By twinkletoes from TX
22 years ago we had our own small country Texas wedding on a tight budget. I wore my moms dress after a few alterations, had my relatives bring cookies and punch for us, and made our own bouquets. In the spring we found wild growing grapevine, cut long lengths and soaked it in a galvanized tub of water to soften. Then we wound it into wreaths and tied each one win a little wire. Then decorated them with silk flowers. Each bridesmaid carried one as a bouquet and we also used them as pew decorations. We had BBQ, beans and brownies at my parents backyard after the light reception at the church. Everything was simple and sweet and we got lots of compliments for not spending a ton of money we didn't have.
I helped with one in Tucson. We did bales of hay, kerchiefs from Oriental Trading Company, and had bandana table clothes in red and blues. We did thrift store mugs, tin cups and saucers, with a dinner bell and spurs for decorations. You have a little time, so I hope this helps. Have fun!
The bride could wear a white sun dress, with the brides maids in colored ones. The flowers could be daisies. The groom and best man and ushers could wear black jeans, white western shirts and hats and bolo ties. You could use square hay bales as seating. Muslin strips tied in bows (old sheets, maybe) to trim trees/fences, tables covered in brown paper with bandana print napkins. My cousin had this type of country wedding, and the reception was a cook out with salads, baked beans, hot dogs and burgers. It was in the groom's parents" back yard, and was in central New York in August. Very memorable and enjoyable.
Also if you have a David's Bridal anwhere in your area, and even online they have a fair selection of $99.00 gowns of all lengths, including knee length. Sometimes you can even find gowns in thrift sstoes, and some of them still have the tags on them.
If the wedding will be in somebody's yard, you could buy several yards of tulle fabric or even nylon net, tulle is the fabric that bridal veils are made out of, and tie huge bows around the trunks of trees. Or for a more country look use cheese cloth. All of these are really inexpensive. You could tie a silk flower in each bow. If they are going to have a tent you could use fans in the tent for cooling. Just be careful about running cords. orientaltrainingcompany.com has lots of inexpensive items for all occasions. For food you could go with either sloppy joes, salads, chips, etc. or have some people bring grills and have some of the men, man them grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, then have salads, etc. You might even know somebody that could make a cute country looking wedding cake. For the brides flowers, gerber daiseys are quite large and colorful and just a few would make a good show. She could carry one in her choice of color with a big bow that has long streamers on it, or she could carry a spray of three with the large bow.
Any ideas for an outdoor wedding in September "Cute Country" themed?
By twinkletoes from Ft Worth, TX
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