For the past couple of years, one of the hottest wedding trends has been planning a cowboy wedding. Complete with everything western and rustic, cowboy weddings are a great wedding trend to go with if you are looking to bring out the soul of the South on your big day. Here are some of the must have things to incorporate in your cowboy wedding if you plan on getting married with a little zest of country this season.
Pick The Right Season For a Cowboy Wedding
If you plan on having a cowboy wedding, then you want to make sure you do it in the right season. The best time to have your wedding would be anytime during the summer or even late summer at best. To pull off the western feel, you want to avoid too early in the spring time or too late in the fall time. By planning your cowboy wedding during the summer, this will give you a chance to use the outdoors to your advantage. Part of having a great cowboy wedding is having either your ceremony or reception take place outdoors.
Ditch The Heels, Grab Your Cowboy Boots Instead
To truly grasp the vibe of a cowboy wedding, you may want to consider ditching the heels. Instead, pull out your favorite cowboy boots and wear them on your big day. You may even want to consider having your bridesmaids wear cowboy boots as part of the bridal party ensemble. Wearing cowboy boots on your big day is one of the easiest ways to show off your country pride.
Start With The Seating
Give a little western feel to your rustic outdoor cowboy wedding by using the right furniture. If you are planning on having your ceremony outdoors, then consider using hay bales as seating. Not only are hay bales a little cheaper for your wedding budget, but they will give such an elegant rustic feel that is fitting for any cowboy wedding.
If you are having your ceremony in a barn, then that is more of a reason to use hay bales. You can even use hay bales as a partition on either side of your venue so that when you are walking down the aisle, you’ll be doing so in true cowboy fashion.
Get Yourself A Pick Up Truck
While most brides might be pulling up on their big day in a fancy limo or sedan, you might want to consider getting your hands on a rustic pick up truck. A rustic pick up truck is a great accessory to add to any cowboy wedding.
Bring Out The Horses
An ideal cowboy wedding wouldn't be complete without a horse or two. A necessary thing that you must have at your cowboy wedding is a photo shoot with your favorite horse in tow. Not only will a cowboy wedding theme be made perfect with a horse driven carriage for your wedding entrance, but having a horse on site will make your photos so memorable and unique.
Traditional Invites? Send Handkerchiefs Instead
One of the cutest ideas that have slowly been picking up steam is sending a handkerchief in place of an invite. Get your hands on some customized handkerchiefs that have all the information that your guests need for your wedding. Not only are handkerchief invites a unique spin on traditional invites, but handkerchiefs are a great way to save sweet wedding memories.
If you do plan on using traditional wedding invites, then be sure to stick with neutral earthy colors. No cowboy wedding would be complete without any burlap or lace either. So be sure to include these two elements in your wedding invites.
Yes, horseshoes were meant to be for good luck, but why not incorporate them into your cowboy wedding too? Use horseshoes in a variety of ways including placeholders and seat reservations. Not only will horseshoes stick with your theme of having a cowboy wedding, but they are a great and cheap choice for wedding decorations.
Skip out on the traditional plain white tables and incorporate whiskey barrels as tables instead. Not only do whiskey barrels have the perfect look for a rustic wedding, but they serve as great props for your wedding photos. Get a couple of whiskey barrels for the cake table and gift table. If you need a little more table space, then get your hands on two whiskey barrels and a long wooden plank or board. Simply spread out the whiskey barrels and place the plank or board on the top of each whiskey barrel for extra room. Don’t forget to get your hands on smaller sized whiskey barrels too. Smaller whiskey barrels are great for planting flowers in for an added a touch of decoration.
Get Yourself A Barn
There is no better venue for a country wedding then a beautiful rustic barn. The great thing about barns is they don’t have to be super pretty or super up-to-date to work. In fact, the more rugged the barn looks, the more magical and western themed your wedding will be. After all, you will be dressing up your barn with wedding decorations that will make it a magical place to get married and celebrate in.
Every western cowboy wedding must have twinkling lights. We love that twinkling lights are perfect for adding a touch of magic and charm. Be sure to get your hands on as many outdoor twinkling lights as you can. For more delicate lighting, we recommend going with copper twinkling lights. You can place copper twinkling lights in small mason jars and use them as table centerpieces or as a general decoration. Twinkling lights in mason jars give off a delicate look that will lend themselves perfectly in any cowboy wedding. if your ceremony and reception will be outdoors, then twinkling lights will be the perfect touch of magic that will make your wedding night complete.
Go Easy On The Dress
Everything about cowboys, the western life, and the country life in general revolves around simplicity. Let this theme reflect in your wedding dress as well. Instead of picking out the poofy, over bedazzled and most elaborate dress you can find, remember that with a country wedding simplicity is key. Try to pick a shorter dress that will help show off your cowboy boots and you will be ready for the perfect cowboy wedding.
Pick The Right Color Scheme
Unfortunately, if you are going with the cowboy wedding, then you will have a bit of a limited color scheme for your wedding to work with. Be sure to stay away from loud colors. Instead, it is best to go with earthy tones that reflect the theme of your wedding. Our favorite color for a cowboy wedding is anything nude or rustic green. Colors that can be found out in nature are perfect for bridal parties and the wedding in general.
Don’t miss out on the action of pulling together a beautiful cowboy wedding this wedding season. If you or someone you know is getting ready to tie the knot soon, then toy around with the idea of putting together a cowboy wedding. One thing is for certain, you can never go wrong with planning a beautiful Southern wedding to start the new chapter of your life. Good luck!
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