A huge trend in fall time weddings has been the whole country Western scene. But in recent years, the concept has taken on a stylish spin that blends good ol’ cowboy ruggedness with sweet country girl charm! Want to jump on this new Western-chic wagon for your own wedding come autumn? That’s perfect, since we just happen to have rustled up some irresistible inspiration for this very theme. Saddle up!’
Fall Elements + Western Style
The autumn season itself sets the ideal magical mood for this theme. The rich colors and woodsy textures go perfectly with the Western vibe. So here are some creative ways we recommend for decorating your ceremony and reception—with help from some truly fabulous Western weddings, both real and styled!
Wedding stationery – Even before the Big Day, prime guests for your Wild West motif with casual save the dates (4). Then carry on the same material (wood, kraft board, burlap) and rustic design treatment for your wedding program, escort cards (7), place cards, menus, buffet labels, and favor tags.
Venue – If you’re lucky enough to be tying the knot on a ranch or farm, the barn (6) could be transformed into a magical spot for your ceremony and reception. Take advantage of the wood plank walls, the lofty ceiling, and the overhead beams as you plan your decor, lighting, and florals.
Bridal bouquet – The bridal party bouquets (3) are where you can truly showcase the fabulous colors of fall! Wildflower arrangements, for instance, can feature blooms in season—ranging from yellow to orange to rust to plum. Then, in keeping with the Western look, they can be wrapped with rope, burlap, or strips of gingham or calico.
Decor elements – Cowboy-inspired elements, like boots and cowboy hats, are always fun accents. And horseshoes (5) can go from escort ‘cards’ to wedding favors. But there are other ways to get that country flair. Try using elements like bottles used as candlesticks or assembled into a quaint chandelier (1); wine barrels as display stands; rope and burlap bunting; wreaths of autumn leaves; or campfire lanterns as centerpieces.
Wedding cake and cocktails – Another major focal point for the theme is your wedding cake or cakes, (8). You can have a pair of ‘his’ and ‘hers’—decorated with favorite Western motifs in different styles, or an entire buffet of lovingly home-baked cakes, pies, and tarts. Then, your guests can toast you their best wishes with a signature cocktail (2) served in mason jars on candlesticks!
So, will it be a chic country Western-themed wedding for you this fall? These inspiring ideas and images are certain to lasso the look you’re aiming for!
1 – bottle chandelier, via Southern Weddings (Leah Jean Photography)
2 – wedding cocktails, via Wed Society (Andrea Murphy Photography)
3 – bouquet (source unknown), via Alexan Events
4 – save the date from A Giftful Heart
5 – horseshoe favors, via Project Wedding (Tec Petaja Photography)
6 – barn venue, via The Bride’s Cafe (Beaux Arts Photographie)
7 – escort cards, via Brides.com (Katy Gray Photography)
8 – wedding cakes, via Cowboys and Indians (Forever Photography Studio)