – Weddings, and wedding parties, are shrinking. Many couples are opting for events with fewer than 30 guests, and their wedding parties are becoming smaller as a result. Lots of brides are sticking with siblings or very close friends, opening the party up to two or three bridesmaids.


Laser-cut stationery and menus – Laser-cut stationery gives rustic brides an opportunity to embrace technology without sacrificing their aesthetic. Lacy, cut-out menus and invitations give couples an avenue to embrace sharp, detail-oriented designs that fit their rustic vibe. Plus, intricate invitations pair well with lace dresses and accents.

Opulent simplicity – Many couples are looking to dress up their rustic theme with historical venues. One example: Buying out a ranch for the weekend and giving guests exclusive access to an experience that’s both rustic and opulent.

Unconventional residential accents – Found objects are becoming increasingly trendy in the wedding scene. Couples can bring furniture from thrift shops, or right from their own homes, to dress up an outdoor space and make it feel homey. Each accent has its own unique character, making every found object curation totally, charmingly personalized.