Do you find yourself turning on the country music station on the radio? Do you own a pair of cowboy boots? Do you blue skies, open fields, and have a thing for guys in plaid shirts? Our diagnosis is clear! You have a case of country soul! What should you do? Have a rustic country wedding, of course.
Here is what you need:
A Big Red Barn
Is there any more quintessentially country than a big red barn? We don’t think so! For the ultimate in rustic weddings, set up your ceremony site alongside a barn or farmhouse. Mismatched kitchen table chairs or bales of hay covered in quilts make for great seating while an arbor decked in sunflowers will add country romance. And while it may seem challenging to decorate the barn itself, a huge playful sign is an easy option!
A Timeless Wedding Gown
Since you might be walking through cornfields, a simple, effortless dress is a must. This bride, Lindsay, went for an A-line style with a sweetheart neckline. She also put her bridesmaids in knee-length navy frocks. The softer fabrics of their dresses are perfect for a country fete.
A Sunflower Bouquet
Doesn’t this bouquet make you want to smile? We’re pretty certain that sunflowers make everyone happy. Simply add in smaller flowers (we love how Lindsay added delicate blue flowers and daisies to hers) and wrap up the stems in burlap or lace. The look will be as bright and pretty as a summer day. If you get stressed during the wedding day, all you have to do is glance down at your bouquet for an immediate mood lift!
A Tented Reception
This tent, placed right next to the crops, lets guests have an indoor-meets-outdoor feel. While they are protected from the elements, they can enjoy the fresh air and greenery. The canvas also gives a lighthearted vibe and keeps the wedding fun. Don’t be surprised if everyone starts talking about giving up city life to live on a farm!
A Rustic Centerpiece
Lindsay and the groom, Stephen, brought the sweetness of a farmhouse kitchen to their reception tables. We are dying over this sweet flower box of wildflowers and the glass milk pitcher. Want some other ideas? Mason jars filled with rose petals or depression era vases holding roses are other great alternatives that will give your wedding a just-from-the-fields feel!
A Homey Display
Fun touches like this tub full of beverages will immerse your guests in a slower pace of life. Other details, like a chipped dresser loaded up with pies or a fresh lemonade stand, will communicate your wedding style AND be functional.
A Finger-Licking Good Menu
Fresh air makes people hungry so serve them farm-worthy fare! Naked cupcakes topped with orange slices and a dollop of frosting are summery and rustic at the same time. Add sangria and you got a country certified cocktail hour. For the main meal, think belly-filling yums, such as barbecue, grilled corn with toppings, or steak. Your guests may not have put in a long day in the fields, but they’ll enjoy eating like they have.
Is there a better way to end your wedding than a bonfire? Probably not! About an hour before conclusion, light a roaring bonfire and give guests S’more kits for a late-night snack (mugs or thermoses of hot chocolate will also make your guests happy and cozy). Not only will it fight off the nighttime chill, it’ll light up those only-in-the-country stars!
Lastly, the only other thing you need to do is reenact American Gothic, of course!
Photographer: Laura Dee Photography//Caterer:Kane’s Market//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//DJ: Party Pro DJ//Other Location: Rosedale Farm//Hair Stylist: Salon Alexander//Cake Designer:Sissycakes//Dress Store: The Wedding Dress//