Wedding inspiration: How to achieve a rustic look and feel

Imagine a sepia-coloured filter across all your bridal scenes. That’s what rustic looks like. It’s about subdued colours, timber tones and simple touches.

If you’re after a relaxed and casual vibe for your big day, rustic is a theme that fits any type of venue and works at any time of year.

Plus, it’s even more spectacular when styled in an outdoor setting with a sweeping view.


While it would certainly be lovely, your venue doesn’t have to be situated on a hill in the sprawling countryside – you can bring the greenery to wherever you are.

Focus on plentiful arrangements of gum leaves, lavender and roses. Mix them up so they’re not so formal and consider placing them on chairs, archways, tables and near any food.

Drape hessian cloth with blooms and layer timber pallets with splashes of natives in soft colours.

Light it up

Remember, rustic is subtle and natural. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it pretty.

Try our festoon lights mixed with a delicate array of fairy lights.

Candles are also a must – on tables, in glass jars and dotted everywhere around your ceremony and reception.

Set the table

The Bentwood chairs in walnut will help introduce even more timber (you can never have too many shades of brown when you’re styling a rustic scene).

For classic table settings, hire sparkling glassware, crockery and cutlery.

A barrel of laughs

Timber is your best friend when you want to nail this theme. Other than pallets and logs, try a few wine barrels for guest mingling zones, or unfinished pieces of sturdy wood to display candles, the guest book or more flowers.

Let’s go outside

If you are planning an outdoor soiree to watch the sunset and dance the night away, invest in some rugs, blankets and cushions.

Throw in a game of giant Jenga and giant Connect 4 to get the giggles flowing.

Talk to Barlens today for more inspiration and ideas.

Wine Barrel
Wine Barrel
The 220L wine barrel is ideal for creating unique styles at outdoor events. A little more diifcult to manouevre the wine barrels are only available for hire with delivery. Dimensions: .58m w x .89m h
Bentwood Chair - Dark Walnut
Bentwood Chair - Dark Walnut
A classic edition to any dining setting, the Bentwood Chair is perfect for adding style and class to your event. Popular for weddings, formal dinners and corporate sit downs, Barlens stock a large quantity to cater for your event, large or small.
Giant Jenga
Giant Jenga
81cm high x 21cm wide at the beginning of the game. Ideal game for engagement parties, weddings, community events, outdoor activities, birthdays or social gathering.
Festoon Lights
Festoon Lights
These easily extendable electric lights provide style and atmosphere to all occasions.
Glass Beverage Dispenser 5.7L
Glass Beverage Dispenser 5.7L
This 5.7L glass beverage dispenser is the modern way to keep any drink cool, or just easily accessible throughout your event. The galvanised base can also double up as a small ice bucket (holding four drinks at a time). The wide mouth of the dispenser has a screw on metal lid and the opening will easily accommodate the addition of large ice blocks, slices of fresh fruit and handfuls of fresh berries. Features: BPA free with a screw on/off lid and spigot tap.
Fairy Lights
Fairy Lights
Small (white) electric lights used for decoration across a variety of events, highly effective when paired with our Marquee as shown here.

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T 02 6206 2020

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234 Kiewa Street, South Albury NSW 2640
T 02 6043 0605