The Rustic Bride
SPONSORED BY: The Venue at Diamond C Ranch
Planning Tips for the Rustic Bride ...
Brides have continued to embrace "rustic elegance". With more and more barn venues popping up in the Tampa Bay wedding scene, engaged couples are choosing to hold their celebrations in a rustic, but modern, setting. So how can you make "old Florida" look chic? By amping up the background with a little glitz and glam! We have dubbed this ... wait for it ... The "Glustic" Trend (Glamorous AND Rustic).
Shelly Crofut, owner of The Venue at Diamond C Ranch, knows exactly what it takes to host a “glustic” wedding. With years of experience owning an outdoor venue, she knows exactly what you need to be prepared for anything nature can throw at you.
It's All About the Right Shoes ...
Shelly reminds every one of her brides, “Don’t even think about wearing heels in the grass!
When your wedding at an outside venue, wear platforms, flats or blinged out boots.” Once you've found your dress, have it hemmed to go with the shoes you picked.
Think even further outside the barn ...
Shelly encourages her couples to utilize the entire property, not just the barn. “Cocktail hour can be outside under the trees immediately after the ceremony. It helps with the 'wow' factor when dinner is served in the barn.” She says, “Be sure to speak with your venue owner about what couples have done before. Ask about a rain plan. Ask what types of tables and seating are included or available, if they are mobile to set up in various areas of the venue, not just in the main barn area.”
Bling it out ...
Rustic doesn't mean all lace and burlap! Sequined table cloths, metallics, and other textures elevate an earthy setting. Glam it up by renting crystal chandeliers and hanging them under oak trees. Other modern rentals such as furniture can be placed throughout the property to stage a dramatic seating area for guests.
Uplighting can be utilized to further amp up the modern feel and incorporate any themed color pallets. Draping can bring elegance to the space. Just because you are at a barn doesn't mean you have to be stuck in a box with your decor.
Asking the Right Questions ...
“Before you sign the contract with the venue, find out all the details and requirements from other vendors. Who is responsible for trash, clean up, are there several water station locations available are details often forgotten.
Before you hire your vendors, make sure to ask these questions:
- Does your DJ or MC have ample equipment for 2 locations?
- Does your photographer have experience with sunlight, and capturing sunsets and evening lighting?
- Does the caterer handle trash in and out? Are they self contained? What suggestions can they offer to keep things going smoothly.
More than BBQ ...
Lastly, Shelly has seen beautiful plated meals or family styled feasting tables but suggests that whatever you decide to serve, let it reflect the theme and mood of the day. She suggests keeping the setup simple. “You can create an intimate setting with feasting tables. Shared serving plates allow for more conversation and longer, relaxed meals. For see treats, you can ad some fun with an ice cream truck or dessert bar!”