So many brides are looking for a rustic feel to their weddings this season. Pulling the theme off can be challenging, but our resident floral expert has some tips and suggestions to help you out.
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Picture a country lane lined with trees, their leaves bathed in bright fall colours, and an old wooden fence leading up to a barn. What a great place for a fall wedding.

As the floral wedding consultant for BunchesDirect, I’ve talked to many brides lately who have that same idea — a barn wedding.  These brides are looking to give their wedding a rustic look, and really, you can’t get anymore rustic than getting hitched in a barn.

Here’s an idea of the types of floral arrangements and décor I’ve been suggesting for brides in search of that trendy, rustic look for their weddings.


Picture this: the bride in ivory with her bridesmaids in brown.

The bride carries a clustered, casual look, with red, orange or yellow garden roses (or a mixture of all three), accented by some bronze Chrysanthemums daisies, a couple of sunflowers, deep purple lisinathus with some red hypericum berries. Add some solidago, which looks like Goldenrod, and will give any bouquet a bit of a wild, garden-type look.  For additional greens, I would suggest asparagus or sprengeri ferns. Wrap the stems with burlap and tie with raffia.The attendants can carry the same style of bouquet, just a bit smaller. For the groom The groom and male attendants very small clusters or a single flower boutonnieres to match bouquets.


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The big look for tables these days are mason jars, which are just perfect for rustic weddings in a barn (especially on a checkered tablecloth.)  To fill them up, use the same flowers as the wedding party, only larger, and add some branches, wheat, and maybe a bit of straw around the bottom of the jars. Remember, you have a large space to deal with, so the decorations have to be big and showy – subtle won’t work here.  If you really want to go all out, display some bales of hay and corn stalks with cabbage plants in the corners of the space.

I would also suggest having mason jars on the head table filled with just water to put the bouquets in, rather than just laying them on the table.


Not the barn type? You can still achieve the rustic look.

Let’s start with a church: I suggest two large arrangements on the floor or on pedestals at the front of the church, Arranged loosely with large flowers in fall colours to follow the theme, such as Gladiola, Sunflowers, Celosia (otherwise known as Cockscomb), Chrysanthemums, Red Hypericum Berries, Solidago, and maybe some corn husks at the bottom of the arrangements.  If you want to go further, add some pew markers, made of burlap ribbon with clusters of corn husks.  You can transfer the church decorations to the banquet hall after the ceremony.

Now, on to the banquet hall.  Start with the chairs – instead of the stin covering, use burlap on the back of the chair tied with raffia and a raffia bow at the back.  The mason jars could have a band of burlap ribbon around them and tied on with raffia on checkered table clothes.  Add a lantern for a country rustic look.
For the head table: again, checkered tablecloths and the two arrangements from church spaced in front, with mason jars lined up on the front of head table for the bride and attendants to put their flowers in.


The choices are endless with cakes and colours, but let’s say the cake is brown. The cake top should have a casual look, like the bouquets – perhaps a block of oasis on a aluminum plant.  It must be light so it doesn’t sink into the icing.  For the bottom of the cake, I suggest a bit of garland with ferns and a bit of straw.

A do-it-yourself wedding takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it. The BunchesDirect brand was designed for brides on a budget, and Bunches Bob is here to help you. Whether you buy premade arrangements or do-it- yourself, have fun with those blooms.

ABOUT BUNCHES BOB: A fifty year floral industry veteran, Bob started in the floral business in Cornwall, Ontario back in the late 1950s. Bob has hosted and taken part in numerous floral demonstrations for various groups. Some of his greatest claims to fame was when the Toronto Star commissioned him to create a Thanksgiving bouquet for their annual Thanksgiving Day special section, and when he had the honour of creating a floral arrangement for Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday while she was filming in Toronto. A man of many talents, Bob has been heavily involved in community theatre, film and commercial acting, singing, dancing, directing and choreographing, and his favourite hobby, painting in watercolours and acrylics. Bob has helped hundreds of brides in recent years as a wedding flower consultant for BunchesDirect, and has become a hit on Youtube, with multiple videos garnering over 100,000 views.

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