Ranch Wedding Ideas

August 22, 2014 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Ranch_weddingsGet hitched with a romantic ranch wedding, a terrific way to share your love with friends and family and experience a classic side of American culture. Whether your wedding takes place on a working ranch or all-inclusive dude ranch, a ranch wedding is a great way to pay tribute to western heritage. Read on to learn more about ranch wedding ideas.

Venues for a Ranch Wedding

Choosing a site for your ranch wedding may first appear daunting due to the immensity of land and options available. Consider hosting your ranch wedding outdoors under a large oak tree or along the expanse of a wide prairie or inside a charming rustic barn. Things to consider when choosing a location are access to bathroom facilities, guest parking and electricity. Ensure that cattle and other livestock are penned during your ceremony so as to avoid unexpected interruptions.

Ranch Attire Inspirations

Dress in traditional western attire for your wedding. For brides, options include white cowboy boots, silver and turquoise Navajo jewelry, vintage lace bridal gown, white cowboy hat, frilly petticoats or white handkerchief skirt with fringe. For grooms, consider wearing a cowboy hat, western shirt, cowboy boots, cowboy-cut pants, western belt and buckle, suspenders, bolo tie, leather vest, western-cut blazer and jeans if formality allows.

Authentic Ranch Food

Rustle up authentic ranch food for your ranch wedding reception menu. Classic cowboy cookout ideas include the all-time favorite barbecue brisket, ribs or chicken. For appetizers, consider adding a dash of south-of-the-border delights with quesadillas, taquitos corn tortilla chips with chili con queso, guacamole or salsa for dipping. Traditional western side dishes include potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans Serve vittles from a genuine chuck wagon and ring a classic triangle dinner calling bell when time to east. Serve fun ranch-inspired libations such as sarsaparilla, sweet tea or lemonade.

Ranch-Inspired Decorations

Have fun with ranch-inspired decorations for your wedding. For centerpieces, display wildflowers or large sunflowers in mason jars or metallic milk buckets. At your wedding reception, use natural fiber burlap, colorful calico or cotton gingham tablecloths. Place table settings inside mason jars with colorful western-print handkerchiefs. Hang intertwined horse shoes above doors; be sure they are facing upwards so your luck will not spill out.

Traditional Dances

Share your first dance with your sweetheart by performing traditional Old West-inspired dances. Popular choices for a first dance include the two-step, waltz or polka. Get your wedding guests on the floor with fun line dances such as the Electric Slide, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Copperhead Road, Macarena or Cupid Shuffle. Ranch wedding dances are not complete without including the Cotton-eyed Joe, Chicken Dance or Hokey Pokey.

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