I love photographing weddings because I get to see a wide variety of trends. A huge trend in weddings lately is weddings with a rustic theme. This theme lends itself well to barns, fields and camp settings, which is perfect for our local region–the Adirondacks. We have many venues like this that are beautiful, quaint and picturesque, which is great because the term “rustic” can mean different things to different people. Rustic can encompass vintage, bohemian, country–you name it. But before you get all excited about the possiblities of Mason jars with wildflowers and bales of hay, you will want to think ahead and plan things through. A rustic wedding can be fun, but also a little/lot more work. Here are some ideas and tips to help inspire you with your rustic wedding planning and make the process a little easier.
- Most rustic venues are a little, well, primitive. That is part of their charm. That also means you will most likely need to bring things in. As in: tables, chairs, china, etc. And did I mention restrooms? You will need to budget for all of these items, and you would be surprised how fast it can all add up.
2. The terrain will likely be a little bit rough. Skip the stilettos and opt for comfort.
3. Check the local rules for sound ordinances, traffic issues, etc. Will you need to obtain a special variance for your event? Police at the party would be memorable, but not in a good way.
4. Make sure you plan for inclement weather. Umbrellas for guests in case of rain will be much appreciated.
5. Will your caterer be able to bring the food in easily and keep it at optimal temperatures? Is there a generator on the premises?
6. Is there a plan if the temperature is unseasonably warm or cold? Can you have fans or heaters so guests stay comfortable?
So there you have it. These are always fun weddings to photograph, just keep these tips in mind. A little planning goes a long way.
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