Top 10 Best Rustic Fall Wedding Decor Ideas on A Budget
Budget wedding decorations tend to get a bad rap, especially when it comes to rustic fall wedding décor. Mason jar votive holders, flower vases, and beer glasses have been wildly overdone, and you aren’t alone if you’re tired of seeing bows and chair backs made out of burlap.
No matter how you feel about mason jars and burlap, there is plenty more you can do without blowing your budget if you’re planning a rustic wedding. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Repurposed wooden pallets and crates
- Seasonal fruit and veggies
- Branches and twigs
- Galvanized buckets
- Cheesecloth and velvet
- DIY wine bottles
- Dried flowers
- Mismatched furniture
Old Pallet Decorated with Lighted Letters: Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
Repurposed Wooden Pallets and Crates
Wood is right at home at any rustic wedding. Fortunately, getting that warm, wood look doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive lumber at the home improvement store.
One of our favorite rustic fall wedding ideas on a budget involves repurposing wooden pallets. Use them as wedding signs, use them to hang framed photos, or create a backdrop for a photobooth.
Crates are great too! Find old wooden crates at an antique store and they can hold wedding favors, drinks, and more.
Apple Escort Cards: Martha Stewart
Seasonal Fruit and Veggies
Rustic weddings are all about celebrating the bounty and beauty of nature. When it comes to simple outdoor fall wedding ideas, it doesn’t get any simpler than using seasonal fruit and veggies.
Pumpkins and squash are popular options, but if you want to get a little bit more creative, opt for things like apples, apricots, and radishes. Incorporate them into your dinner, scatter them on tables, or hollow them out and use them to hold tealight candles.
Rustic Ceremony Arch Made Out of Branches: Green Wedding Shoes
Branches and Twigs
Flowers can look beautiful at a fall wedding, but they can get expensive fast. More affordable, simple outdoor fall wedding ideas involve incorporating branches and twigs.
Place twiggy branches in your bouquet, place branches on tables to use as centerpieces, cut larger logs to use as decorative tables, and consider covering a wedding arch with twigs and branches.
Aisle Décor Featuring Galvanized Buckets Filled With Gypsophilia: Rustic Wedding Chic
Looking for an alternative to overdone fall wedding decorations, like mason jars? Consider using galvanized buckets instead!
These buckets can be used for nearly anything you can imagine. Place icy beverages in large buckets, hang small buckets filled with flowers on chairs at the ceremony, use them to decorate tables, and use them to hand out things like napkins, silverware, and guest favors.
Macrame Floral Hoops: Elegant Wedding
Macrame is the perfect choice for rustic fall wedding décor, and it can be a great thing to incorporate when you don’t have a lot of money to spend. That’s because you can learn this skill and create hanging wall art, table runners, pot hangers, and more by hand.
Handmade Wooden Candle Holder: Wood n Crate
It gets dark earlier and earlier in the fall, which is why lanterns are always a great choice! You also have many different options, depending on your style and your budget.
For example, rustic fall wedding décor with a whimsical twist could feature round lace hanging lanterns, more traditional fêtes can incorporate tall glass candle lanterns, while boho chic affairs can feature rattan lanterns. You can even DIY your own rustic wood lanterns and place votive candles inside.
Table Setting Featuring a Cheesecloth Table Runner: Grey Likes Weddings
If you’re looking for elegant fall wedding ideas, burlap doesn’t fit the bill. If you’re going for rustic elegance at your nuptials, consider cheesecloth instead.
You can drape it from the ceremony arch, create tie backs for chairs, place cheesecloth runners on tables, and you can even find cheesecloth napkins that are both rustic and elegant.
Painted Wine Bottles Used as Vases: Pro Tool Guide
DIY Wine Bottles
Empty wine bottles can make great fall wedding decorations because chances are, you already have a few laying around. The trick is to modify them to look rustic and beautiful.
Make sure they are thoroughly cleaned so they can hold taper candles, or learn how to cut them in half so you can place them on tables with votive candles flickering inside. They can be used as vases, they can hold fairy lights, and they can even be used as mini planters, making them perfect for guest favors.
Dried Flower Bridal Bouquet: Green Wedding Shoes
Dried flowers are hugely popular at weddings in 2021, but they are among our favorite simple outdoor fall wedding ideas because many plants are beginning to dry out in the fall anyway.
Do a little scouring and you may be able to find dried grasses, flowers, and other plants in your yard and along walking trails. Elevate the look of your floral arrangements with dried pampas grass, bunny tails, and gypsophilia.
Mismatched Wedding Ceremony Furniture: The Knot
If you’re looking to save some money on your rustic fall wedding décor, you’re in luck. You no longer have to rent expensive furniture that matches. The mismatched look is in!
Distressed wooden chairs in a variety of colors and styles look striking in ceremony and reception spaces, while vignettes made using items you already have around the house can give guests a beautiful place to chat with friends and family.