The Magnificent Seven! Seven fantastic Country and Western themed wedding ideas to make your day (and that won’t cost you a few dollars more…)
A Country and Western themed wedding has been a trend for some time now; especially for brides who are not quite the “ballroom” types. They are the perfect choice if celebrating an intimate and beautiful union is high up on your agenda. It’s time for your dreams to come true, and your wedding deserves to be nothing less than perfect. Fashion blogger Rebecca Siggers shares her seven top tips for the country and western wedding of your dreams…
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1. Use A Horse or A Pickup Truck
You cannot miss out on including a horse in a country themed wedding. Use a rustic brown wagon to make a grand entry or include them in your wedding photography. A fun idea is to buy western clothing at a thrift store for your guests and offer them black and white western photos of themselves to take home as souvenirs. Open fields, green pastures, and beautiful shiny horses serve as the perfect backdrop and add a refined rustic elegance to the day. You can also use an old pickup truck in a white or blue color during photography. Decorate it with flowers and garlands and use it for a romantic wedding entry.
Starting with wedding invitations, give your guests a sneak peek of the country theme with hand-drawn illustrations and checkered envelopes. You can also try tying the invitations with jute ropes in small, neat bows. Try to get married near or in a barn. Even if you’re getting married in a chapel, decorations can play a major role in making the environment feel country and rustic. An altar draped with seasonal blooms, gauzy fabric, and rugged details like branches can enhance the rusticity of the surroundings without going overboard. Incorporate rustic accents like whiskey barrels, lasso rope, and horseshoe in the decor. Use mason jars filled with baby breath as centerpieces or hang them down the aisle.
For the bride, opt for gowns soft fabrics like tulle and lace. A champagne gown with a tiered skirt having flowy layers will give the perfect amount of drama while looking oh-so-pretty. A corset wedding dress will fit in wonderfully with the country theme; lace the corset in the back using leather ties for added appeal. A gorgeous, off-ivory gown with an intricate embroidery back adds the perfect amount of coverage for a chapel ceremony. Carry a bouquet of your favorite wildflowers and wrap its handle with twine to add a unique touch to your bouquet. Bridesmaid and flower girl can use cowboy boots or matching dresses having a touch of burlap. For the groom, linen, tweed, and cotton are the ideal fabrics. You can add a bit of a country charm with a hat-vest-belt buckle combo.
For the reception try a rustic palette of white and browns; enhance the look with the use of fresh flowers like sunflowers and baby breath. Impart a warm glow over the ceremony proceedings with a chandelier, glass bottle lanterns and flickering candles. Nothing says country quite like burlap bow curtains and a canopy of warm twinkle lights.
Cover hay bales with attractive fabric and pillows for a comfy lounge seating area. If the night is chilly, you can also keep cozy blankets for your guests to snuggle in. A roaring fire pit will create a cozy atmosphere for any wedding. Arrange for a country band to create the perfect ambiance and to get your guests in a festive spirit.
No country-themed wedding can be complete without a traditional and homestyle soul. For starters, consider biscuits, cornbread and large bowls of egg salad and pasta salad. Fresh green tossed salads with brown gravy and barbecue sauces are also welcome at any wedding. Use green beans and baked potatoes to complete the spread. For the main dish, stick to pure comfort foods like smoked chicken, coleslaw, pulled pork, barbecued ribs, fried oysters and battered fish.
Have fun with your bar display — fill old barrels with ice and beer and attach a rustic tap to provide free-flowing beer to your guests. For non-alcoholic guests, fill a separate tub or barrel with lemonade, iced tea, and soda.
6. Wedding Cake and Table Decoration
You can opt for sculptures cakes with western elements like cowboy and cowgirl hats, wagons, windmill, horseshoe, saddle and hay bale. A great idea is to go for woodland wedding cakes that have a simple style which compliments a rustic theme. These are naked cakes, that is, they don’t have icing on the outside. Instead, a generous layer of icing is used between the tiers and subtly glamorous gilded details and lush florals adorn these simplistic naked cakes. A naked chocolate wedding cake, adorned with red berries and dusted with powdered sugar will look divine when displayed on a tree stump. Incorporate rope, twine, woodland vines, pink-hued flowers and, foliage to the table decor. Even if you choose a traditional cake, decorate it with a western themed topper and include natural touches with crawling vines, twigs and twine, and faux bios frosting.
7. Gift Ideas
Gift-giving for a western themed wedding is unique and can be extremely fun. You can show your appreciation and the special feelings you have for your bridesmaid or groomsmen by gifting them certain accessories or a part of their wedding attire. Your bridesmaids and maid of honor are some of the most important people in your life, so give them the best bridesmaids gifts! If you want them to wear cowboy boots, consider buying them a pair. Other ideas include rustic cufflinks or shot glasses for groomsmen and western jewelry like pendants or necklaces for bridesmaids. You can also gift them personalized mason jars with their name as an adorable country themed gift.