While some may think a Country & Western, Wild West or Cowboy Themed wedding is a little wacky, one thing it sure ain’t partner, is dull. Vibrant, colourful and fun, a western wedding theme will be one that both you and your guests will remember forever. This article takes a closer look at how to style your big day, from beginning to end, when opting for a western wedding theme.
Colours for a Western Wedding Theme
Colours play a big part in setting the scene to any big day, and when it comes to a western wedding theme, there are none much better than gingham. For those not in the know, gingham is a plain woven fabric in a checked pattern (think tea-towels and you'll know what we mean). Commonly available in red, blue and green, these colours are readily associated with the wild west and make for a wonderfully colourful backdrop to your western wedding theme day.
Stationery for a Western Wedding Theme
A wedding invitation is often the first thing a guest receives regarding the wedding, when opting for an elaborately themed big day, such as a western wedding theme, it is important that the invite (and any subsequent wedding stationery) sets the scene for what lies ahead. Horseshoe shaped stationery, or more traditional A5 wedding stationery with images of cowboys, sheriff’s badges, ten gallon hats etc. on them are ideal, or for something a little more daring, how about sending out 'Wanted’ posters as invites?
Western Wedding Theme Transport
Assuming you don't have too far to travel, consider arriving in covered wagons or even on horseback. For those with a little longer journey, look to hire some form of American wedding car - a cadillac for the Groom and Best Man, a stretched Hummer for the Bride and Bridesmaids perhaps?
Western Wedding Theme Outfits
For the Bride, a traditional white gown, ideally trimmed with red, blue or green gingham to match the colour scheme would be perfect, whilst a saloon girl style garter is a must. Complete the look by plumping for cowboy boots rather than the traditional wedding shoes.
Full Saloon Girl style outfits for the Bridesmaids is one option, cowgirl outfits is another. If you plan to play it more simple, consider feathers or cowgirl hats to accompany a more traditional bridesmaid outfit instead. Squaw outfits for any flower girls present is always a cute option.
A Sheriff's outfit is the perfect choice for any western wedding themed Groom. It needn't be too over the top, just a well cut suit jacket with jazzy waistcoat and a sherrif's badge to boot woudl suffice. The Best Man and Usher could follow the Groom's lead (without the badge of course!) or they could opt for something more casual - jeans and an open collar checked shirt are one option. Look to finish any option off with accompanying cowboy boot and hat of course!
Western Wedding Theme Flowers
Daisies, primroses, sunflower and poppies are just some of the ideal flowers to incorporate in a western wedding theme, whilst cacti and mini-yuccas make for perfect table centrepieces. Look to ensure that your florist is well aware of your western wedding theme plans well in advance of the big day so they can pull together any floral arrangements accordingly.
Western Wedding Theme Venues
Anywhere with a great outdoors is fine, but for that true American feel right here in good old Blighty, plump for one of the numerous barna or farms across the country with a civil wedding license.
Food & Drink for a Western Wedding Theme
Food and drink are a great way to emphasise any wedding theme, so why not consider the following options, which should help to compliment your western wedding theme:
Welcome Drink: Root Beer, Sarsaparilla or Ice Cream Floats.
Reception Starter: Tortilla chips and dips or enchiladas.
Reception Main Course: Rack of Ribs or Rump Steak.
Reception Desert: Traditional ice cream sundaes.
’Evening Do’ Food: American style BBQ – burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob etc.
The Wedding Cake: A three tiered cake adorned with sugarcraft American icons. You could even plump for a Jack Daniels and Honey flavoured sponge cake rather than the traditional fruit cake if you were feeling daring!
Decor & Favours for a Western Wedding Theme
Just how daring do you feel? Hay bails, giant cacti, wagon wheels, wild west backdrops and red, white & blue bunting are just some of your decorative western wedding theme options. Favour wise, packets of cactus seeds, Hershey bars, mini-cowboy hats with chocolates inside and miniature bottles of bourbon or tequliia are just some of your options.
Music & Entertainment for a Western Wedding Theme
Much like the decor, you can go as extravagent or as laid back as you wish with the music and entertainment for a western wedding theme. Bucking Bronco's, a quickdraw machine, lasso and horeshoe throwing stands are just some of the entertainment options. Musically, a barn dance is a great energetic option, whilst a Line Dance provides equally as much fun, but in a little more laid back fashion. Look to fill any interludes across the day with bursts of music from Country & Western favourites like Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Tammy Wynette.
For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding theme and colour articles on our site packed full of unique and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with venue decorators, balloon suppliers and more.