We have some country wedding ideas, Texas style that will set your country soul on fire! Of course, all the normal considerations still exist for any wedding, such as setting a date, a budget, a venue, and a theme.
General Wedding Planner Considerations
Planning your wedding can be both joyful and stressful. Spend some time thinking and daydreaming about the perfect wedding. Get ideas, help, and input from friends and family. There are tons of wedding planner checklists out there. Getting organized is only the first step. Implementing all that goes into the final wedding event takes a village as they say.
One of your biggest decisions will be a venue for the wedding. Once your date is determined, the budget is set, and you have a potential guest list you should start to check out venue locations. A country wedding can be a theme or a location or most commonly includes both. It can be as lavish or as simple as you desire.
If your timeline allows you should start your planning a year prior to the wedding event date. This allows plenty of time for all the considerations a wedding entails. Once your date and potential guest list are determined you can set a budget and begin to vet the various venues, narrowing down your options.
A country-themed wedding can be a great lower-budget option, but it does not have to be. Venues for country weddings range from historic estates to Uncle Jim’s barn on the family farm. Bed and breakfasts, wineries, banquet halls, a house of worship, country clubs, botanical gardens, a community center, and even a backyard all work for a typical country wedding. Picking a dozen possible venues is a good starting point.
Visit the venue locations and if they are provided on an event basis then vet the host or hostess for particulars. Some will offer turn-key events and most will offer tiers (or packages) you can select from. If it is to be on a family or friend-owned location it will probably take a little more planning on your part, but it is totally doable.
Once you have determined your date and wedding spot you can appoint your wedding party, book the photographer, create your guest list, send save-the-date cards and begin booking florists, caterers, and so on as needed. Booking your honeymoon and selecting a wedding dress are both big decisions so take your time and consider all the possibilities.
At about the 9th month you should have most of the bookings and a minister and/or registrar selected. At this point you want to start organizing invitations, ordering a wedding cake, creating a gift list, booking a bridal suite, and buying bridesmaid dresses. Selecting a suit for the groom, best man, ushers, flower girl, and ring bearer should be on your radar at this point.
At about the 3rd month you will be ready to have alterations to the wedding dress made, wedding rings purchased and invitations ready to send. Buying gifts for the wedding party, planning any bachelorette and bachelor parties, as well as, finalizing the timeline for the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner should be completed. Wedding décor and accessories should be purchased in advance as some items may be hard to find. Applying for marriage license waiting periods may vary by state but you will be at the point of needing to pin down a timeline for the license.
1 month and counting will include the final dress fitting, picking up country wedding rings, confirming honeymoon reservations as well as confirming vendors. Confirm seating plans and placeholders if needed.
Country wedding songs are a great addition along with your country wedding first dance songs. If a live band is being used check your booking and make final arrangements for the band’s arrival. We have only scratched the surface of your wedding timeline here. I would highly recommend printing out a timeline/checklist for your wedding so that you do not miss anything.
Small Wedding Ideas
Small weddings can be held in many settings. A small intimate wedding is preferable for many couples. Family and friends are good resources if you do not need or want a large formal setting. Rustic country wedding ideas blend quite well with small weddings and rustic decor can be easy to come by since much of it exists in nature. The beauty of a small wedding is it allows you to be more creative and hands-on. Creating your own arbor decor is an easy project. You can either rent or build an arbor out of inexpensive materials.
Your smaller country wedding could include handwritten invitations. A photo display of the bride and groom at various stages of life in vintage frames would be a great touch, as well as personalized place settings. Small weddings can be hosted in backyards, parks, restaurants, a small church, city hall, camping spots with friends and family, as well as a brunch wedding location. A small outdoor wedding event can even include your family pets.
We love these mini wedding wagon carriages for your guest’s little ones, both cinderella style and pumpkin style.
Great Aunt Bessie’s vintage china and silverware paired with worn tablecloths and mismatched linens are a perfect addition to a small informal wedding event. Napkin rings with small notes of thanks tucked inside along with the napkin give it yet another personal touch. Pearls, crystals, old books, heirloom jewelry, teapots with cups and saucers as well as old watering cans, and a couple of small vintage wagons or wheel barrels for treats or wedding party gifts.
