True to its name, Montana promises breathtaking vistas of mountains amidst wide open plains. A dream location if ever there was one for a wedding with a pioneer theme. So whether you actually live in this grand state or are planning your destination wedding there, here is our take on how to style a quaint Old West-themed wedding inspired by the grandeur of Montana. Recreate the rustic ambiance of the pioneer days—from the ceremony and reception venue to your table settings and decor, all the way to your wedding cake, bridal bouquet and carriage!
Capture the Rustic Pioneer Spirit at Your Montana Wedding
With help from some fabulous real weddings, ranch venues and event stylists, see these inspiring ideas we found for an unforgettable Western-style occasion.
With a vast open meadow under a clear blue sky as your ceremony venue (2) and a view of majestic mountains for a backdrop, that’s Montana wedding magic for you! For a reception venue to match, a lovely old barn set with long tables (3) decked out in muted tones, flowers and glowing candles.
Wood finishes, natural hues and Western-inspired elements set the tone for the decor—beginning with the wedding invitations embellished with tiny horseshoes (1), to the bouquet with a vintage brooch accent (7), and a horse-drawn carriage (4) for the bride’s grand arrival!
At the reception entry, whimsical horseshoe escort cards (9) guide guests to their tables. While the table settings show off gorgeous wood grain tabletops (8), graced by wildflower arrangements and rosemary-trimmed napkins.
The wedding cake (6) is a classic three-tiered creation adorned with fresh flowers, then displayed on a rustic round table. A beverage station (5) features juice dispensers serving lemonade and flavored water on a weathered vintage sideboard. Then, a heart-shaped “drop box” guestbook (10) holds mini wooden hearts for guests to leave their well-wishes for the couple.
With amazing inspiration like this for a ranch-style pioneer wedding, are you now setting your sights on beautiful Montana?
Image credits: 1 – Brides.com / 2 – Luxe Mountain Weddings / 3 – The Ranch at Rock Creek / 4 – Martha Stewart Weddings / 5 – Vintage Ambiance / 6 – The Ranch at Rock Creek / 7 – Chanel Rose Flowers, image by One Love Photography / 8 – Rip and Tan, Jenny Kayne.com / 9 – Lily and Iris / 10 – via Amazon (*affiliate link)