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Countrypolitan Wedding Ideas
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Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Many brides-to-be and
their fiancées live in busy Cosmopolitan Cities, where
people of many ethnicities, religions and cultures meet
and live in close proximity (especially busy sea ports
like Houston). While they love the elegance &
sophistication of the city they want a more serene
setting for their wedding & reception. Thus was born "Countrypolitan"
with the elegance of the city and the serenity of the
On a lazy drive to
nowhere, your guests arrive at your wedding location.
While the location
or surrounding may be rural for a "Countrypolitan"
wedding, this is where the country ends in a "Countrypolitan"
wedding. The decor is very "Cosmopolitan",
elegant, chic & sophisticated, no country decor here.
Brides choosing to have
a "Countrypolitan" wedding
usually hold their ceremony and reception in the same location.
However, your ceremony can take place at a church in the city
and them guests could gather in
the relaxed atmosphere of the country for your lovely reception.
Just remember that
the distance between the two locations should be no more
than a 30 minute drive. This may pose a challenge.
You may choose to hold your
ceremony in a quaint turn of the century Church, in the courtyard
of a Spanish style hacienda or Tuscan style villa, or on the front
steps of a Historic Mansion (Plantation house, or Colonial
house). You might also choose to have the ceremony on a river
bluff or by a lake, in a grove of
100 year old Oak Trees, a rolling meadow with
giant Cypress trees, or on a mountain top. The options are endless.
An outdoor setting is perfect for
a more formal "Countrypolitan" wedding ceremony. The outdoors
makes a perfect place to hold a wedding ceremony, few things are
more beautiful than nature. During most of the year's seasons,
there is plenty of beautiful foliage and a range of lovely
settings that provide a perfect backdrop for your ceremony.
Remember that while many venues
in rural settings have indoor areas for the reception, only a
few have indoor areas (chapels) for the ceremony. It is very
important, that you have a Plan B if any part of your wedding is
planned for outdoors. This could mean an added expense that your
budget just can't handle.
Setting the mood
for your "Countrypolitan"
invitations are not just to
invite your guests, they are also to convey a mood an ambiance
for the occasion. Although your wedding will be in a rural
setting it is to be a elegant, sophisticated affair. You want to
convey this to your guests. You want your invitations to be on
fine paper with their addresses penned in calligraphy across the
front of the invitation so that guests know that you have gone
to a lot of trouble and expense to invite them to a formal
affair. A "Countrypolitan" wedding is not the wedding to
send invitations emblazoned with cowboys & cowgirls, gazebos &
etc. You do not want to invite guests to a wedding with a
country western "flare" with a barbeque reception. You want your
guests to look at your invitation and think "What a
sophisticated affair this is going to be!" Take the time to look
hard for your invitations, it's important that you find the
right invitation, conveying the right ambiance, at the right
Map out the most
scenic route & include directions with your invitations.
registry information in with your invitations, your invitations
request the the honor of your guests presence and that is not
spelled P-R-E-S-E-N-T-S. This information needs to be passed
through the grapevine, by your bridesmaids, groomsmen, & family
or you may list it on your wedding website.
weddings, are not the norm for the outdoors, an outdoor setting
is actually perfect for a more formal "Countrypolitan" wedding
ceremony. Just remember Nature's grandeur is not one of
gaudiness, more is not always better and more costs more.
Keep your ceremony
decor in keeping with the style of your venue, A Spanish style
villa or Tuscan style villa would call for black wrought iron
arches, candelabras, and maybe shepherd's hooks with hanging
floral arrangements or black lanterns (nighttime), while a
historic mansion would be better decorated with antique gold
candelabras, arches, & urns, with garden roses & ivy spilling
out of urns or garden sculptures.
While formal weddings, are not the
norm for the outdoors, an outdoor setting is actually perfect
for a more formal "Countrypolitan" wedding ceremony. However,
there are considerations you should think about when choosing
your wedding gown. It should match the setting (so that it looks
like it belongs), and be comfortable to wear. While most outdoor
weddings have a more semi-formal or casual feel, an outdoor
ceremony allows for the bride to be more expressive in her
choice of a wedding dress.