After all, weddings are about the old and the new traditionally so the vintage aspect works well. Consider smaller cakes, a groom’s cake in addition to the main cake, and serve it with a nice champagne-based wedding punch. A smaller wedding setting is also perfect for a shabby chic theme and can easily be mixed with our vintage recommendations. Just add some additional ruffles and lace along with lots of flowers and you will have a small, cozy, setting for your perfect day.
Special Considerations for Planning a Country Wedding
An outdoor location can be the ideal country wedding setting depending of course on the weather. You should always have a concrete alternate plan for inclement weather. Outdoor weddings require some extra thought and depending on the season selected may require additional planning considerations. The same goes for any destination wedding which requires even more planning.
Make sure your caterers and guest can access your location prior to booking or making any concrete plans. If you will be in a rural location this is a vital step that is often overlooked. Many vendors will only travel a certain distance and some guests may need to plan ahead for special needs transportation. State parks as well as national parks often have banquet halls available as well as a list of locals who will provide some of your needs such as food or drinks.
However, you can have a country wedding at the Ritz, so to speak, if you so desire. Keeping your theme on trend requires some special thought depending on the physical locations selected. Renting a banquet hall for instance might require more wedding decor and layout considerations than a dedicated country wedding venue that includes much of the needed ‘theme setting’ items. Things such as arbors, seating, walkways, parking, and so on might have to be determined by you rather than the event venue planner in many situations. You may consider a setting with some bohemian touches along with some glam decor and seating.
A rustic wedding decor plan is an excellent choice for a country wedding. Other popular decor plans could be cottage chic, vintage, full-on western style, or farm decor style. A Texas-style country wedding will probably include a little extra planning with dresses, footwear, suits, and so on. Country weddings are also great done-up cowboy style with hats, boots, and even jeans.
Think haybales, discarded glassware for vases, lots of lace, burlap, rope, twine, mason jars, and other rustic, vintage items that can do double duty. Babys’ breath looks awesome for country weddings as do galvanized buckets, wooden crates, wood logs, lavender, milk jugs, and even twigs all set the stage for a perfect country theme. Other good ideas are using recycled window shutters, window panes, mix-matched chairs, and beer barrels, as well as guest gifts of small-batch honey and jam.
Clothespins are great for hanging banners and signs. Grandma’s aged linens and napkins for place settings along with lace dollies will give a vintage feel to your country wedding. Flower crowns are great for any country wedding to give it a garden feel. They work for the wedding party as well as the bride.
Garden style is also an excellent decor pick for a country-themed wedding. If you lean towards a fancier setting rather than a rustic one then a garden style might be your best bet. Emphasis on florals, greenery, lace, ruffles, and nature with a victorian essence makes a grand country wedding style.
You can even incorporate a garden theme with rustic touches for a less formal setting. As with any event be sure to inform guests of any special fashion style wear. Many Texas-style weddings will include denim for the wedding guests, just make sure everyone is informed of any special dress requests.
A True Texas-Style Wedding
A True Texas Style Country wedding will probably include cowboy boots, a BBQ caterer, beer, and wine at the very least. Country wedding food ideas include lemonade, pulled pork sliders, Tex-Mex burger sliders, assorted tapas, chicken & waffles, mini tacos or a full-blown taco bar are just a few to choose from. Of course, Texas barbecue is one of the most popular country wedding foods and they can be catered in most areas.
Country wedding table décor can be rustic, vintage, bohemian, or even cowboy themed such as spurs, boot glasses, and horseshoe placeholders. A faux wood tablecloth, gauze table runner, vintage lace table runner, lanterns both big and small, all make great Country wedding decorations.
Country Wedding Centerpieces can be glass, burlap, twigs, dried flowers, wildflowers (in season), and tea lights in glass jars. Rustic elements are also popular such as rustic wood slices, vintage glass vases with rope or twine, galvanized metal bucket or vases, burlap table runners, aged wood, hay bales, tree stumps, rustic cake stand, and wood bead garlands.
An outfit for country wedding venues can even include some denim. Remember to inform your wedding guests of any dress preferences.A country wedding dress with boots is perfectly acceptable for wedding attire. Country wedding attire can be fancy or casual. Check out these dresses for your country-style wedding here.
Country wedding dresses can be more informal if you desire. Bohemian style with cascading lace, cotton wedding dress, linen wedding dress, or a vintage-inspired wedding dress are great choices for a casual style wedding. Consider a shorter-styled wedding dress if planning on an outdoor summer wedding as heat may be a factor.
