A country style wedding is a comfortable and relaxed celebration and there are lots of inexpensive and simple ideas to help you plan that perfect day.
Most country weddings are held outside or inside a barn.
Have you always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding? Or is a Western wedding with cowboy boots and horses what you have envisioned?
Whatever your dream, once you find the perfect setting, let your vision come to life.
To find your perfect venue look for a ranch, farm, or an outdoor garden to use as your location.
If you have always wanted a country wedding but don't want to take a chance on the weather, then look for an indoor venue.
A small country church or rustic inn are both great places to have your ceremony.
Or rent a barn for your ceremony and reception.
Even if you live in the middle of a large city, you can still have a country setting.
There are banquet halls that you could decorate to resemble the inside of a barn or check to see if there is a country/western themed bar that will let you rent their space for your wedding.
A city park is also a great place for a country wedding.
It is easy to westernize indoor and outdoor spaces.
For a casual wedding, use picnic tables and cover them with gingham-checked tablecloths.
For a more formal wedding, go ahead and use the white linens.
For your centerpieces, fill old mason jars or ceramic pitchers with wildflowers. Use hurricane lamps with large pillar candles inside.
If you found an old barn to use hang lanterns from the rafters for a romantic effect.
Be sure to place plenty of bales of hay for people to sit on.
You can use milk cans or buckets filled with flowers for table decorations.
Country style wedding dresses are flowing and comfortable.
The bride can choose a traditional white wedding dress or a more western-inspired attire, such as a calf-length, handkerchief-bottom dress.
A lace top with a long skirt would also work.
To save money and to go with the country wedding theme use wildflowers or other local flowers for your table decorations and for your bouquet.
The groom can wear anything from a western tux, brocade or leather vest, banded collar shirts and neck-wear ranging from string ties to neck scarves.
Of course, he should wear the traditional cowboy hat and boots.
However, since a country style wedding is a relaxed celebration, both men and women may choose to wear jeans as their wedding attire - the bride could wear white jeans and the groom could wear black.
Food is an important part of a country style wedding.
There should be plenty of familiar food served buffet or family style during the reception.
For an extremely casual event, you might consider a potluck meal.
Instead of a gift, ask your guests to bring one of their specialty dishes. On your reply cards ask the guest if they would like to contribute a dish. If so, request the name of the dish.
With this information you can make a menu card with each dish listed and your guests will know if they are sampling Aunt Becky's fried chicken or Uncle Joe's barbecued ribs.
Or you could have boxed meals for an old-fashioned outdoor-afternoon wedding.
Choose items that hold up well; such as, fried chicken, sandwiches, fruit, cheese, and brownies. Package them in decorated boxes or brown bags.
Be sure to include napkins and cutlery.
And don't forget the punch!
Get more ideas on county style menus here.
Music is the heart of any event and this is especially true at a country wedding.
A small band with a fiddle player is always fun or play your favorite country and western songs.
Get help in finding that perfect song to play as you walk down the aisle or for your first dance here.
This is where the bride and groom can really have some fun!
The bride might choose to arrive in a horse drawn buggy or sleigh.
The happy couple could leave on a decorated tractor or for a cowboy theme wedding, they could leave on horseback.
You could even offer hayrides for your guests during the reception.
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