Getting married on a farm or family homestead? Perhaps you have chosen a location such as Dodson Orchards, Overlook Farms or the Rocking J. Ranch. Country chic is influenced by the nature that surrounds the area. It’s time to beg, borrow, and buy items that appeal to your unique style. Arrangements of sofas and comfortable sitting areas, along with lots of pillows add to the comfort. Trunks, old doors, windows and lanterns (if permitted) can add jazz to the guest area.
For the reception area many brides like to use antique china of all different colors and patterns, old dollies, and perhaps burlap runners. I also like the pink or green color glass serving pieces. Table centerpieces can be made using various styles and types of vases or antique pitchers filled with natural groupings of wildflowers. Another possibility is old mason jars as is, or the new trend – painted silver or gold. Rustic décor can be found at resale and estate sales and there are two companies here in town that rent items as well: Finch Vintage Rental (www.finchvintage.com) and Worn Vintage Rentals (www.wornvintagerental.com). And finally, church rummage and basement sales can offer some great opportunities to find your décor at a bargain basement price.
Natural bouquets can be very stylish as well as save tons of money. Sunflowers are a natural, and early in the year you can see bouquets made with peonies, roses, bridal wreath, and other early spring flowers. And best of all, you can make your bouquets yourself.
Other ideas might be hay bales for guests to sit on, boots for all those in the wedding party, burlap table runners and bows, and lots of outdoor lights or lanterns strung around the area. Make available ice cold lemonade in a huge antique lemonade jar to keep your guests hydrated. And one of my favorite idea, hire a horse drawn wagon to make your exit after you exchange your vows. Then make it available for guests for a fun ride around the farm.
The best part about country chic is that you can add your personality to the wedding and have a wedding that can be easy on the budget. However, be sure to make adequate arrangements for inclement weather. Are you planning a country wedding? Share with us your ideas.