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Category: Rustic

Cute Tree Ring Box with Carved Initials

If you’re planning a rustic wedding, you’ll want to include natural elements in your ceremony and reception decor to create a cohesive theme. For instance, wood — like this tree stump ring box spotted — works exceptionally well as a ring pillow alternative. It even features your initials actually carved into it. You know, like that tree you carved in the park after the hours-long walk when you were first dating… ;) Ah, I digress.

Anyways, on to the ring box! (#HANDMADEADAY)

Rustic Wood Ring Box

tree stump ring box carved initials | by bragging bags

by bragging bags

Giveaway: Win a Rustic Wedding Guest Book!

Happy Monday, lovelies! Welcome back from the glorious weekend. We’re gearing up for a HUGE week of wedding inspiration the best way we know how: with a fresh giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Paper Street Press to give away this personalized rustic wedding guest book to one of our lovely readers. The guest book measures 8″x10″ and features 100 blank pages for your guests to write their well wishes, sweet sentiments, and even photo booth photos, if you wish. Read on to find out more & enter for a chance to win!

rustic guest book with floral design | rustic wedding guest book by Paper Street Press

by paper street press

14 Most Beautiful Ceremony Backdrops Using Doors

One of our favorite rustic wedding details is the use of re-purposed doors as ceremony backdrops or decor. The more weathered they are, the better! To prove that ceremony backdrops are actually a beautiful DIY idea, we’ve rounded up fourteen of our favorite examples. Some of these are ceremony backdrops, while others are aisleway doors designed for the bride to make a true grand entrance — even outdoors! Get ready to break out the hammer + nails: you’re going to be on the lookout for castaway doors to re-purpose after this post! I know I am, if even just for my patio. ;) Enjoy!

P.S. Need to find doors for your project? Try here for vintage finds or Ebay.

Ceremony Backdrops – Doors

1. Outdoor Ceremony Setup

outdoor wedding ceremony doors | via Ceremony Backdrops Doors | photo: Nathan Nowack

photo: nathan nowack

Twigs and Branches: Beautiful Nature-Inspired Ideas for Weddings

Hi lovelies, Emma here! Ah, it’s Friday in the fall and I have a hot cup of coffee in hand… you can say I’m happy as can be! Even though today is an unusually rainy and sticky day, fall is my absolute favorite time of year. And I promise I won’t start spouting off about pumpkin spice everything and jeans and sweater weather and boots (even though I do enjoy all of the above). I’m more in love with nature at its peak this time of year. The colorful trees. The crisp air. Andrew and I have been spending our evenings running (after) little Andrew in fields of wildflowers, through grassy knolls, and on sandy beaches as we take in the last few minutes of sun before it dips down at the water’s edge. His little hands are filled with rocks and leaves, treasures he has found and fully intends to keep. His other hand reaches out for mine with a smile on his face, and I take it as he leads me through playgrounds and grassy fields at full speed. Having a child gives you fresh eyes: everything is new and an exciting adventure. Through him, I’ve gained a new appreciation for the little wonders in daily life, so this time of year is especially eye-opening. There is so much to see. Anyway, I digress. Mamas will do that from time to time. ;)

Today we’re featuring some nature themed wedding ideas inspired by branches, twig, and vines. Fall weddings are extremely popular because Mother Nature chips in on some pretty serious decorating. ;) She takes care of the chilly but crisp air, romantic woodsy ceremonies, and jaw-dropping pops of orange, gold, and red on the trees. If you’re planning a fall wedding and want to include some handmade finds, you’ll love this post. We’ve rounded-up gold branch hair accessories, twig engagement rings, a unique nest inspired ring pillow, a must-see bouquet, and more. Browse our handpicked finds below and tell us: what’s your favorite?

Twig and Nature Inspired Wedding Ideas

Today’s #HANDMADEADAY pick!

twig hair accessory by blair nadeau millinery, photo: whitney heard | twigs branches nature ideas weddings |

by blair nadeau millinery, photo: whitney heard

Giveaway: Win a Rose Hair Crown for the Flower Girl

Your sweet flower girl will feel like a princess with our latest wedding giveaway! This rose hair crown by HandyCraftTS is made with vine wire, petite pink roses, and ivory pip berries. It is the ideal accessory for a rustic, country, shabby chic, or woodland wedding. We’ve teamed up with HandyCraftTS to give one away to a lucky reader — will it be you? Read on for more!

pink rose hair crown

by HandyCraftTS

Photo Frames for Parents of the Bride – #HANDMADEADAY

It’s Monday — let’s be proactive and cross a to-do off of your (seemingly never-ending) wedding list! We’re tackling gifts for parents of the bride today with this new #HANDMADEADAY find. These photo frames are perfect gifts because they’re sentimental and handmade. They can be personalized with your wording, your wedding date — even customized to include a beautiful image of your wedding gown style! Gift a photo frame to your mom and dad on your wedding day; after the wedding, have a special wedding day photo printed and inserted in the frame. By Prince Whitaker. (P.S. The price is so amazing, too!)

Photo Frames for Parents of the Bride

These photo frames have cute wording like, “Always your little girl”, along with a heart carved out for the photo to be inserted.

Cute photo frames for parents of the bride! | by Prince Whitaker |

photo frame: prince whitaker

These Unity Candles Are Perfect for Rustic Weddings

What unity candles should you use for rustic weddings? That’s what bride-to-be Madeline wanted to know with this recent Ask Emmaline question! She asks,

I’m having a fall rustic wedding and want to do a unity ceremony with candles. What kind of candles am I supposed to use and is there a certain candle set style for rustic weddings?Madeline

Unity Candle Sets for Rustic Weddings

Fantastic question! I love a unity candle ceremony — it’s a very sweet and memorable detail of the wedding ceremony. (We go more in-depth on unity ceremony ideas if you want more information on how it’s done.) If you are having a rustic wedding, you will absolutely want to tie in a more natural or earthy-inspired unity candle set. It will coordinate with your surrounding decor to create a cohesive, pulled-together look. Plus, after the wedding, you’ll have a keepsake candle set that you can use for anniversary dinners or dinner parties to come! Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?

Unity Candles Weddings | Dazzling Expressions |

by dazzling expressions

What Kind of Candles to Use

A unity candle set contains three parts…