For a "Countrypolitan" wedding your dress should be more formal
in nature, meaning that it should be long in length. Your gown
can have sleeves, or not, many formal wedding dresses are
sleeveless. Do remember when choosing a gown that Nature's
grandeur is not one of gaudiness, and an overly ornate, heavily
beaded dress would look ridiculous in a garden, amongst the
trees, or the peaks of a mountain setting. For a mountain
setting you might even want to use a simple tea-length wedding
For formal weddings, the bridal attendants usually all wear one
color. During the spring, outfit attendants in bright colors and
during the fall use earth tones. If your rural wedding is in the
mountains this is a great opportunities for bridesmaid "color
runs," where each bridesmaid wears a dress of a different color.
What should the
groom & his groomsmen wear? You'll have to admit that grooms and
their groomsmen are addicted to tuxedos. After all, you rarely
see them wearing anything but tuxedos at their weddings. Tuxedos
are "formal wear" and that means they should only be worn to
formal or semi-formal, evening weddings (after 6 p.m.), so why
then do we see them at weddings held in morning and afternoon?
In one wedding book, the author states, "A tuxedo before six
o'clock?" NEVER!" And we agree.
Weddings held in
mornings and afternoons warrant strollers and/or morning coats,
which are elegant suits most times grey, the latter worn with
ascots and vests. They're absolutely fabulous and unique.
Most weddings are semi-formal meaning that the groom does have
options other than a tux. Elegant suits are perfectly
appropriate for that semi-formal wedding. There's nothing wrong
The white dinner jacket is just the ticket for the semi-formal
wedding, or the formal wedding that's held in tropical climates
or in summer. The white dinner jacket is a "light" look, and
it's just as elegant as a tux!
For those who are not tuxedo obsessed? How about the coolness of
a white linen suit for those semi-formal weddings held in
The bottom line is
this: The bride-to-be doesn't want to look like every other
bride who walks down the aisle-and the groom shouldn't want to
look like every other groom! Now you know your options, exercise
The mood of the
"Countrypolitian" reception is warm and welcoming. The
decor is elegant; the meal made up of artistic food
Many rural venues has
lovely indoor reception areas, complete with ornate
chandeliers, however the "Countrypolitian" reception might
also take place in
a charming old stone barn, a tent in an open field, the
courtyard of a Spanish style Villa, or on the lawn of a historic
keep your "Countrypolitan"
wedding reception decor in keeping with the style of your venue,
but use elegant chandeliers,
candelabras, & beautiful flowers.
Cover your tables with linen table cloths & overlays.
Use table numbers and placecards.
charger plates, china, flatware, & crystal glassware. Add
elements that you might find in a grand hotel ballroom in the
is the best person to give you advise on the colors, & type of
flowers to use in your decor. To save money on your flowers, it
is best to use flowers in season and colors that reflect the
season of your wedding.
If you choose a venue with an
outdoor ceremony location, ask what types of flowers are planted
in the ceremony area. Which flowers will be in bloom at the time
of your ceremony and what colors the flowers will be. Work with
your florist to choose bouquets, and other flowers that will
coordinate with those that are growing in the ceremony area.
If you are planning to do your own
flowers, do your research. Some cut flowers last for a number of
hours outside and others welt quickly. Know how to properly prep
& rehydrate each type of flower when they arrive. Know how to cut your
stems properly so that the flowers can rehydrate and use the
proper flower food for the type of flowers that you are using to
get the longest life for your flowers. Do you have adequate
cooling for flowers. Remember vegetables and fruits in your
refrigerator put off gases that can kill flowers. Remember that
some flowers like Asiatic Lilies or Oriental Lilies come closed
and can take
days to open. Other flowers will come already open and may
not last as long. Make sure that you have plenty of help and
realize that it can take 30-40 hours or more to arrange all of
your flowers. Yes, you can save on the cost of the flowers by
doing it yourself. But, what about the cost for your time? What
about the added stress? Is it really worth it?
For The Wedding Cake
Wedding cakes cost lots of money,
the more the decorating the greater the cost. Getting a superb
tasting cake is the number one priority. To keep the cost down,
we advise that the cake be frosted plain—with the
florist doing the decorating.
If your reception will also take
place outdoors choose a wedding cake with fondant rather than
buttercream frosting which melts in the heat.