Don’t Mess with Texas? We’re in Texas, right? What better place to host a rustic western-themed wedding. Whether you are from the Lone Star State or have chosen Texas for your destination wedding, you’ve made a wise selection. Of course, your western-themed wedding doesn’t have to be held in Texas…but it helps. Just saying.
For those hints on a western wedding we promised…
Your save-the-date cards should brim with the flavor of the Old West. A casual photo of the happy bride and groom inside or outside a barn is a great way to begin. Add a bit of rope-like twine and you’re ready for the trail.
Can you imagine a more perfect location for a western wedding than an actual barn, or a ranch, complete with hay bales for seats? If your theme includes chairs, use charming mason jars filled with sprigs baby’s breath or wildflowers as row markers. In fact, use them as aisle markers with the hay bales! Cowboy boots of wildflowers are also clever aisle markers.
Arrive by horse, either mounted or the entire wedding party on a hayride. Nothing is more dramatic than a beautiful bride riding up to the church/barn on a noble steed. You can guide your own four-footed friend, or a trusty bridesmaid can lead your equine transportation. A white horse is perfect but bay, black, chestnut or palomino—any color will do. Horses are the symbol of the Old West.
No western wedding would be complete without cowboy boots—the bride, the groom, the wedding party. But have you thought about your groom’s boutonniere pinned to a sexy cowboy hat? The groomsmen could follow suit and wear cowboy hats of a different color—black for the groom and gray for his party. A western cut tuxedo or suit would make your husband-to-be a sensation at a western wedding.
Something borrowed…something blue—circle your cowboy boot with a lace garter adored by a blue satin flower.
Your bouquet and the smaller echo of the bridesmaids’ bouquets should be beautiful wildflowers. Wrap with a length of rope or burlap for the rustic look you seek.
Tie a burlap bow around your flower girl’s charming dress and give your ring bearer a burlap pillow sewn with your initials, a wooden heart, and the special date.
The his-and-hers chairs, decorated with lassos, are a real cowboy’s dream.
Use mason jars whenever possible. They are a charming, rustic decoration for table centerpieces as well as row markers. A chandelier of mason jars and mason jar wine glasses are a real western WOOHOO. Circle the “wine” glasses with a band of burlap, a ribbon in your color palette, and a glittery “I do”, and you’ve set the stage for cowboy and cowgirl romance.
Enhance your cake with a real cowboy theme. Try a cake topper with lady on a horse and gentleman reaching up to kiss her.
Wedding favors are no problem. Personalized cowboy boot wedding favors can be found all over Etsy.
Wildflowers everywhere. Twine wrapped LED candles or real candles in glass jars sitting on a slice of real (ah, the scent) wood are themed table décor or for the seating cards table.
Sprinkle the decorations liberally with “cowboy” and “cowgirl”. “I’m his cowgirl.” “I’m her cowboy”. Put your imagination to work on clever ways (like wooden signs) to use these western words.
If you are truly brave—and a bit reckless—rent a mechanical bull for the festivities. Ride ‘em cowboy and cowgirl!
At the end of the day, sing happy trails to you, by riding off in your own horse-drawn wagon. The whole concept is so charming it makes one want to walk down the aisle in comfortable cowboy boots.
Located in the historic district of Galveston, Texas, just minutes from the Gulf, the Roof Garden can make your western wedding dreams come true. Give us a call to discuss your rustic wedding at (409) 762-5921 or check your date now.
About Roof Garden
The Roof Garden is a charming, vintage wedding venue and sophisticated corporate/private event facility located in the heart of The Strand overlooking Galveston’s Historic National Landmark District. Our elegant, signature Galveston architecture creates a warm, inviting atmosphere your guests are sure to enjoy. Learn more about our venue and view facility photos to understand the true essence of the Roof Garden.