There is something about the countryside that you are very fond of. It may be the charming rustic look or the homey and relaxing ambiance. Whatever it is, you and your groom-to-be did not think twice when you decided to have a country-themed wedding. After all, you think this is a nice alternative to the high-end and frenzied city-style wedding that most of the people you know have had before. Here is a simple guide on how to have a simple yet stunning country wedding.
Planning A Country Style Wedding
Where do I start?
Well the first place to start is to set a budget and stick to it! Once you have this in mind you can start researching venues that fit in with your budget. Bear in mind that some venues include food and drinks in the price, ask what is included and then you know what you o longer need to plan for. More expensive venues often provide you with a wedding planner and this will help ensure that everything is covered with the venue etc. Do not start booking things in without knowing the dates you require are free, and invest in wedding insurance, it often costs around sixty pounds but can save you thousands and isn’t just for when you aren’t getting married but will cover you for floods, damage, theft or illness. If you are booking a wedding venue and a separate reception venue then ensure you can book both for the same day! Bear in mind some venues charge extra for the wedding ceremony room. You will also need to think about who will be in your wedding, ushers, best man, bridesmaids etc are vital and will help you plan!
Why use a Wedding Planning Checklist?
Planning a wedding can be very stressful, there is so much to organize and you hope everything works out perfectly.
The first thing to do is to plan well in advance. Give yourself plenty to have everything organized so there is minimal last minute rushing. There is a lot to remember, so having a wedding checklist can be your best plan of attack.
With everything you’ll have on your mind when you’re getting ready for your big day, if you don’t have a wedding checklist you’re asking for trouble.
No matter how good your memory is you’d be very unwise to rely on it for every little detail you have to remember concerning your wedding.
It’s such an important day for you it would be a crying shame if it was spoiled simply because you failed to plan properly in the first place – and a properly constructed checklist is the very best way you can ensure that all of your wedding plans come to fruition.
Creating a wedding checklist tailored to your specific needs and desires will certainly help to relieve the inevitable stress, particularly as the special day gets closer.
Other important things for your checklist include planning a budget, choosing the wedding party and ordering the invitations. You also need to make arrangements for a wedding dress, hairdressing and makeup. Not forgetting that you also need to arrange for co-coordinated clothing for your wedding attendants and, of course, you need to arrange the all-important wedding rings with a jeweler.
All of the above major things should be arranged as early as possible so that you have plenty of time for the small details later.
An example Wedding checklist:
12 months before the Wedding
- Decide on Wedding date and time.
- Cost a budget and decide who will pay for what.
- List how many guests to be invited (for each party).
- Investigate and book ceremony location, church/temple and venue
- Contact the priest for availability on the date & time and set up an appointment
- List all the services you will require :-
Attorney , cakes , flowers , jewelery , invitations , dress designers , make-up artists , hair stylists , photographer (still and video) , decor , dance instructors , car hire , music (set up appointments to get quotes and portfolios)
- Decide on bridesmaid, flower girls etc and include them in initial dress fitting
- Choose best man and master of ceremonies.
- Honeymoon location and plans – air tickets, passports etc.
- Follow a diet plan if any of the retinue need to slim down even a few pounds.
4 – 6 months before the Wedding
- Choose Stores and set up a Bridal registry.
- Order wedding rings.
- Order invitations.
- Streamline guest list.
- Make appointments with : Hairdresser, make up artist.
- Plan the menu.
1 – 2 months before the Wedding
- Collect wedding rings.
- Confirm honeymoon reservations.
- Mail Invitations.
- Set up (day before) beauty salon appointment for manicure, pedicure.
- Final dress fittings for you and entire retinue.
- Appointment with DJ to select music.
- Contact all service providers and ensure all arrangements are on track.
- Confirm all transportation including honeymoon.
- Arrange to move belongings to new home, if required.
- A day or two before the wedding plan a rehearsal.
1 week before the Wedding
- Send out/call re reminders for the rehearsal.
- Hold rehearsal.
- Pack for honeymoon.
- Confirm all final details with service providers.
- Caterers to get final guest count.
The day before the Wedding
- Manicure and pedicure.
- Confirm hair stylist and make up artist for the wedding day.
- Procedures for the wedding day to be discussed with Fiance , parents and retinue.
The Wedding Day!
- Hair Stylist and make up.
- Eat something and stay hydrated.
- Pack change of clothes for after the ceremony.
- Show up to the wedding!
Remember, as long as you keep yourself organized with a checklist and give yourself plenty of time to complete each task, you’ll have the ultimate reward of a happier and more stress-free wedding day.
What to include on your Wedding Checklist
Some of the things you should put on your checklist are setting the wedding date and time, reserving the date with a florist, and photographer; reserving the church and reception location. These are the first things that should be done in the planning stages six to twelve months before the wedding day itself.
