Last year my wife and I tied the knot at Olowalu Plantation House on Maui. Things went off without a hitch – the weather cooperated, the venue was fantastic and we had a great time. The island is so beautiful itself, so we wanted to keep the decor simple with vintage inspired handmade designs which blended nicely with the old sugar plantation house.
Inspired by our wedding day, I decided to put together therustedkey’s top 10 items for those couples planning a rustic wedding.
1) Hand Stamped Vintage Wedding Forks – We ordered our wedding cake forks from babypuppydesigns – great name, right? I will admit that I initially resisted the idea of adding stamped forks to our list of wedding expenses but it was worth it. The cost was low (under $30) and they provided for some great photographs.
2) Wheel-Barrel Coolers – We actually opted for a scotch bar but I wish we went with this instead. It’s a great accent piece and will assist with the movement of your alcohol.
3) Vintage Marquee Lights – This is partially a shameless plug. Although we sell these, we did not use them because of transportation challenges. They have a natural rusted finish and look great with the lights on. Makes for some really cool wedding and engagement photos as background decor.
4) Wax Seal Wedding Favors – It took a few hours but I made these. All you need is a glue gun, wax and small linen bags. We put Hawaiian shortbread cookies in ours.
5) Mason Jar Vases – As our wedding approached, Ball released their heritage collection of blue mason jars. They add a great touch of color and are easy to work with.
6) Vintage Postcard Themed Invitations – My wife sourced our invitations from LetterBoxInk. Laura was great to work with and her vintage inspired postcard design was exactly what we were looking for.
7) Chalkboard Signs – Use them to direct your guests, provide drinks menus or post a simple loving quote. They are a bit pricey on etsy but amazon has them for under $40.
8) Burlap/Linen Runners – They add a nice contrast to white table clothes and tie into the linen wedding favors. Burlap has a natural smell so don’t forget to give some time to air them out before the big day.
9) Vintage Transit Token Cufflinks – I used this opportunity to inject a bit of my hometown, New York. The options on cities are nearly endless.
10) Bow Ties – They say vintage, yet classy. As I learned, practice tying before wedding day. I found some nice, reasonably priced ties on etsy.
Last piece of advise – Have fun, don’t stress and remember love is all that matters.