Rustic DIY decorations for your country wedding

A group of wooden barrels

Carefully chosen, well placed decorations can transform a stylish wedding venue into a stunning one. Not only can decorations help to personalise your day and accentuate your theme, they can also enhance the atmosphere of your reception and give your guests something to smile about.

As BRIDES magazine says “there are countless ways you can decorate your reception venue, but going with the less-than-expected picks (read: those hidden gems buried deep on your Pinterest board) will make your event truly shine.” To help you create a look that will surprise and delight your guests, here are a few unbeatable rustic DIY decorating ideas from the Country House Weddings team.

Hay bales

Rustic and eye-catching, a few carefully placed hay bales will give your guests somewhere to rest their tired legs, adding real country charm to your venue. Ask around at local farms to find a good supply of bales, and remember to check with your venue in advance to make sure these rustic accessories are allowed.


If you’re lucky enough to come across a few aged wooden barrels in the run up to your big day, you can use them effectively when designing your wedding décor. Transform tired old barrels into stylish tables, shabby-chic stools or eye-catching flower stands. You could even cut a barrel in two and use one half to collect all of the presents and cards that guests bring along on the day.


If you want to give your centrepieces, bouquets and posies a rustic twist, replace large, eye-catching flowers with wild blooms and herbs. Rosemary, lavender, thyme and bay leaves can all look fantastic when added to a flower arrangement. As well as giving your wedding a country twist, these fragrant herbs will help to add a distinctive aroma to proceedings on the big day.

Lavender growing in the wild


Though you probably won’t want to shimmy up them to hang the bunting, old, rustic wooden ladders can work wonders as part of your wedding décor. Look for ladders with flat rungs so that you can place candles, flowers and other decorative items all the way up them. Trail string lights around these rustic accessories for an extra touch of magic.

Orange boxes

The wooden crates that oranges, and other fruits, are displayed in in your local shop make fantastic DIY wedding decorations. Fill them with flowers, cakes, favours and any other accessories you want to display on the day. When your wedding is over, you can take these eye-catching boxes home with you and use them as stylish storage boxes around the house.

If you’ve booked an extraordinary country wedding venue like Leez Priory in Essex, a few extra decorative touches will be all you’ll need to create the wedding of your dreams. For more ideas on creating the ultimate country theme, explore our site today.

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