Country wedding mens attire could include anything from jeans paired with a black vest to a full-blown Tuxedo both of which look great with a charcoal black dress cowboy boot.
A setting (either indoor or outdoor) reminiscent of a back porch with recycled, and repurposed materials, lots of natural light with a dose of simple yet sophisticated southern charm makes truly, unforgettable wedding day magic. Simply arrange your boutonnieres and display them on a vintage-style serving tray for a lovely, quaint touch.
The state of Texas has a multitude of unique, urban, and rural wedding destinations to choose from which includes major Texas cities and various regions of Texas, each with its own one-of-a-kind setting. Texas is vast with gulf coast and islands, prairies, hills, rivers, lakes, and mountains just to name a few.
Want a vineyard wedding? Texas has it, with over 100 vineyards scattered throughout the hill country alone. Many of these vineyards offer event space and some have their own dedicated planners to help make your special day the best it can be. My daughter’s wedding was held at a small winery in the Texas Hill Country with a spacious indoor facility, brides’ quarters, and seating for up to 200 guests. The setting was lovely and the wedding went off without a hitch.
Hey, you can even get married on an honest-to-goodness Texas ranch. Texas has over 250,000 ranches many of which offer special event handling right at the ranch. Many offer extras for your guest and some even offer guest quarters. Horseback riding, archery, and hayrides can be included in your ranch wedding venue if desired.
The Texas Gulf Coast consists of hundreds of miles of sand dunes and beaches for your coastal wedding Texas style. What better wedding location than a sunset ceremony on the beach with friends and family?
Country wedding ideas Texas-style will give you your heart’s desire for a perfect wedding day. Texas has so many awesome unique places to host your wedding it almost makes your head spin. Beaches, barns, ranches, farms, country clubs, wineries, town halls, churches, dining establishments, cabin communities, block parties, convention centers, hotels, and even rooftop weddings. Texas country wedding venues are plentiful throughout the state, some are word of mouth and some are listed in wedding guides.
Want to get married on a boat, in a museum, in a park, in a mansion, in a botanical arboretum, or on the river? Texas has all that and more. Texas’ big cities offer you dazzle, and drama, as well as more laid-back wedding locations. There are many popular wedding venues in and around Austin that will knock your socks off. From your favorite honky tonk to the famed Driskill Hotel in the heart of downtown Austin, your wedding day will be even more memorable Texas Style.
There are many all-inclusive wedding venues in Texas as well as packages that let you pick and choose what you want to include. Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso offer many wedding venues in all shapes and sizes. Dallas with its Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Houston with its Bell Tower on 34th, Rancho La Mission ranch wedding venue just outside of San Antonio, and El Paso’s Historic Hotel Paso Del Norte with its elegant wedding venue. The sky is the limit and the Texas sky is big Y’all.
West Texas offers mountains and desert locations for your country wedding as well. There is something magical about a desert wedding location. Marfa Texas has wedding venues in the desert surrounded by mountains. Can’t you just picture the lovely rose displays, the wild desert flowers, and the desert in contrast to the billowy white wedding dress, as well as a flowing veil with a crown of flowers?
Country wedding ideas Texas Style offers so many choices. Country wedding colors can be soft neutral and pastel traditional colors or more colorful to match your setting. Incorporating some warm earth colors or vivid contrasting colors works well for a country wedding. Some pops of turquoise, coral, and even purple can make your wedding day even more memorable.
Pick Your Colors
Consider the season and bring in the naturally occurring colors that you see in nature. Summer might mean some yellow to go with the nearby sunflower field or some bronze orange in the fall to match the blanket flowers. Blue, purple, white, and pink are most common in the spring and those colors can easily be incorporated into any country wedding.
Winter might call for red, navy, greys, and dusty blues, as well as the more traditional mauves, cranberries, cream, and sage. White and silver for a more formal winter wedding would be ideal along with some ice blue. If you are in fact planning a winter wedding in Texas there are actually a few places where you could see some snow such as in the Texas Panhandle.
Ivory, rust, and taupe are great for rustic-themed weddings. Rustic country wedding ideas are almost endless. Natural woods, warm earthy colors, even hay bale seating as well as potted plants, aged chalkboards, corn maze, eucalyptus, dried flowers, and even cotton bolls are great rustic touches.
You can have a country-style wedding in the city or on a ranch and everything in between. A country Texas-style wedding is about the experience rather than the location. A country wedding imparts a down-to-earth feel where you and your guests can fully enjoy your special day done your way.
