10 WAYS TO ADD COUNTRY CHARM TO YOUR WEDDING

February is national wedding month. With rustic and country themed weddings being all the rage for rural and urban audiences alike, here are 10 Ways to Add Country Charm to Your Wedding.

Venue.

The location of the wedding is the ultimate indication of your theme. If you have your ceremony or reception in a barn, people will expect something country. Barns have many functions, including animal housing or storage of farm equipment and hay.

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Boots.

A new fad sweeping the wedding scene is swapping heels for boots. Boots add for a sense of uniqueness. Cowboys used to wear leather boots with thin points and heels to fit in the stirrups of saddles. Now, boots can be colored, patterned, and have high heels! The options are endless!

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Mason Jars.

Rural women originally used mason jars for canning. Fruits, vegetables, and meats were saved for the winter in these glass jars. Many people use mason jars as glasses at their wedding, but the options are endless. Put candles in them, store silverware, or uses as vases for a fun country vibe!

Hay or Straw Bales.

Hay is what animals eat; straw is what animals lie down on. But that’s not where it ends! Have your guest sit on bales for ceremony seating or use big round bales (which can weigh 700lbs) as cocktail tables! 

Seeds.

Little packets of seeds would make a great favor for guests! Flowers or vegetables growing in a garden or pot would be a great memory of your day!

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Troughs/Water Basins.

Those rustic metal tubs that were originally used to feed and water animals, can “water” your guests as well! Place beer bottles, soda cans, or mason jars of mixed drinks in a tub of ice for a fresh-on-the-farm feel!

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Crates.

If you are thinking of a unique place to put cards, presents, or favors, why not use wooden crates!? After all, they were originally used to store fruit!

crates
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Burlap.

Burlap was originally used for seed bags. At your wedding, it can make cute table runners and accent. You can even try wrapping it around trees or pillars and hang pictures on it! (If you pair it with lace it becomes extra country chic.)

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Twine.

Twine is string that is usually tied around hay bales to keep it together. Because of its neutral color you can incorporate twine at your wedding to add for some country charm! Tie silverware or add bows to centerpieces for a rustic feel.

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Trucks and Tractors.

You’ve seen it. Those adorable photos of couples kissing in the bed of a pick-up, or the wedding party all climbing on a combine (which is a big tractor that harvests a crop, as well as separates the edible part from the “extras.”) Why not have that at your wedding!? Or… if you’re feeling ambitious have a hayride for guests!

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BONUS… THE MUSIC! People say country music is sad, but what is that about!? Some of the most love-filled songs are country! 

melanieMelanie Krawczyk
Illinois State University

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