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How to Plan a Rustic Bridal Shower

Posted August 1, 2012 | 9 Comments

If you’re planning a rustic bridal shower, dreaming of ideas for your rustic wedding, or crave country charm, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing one of the most beautiful rustic bridal shower themes we have seen yet. Becky Hart, the savvy event designer behind Event Crush, styled this entire shower and brought bride-to-be Kyra’s dream to fruition. With charming inspiration and a killer team of wedding pros – like photographer Jamie Zanotti, floral designer Chase Flowers and Gifts, and the stunning Lamb Cottage venue – the shower was a complete success. Get ready to be inspired by a poppy palette of purple and orange, a photo display chock-full of doilies and clothespins, mason jar drinking glasses and striped straws, gorgeous tablescapes, burlap table coverings, and much, much more. This post will show you how to plan a rustic bridal shower from start to finish and we’re thrilled to share the full scoop from Becky herself. Take it away, Becky!

rustic bridal shower inspiration

Rustic Bridal Shower Inspiration

Becky tells us, “The basis for Kyra’s bridal shower was the theme of her own wedding – purple and orange, and lots of rustic/country elements. Kyra and her fiancé Cody are on a tight budget for their wedding, so I wanted to help them out by creating elements for the shower that could be re-used for the wedding. I had so much fun planning, crafting, designing, baking treats, and even hosting the shower and was so pleased with how everything came together! Kyra and Cody’s wedding is going to include lots of burlap and lace, so I ran with that for the tables.”

One of my favorite elements of the shower was the “welcome table” right outside of the venue. A vintage purple and orange floral scarf I found for a steal at an antique store made the perfect tablecloth, and matched the purple bandana and the floral arrangements perfectly.

rustic bridal shower table
welcome wheel
rustic bridal shower venue

“I have to give a big shout out to Sheri Sew Sweet for the beautiful “Gettin’ Hitched” burlap banner.” We love it, too.

gettin hitched banner

“Burlap from JoAnn’s was used for tablecloths, and I had been collecting lace strips from antique stores to use as table runners. Centerpieces consisted of fabric doilies and mason jars with light purple & orange flowers purchased in bulk from Chase Flowers and Gifts.”

bridal shower centerpiece with vases and flowers
bridal shower flowers in vases as centerpieces
bride chair sign

“I have a slight obsession with paper doilies because they are SO inexpensive and can add such a sweet detail to any party or event. I hand stamped several doilies and used them for signage throughout the party, and they also made a really nice backdrop for the engagement photos that I strung along the fireplace with twine.”

bridal shower photo display with clothespins and doilies
close up of photo display with clothespins, photos, and doilies
rustic bridal shower display idea
bridal shower cupcake display

“To tie in a country theme, I painted old horseshoes white and used sandpaper to give them a more rustic look, then attached purple crocheted flowers to them. These were used along with the centerpieces and also on the dessert and welcome tables. Purple bandanas purchased from Walmart for $1.99 each were also used throughout the party and added to the rustic/country feel.”

bridal shower horseshoe centerpiece with flowers
bridal shower dessert bar inspiration
bridal shower dessert bar
rustic bridal shower mason jar drinking glasses
rustic bridal shower drinking glasses

To decorate the guest book table Becky purchased a wooden ‘K’ and ‘C’ from Michael’s and wrapped them in twine and lace to be used on the favor/guest book table. As a twist to a traditional book, Becky applied her own unique twist: “For the guest book, guests wrote messages and words of advice to Kyra and then attached them to white shutters with clothespins.”

rustic bridal shower letters
bridal shower guest book alternative

What makes the sweetest favor? Homemade cookies, of course! Becky tells us, “Favors were homemade cookies packaged in kraft paper bags, tied together with twine and adorned with a paper doily with a stamp that read ‘thanks friend.’”

rustic bridal shower cookie favors

So, what did the Bride think? “Kyra loved her shower and best part of all, she now has lots of décor that can be re-used for her wedding!” A happy bride = a satisfying bridal shower success.

bride at bridal shower

We love everything about this rustic bridal shower and would like to thank Becky for sharing her beautiful styling expertise with our readers today. A special thank you to the following vendors who also made this shower a huge success:

Vendors:
Photography – Jamie Zanotti Photography
Venue – Lamb Cottage
Design/styling – Becky Hart, Event Crush
Flowers – Chase Flowers & Gifts
Invitations – Rosie Day Design
“Gettin’ Hitched” Banner – Sheri Sew Sweet

Happy Planning!


-E.

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  • http://RusticBridalShower Marilyn

    Love it, love it, love it. Planning a bridal shower and wedding. Rustic fits right in with the Country Wedding theme. Thanks for the brilliant ideas.

  • http://jamiezanotti.com Jamie

    I love it!! Becky did SUCH a great job on this Bridal Shower, and I had so, so much fun shooting it. I’m super happy to see it featured!

  • http://www.bowtiesandbliss.com Becky {Bow Ties + Bliss}

    Thank you for featuring this shower! It was such a blast to put together and I’m also so happy to be able to show off the lovely work of Jamie Zanotti! :)

  • http://www.febiharsa.com Karpsteinm

    everything is beautiful

  • http://www.theweddingpickle.com Melina

    Becky, everything looks so beautiful! Everything just works! :-)

  • Kyra

    Thank you so much :D Becky is amazing and an amazing resource and wedding planner for the Northwest. She also took our engagement pictures shown here!

  • Lisa

    Very dainty and cute;) Love those colors, they really pop!




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