The day is drawing near, and every second counts. Planning for your wedding is a big undertaking. We want to help your planning go much more smoothly. If your wedding has a country or western theme, then this is the article for you to read.
Decision 1: Choose the Stage
The first decision to make is regarding the venue. A country wedding in a ritzy motel might work, but it probably won’t set the stage as well as a barn, lodge, or outdoor area. Choose a rustic location that will set the mood the instant your guests arrive. Country weddings are usually inspired by nature, so finding a place that compliments your color scheme and style is essential.
Tip: If you happen to know someone with a barn or a big yard or field, consider approaching them about using their property. This could save you money on rental fees, and you’ll most likely have much more freedom with your decorating.
Decision 2: Set the Stage
Choose a color scheme that reflects your rustic style. Western weddings are influenced by nature and a rustic way of life. Consider choosing an earthy tone for the base and then accent with a bright hue. For example, select a simple brown cowboy boot for your bridesmaids, and pair it with a rich purple or vibrant orange.
As always, flowers play a huge part in your western wedding. Choosing flowers that reflect the country feel of your event will further inspire the impression you wish to create. One of our favorites is the sunflower; its simplicity and bright colors create a very bold and beautiful statement. Wildflowers are an obvious choice, and lend a wilder, more rugged atmosphere. Another interesting choice would be cacti – they create a southwestern vibe when incorporated into your centerpieces. Even if you don’t choose a specifically western flower, mix in some western touches, such as holding together bouquets with twine, or some aspen branches. Country style is best described using opposites – pairing a delicate flower with rough burlap, for example.
Lighting and Centerpieces:
Set the mood with western lighting, such as candles, torches or lanterns. The simplicity of these lend a rustic air, and invoke the crackling of a campfire. Check with your venue first to make sure these options are possible. If you are prohibited to use open flames, floating candles in mason jars or other glassware are considered “closed.” Strands of Christmas lights also set a romantic mood, especially if you are planning an evening wedding. When deciding on centerpieces, consider using items such as tree stumps for the base. A slice of tree trunk topped with delicate blooms and candles is simple to create. Float candels or house flowers in mason jars which offer a very country feel!
In example one, a tree trunk is the perfect base for the centerpiece (photo credit: Emily Takes Photos).
Example two shows us the use of mason jars as a candleholder. We also love the burlap table cloths! (Photo credit: Daniel Meigs Photography).
The idea in example three is fantastic – hang a ladder and dangle mason jars filled with flowers and candles. It creates a beautiful atmosphere.
Decision 3: Choose your Apparel
For the Bride:
Make sure you find the perfect pair to wear under your dress. The choice is entirely up toyou. Why not find a pair of boots with a burst of color? Or, you could choose a simple white or brown. Either way, it’s best to decide on a pair that will last a lifetime so that you always have the memento from your special day.
In the first picture, the bride chose simple brown cowgirl boots – a classic western look. She paired them with bright flowers in her bouquet for some color (photo credit: Chard Photographer)
In example two, the bright went with a little bit bolder of a look; the black boots with white cutouts is beautiful when paired with the turquoise jewelry.
The bride in example three went with a statement boot to wear under her dress; going with a bolder boot will make for a very fun photo shoot later. Why not wear your favorite color?