Thursday, April 2, 2015

Shabby Chic, Vintage, Rustic, Barn, or a Woodland Wedding? What’s the Difference?

Shabby Chic Wedding (Cottage Chic Wedding)
Shabby chic is a decorating style that incorporates the use of art and furniture from older design periods. The designs look a little worn, in order to create an aged but elegant design scheme. The colors are soft. There is a lot of use of lace and draping. Burlap is also common for this style. This wedding decoration style is often referred to as being vintage. However, while having some vintage elements the Shabby Chic wedding is not a vintage style wedding.

Vintage Wedding  
This is a wedding style associated with a certain/specific era of time. It can be themed as a 40s, 50s etc. wedding to incorporate the style of this specific time. As I said earlier, the Shabby Chic Wedding has some elements of vintage, hence the old furniture and elements, but it is not a vintage wedding.


Rustic Wedding
Not just a trend, but a style. This wedding decoration is filled with natural elements, texture, wood and a lot of flowers. There is a lot of burlap and bark, but also lace.

Words that describe the rustic weddings are outside, country, woods, nature, barns, burlap, wildflowers, lots of DIY, mismatched chairs, mason jars, hanging fairy lights, a laid back, non-pretentious feel that doesn’t feel too “weddingy.”

Another typical trade of the rustic weddings, but also common for the other wedding styles discussed, is the home style food.

Barn Weddings
It is just like farm weddings, can be dressed up or dressed down to match the style and decor of your wedding and offer endless charm. The best way to describe a barn wedding is to picture a rustic wedding in a barn. There are all the elements of the rustic wedding, but in a more relaxed setting. There are hand-painted wooden or chalkboard signs pointing the way, hay bales, maybe some farm animals, burlap and mason jars, cowboy hats and boots, baskets and a lot of flowers.

This wedding trend is also very budget friendly. There is a lot of DIY involved and often these weddings are put together with the help of friends and family.


Woodland Wedding 
is a romantic venue in the woods. This is a celebration where the nature and its beauty in itself makes a perfect backdrop for exchanging vows. Mother Nature will take care of most of the decorating herself. All you will have to do is add a few unique touches to make the space your own.

Woodland weddings are usually an open space venues. The woodland wedding has a lot of wood, bark, moss and wild flowers. The colors are in harmony with nature. There may be some lace and burlap.



I hope you find this information helpful. Planning your wedding can be stressful. It involves a lot of work and preparations. This is also a very special time. Take the time and create a décor that shows your personality and style.

I love all of the styles above. I love creating wedding decoration for the wedding venue and for the wedding cake. I also love making decorations for the wedding couple and their guests ( ).
I also have a supply shop where I offer novelty art and craft supply as well as party supplies ( ).

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