Western Party Ideas
- Rustic Chic Wedding Ideas
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Burlap & Lace is beautiful! Drape
tables, windows and other areas with burlap fabric accented with
The first thing most
couples think of when planning their wedding receptions are how
the tables will come together.
Burlap and White Lace provides a
neutral color that can be used in any room.
Let a scrumptious burlap
table runner steer your decorating ship! On banquet
tables use white linens add a table runner made from
burlap with lace edges. Add a pretty scrolled script
initial at each end of the runner, so it
will hang from the table with the monogram accent
visible, so pretty, for both indoor and outdoor affairs!
Burlap Fabric by the yard to make runners for guest
tables. Add lace for accent.
Burlap Fabric to decorate white pillar candles and add
raffia for accent.
Make your own table overlays from
Burlap Fabric and accent the with white lace doilies.
Keep it simple and elegant.
The key to pulling off a coordinated event:
Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is as
general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special
flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything
together. Your location, invitations, decorations, accessories,
flowers, menu, cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one
common concept. Then, get as creative as you can!
There are many perfect rustic country
locations to have your Rustic Chic Wedding & Reception, Some ideas
for venues might include: Ranch, Hacienda, Country Church, Garden,
Victorian Home, Park, or Farm. All would be great places for you and
your guests to celebrate your marriage. Here is a list of
in the Houston, TX. areas.
Look for Rustic Chic theme
invitations with "burlap" and "lace" .
White Lace Personalized Banners
is the visual representation of your theme, which is created by
the use of objects or symbols.
Develop your motif using a list of words
related to the theme. Brainstorm a list to create your pool of
ideas. This list is very important for generating ideas that can be
applied to all areas of the event. Decide on what atmosphere or mood
you want to create. This is where you want to refer back to your
list of words you brainstormed. Add words to the list that will
portray the mood you want to convey. For a rustic chic theme you
might want to use rich heavy brocade, calico, denim, burlap, lace or
linen fabrics. Create a feel and a mood that is uniform throughout.
Since many rustic chic
country weddings are held in quaint, rural locations, in the middle
of nowhere, without landmarks, you might want to start your
decorating by posting signs along the road. Old barn wood or
rough-hewn pine works well for making directional signs. Make signs
to look like arrows. Make signs 30 inches long and the width of four
1 x 4 inch planks. Distress wood by applying a solution of 1 part
white paint to 1 part water over wood. Use a cotton rag to rub it
on. Use paint brush to write "The Wedding" in black paint. Attach to
5 ft long pine post. Plant post in a 18" deep hole.
For a rustic chic wedding,
structured flower arrangements would look out of place. If
you want a total rustic motif, you will want to have your flowers
look simple and hand done. Remember in the old west they would not
have had a florist and hot house flowers.
To keep your flowers feeling vintage
feathers, herbs, and plants are also great for harkening back to
a vintage theme.
Types of flowers: Wildflowers, Gerbera Daisies,
Asters, Snap Dragons, Roses, Garden Roses, Spray Roses,
Sunflowers, Wax Flowers, Crocusmia (Mt. Bresia), Limonium Misty,
Solidago, Delphinium and shafts of Wheat.
Use soft rope or raffia to hand tie
wildflower bouquets and add wild weed looking accents. Florist are
doing more and more of these unusual fillers.
Simple wildflower looking boutonnieres
for the men. Or try mini cowboy hat boutonnieres with spray roses or
daisies, decorated with rope, pearl strands, mini horseshoes. An
Eco-chic wedding boutonniere made from shafts of wheat tied with
ribbon and accented with a mini horseshoe charm. A Rope Boutonniere
(these are really elegant and unique). Gather a very small bunch of
flowers, herbs, thistle, wheat shafts or greenery and tie off the
stems with rope. The tiny flower bundle is tucked down and through
two fake wedding rings, with the rope showing below the rings.
Tie the knot under a lattice trellis
woven with pieces of wheat, tumbleweed, wild flowers, daisies,
sunflowers or other wild greenery.
floor candelabras, decorate with ivy and garden roses. Again
remember don't get to structured, you want it to look like
wild roses are climbing up and around the candelabras stem. Place
one each side of the alter, these can also be used at the reception
candelabras will add to the festive, outdoorsy atmosphere, a
fitting scene for a western wedding.
Place altar arrangements in white rattan pedestal baskets (these
can be rented from party rentals companies & florist).
Use whiskey barrels to hold alter
Tie bunches of
wildflowers or weave wheat to wooden fence posts.
rustic wood posts around the perimeter of the ceremony of
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Use an old-fashioned "Dinner Bell"
Bell" to get guests' attention
for the wedding toast, first dance,
cake cutting, garter tossing &
departure of the bride & groom.
Other decorating tips:
Fill odd containers with flowers and
set on the tables (mason jars, buckets, watering cans,
galvanized pails, baskets, tin cans & etc.).
Use small Straw Bales and add a
bouquet of wildflowers to the top of each one. Add some
hurricane lamps with some ivy trim.
tin cans, spray paint silver, and use as flower containers.
Add coils of rope, raffia, lace, ribbon or pearls to
containers for additional accent. Don't forget the get-a-way
car. Drill a hole in sealed end of cans and attach 1 yard of
2" wide ribbon to each can. Tie cans into bunches of
five or six cans. Use six-inch strips of duct tape to attach
each bunch to the inside lip of the trunk.
