10 Tips for Planning a Country Wedding

From the location to the menu to the tiny details, you have a lot on your plate. Here are 10 tips to ensure you have the most special day, filled with family and friends, country decor and family heirlooms.

1. Create a Pinterest Board

The first step to planning any wedding is creating a Pinterest board. I mean, heck, some women who aren’t even in serious relationships have started planning their dream wedding on Pinterest.

2. Boots are a must

Flickr: Tammy McGary
Flickr: Tammy McGary

There’s nothing cuter than a line of your best friends by your side, sporting cowboy boots, on your special day.

3. Twine, Burlap, and Mason Jars… Oh My!


Pay attention to detail. Get crafty. Make cute flower baskets and burlap center pieces. You can never have too many precious, southern details at your wedding.

4. Country music, of course


From the first dance to the father-daughter and mother-son dances, country music is a must at your southern wedding. Here are a few song suggestions for each.

First Dance:

  • “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice
  • “Forever and Always” – Shania Twain
  • “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton

Father-Daughter Dance:

  • “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw
  • “Just Fishin'” – Trace Adkins
  • “I Loved Her First” – Heartland

Mother-Son Dance:

  • “Mom” – Garth Brooks
  • “Don’t Blink” – Kenny Chesney
  • “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts

5. Country Cookin’

Once Like A Spark
Once Like A Spark

Southern comfort food is a must. Will it be shrimp and grits, BBQ, fried chicken, mac n cheese and biscuits? The hardest part about determining the menu will be narrowing it down! The good news is, you really can’t go wrong.

6. Outdoor Bliss

Rustic Wedding Chic
Rustic Wedding Chic

Location is key when planning your country wedding. Common locations include wineries, plantations, and farms.

7. Barn Hoedown


Play throwbacks, today’s hits and classic dance songs like “Cha cha slide.” Make up a dance with your bridesmaids, as the bride above did, to get everyone on the dance floor!

8. Live Band

Flickr: Amy Wass
Flickr: Amy Wass

A live band at your reception is the ultimate entertainment.

9. Lace

Etsy Stalkers

You can never have too much lace at your wedding. Incorporate lace into your invitations, wedding cake, table runners, paper lanterns, and even cupcake holders.

10. Photobooth

Style Me Pretty

A reception’s not complete without a photo booth. Country-fy your booth to get all your guests in the spirit.

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10 Tips for Planning a Country Wedding