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Western Weddings: A Guide to Outfits & Planning

Planning a wedding takes time, effort, and a dash of courage. It's not just about the logistics; it's also an opportunity for the bride and groom to express their unique personalities. If you and your...

Planning a wedding takes time, effort, and a dash of courage. It's not just about the logistics; it's also an opportunity for the bride and groom to express their unique personalities. If you and your partner have a taste for country living, then a western-themed wedding might be just the thing for you. Contrary to popular belief, a western wedding doesn't mean you have to break out into a hoedown. With the right touches, you can create an elegant and stylish affair that showcases your love for the western aesthetic. In this guide, we'll walk you through every aspect of planning a western wedding, from invitations to outfits and everything in between.

Western Wedding Attire

Let your wedding party truly reflect your western theme with carefully curated western wedding attire. Whether you're the bride, groom, bridesmaid, or groomsman, there are fantastic options available to suit your personal style.

Western Bride Attire

First and foremost, let's focus on the star of the show - the bride! When it comes to choosing a western-themed wedding dress, look for something that makes you feel confident, comfortable, and absolutely stunning. Dresses with a romantic and vintage feel are an excellent choice for western weddings, and you can never go wrong with ivory and lace. To complete the look, don't forget to pair your dress with a perfect pair of high-end western boots. We highly recommend cowboy boots with a splash of color to add some personality to your ensemble.

Bride Wearing Ivory Lace Dress and Cowgirl Boots Bride Wearing Ivory Lace Dress and Cowgirl Boots via Style Me Pretty

Additionally, consider getting matching cowboy boots for both the bride and groom. At Pinto Ranch, we offer the option to customize boots from top brands like Lucchese, Stallion, Rios of Mercedes, or Old Gringo with unique leather inlays or initials. To ensure a personalized touch for your wedding day, it's best to place an order at least 6 months in advance. For more information on special ordering a unique pair of western boots, please reach out to us.

Discover our full selection of women's cowboy boots to find the perfect pair that reflects your western style and personality.

Western Wedding Wear for Bridesmaids

For bridesmaids, coordinate their dresses with the wedding colors. Short or tea-length dresses work well for a more casual feel, while long dresses are considered more formal attire. To complete their ensemble, each bridesmaid should have her own pair of cowgirl boots and a piece of western jewelry. These small details will add a touch of western charm to their overall look.

Western Groom Attire

The groom can certainly look the part with or without a cowboy hat. While the iconic western style calls for a hat, it's not a prerequisite to incorporate western flair into the groom's attire. Opt for a western sport coat paired with a nice pair of jeans and cowboy boots for a stylish western look. At Pinto Ranch, we recommend our unique microfiber sport coats that look identical to leather but are lightweight and perfect for outdoor weddings in warmer months.

Choose a premium dress shirt from our collection to go underneath the western jacket.

Western Groom in Cowboy Hat and Sport Coat Western Groom in Cowboy Hat and Sport Coat via Buckskin Bride

To complete the groom's look, add a pair of sterling silver, western-style cufflinks and a buckle or buckle set. This will add a touch of class without overpowering the western theme. If you want to embrace the full western chic, consider swapping the traditional bow tie for a bolo tie. Our blog has a dedicated guide on how to wear bolo ties, perfect for those who have never tried this western accessory before.

Western Attire for Groomsmen

Don't be afraid to let the groomsmen have some fun with their western look. Consider bolo ties or a western leather vest for a more traditional western style. For a more casual western wedding, groomsmen can simply wear jeans and a blazer. Ultimately, the decision is up to the bride, so discuss your vision with your groomsmen to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Western-Themed Invitations

The invitation is the perfect opportunity to set the tone for your western wedding. It allows your guests to get a taste of what's to come. There are several popular invitation themes that perfectly suit a western style wedding:

  • Mason Jars
  • Lace
  • Wooden Backgrounds
  • Chalkboard Lettering

When selecting fonts for the invitations, avoid using serif fonts with high contrast in weight variation. Instead, opt for romantic script fonts, playful sans serifs, or serif fonts with minimal contrast. These fonts will better complement the western aesthetic.

Rustic Woodgrain Invitation Rustic Woodgrain Invitation via Rustic Wedding Chic

Time of Year

Since western weddings are typically held outdoors, it's best to choose a date in the spring, summer, or early fall before the weather gets too cold. This way, you can fully enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors without worrying about unpredictable weather conditions.

Color Palette

The colors you choose for your wedding play a significant role in setting the overall atmosphere. Western or country weddings often draw inspiration from nature, so consider selecting a color palette with earthy tones contrasted with a brighter hue. While most colors can be incorporated into any aesthetic, here are a few suggestions that enhance the western atmosphere:

  • Turquoise
  • Blush
  • Cream

Keep in mind the season of your wedding when choosing colors. Darker hues work well for fall and winter, while brighter ones are best for spring and summer.

Choosing Your Flowers

Flowers at a western wedding should have an undeniably natural and fresh-from-the-garden look. Opt for wildflowers with lots of greenery to enhance the country vibe. Here are some of our favorite flowers that perfectly embody this feeling:

  • Sunflowers and Daisies
  • Cacti and Succulents
  • Hydrangeas
  • Baby's Breath

When arranging the flowers, consider wrapping the bouquets and boutonnieres with twine or burlap. You can also incorporate pheasant feathers for an added nature-inspired touch. The delicate aesthetic of the flowers, combined with natural textures, will create a country chic ambiance.

White and Green Bouquets Wrapped in Burlap and Lace White and Green Bouquets Wrapped in Burlap and Lace via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Reception

The venue, menu, and decor of your wedding reception set the tone for the entire event. Impress your guests with rustic touches in a beautiful setting.

Venue

When planning a western-themed wedding, consider venues such as barns, lodges, or outdoor spaces. These rustic locations, set in the countryside, create a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Keep in mind the weather conditions when choosing an outdoor venue. For hot summer days, ensure there is sufficient shade or other coverings to keep your guests comfortable.

Oldest Barn in Iowa Wedding Venue Oldest Barn in Iowa Wedding Venue via Inside Weddings

Food + Beverage

While BBQ is a classic choice for a western wedding, feel free to explore other cuisines as well. Consider Southern-style fried chicken and biscuits with fresh greens or go South of the border with fajitas and margaritas. The menu should reflect your tastes and preferences, showcasing a variety of flavors and options for your guests.

Rustic Decor

To create the perfect ambiance for your western wedding, incorporate western lighting and rustic decor. Candles, torches, or lanterns can be used to create a romantic and cozy atmosphere reminiscent of a campfire. For safety reasons, consider placing open flames inside glassware, such as mason jars.

Centerpieces should be inspired by nature. Use tree stumps as the base and decorate them with your favorite flowers, photos of the bride and groom, or candles. If your venue has ample open space, wooden furniture can be brought in to fill the space and create focal points. Add a cozy touch by setting up a couch with chairs and old barrels.

Consider including a chalkboard with messages to your guests, such as seating arrangements, details about the food being served, or insights about the couple. This personal touch will make your guests feel more engaged and connected to the wedding experience.

By following this guide, you can plan a western-themed wedding that reflects your unique style and creates lifelong memories. Enjoy the journey and embrace the charm of the western aesthetic!

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