If you’re a couple that loves spending time outdoors, taking country drives, listening to country music, or you even grew up in the West, there’s a good chance a western wedding is the perfect fit for you. Western weddings tend to be a bit more rustic, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be jam-packed with gorgeous details just like any other wedding theme.
Whether you’re saying "I do" at a ranch, in a beautiful barn, or in the backyard, a western wedding can be entirely charming. And whether you go all out, or simply include a few nods to the theme, you can choose to include western details in any capacity to fit your personality.
If you’re looking for western wedding ideas that are anything but tacky, look no further. Read on for 27 of our favorite ideas.
Look to Western Fonts
Kick things off by letting your guests know the theme right away. Theme your invitations with clever illustrations and look to old-time western-style fonts to deliver the important details.
Welcome Your Guests
Give your guests a proper welcome! Especially if you're hosting a destination wedding, welcome bags are such a nice touch. Design the bag to match your theme and fill it with western-inspired goodies for everyone to enjoy.
Wrap Your Bouquet
You can certainly choose a more rustic-style bouquet, with wildflowers to boot. To take it one step further? A leather wrap to hold your blooms in place makes for such a charming touch.
Welcome With a Friendly Sign
Mimic the feeling of driving up to the entrance of a ranch with a friendly sign. We love the way this tall wooden sign is dressed up with additional greenery and blooms to fit the theme.
Plan a Rodeo
Not interested in a barn or a ranch for your venue? Throw a rodeo instead! Check out local rodeo grounds as potential ceremony locations. The Pendleton Round-Up is one of the biggest rodeos in the world, with over 100 years running.
Set Up a Natural Altar
Hosting your ceremony outside? Look to simple, natural altar ideas. We love the organic look of this wooden altar, framing the gorgeous mountain views behind it. Of course, dress it up with dried greenery and flowers and complete the look with a cowhide rug.
Bring in a Banjo
It wouldn't be a western wedding without a bit of country music. Bring in a live band that specializes in either old-time western music or modern country music. Either way, you'll have a blast kicking up your boots!
Draw a Crowd With a Drink Truck
Gather everyone around a watering hole, and make a statement while you're at it! An old Chevy truck can be turned into a bar with a few kegs and the right equipment. Dress it up even further with beautiful blooms.
Commission Custom Champagne Glasses
Want to really flaunt your love for country? Carry it around with you! Commission custom champagne glasses with adorable cow illustrations to use on your wedding day, and to keep as special mementos for years to come.
Theme Your Bar
If you're hosting a bar, don't be afraid to get creative. One real couple chose to dress up their wedding bar to look like an old saloon. Feature old whiskey bottles and plenty of wood detailing for a beautiful set-up.
Gather 'Round the Fire
Encourage your guests to enjoy a casual celebration and cozy up. Use your reception space to create a lounge area, complete with a warm fire, hay bales, and plenty of warm blankets.
Incorporate Raw Wood
One of the simplest ways to make your western wedding feel that much more rustic is to bring wood into the mix. Incorporate clever details such as raw wood escort cards for guests to find their seats. We love the idea of stacking them as if you're reserving wood for a fire.
Play With Texture and Color
A western wedding definitely doesn't have to mean a drab, brown color palette. Keep things lively by playing with color and texture throughout. This set-up features leather chargers and frayed yellow napkins for a stunning reception table.
Look to Old-Time Lanterns
Dress up your dinner table with western flair. We love the idea of incorporating old-time lanterns to transport your guests back to the Wild West.
Add a Touch of Leather
It's all in the details, right? If you're looking to incorporate simple nods to a western theme, leather is a great addition. Tie a simple leather string around the napkins on your reception table for a charming look.
Turn Whiskey Into Water
Many whiskey bottles can be repurposed and used for other things. One real couple utilized Bulleit Rye Whiskey bottles to serve as their water vessels on a beautiful reception table.
Wow With Wooden Chargers
Incorporate wood on your tablescape to immediately make it feel a bit more rustic. This set-up incorporated thinly sliced wood chargers for each place setting, as well as centerpiece holders complete with kerosene lanterns.
Keep Warm With Pendleton
If there's one textile company that just screams western, it's Pendleton. Pendleton Woolen Mills opened in Oregon in the early 1900s and have remained a symbol of exploring the west. Incorporate Pendleton blankets to spruce up your reception tables, or hand them out to guests to keep warm during an outdoor ceremony.
Trade Napkins for Bandanas
An easy way to transform a table to match a western theme? Opt to utilize bandanas as napkins instead of plain linen. It will immediately add a pop of color and a western pattern to your set-up.
Set a Sonoran Table
Channel the desert with your reception table by utilizing unique textiles as a table runner. From there, consider incorporating a prickly pear cactus pad (no thorns, of course!) to make a statement at each setting.
Incorporate Terracotta Table Numbers
Terracotta is prevalent in the Southwest, and it's a great way to bring a western vibe and a hint of warmth to your table. Consider utilizing broken pieces of terracotta pots as unique table numbers.
Brand Personalized Flasks
Want to give a unique gift to the wedding party? Look to custom flasks, complete with personalized leather brands on each for a western nod. Bonus points if they're filled with whiskey!
Create a Scene on Your Cake
Channel the Southwest with a desert-themed cake. With handpainted cacti, along with real blooms and thistles, this confection certainly makes a statement.
Choose Milk and Cookies
Sometimes, it's just all about good ol' home cooking, and what could be better than a timeless treat? Offer a classic combo, but serve the milk in mason jars with twine for a rustic look.
Serve Cigars and Whiskey
The combination of whiskey and cigars certainly embodies a western theme. Put together a special display of multiple whiskeys for your guests to enjoy.
Serve Cactus Cookies
Why not incorporate a nod to the Southwest and the desert? Dish up decorated saguaro cactus cookies, with a touch of gold flake detailing to elevate their look.
Theme Your Cake
Think you can't incorporate a western textile design on your wedding day sweet? Think again. This cake was handpainted to match a western design, making it the perfect addition to a ranch wedding.