Float a candle in a quart size Mason
jar, place a floral ring around the jar with ivy trailing out of
gossamer or tulle, twist
white bridal lights inside and drape it around the room.
Twist it around the railing of the dance floor to create a
Western hats get everyone in
the mood to kick up their heels! Have your DJ gave these out as
dance floor giveaways! You could also use square cotton bandanas for
A rural route mailbox, mounted on a post and painted white with
wildflower accents on top and a bow with ribbon streamers can be
used to hold the cards received by guests.
Cowbells make great accent pieces for tables, tie stems of
wheat to the handles and accent with ribbon or strips of bandana
or denim fabric.
Burn edges of card stock for a
"branded" look and use for invitations, respond cards, programs,
place cards, or menu cards.
Use corrugated split rail fencing
to make the atmosphere real.
Antique jugs and washboards are
great to use as accent pieces.
Use real or plastic
accented with wildflowers and set them around the room or hang on the
Use real large straw bales around the
outside of the dance floor for seating and stacked straw bales
to form serving tables for your Barbecue buffet.
Fill burlap bags accented with
white lace with Jordan Almonds.
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Choosing a Cake:
Wedding Cakes are often used for rustic weddings.
round wedding cake in a basket weave pattern adorned with
A horseshoe shape
makes for a cute groom's cake.
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The old west or modern cowboy loves his Barbecue! Cook
as much as you can outside. There are people that have
rolling pits that can come to your site and cater
barbecue. Cook simple dishes and see if you can find
recipes that would have been used in the Old West.
from Mason jars.
Tex Mex (have available some milder, less spicy food for
guests with special diets or milder tastes), Chip and
Dip, Sliced Quesadillas. Appropriate shaped (ex. cactus,
chili pepper) iced sugar cookies.
Beer, Margaritas, Soda and
galvanized wash tubs to hold beer and bottles of soda.
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Wedding Venues in Houston, TX
Wedding Planner Tip: Many venues are booked months in
advance. The most popular day of the week for weddings is
Saturday, therefore you will pay a higher rate for a wedding
taking place on Saturday. If you are more flexible and can hold
your wedding on Friday or Sunday, these dates are usually open
and prices may be reduced. You will get even better rates for
NEVER SIGN A CONTRACT until everything
you have ask for is written into the contract. If it is not in
the contract, Don't Expect to see it on your wedding day!
Northwest Forest Conference Center is a wonderful
location. They have a number of Reception & Banquet rooms to
meet your needs from the small intimate wedding to a larger
formal affair. Their facilities include: The Settlement House,
La Hacienda, The Log Inn, a Replica of the Alamo, The Town Hall,
& The Gazebo. The grounds are beautiful for outdoor photo
shoots. They even have facilities where your out of town guests
can stay right there on the grounds!
They are located at 12715 Telge Road, Cypress, TX., just 30
minutes from downtown, 200 years from Houston. Do give them a
call at 800.256.3548 , they will be happy to show you their
Tin Hall - Steeped in western tradition, Tin Hall is the
ideal rental hall in Houston for your wedding day. Situated on 40
acres of wooded land in Cypress, TX (30 minutes from the Galleria)
northwest of Houston. Can accommodate up to 1,200 guests.
Plantation - Pass through the graceful gate and you're
transported to the turn of the century. Lush green grass and
beautiful flowers surround huge, arching pecan trees, gently
shading over the stately yet charming 1890s home. The surreal
beauty of the House Plantation is the prefect backdrop for your
wedding ceremony, reception or both. Located at 15743
House Rd. Hockley, TX 77447
Lakes is one of Houston’s best kept secrets. Located just
minutes away from the city in the beautiful Cypress area, we
offer a luxurious venue for your spectacular event. The
picturesque grounds are a beautiful setting for wedding
ceremonies and receptions, galas, private parties, corporate
events and much more! Whether you are searching for the serenity
of the outdoors by the lake or an elegantly lit lodge, you’ve
found it at Lindsay Lakes.
Liendo Plantation - was built in 1853, originally a
Spanish land grant of 67,000 acres assigned to Justo Liendo, the
plantation's namesake, Liendo was one of Texas' earliest cotton
plantations. It was considered the social center of Texas
receiving and lavishly entertaining early Texas dignitaries and
notorieties. Located off Hwy 290 near Hempstead, TX
Ashelynn Manor - North Houston's facility for
weddings & receptions, located at 25276 Nichols Sawmill Rd.
is a magnificent private estate designed to transport you to
another era; to a time and place when life was... well, just
simpler. Located in Katy, Texas, and only minutes from the fast
pace of Houston awaits a setting that you'll find reminiscent of
"Old Mexico." You'll feel a sense of calm come over you as you
enter this tranquil estate to discover a romantic retreat
nestled in the trees of this 30 acre wildlife sanctuary.
Blisswood @ Lehman Legacy Ranch. BlissWood is more
than just a bed and breakfast...it's also an enchanting setting
for outdoor weddings. Located just 50 miles west of Houston in
Cat Spring, Texas.
H & H Ranch - 4000 Greens Rd, Houston, TX, (281)
Heather's Glen offers a private, unique location for
your wedding, reception or private party. Step back in time.
This grand historic three story mansion will transport your
visitors back to turn of the century charm, with its verandas
and porches. Located in Conroe, Texas
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