You were raised on country sunshine. You’re happy with the simple things. And now you’re getting married! You want to show the world how a country girl celebrates her happy day in the tradition of the old Saturday night dance, with flair!
Location is going to be a big theme setter for this type of affair. You want rustic and simple, and if you can find a rustic country inn, an old farmhouse, or a barn in which to host your wedding, those would be ideal locations. If you’re in the middle of the big city, avoid hip, contemporary looking locations that would be difficult to transform. Look instead for simple banquet halls that you can dress up in country finery or rustic themed restaurants with open wood beams and large, cozy fireplaces. Consider an open corn field or a nicely landscaped park that you can just bring in picnic tables to, or rent tents and decorate to bring the outdoors in. They would make an amazing scene for your country wedding. If you live near a woodsy campground, check with them, especially in the off season. Many campgrounds have large dining halls that can easily be transformed into the country wedding of your dreams, and some of them will even rent cabins for a whole wedding weekend for you and your guests, or just for the use the day of your wedding for dressing the wedding party or as extra storage for wedding accessories.
Your gown will want to reflect the simple, laid back country style of things, so look for crisp, clean white cotton eyelet. For a more elegant country look, keep it white and full, but look for gowns with gathered skirts. Your bridesmaids should follow suit with you in either a simple dress in gingham plaid or bright, clean colors; or you could opt to go with a richer fabric for a more formal look, but in a simple style. As for the men in the party, you can definitely use tuxes for a dressier look, but dark suits with string ties set a more country tone to their attire.
Flowers for a country wedding should be fun! Think of big, happy sunflowers, bright white Shasta daisies and wildflowers for a rustic look. You could go with a more formal look using orange calla lilies combined with white or ivory roses, the bridesmaids can carry a single, wrapped sunflower or calla lily to keep the look simple, or go with a nice bunch of wildflowers – or flowers that look more like wildflowers than hot house flowers. Keep it simple is going to be the motto with this theme, and you could even have small apples included in place of some flowers in your bouquets.
You will want your guests to know immediately when they enter the reception that they are in for some down home country fun, so decorate your location with rustic charm. Use grapevine wreaths wrapped in fabric and twinkle lights on the doors as your guests enter, and if you are in a location with open beams, wrap them with twinkle lights and ivy or other greenery. Your tables should be simply covered, maybe with gingham plaid or crisp, white eyelet. Tie your chairs with raffia, using wheat or wildflowers on the chair backs for added country charm. Guests might find their place cards as they come in attached to large sunflower blossoms or affixed to a fresh green apple or pear. Centerpieces can run the gamut from mason jars filled with sunflowers or wildflowers, or even floating tea light candles; or find galvanized watering cans or flower pots and fill them to overflowing with sheaths of wheat, wildflowers, daisies or sunflowers. Candles are nice on any guest table, and you can use carved out miniature pumpkins to hold votives.
Use galvanized washtubs at the bar to hold bottles of cold drinks, like you would find down at the old country store. Each guest table could also hold a pitcher of lemonade, with fresh lemon slices floating in it; or pitchers of iced tea with orange slices. Mason jars make excellent drinking glasses, and add to the country setting.
Food your guests might expect will be country style, simple food. Consider passing big trays of country fried chicken and biscuits or pot roast like grandma used to make for Sunday supper. Your wedding cake can be decorated with wheat and wildflowers, and you can choose a spice cake or red velvet cake for a more country flavor. Make miniature fruit pies – apple, peach, cherry and blueberry, and tier them on stacked cake trays to look like the traditional wedding cake shape, but with a delicious down home country taste!
Bring in the sunshine, the simplicity, and the sweetness of the country with all of the things near and dear to your heart. Your guests will feel right at home and happy to share your special day!
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