Maybe you want some farm animals around, or a beautiful meadow full of flowers. Perhaps even a mountain setting in the background with a rugged landscape. East Texas even offers you a Piney Woods setting with tall pine trees and quaint rural towns.
Consideration for a Spring or Fall Wedding in Texas
The best months for an outdoor wedding in Texas would be the spring and the fall.
Tips for a Spring Wedding
Spring is a beautiful time of year for a wedding, and there are many ideas to consider when planning a spring wedding. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Choose a spring color palette: Think about incorporating bright, bold colors like pastel pink, lilac, and mint green into your wedding decor.
- Go for a garden theme: Consider having your wedding at a botanical garden or outdoor venue with beautiful flowers in bloom. You could also incorporate garden elements into your decor, such as using potted plants as centerpieces.
- Have a picnic-style reception: For a laid-back, outdoor-inspired wedding, consider having a picnic-style reception with blankets, baskets of food, and outdoor games.
- Incorporate seasonal flowers: Use in-season flowers like peonies, tulips, and cherry blossoms in your bouquets and centerpieces.
- Have a spring-inspired menu: Serve refreshing cocktails, such as a strawberry lemonade or a cherry blossom martini, and incorporate spring produce into your menu, such as asparagus, artichokes, and peas.
- Use spring decor: Decorate with spring elements such as colored eggs, Easter baskets, and bunny rabbits for a festive touch.
Tips for a Fall Wedding
Rustic wedding ideas for fall go so well together as both incorporate a warm color palette. Here are a few ideas for a fall country wedding to get you started:
- Choose a rustic venue, such as a barn or a farmhouse, to give your wedding a country feel.
- Use autumnal colors, such as orange, red, and yellow, for your wedding decor.
- Incorporate fall elements, such as pumpkins, gourds, and fall flowers, into your centerpieces and bouquets.
- Serve comfort foods, such as soup or stew, as your wedding meal.
- Have a hayride or bonfire as part of your reception.
- Offer hot drinks, such as apple cider or hot chocolate, to your guests to keep them warm.
- Use burlap and twine as part of your wedding decor, such as for table runners or as part of your centerpieces.
- Have a fall-themed wedding cake, such as one decorated with autumn leaves or made with pumpkin or apple flavors.
- Use rustic or vintage decor, such as antique lanterns or vintage doilies, to add a touch of nostalgia to your wedding.
- Consider incorporating fall activities, such as apple picking or a corn maze, into your wedding festivities.
Consideration for a Summer or Winter Wedding in Texas
It does get hot in Texas at times. A summer wedding can still be country style but perhaps better with an inside venue. However, with the right adjustments, you can even make it work outside on a hot day in Texas. Wedding dresses in a shorter length of linen or cotton and a groom’s ensemble of a black vest with a white shirt, jeans and dress boots will help keep the heat off. Have your guests wear hats and more casual wedding attire to beat the heat.
More Tips for a Summer Wedding
Here are a few tips for planning a summer wedding in Texas:
- Choose a venue with air conditioning: Texas can get very hot in the summer, so it’s important to have a venue that can keep your guests cool and comfortable. Look for venues with air conditioning or plan to have outdoor events in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.
- Stay hydrated: Make sure to provide plenty of water and other hydrating drinks, such as lemonade and iced tea, for your guests. Consider setting up water stations throughout the venue or providing individual bottles of water at each place setting.
- Protect your guests from the sun: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, make sure to provide shade for your guests. This could be in the form of tents, umbrellas, or other structures. You should also consider providing sunscreen and hats for your guests to use.
- Choose lightweight fabrics for your attire: To stay cool and comfortable, choose lightweight fabrics for your wedding attire and encourage your wedding party to do the same. Natural fibers such as linen and cotton are good options.
- Consider the timing of your events: Plan your events, such as the ceremony and reception, for the early morning or evening when it’s cooler. This will make it more comfortable for your guests and also allow you to take advantage of the beautiful golden-hour lighting for your photos.
- Plan for bugs: Texas is home to a variety of bugs, including mosquitoes. Make sure to have bug spray available for your guests and consider using citronella candles or other natural bug repellents to keep the area around your venue bug-free.
- Choose refreshing menu options: To keep your guests cool and satisfied, choose menu items that are refreshing and light, such as salads, cold soups, and fruit platters.