Since the atmosphere of the countryside promotes ease and relaxation, the best kinds of attire are those that speak of comfort. Sundresses, khakis, cotton dresses, kaftans and anything casual and laidback can be the perfect way to dress up for a countryside wedding. However, if you still want to have a formal event with the tuxedos and the works, it is still all right to do so.
Venue and Decor
Ideal locations for a country wedding can be a barn, a farmhouse, a wheat field, plantation, rustic church, valley, or a country inn. For an outdoor wedding, you can use picnic tables covered with checkered tablecloths or quilts. You can also make use of candles and lanterns to light up the place if the event will be held at night. Flowers like daisies, gerberas, dahlias, and sunflowers can be a nice way to decorate the table centerpieces. Use one or two colors as the wedding motif to unify the look of the venue and the decoration.
A country-style wedding invitation would be a nice preview for your lovely wedding event. An embroider invitation would be a good option. Another type of invitation that would be suitable for this type of event would be one that comes with a nice dramatic photo of country scenery.
Invite guests to your casual yet classy barn or ranch theme marriage with the charming Rustic Pink Daisies and Cowboy Boots Wedding Collection. Pair these rustic chic invitations with matching thank you notes, paper products, party favors or keepsake gifts to create a coordinated nuptial set.
Contra or bluegrass bands as well as country singers are the perfect providers of music for the wedding. It would also be a wonderful idea to have a square dance. Guests would surely have a grand time dancing the night away.
Bake cookies and wrap them in country style floral gift wrapper. You can also gather local fruits or vegetables, put them in wicker baskets and tie the baskets with raffia ribbons.
Also, you can make Do-it-yourself caramel apple kits as favors will give guests a sweet reminder of your big day for the guests.
These tips below are general wedding tips you can use even if you are not going to have a country wedding.
- Plan your budget and stick to it.
- Get everything in writing especially when transacting with wedding vendors and service providers.
- Do not force yourself to do everything. Get as much help as you can. Do not forget to say thank you to all the people who help with the wedding preparations.
- Be flexible. Remember, not everything you want can be done.
- Do not be a bridezilla!
Planning a wedding, whether it is a country wedding or some other theme, can truly be time-consuming, exhausting and sometimes exasperating. But once you walk down the aisle and say “I do” to your beloved, all your exhaustion and emotional turmoil will be worth it.
Country Western Weddings: The “Cowboy” Way to Gettin’ Hitched
The secret to a fantastic country theme wedding is in the details. With a country western wedding you can carry that warm, down-home feel into every aspect of your planning – from beautiful western wedding gowns to country style cakes and cake toppers to your theme specific supplies and accessories.
The Easy Way To Plan A Country Western Wedding
Unique Theme Weddings is a complete guide to creating your own magical wedding day.
Western Wedding Location Ideas
Are you having a bit of trouble coming up with ideas for a great location for your ceremony or reception? Here are some suggestions to explore:
1) Hold your wedding in a cleaned out barn or stable.
2) Consider renting a historical colonial home for the ceremony. Even out in the front yard would be lovely. You can find these types of buildings at Historical Villages.
3) Small country churches are lovely places for western weddings.
4) Rent a community hall and decorate it in a western theme.
5) If you have access to a large farmhouse or ranch, have the ceremony on the front porch while your guests look on from below.
6) Have your wedding in a sheltered picnic area that contains barbecue pits. Cover the tables in white cloth with a red and white checkered runner.
7) Southwestern missions would be a fabulous choice for those living in the Deep South.
8) An old Victorian home or chapel would also serve as a great spot.
9) For a small reception, consider booking a private dining room in a western style or even Mexican restaurant.
10) How about having a “weekend wedding” by booking passage on an old locomotive. This would be most suitable for a very small, intimate wedding with just immediate family and a few close friends.
11) Make arrangements to exchange marriage vows during a local rodeo show.
12) If you are willing to travel and do some research, there are many little towns that have retained their “old west” charm. Most should have a hotel, restaurant and/or courthouse that would fit right into your theme wedding.
Choose the Perfect Western Invitation To Compliment Your Big Day
Bring a bit of the west to your guests with these beautiful western-style invites.
Western Wedding Dresses
Tips On Choosing Your Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Attire
Western wedding dresses are a bit different from the average selection of bridal gowns that you see. Here are a few design points to keep in mind when selecting your attire, and those of your bridesmaids.
* Most country & western wedding dresses feature a sweetheart neckline.
* You will often find that western wedding gowns have an outer layer of lace or a lot of lace trim.
* The dress typically falls just above the ankle, rather than flowing to the ground. Many of the western style dresses also come with handkerchief hemlines.
* A slightly different style features an upswept skirt in the front (shin height) and falls to the ground in the back.
* If you choose a short sleeve or sleeveless dress, consider buying a matching bolero jacket for cool evenings.
* In some cases, you may opt to have fringe lining the front yoke, hemline%u2026 even the sleeves.
