At Invitations by R Squared, we love love and we love weddings. Especially destination weddings. And especially destination weddings with a theme. Of all the destination wedding trends we’ve seen come and go, the one that warms our hearts is the Western / Cowboy / Rustic-chic wedding. While a rustic-themed wedding conjures visions of cowboys, a farm, barn or camp setting, with the right details—such as Mason jars, bark and a pair of fabulous cowboy boots to wear with your dress—a rustic wedding can be had almost anywhere, and we love the Southwest!
A Southwestern rustic wedding can mean so many things and that’s why a lot of couples are drawn to this particular style. Rustic is an umbrella term, which can mean anything from a country or garden backdrop to a barn, farm or vintage-style setting. Today’s creative brides are taking the rustic flair and making it elegant, chic and reflective of their personal style.
Southwestern rustic destination weddings can take on so many shapes. Couples can plan a rustic wedding in the mountains or at a vineyard.
There are no hard and fast rules about what should or should not be included in a Southwestern rustic destination wedding—the possibilities are endless. To bring rustic style into the wedding day, couples could include items that reflect the wedding’s location and incorporate pieces such as fabulous Save the Date cards, rustic wedding invitations and other stationery pieces, pine cones, Mason jars and mismatched vases. Wedding favors like honey, jam, granola and hot chocolate mix are all great ways to rustically thank your guests for coming. Take a look at our Pinterest boards here for lots more great ideas!
A Southwestern rustic destination wedding lends itself to both outdoor and indoor receptions. One of the best ways to make an indoor ceremony or reception rustic is to bring nature indoors. Birch bark, leaves and greenery are all great options—and when you mix them with evergreen garlands and burlap tablecloths you get an instant rustic feeling. We’ve seen some of the most traditional locations turned into perfect rustic wedding spaces—with a little imagination!
Use the natural beauty of the location by letting your wedding décor complement that beauty instead of fighting it. Many times we see couples who want to add so much to a wedding venue when they should be taking cues from the surroundings and letting the area dictate details such as the wedding’s date, color palettes and attire.
Now that you’ve settled on the theme of your dreams, it’s going to be all about location. There is nothing better than a fabulous destination wedding in the glorious Southwest! Looking for an ideal spot for your rustic Southwest destination wedding? Here are some incredible destinations that will lend all the magic and whimsy any bride could ever want.
The Inn & Spa at Loretto, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, offers some of the most amazing cerulean blue skies and breathtaking vistas to be found in the Southwest. The beauty, history and cultural value of the city of Santa Fe is virtually unmatched by any other destination wedding location in the United States. This wedding venue is truly as unique as the brides that choose this location for their destination wedding celebrations. One of the most stunning features of this location is a re-creation of the Taos pueblo, affording couples a memorably gorgeous backdrop against which to take their vows. A wedding at the Inn & Spa at Loretto makes for a truly extraordinary ceremony. You can get more information as well as a photographic tour right here.
The Boulders Resort is a setting of immense beauty to celebrate one of the happiest days any couple could ever hope to have. Exquisite desert surroundings, a variety of ceremony and receptions locations boasting breathtaking desert views, and unparalleled service from the staff and on-site wedding planners combine to create the fabulous and unique wedding event sought after by today’s brides. Adventures await your guests in the surrounding areas to make your special event memorable for all. The planners at The Boulders are ready and waiting to help you plan the event of a lifetime. Just look at what this destination has to offer!
Encircled by mature willows and cottonwoods, El Monte Sagrado was built around The Sacred Circle — revered by Native Americans for hundreds of years. Today, the Sacred Circle serves as a meditation spot, contemplative promenade, and a location in which to perform one of the most sacred of rites: the wedding ceremony. Couples may choose to affirm their commitment in an intimate ceremony in The Sacred Circle or, for larger wedding parties, indulge in our Rio Grande Ballroom, which can accommodate 400 guests. There is a wide variety of rooms and settings from which to choose, from the intimacy of the Library to the Grand Bohemian Gallery overlooking aspen trees and waterfalls.
The Lover’s Knoll wedding venue is just off a mountain road with stellar views. Laid out in the immediate vista are Twin Buttes, Schnebley Hill, Lee Mountain, Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rock. Sunset is the best time ever at this site and you cannot beat sunset on a full moon night anywhere else in the world. Featuring indescribable beauty, lighting and energy, your wedding here on the full moon will be the most memorable ever. Lover’s Knoll offers easy access and plenty of parking. On any sunset night and particularly with a full moon sunset, Lover’s Knoll becomes transcendent. Great for all size weddings.
Overlooking Sedona from atop the Airport Mesa 500 feet above the hustle and bustle, there is an oasis in the sky with lush garden landscaping and a bird’s eye view of Sedona’s Red Rock formations. To the West, you’ll find the most stunning sunsets Arizona has to offer with sunrays bathing the amazing Red Rocks, creating an ever changing vista only visible from the Airport Mesa. The Sky Ranch Lodge’s spectacular vista overlook is also a favorite Sedona destination wedding venue for couples seeking the magic of the Southwest. Sky Ranch Lodge guests can enjoy a glass of wine from the wine bar and watch the sun cast an array of pinks, oranges, and reds through the skies. Every attraction in Sedona is close by to the lodge and the on-site wedding professionals are available to help plan adventures for your guests.
Once you’ve selected your Southwestern destination wedding location, you can start looking at wedding stationery packages. There are some fabulous ones here in our store. And don’t forget our Pinterest boards! The team at Invitations by R Squared has worked diligently to source tons of great ideas and inspiration for your Western / Cowboy / Rustic-chic wedding. Visit us on Pinterest here!
We know your special day is going to be filled with magic and happiness and we couldn’t be happier for you!