Winter can be vastly different in Texas depending on what region you are having your wedding in. If you live in the Texas Panhandle you might even luck out and get some snow for that winter wonderland wedding. However, most of Texas has moderate winters. A holiday wedding theme is doable in the winter months.
More Tips for a Winter Wedding
Here are a few things to consider when planning a winter wedding:
- Weather: Make sure to plan for inclement weather, such as snow and cold temperatures. This may mean having a backup plan for an indoor ceremony or reception or providing warm blankets, coats, or heaters for guests.
- Transportation: Snow and ice can make travel difficult, so consider providing transportation for your guests or giving them information about nearby hotels or other accommodations.
- Attire: Encourage your guests to dress warmly, and consider providing shawls, jackets, or other warm items for them to use during the outdoor portions of the wedding. For the wedding party, make sure to choose attire that is appropriate for the weather, such as a coat or wrap for the bride and a formal coat or scarf for the groom.
- Decor: Incorporate warm and cozy elements into your decor, such as candles, blankets, and warm lighting. Consider using seasonal flowers and greenery, such as pinecones and holly, in your bouquets and centerpieces.
- Food and drink: Offer warm beverages and comfort food to keep your guests warm and satisfied. Mulled wine, hot cocoa, and soup are all great options.
- Photographers: Make sure to choose a photographer who is experienced in shooting in colder temperatures and has the necessary equipment to keep their cameras from freezing.
- Favors: Consider giving your guests favors that will help them stay warm and cozy, such as hand warmers, blankets, or hot cocoa mix.
Overall, the key to planning a successful winter wedding is to be prepared and to make sure that your guests are comfortable and taken care of.
Country wedding ideas Texas style is a great choice. Don’t forget your Texas-style touches for your country wedding venue. One of the easiest and most versatile country wedding themes is an eclectic theme with whimsical bohemian touches, cowboy boots and hats, wildflowers, and even a few cactus patches scattered throughout. Yes, you can wear cowboy boots with a suit or even a Tux if you like. Read more about Cowboy boots with a suit here.
In Conclusion, Country Wedding Ideas | Texas Style
Country wedding theme ideas Texas-style can be as unique as you like or purely traditional with a few rustic touches. Country wedding bouquets of dried fern and sun palms and other natural foliage are great for a true country wedding. You can even incorporate cacti into your wedding decor. Wagon wheels along the aisles, boots with flowers scattered throughout along with some burlap and denim for finishing touches make your country wedding an event no one will forget. You can even go all out western with hats, cowboy boots, country wedding jeans, and vest groom style, along with a ruffled white wedding dress and a jean jacket for the bride.
Summary of Unique Considerations for a Texas-themed Wedding.
- Location: Choose a venue that captures the essence of Texas, such as a ranch, a barn, or a plantation.
- Décor: Use elements like cowhide rugs, lassos, and cowboy boots to give the wedding a southwestern feel.
- Food: Serve classic Texas dishes like barbecue, Tex-Mex cuisine, and pecan pie.
- Music: Have a live band play country or western music to set the mood.
- Attire: Encourage guests to dress in western wear, such as cowboy boots and hats. The bride and groom can also incorporate western elements into their attire, such as a bolo tie or a cowhide vest.
- Activities: Plan activities that are quintessentially Texan, such as line dancing or horseback riding.
- Favors: Consider giving guests favors that are characteristic of the Lone Star State, like mini bottles of hot sauce or packets of wildflower seeds.
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In Texas, you will need at least one witness to be present at your wedding ceremony. The witness must be at least 18 years old and able to understand the proceedings. They will need to sign the marriage license as a witness to the ceremony.
Wedding planners can be worth it if you are very busy, have a large and complex wedding, or simply don’t enjoy planning events. A wedding planner can help take care of all the details and allow you to enjoy the planning process and your special day. However, hiring a wedding planner can be expensive, so you’ll need to weigh the cost against the benefits. It’s also important to do your research and choose a reputable and experienced wedding planner.
There is no limit to the number of times you can get married in Texas. However, you must be legally divorced from your previous spouse before you can marry someone else. It is also important to note that bigamy (being married to more than one person at the same time) is illegal in Texas and in all 50 states.
Laura Bush the former First Lady and George W. Bush President of the United States were married in Midland, Texas in 1977. George Strait the country music singer and his wife Norma Strait had their church wedding in Pearsall, Texas in 1971.