* The most popular styles in sleeves are the full length Gibson sleeve or the short Cap sleeves.
* Buttons closures are the most popular rather than zippers.
* An old Victorian style dress is also a great choice for a western wedding.
* For the bridesmaids, choose dresses that fall to shin length. Many come with a full skirt and keyhole bodice neckline.
Cherokee Wedding Prayer
A beautiful prayer that many couples include in their wedding vows.
God in heaven above
please protect the ones we love.
We honour all you created
as we pledge our hearts and lives together.
We honour mother-earth
– and ask for our marriage to be abundant
and grow stronger through the seasons;
We honour fire
– and ask that our union be warm
and glowing with love in our hearts;
We honour wind
– and ask we sail though life
safe and calm as in our father’s arms;
We honour water
– to clean and soothe our relationship
– that it may never thirsts for love;
With all the forces of the universe you created,
we pray for harmony and true happiness
as we forever grow young together.
Country Western Wedding Accessories
This collection of wedding cake toppers is perfect for a Country Western Themed Wedding. There are many different styles of cowboy and cowgirl couples, western hats, hay bales and horses too. Take a look below to find a great selection of western themed cake toppers for formal and casual weddings.
Have a glimpse at some lovely items you can use to enhance your celebration.
Western Embrace Cake Topper
With her white boots and his black Stetson, this couple is two-stepping their first dance in modern style. This western cake topper is made from handpainted porcelain for a fine, collectible look. Measures just under 6″ tall.
Horsehead cake Topper
Made for the true cowboy and girl – or the couple that’s just country-at-heart this whimsically styled topper shows the bride gettin’ her groom with a horse head. Made from wire, this topper set includes both horses heads figurine that attach together with an adjustable rope to accommodate different sized cakes.
Getting Hitched Cake Topper
A tiny hay bale and a wooden hitchin’ post form the base of this cute country western cake topper. The piece is finished with a cowboy hat, a lasso heart and two gold horseshoes for good luck.
A Field of Love – Wedding Cake Top
These beautifully adorned cake top ornaments are ideal for those who have a passion for a wedding with a country/western flair. Crafted with wooden hearts and surrounded by country golden wheat and flowers, each top features real rope trimmings and fine porcelain and resin figurines dressed in western wedding attire.
Western Wedding Theme Suggestions
Wildflowers, square dancers, cowboy hats and boots… all are things that you think of when you think “western wedding”. But many couples don’t usually think of streamlining this theme down even more. Here are a few ideas on some sub-themes of the western wedding genre.
Focus your western style wedding to feature the different breeds of horses. Accessorize and decorate only with items that are related directly to horses, such as horseshoes, bridles, saddles, harnesses, wagons and carriages.
Turn-of-the-Century Old West Town
Take your wedding party to an old-fashioned western town. There are many that are set up to cater to tourists, with “gun-slingers” and sheriffs roaming the streets. Use items like sheriff badges, old western-style signs, wanted posters, “hitching” posts, and other such paraphernalia for decorations and favors.
Wild West Saloon
Decorate your wedding location to look like a 19th century saloon. You’ll need “gambling tables”, saloon girls for waitstaff, and “gun-slingers” for entertainment.
Indian Wedding Blessing (Apache Wedding Prayer)
Another beautiful prayer to include in your ceremony
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
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Top 20 Favorite Country Love Songs
Here are some of the top country & western love songs most often played a weddings. Although the list varies, depending on what site you check, these and many others, are the ones most often featured. So for those of you trying to settle on your wedding music, here are some suggestions to help you out.
- I Swear by John Michael Montgomery
- Amazed by Lonestar
- When You Say Nothing At All
- I will Always Love you by Dolly Parton & Vince Gill
- Forever And Ever, Amen by Randy Travis
- With This Ring by Sawyer Brown
- Wedding Prayer by Wendy & Mary
- Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray
- Keeper of the Stars by Tracy Byrd
- When Love Finds You by Vince Gill
- Valentine by Martina McBride
- I Can Love You Like That by John Michael Montgomery
- Back At One by Mark Wills
- I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing by Mark Chesnutt
- From Here to Eternity by Michael Peterson
- I Do (Cherish You) by Mark Wills
- From This Moment On by Shania Twain
- It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
- When I Said I Do by Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black
- Your Love Amazes Me by John Berry
Think before you buy!
The worst thing about weddings is that so much can go wrong if you are not careful. If your men are in purple and your bridesmaids are green and your flowers orange nothing is going to look right. If you have butterfly name cards and star napkins you will feel a fool! Chose something that you like and stick to it. For example my theme was purple butterflies, so I had purple and/or butterflies in everything and it came together well. Watch out for the different shades of colors, just saying blue can lead to clashing within colors and ensure everyone knows what is happening when as you will not only avoid drama but also extra charges. The most important thing? Have a good time, and don’t turn into bridezilla! That will definitely overshadow your big day.
Are you planning a country western wedding?
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