Doesn't it seem like just yesterday when your daughter was a little girl playing dress up in grown-up clothes and high heels? Now that she's getting married, you are surely thinking of ways that her wedding and her wedding reception will be something that will live in her memory forever. If you will be hosting the event in the country and she has selected a cowboy theme for her wedding, here are some ideas that will make the celebration unique and lovely.
The Bride's Clothing - Of course, your daughter can wear a traditional wedding dress for her cowboy wedding. However, adding some cowboy touches will just add to the mood. You've probably already thought of her wearing white cowboy boots, but you may be trying to decide on what she will do for her head attire. Of course, a white cowboy hat would be adorable. However, if she wants something lighter, consider a wreath made of baby's breath and faux field flowers. Another idea would be to have little yellow roses and yellow ribbons entwined in her hair, signifying The Yellow Rose Of Texas, since cowboys and Texas are often connected to each other. Including baby's breath and yellow roses in her bridal bouquet is another idea.
Clothing For The Wedding Party - A great idea for the bridesmaids, the groom and the groomsmen would be to incorporate denim, leather and lace as part of the wedding clothes. For example, the guys could wear leather or denim vests with their black tuxedos and black cowboy boots. The gals could wear dresses made of denim with lace petticoats and they could wear brown cowboy boots. Smaller versions of the bride's bouquet would be perfect for the bridesmaids, and boutonnieres with one of the flowers of the bouquets for the guys.
The Decorations - Even cowboy boots can be made into something elegant. For example, a cowboy boot filled with the same type of flowers that are used in the bouquets and then tied with lace would be a good idea. The boots don't even need to be brand new, as it's the effect that will stand out. Framed pictures of the bride and groom as part of the centerpiece would be a nice touch. Again, denim and lace for the table covers would keep with the theme you have selected.
The Entertainment - Of course, just fellowshipping with background music would be nice. However, if you're wanting to have live entertainment, consider hiring performers to do square dancing or clogging. Another idea is to have a group of singers perform songs like God Bless Texas, Texas Angel, The Yellow Rose Of Texas and country songs like Kiss Me In The Dark, Little Red Rodeo, This Kiss and I Swear. Do the bride and groom have good voices? If they're comfortable performing at their reception, that would bring the house down.
The Food - Well, barbecue, of course! Consider having the meal catered by a company that specializes in barbecue meals. Different types of meat, beans, potato salad, cole slaw, dill pickles, jalapeno peppers and corn would be perfect sides. Besides the wedding cake, think about having a groom's cake made of chocolate for dessert. If you do go with barbecue, think about offering the bride a lacy white bib so she won't get her wedding clothes stained.
As your guests leave the event, consider sending them off with a Texas praline that has been individually wrapped and tagged with a message like, Thanks For Joining Us On Our Special Day, Y'all!
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