Want to create a gorgeous Southern wedding, but don’t want it to get clichéd or overly rustic? A country spin on the “shabby chic” theme could be just the thing.

These 11 elements will help you evoke that down-home country charm while still staying classy and elegant.

1. Mason Jars

Perfect as bouquet holders lined down the aisles or as candle holders for a centerpiece, mason jars can even be used as drinking glasses. Dress them up with pretty ribbon details and sprigs of flowers.


2. Vintage Picture Frames

Whether you’re showing off your parents’ wedding photo, displaying your table numbers or using miniature frames as place cards, antique and weathered picture frames feel both timeless and elegant.

3. Lace

On your veil, as a table runner, wrapped around your bouquet… There are plenty of ways to add a bit of lace to your decorations for a sweet, feminine feel.

4. Wood

Rustic without being overdone, carefully placed wood elements add a touch of nature and tone down your fancier elements. Consider it for your card box, centerpieces or table numbers.


5. Fun Fabrics

Wrapping your guest book, bouquets and other items in burlap adds a casual, textural element to your décor. Country classic prints like gingham are equal parts cute and cheerful.

6. Quirky Place Settings

Your grandmother’s antique tea cups… mis-matched china from a consignment shop… tarnished vintage silverware. All of these combined create an eclectic, whimsical table that’s just right for your elegant yet fun big day.

7. Lighting

Create a romantic mood with candles and vintage chandeliers, or hang Edison bulbs from the rafters of a barn or other outdoor venue.

8. Flowers

What’s a country wedding without flowers? Opt for simple, pretty varieties like Gerber daisies, sunflowers, lavender and baby’s breath.

9. Cherished Items

“Something old” and “something borrowed” get pride of place at a shabby chic wedding. Whether it’s using your mother’s sewing table as a program stand or turning your great-aunt’s brooches into a DIY bouquet, incorporating cherished items is a great way to make your family and friends a part of your big day.

10. Good, Old-Fashioned Southern Food

Don’t forget the down-home fixings! No Southern wedding is complete without classic dishes like BBQ pulled pork, shrimp and grits and sweet tea. Served on your cute-yet-quirky dinnerware, even macaroni and cheese seems fancy.

11. Great Music

Whether you want to hire a bluegrass band, a country music band, a traditional Top 40 cover band, or even have a DJ spin tunes so that you can change your ambiance on-the-fly, don’t forget that music plays a key role in setting the tone for your evening.

Jim Tiernan at Blue Sky Atlanta Music & Entertainment can help you find the perfect musical band or the top Atlanta DJ, regardless of what style you prefer. And if you want something that can fit with a “Southern Country” or “shabby chic” atmosphere, he can connect you with the right entertainers. Call or email today.