Whether you’re a country girl at heart or a city girl who just loves rustic charm, there’s no denying a country wedding is an adorable way to make your ceremony and reception unique. A country theme is truly versatile, able to work as a formal or casual event. All you need to do is to decide which options work best for you and your spouse-to-be and you can have the ultimate country wedding!

The Clothes

Your ceremony attire will allow you to be as formal or as casual as you’d like to be. Do you prefer both? You could have a formal ceremony and casual reception. White dresses with a short hem are the perfect complement to your partner’s country-style suit or jeans and flannel. Cowboy boots work with any type of outfit to add a bit of country flair. You’re likely to score bonus points with the wedding party, too, since non-traditional outfits tend to be cheaper and easier to put together than formal attire.

The Venue

A rustic barn is the perfect location for your country-themed wedding, and many historical farms rent out their barns or homes for weddings. Dress it up with lace and flowers, or keep things casual with lanterns and chalkboard signs directing guests where to sit. Open fields offer a beautiful outdoor option. If you need enough space for several hundred people, many lodges have a rustic charm while being spacious enough to accommodate large groups. Each of these venues can double as a reception venue. Simply pull up some picnic tables, add some checkered tablecloths, and take care of your musical entertainment (we LOVE country music!) You’ll save time and money by having both ceremony and reception at the same venue.

The Reception

Of course, a reception isn’t a party without some great music. To keep with the country feel, be sure that their are plenty of bluegrass or country songs that will keep guests dancing all night long. You could even request some traditional square dances!

If you’re stuck on what food to serve, go with traditional Southern comfort food. Most people like it, it’s usually less expensive than traditional formal cuisine found at weddings, and it keeps with the theme. You could even extend food to the favors for your guests. Buy treats from a local bakery or beautiful produce from local farms. Your guests will love the delicious favors, and you’ll be supporting the local economy!

Special Touches

Get creative to make your wedding day uniquely yours. Do you love daisies or sunflowers? Use them in your bouquet or as centerpieces on your table. A hayride is a fun way to arrive or leave the celebration. You could even choose country-themed cake toppers or decorations to tie everything together.

Inspiration is everywhere. Simply close your eyes and think about what country means to you. You’re sure to come up with some great ideas to go along with these ones and make your day truly special for you and your loved one.

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