Golden garlands of wheat accessorize the pews and rafters of this chapel. For an ethereal effect, layer the strandsâtheir feathery ends look especially beautiful when touched by rays of sunlight. Some variety of dried wheat is available year-round, and itâs surprisingly hardy, meaning you can create this project well before your day.
Spread your big news in a small-town way, with this cross between a frontier poster and a modern concert flyer. These 23-by-28-inch black-and-white broadside designs were printed on newsprint thatâs so inexpensive, you can cover a whole lot of territory. Plaster them around town to lead guests to your location, or line a wall at your reception to create a graphic photo-booth backdrop.
Indoors or out, a glowing tablescape like this one pulls all the rustic pieces together. It looks polished, but itâs actually quite resourceful: The harvest-theme chandeliers are wheat-covered wire baskets, and the vases holding clouds of pretty wildflowers are recycled metal cans spray-painted a glossy white. For an instant, on-point tablecloth, lay out a length of raw-edged leather.
If you can round up inexpensive bits of rope and twine and a burnishing tool, youâre more than halfway done with this âbrandedâ keepsake. To make it, paint a 18-by-30-inch piece of wood (a lumberyard can cut this for you and drill two holes), stencil on words, and brand it. Then, tie on several spray-painted metal cans, and youâve got a rhythm section for the fender of your horse and buggyâor Benz.
Thereâs something luxurious about giving these oversize handcrafted (and seriously delicious) salted-caramel bars as favors. Wrap the wax-covered treats in newsprint, add a ribbon, then finish with stick-on wax seals.
Set atop a bundle of wheat, large numerals direct diners to their tables. Linen-covered rounds of cardboard were stenciled with white paint, then placed on a stack of wheatâthe cut ends of which conveniently stand on their own.
Just a single stalk of wheat inspired this entire stationery suite. The serenely minimal silhouette and clean typeface make it current, while the yellow ink and rugged chip board have a classic old-school appeal. The four-piece set by Hammerpress was handmade using letterpress, a technique dating to 1450.
Fresh strawberries top stacked pound cakes instead of the traditional biscuits, with mascarpone cream sandwiched between the layers. Platters piped with royal icing in a basket-weave pattern lend a country feel. They sit on ribbon-wrapped columns that elevate the dessert from its rustic origins and allude to the shape of a conventional tiered wedding cake.
Baskets brimming with fruit imbue a reception with rustic charm. We filled Nantucket baskets in various sizes with warm-toned fruits: pears, apricots, and two kinds of apples. Small baskets laden with blond cherries are arranged at place settings for guests to take home -- tiny bows are a graceful touch.
With a puff-pastry blossom resting atop a flaky crust, a miniature pot pie makes a delightful and delicious first course at a wedding. This favorite home-style dish is filled with a medley of vegetables, including asparagus, carrots, and pearl onions, and is baked in a ramekin.
The creation of a new monogram is symbolic of the bride and groom's joining their lives in matrimony. There are many beautiful ways you can use these letters to personalize various details of your wedding, from invitations and matchbooks to the wedding cake and reception decorations. Here, were created an elegant monogram wreath from pinecones and tallow berries that you can use to adorn an entrance or mantel.
This display is inspired by seasonal fruits and reminiscent of a farmers' market, right down to the handwritten labels. Crumbly tarts, a lattice-topped pie, and meringues with syrupy fruit are right at home on this table. For decor, place branches bearing tiny crab apples in a galvanized vase.
Send flower girls down the aisle carrying rose petal-filled paper cones rimmed with orchids and rattlesnake grass. Linen dresses, like these from Ariella Chezar's Ariella Bella line, "are fanciful and a little old-fashioned," she says. Use floral tape to secure bunches of grass to wire for a matching crown.