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Wedding design experts examine the wildly popular "rustic chic" and "vintage" design looks and forecast future wedding design trends.
A pretty vintage wedding from Events of Distinction. Photo by Caroline Ghetes.
The bare wooden tables, the barn-turned-bridal venue, the Mason jar wineglasses. How do wedding planners feel about the wildly popular "rustic" weddings? One high-end planner said on Facebook she is so sick of them that "I'm going to start throwing Mason jars at brides!" Another planner quickly chimed in with the post, "And chalkboards, too!"
The rustic style has a more refined cousin—vintage. Here, lace may replace burlap table covers, while flowered china teacups take the place of those Mason jars. And though some wedding planners may have been enough of both looks, their clients decidedly have not.
According to a recent online poll from Special Events, nearly 60 percent of respondents say that the rustic/vintage style continues to be popular with couples, while only about 40 percent say it is beginning to fade away.
What makes a rustic and vintage weddings appealing today? In many ways, it's what these weddings are not—that is, the "big white wedding" in a hotel ballroom.
A prime example of this preference for relaxed instead of regal: The tightly bound, ball-shaped bouquet is "out, out, out," says Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP, owner of The Simplifiers in Austin, Texas. In its place, she says, are floral bouquets with a more "wild" look to them, "with textural greenery and vines, loose and organic, dripping with spiky blooms and berries."