If you are dreaming of a rustic, down-to-earth wedding venue, consider planning your nuptials in the great outdoors: a country wedding might be just what you’re looking for! While there are many things to think about when planning a country wedding, we’ve got some tips to help make the process easier for you. Keep reading for our best advice on everything from finding the perfect location to choosing the right attire!
1. The Number of Guests
Although it is the most common question that bride and groom receive, the number of guests at an upcoming wedding is entirely personal. Think about the number of people you would like to invite to your wedding, and don’t be afraid to include some family members that aren’t related by blood (remember, this is about celebrating your life with those you love).
The size of the family is not a factor in the number of guests allowed at a wedding.
2. The Location
Don’t overlook the importance of a location when planning your upcoming wedding. Talk to local wedding vendors, catering companies, florists, and venue owners to develop a few options. If you are planning a country wedding, this step is crucial. Find out what’s available in the region where you plan to do your wedding
Be sure to include your bridesmaids and groomsmen in the conversation. Don’t wait until the last minute to tell them about the location. Give them enough time to save up for their travel expenses, and give them a few months’ notices to make arrangements with their employer.
3. The Dressing
If you are planning to get married outdoors, you and your fiancé need to dress accordingly. Find a beautiful wedding gown to use at the ceremony area and a different attire for the reception. It will help you and your fiancé stay comfortable throughout the wedding planning process.
If you are planning to do a country wedding, then it’s best to choose a venue that has a unique vibe to it. Set the tone for your wedding by asking what type of reception area you will have. For example, if you decide to have a traditional, elegant ceremony in your backyard, is it okay to have an informal, rustic reception inside? Or would this be too much of a juxtaposition and could even turn into an awkward situation? Remember that country weddings are often more casual than those at a traditional wedding venue.
You can also embrace the informal country vibes with your reception area dressing. Get yourself a pair of beautiful wedding cowgirl boots with a pastel-colored dress. This way, your bridesmaids will match your colors, and it won’t look like all of your friends are wearing the same thing. Have fun with the whole thing, and make sure that you’re planning a wedding that you will talk about for years to come.
4. The Catering Company
After selecting a venue, it’s time to find a catering company. Look for one who’s experienced in working with local wedding planners and venue owners. The vendor should answer all of your questions, and the catering company should have a good reputation in the area where you plan to get married.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, make sure that the catering company has experience with this type of wedding.
5. The Theme, Colors, and Vibe
A country wedding is a perfect opportunity to incorporate rustic elements into your décor. Think about using natural materials like wood, stone, and metal to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Next, choose your colors. Earth tones like green, brown, and beige are perfect for a country wedding. You can also add pops of color with flowers and accessories. You can consider a classic pop of color such as pink roses or other bright-colored flowers that you prefer.
Once you have your theme and colors, think about what kind of vibe you want. Some country weddings have a vintage feel while others go for a simple and elegant look. It’s up to you!
6. The Wedding Planner
Incorporate a wedding planner into your planning team. This person will help with the overall planning process by managing details and organizing things, not in your control. Do not be afraid to ask questions; the planner will be more than happy to help with any part of the planning you’re having difficulty with.
7. The Wedding Budget
Don’t forget to create a wedding budget and stick to it. Create a list of all the things you want to include in your wedding, and then add up the cost of each thing. Don’t be afraid to omit things you don’t think are necessary. It’s best to have your own money set aside for the wedding; this will prevent family members from feeling like they are obligated to give you a certain amount of money for your upcoming wedding.
The planning process can be long and tedious, but your fiancé will be excited to start it when you present it to him. Before you know it, you’ll be walking down the aisle in a gorgeous wedding gown, and your new husband will be by your side. It’s worth it to take the time and plan a perfect day for you and your love.