Planning a Country Wedding

Add a Little Rustic Flair to Your Country-Themed Wedding

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There's something wonderfully charming about a country wedding. Make yours timeless and graceful by coordinating relaxed details. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Wedding Attire

Given the country wedding theme's casual vibe, you can get away with wearing comfortable clothing. That includes sundresses, light, linen fabrics and eyelet lace for the ladies and casual shirts, khakis or even jeans for the guys. You can also have the wedding party wear cowboy boots or hats.

Venue, Decor and Food

A country wedding obviously needs to have a country setting. If you're having an outdoor ceremony, up the down-home ante with hay bale seating for guests. You might even consider having the wedding party arrive via hayride.

For your venue, renting a barn or a farmhouse would be ideal. Use picnic tables and checkered tablecloths. Add ambiance with lanterns, candles, and twinkly lights, and decorate with antiques wherever it's necessary.

The elements might be casual, but you should unify your color palette for a clearer, more cohesive, modern look. For example, use large groupings of yellow and white daisies as the centerpieces with cream-colored tablecloths, and have the bridesmaid wear yellow dresses and carry similarly colored bouquets.

A laid-back country wedding is the perfect setting for a food truck. Rent your favorite food truck to visit later in the evening after dinner has been served. Your guests will be thrilled to indulge in a tasty, late night snack.

Flowers

Instead of carrying a cookie cutter bouquet of roses, carry a bouquet of wildflowers or sunflowers instead. Put floral centerpieces and large arrangements in large, antique pitchers, and put smaller groupings of flowers in mason jars. Mismatched vases are also a quaint touch.

Invitations

Why not embroider your invitation on a country sampler, photograph it and have it printed on the invitations? If you know a skilled graphic designer, they may also be able to recreate the stitched sampler look.

If you're doing an engagement photo shoot, take the pictures in a rustic setting like an actual barn, the woods, or similar outdoorsy backdrop.

Music

A rustic barn wedding is perfect for lively music -- a live bluegrass or country band will have your guests dancing all night long. If you're really into country music, you can do a little line dancing, square dance or do the Texas two-step. And if you're really brave and looking to give your guests a thrill, rent a mechanical bull!

Favors

A down-home kind of wedding is the perfect event to make handmade favors. Make cookies and wrap them in pretty paper or a dainty box. If you wouldn't be able to find your way around a kitchen and can't tell the salt from the sugar, you can always purchase the sweets at a local bakery. You could also package small bunches of fresh local produce, like a pint of strawberries, tomatoes on the vine or a bunch of grapes.

Special Touches

Since your ceremony and/or reception is likely to be held outdoors, provide your guests with fans to stay cool and swat away pesky bugs -- you can even print the wedding program on the fan.