How To Plan an Urban Rustic Wedding During the #MonthOfLove

This week during the #MonthOfLove the team at Liven It Up Events and Julie Fitzgerald with Entertaining Company and put their thoughts together on how to create a Urban .  You might ask, what is the definition to a Rustic Urban wedding?


Finds beauty in nature, sustainable natural elements enhance for a modern “look” Some of the venues that lend themselves to this style wedding are…

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Bridgeport Arts Center

A New Leaf

Prairie Production

Zhou B Arts Center

In order to create this wedding, lets talk about how to build this wedding from the ground up!  For more photos, see our Pinterest Board for even more inspiration!

Color Palette

Rich colors, Warm tones contrasting textures – exposed brick, patina(d) metal contrasting textures to highlight the elegance of raw space and refined natural beauty of modern architecture.  These include chocolate brown, ivory, merlot, sage green, dusty rose, eggplant or plum.

Dress the Table

Rectangular tables work best for this style of wedding.  Chairs that work – Fruitwood or Natural Folding, Farm chair, Benches, suede ottoman, Custom color Chiavari Table lines in lamour or pintunk with hemstitch napkins. Mismatched silver flatware, glassware and china are fun for this style of wedding. 


Floral and Decor

Contrasting crystal pieces and textural vessels, candles of varying heights and sizes, ceiling suspended lanterns and light fixtures, farm tables with no linen and re-purposed vessels holding  succulents contrasted with colorful flowers.   Natural light by day followed by warm, ambient light or textured patterns washing walls and floors by night.  The combination of Crystal Chandeliers and Candelabras & driftwood with Chalkboard Menus and Home Made favors will set the tone.


Presentation of food: Communal, Relaxed Service, Natural Flow


Cocktail Hour with Waiter Passed: Lavender Lemonade with fresh lavender garnish served from Mason Jars

Full Service Bar, His and Her Cocktails Her: Blackberry Elderflower Spritzer ~ with Vodka, Elderflower, fresh blackberry garnish His: Whiskey Sour ~ with Whiskey, Lemon Juice and Vanilla Simple Syrup

Family Style Dinner of…….

Individual Summer Salad Bouquets

grapefruit segments, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese terrine, pistachios

champagne vinaigrette


Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Drizzled with Balsamic Syrup to Look Like Grill Marks

Rosemary, Arugula with Olive Oil, Fresh Oregano, Basil and Garlic


Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken Breast

Lemon Caper Sauce Drizzle

Garnished with Charred Lemon Rounds and Fresh Herb Bundles


Past Ribbons

fresh grilled zucchini, asparagus, fresh herbs and broccolini


Shaved Summer Vegetables

Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Fennel, Zucchini, Fresh Herbs

Classic Olive Oil & Lemon Juice~

Charred Herbed Fingerling Spuds on Sticks

Scented with Rosemary, Garlic and Fresh Herbs 


Selection of pies in all different shapes and sizes

Key Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry,

Cinnamon Apple, Pecan, French Silk,

Banana Cream, Toasted Coconut


A deejay will work just fine for a wedding like this or a unique trio or quartet such as a blue grass trio is a fun way to introduce live music!


Using chalk boards at the tables to denote table numbers and large board as a welcome and program to the ceremony and to have for the dinner menu.  Invitations can be in the color palette and be less formal, more casual, hip, urban and fun.



Anything goes from vintage to modern and can include colorful wedding gowns, grooms with statement shoes, pops of color in ladies shoes and the use of vintage jewelry.