One of the more popular wedding themes trending today is the country wedding. Country weddings can run the gamut from having an outdoor ceremony and reception near a field to planning a downright cowboy country wedding with cowboy boots, hats and horses.
A country wedding theme may be one of the least expensive themes to plan, especially if you live in a rural area where there are a lot of countrysides and farmland. You might even live on a farm yourself, which can save you a good deal of cash when it comes to renting a venue.
Obviously you have to plan for the weather as best as you can, especially for an outdoor wedding.
Some ways to help with this is to find a venue where there are covered areas in case of rain. When my daughter got married, they used the groom’s family homestead. It was in a rural area on the outskirts of the city with two large covered picnic areas.
They had a tent out in the grassy area with a beautiful backdrop of green trees and a running creek. Unfortunately, it drizzled most of the day, but everyone was under cover and still had lots of fun.
Wedding Dress Ideas
Rustic and vintage plus soft and simplistic elegance are what’s in for country wedding dresses. Lace and ivory together creates this style for the perfect wedding dresses for this theme.
If your wedding is outdoors, you can go with a shorter style of dress and still stay in the rustic theme.
If you’re having the ceremony indoors, you can go with a nice chapel or blush train on your dress.
Country Reception Ideas
- Horse farm
- Open field area on any farm
- Barn or barn-styled building
- “Big top” tent in an open field
Depending on where you’re having your country wedding, the natural decor should save you money on decorating. You can probably get away with the least amount of extra decorating expense if you choose a location with any of these things already on the property:
- Post & rail fence
- Bales of hay
- Tractor and farm equipment
For centerpieces or to add some extra color to your theme, use handmade items, family heirlooms or decorative mason jars for centerpieces and place settings.
Country Theme Ceremony
It’s getting to be more popular to have the wedding ceremony at the same location as the reception. Or maybe you’ve found a small country chapel with a lot of ground where you can walk from the chapel right out back to the reception.
In either case, here are some ideas for a country-themed ceremony:
- Burlap aisle runner
- Burlap or country flowers for pew or chair bows
- Bride and bridesmaids wearing cowgirl boots
- Bridesmaids wear cowgirl hats
- Groom and groomsmen wear cowboy boots and cowboy hats
- Flower girl carrying a country basket with faux flower petals
- Ring bearer pillow made from burlap
Outdoor Wedding Ideas
If the ceremony is outdoors where the guests can see you arriving, why not have the groom and groomsmen arrive at the ceremony on horseback, and have the bride and her party arrive in a horse-drawn wagon.
Add Mason Jars to Your Decor
To add a little more down-home style to your country wedding theme, have mason jar redneck wine glasses on the head table for the bridal party to toast with.
Reception Entertainment – Country Style
It’s always a good idea to have music for everyone. So whether you’re having a live band or a DJ or even both, you may want to add some country square dancing with some southern rock line dancing.
Music doesn’t have to be your only entertainment either. To help guests mix and mingle when they don’t dance or aren’t dancing, have an area set up for some horseshoes.
If your wedding is truly a do-it-yourself event, you can do the food yourselves too, as long as some of your family and friends don’t mind pitching in with setting it all up and making sure all the food stays stocked.
I went to an outdoor wedding reception once and the main meal was a huge pig roast! While the tent was up along the side yard with a live band and a portable dance floor, there was also a huge pig roast going on and lots of homemade food.
Obviously if you check around, you should be able to find a caterer who knows how to do some good ol’ country food for a buffet. Selections could include fried chicken and barbecue, along with cole slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob and baked beans.
Add some fresh rolls and biscuits and you’ve got yourself a country wedding menu!
Don’t forget the desserts though. Trending now is getting away from the cake being the only dessert. Couples today are opting for a dessert table aside from the cake.
For a country theme, desserts can include some homemade pies and cookies.
Put a Little Bit of Country Into Your Wedding Favors
And last but certainly not least, wedding favors for your guests. Here are a few ideas for packaging favors for your guests. What you put inside is up to you, and the possibilities are endless!
- Mini horseshoes with a tag
- Burlap favor bags
- Wooden favor tags
- Decorative Mason jars
- Little baskets wrapped in gingham or burlap