One of the most popular weddings today is the rustic chic Western theme wedding, which can include a western, farmstead, horse or cow barn, farmhouse, or country vibe. Right now, Invitations by R Squared is going to show you how to plan a Country/Western Rustic Chic themed wedding with a handful of solid and clever ideas, both handmade and do-it-yourself. We’ll show you how to plan a western themed wedding with ideas for save the date cards, invitations, types of venue, time of year, attire, ceremony as well as reception decor, and gifts.
Start with the Save the Date cards and invitations. Every great event starts with the perfect invitation. A wedding, particularly one with an overall theme, requires an awesome and usually complimentary Save the Date card and invitation to gear up your guests. Go here to see some fabulous examples.
Pick a Venue. The venue where you’ll tie the knot makes a huge impact on your overall theme. If you’re planning a country wedding, western wedding, or one with a woodland vibe, pick an environment that totally complements your theme. For instance, a country wedding would be beautiful at a ranch, on a farm, in a barn, or in an old farmhouse. A backyard wedding (or one in an open field) are also great options if you’re not able to pick a barn or farm.
Time of Year. When you plan a western themed wedding, you’ll want to consider the time of year. While you can plan this style in any season, it is much more convenient to have warmer temperatures, as your ceremony and/or reception will likely take place outdoors. The best time of year for a western themed wedding is spring, summer, or early fall (before it gets too chilly).
Attire. A western theme wedding is more casual than other themes. Instead of heels, the bride might wish to opt for a pair of western boots. Bridesmaids can be the “cuties with the booties”, pairing western boots with ritzy dresses. The bride might wear a veil, or she might opt to wear a cowgirl hat instead (if even just for the reception).
A wedding dress of any style works well with this theme, although many brides tend to wear more casual dresses that are flowy and made of organic cotton or lace. If you’re getting married in a cooler month, you can add a top layer — like a cardigan or a plaid shirt.
Ceremony and Reception Decor. While your venue will play a large role in the overall decor of your ceremony and reception space. However, there are many fun and inspiring ways to add a personal, handcrafted touch to your wedding. Let’s look at a few hand-picked decor ideas. A ceremony and/or reception sign will tell guests where to go. Weathered and worn fit right in here! A unique cake topper that features western boots or ‘just hitched’ are a few of our favorite finds. Horseshoes are a symbol of good luck and an ideal decor piece for this wedding theme! You can use horseshoes to make escort cards, for ring toss as entertainment for the guests, or as hangers for chair signs.
We’ve seen this done many times before, but we still find mason jars and classic soda-shop striped straws to be a really charming detail. Mason jars and country / western weddings are made for each other.
Instead of a guest book, ask guests to leave well wishes and “marriage advice” in a rustic keepsake box on charming heart-shaped wood.
Gift Ideas. Gift-giving for a western themed wedding is fun! If you want bridesmaids or groomsmen to wear western boots, consider buying their pair (these can get expensive, though, so this is ideal for a smaller-sized wedding party). Other ideas include horseshoe jewelry, cowboy boots cuff links, western ring bearer badge, western flower girl jewelry, personalized print for Mr. & Mrs.,