Cowboy Theme Wedding Decorations
Embrace your inner cowboy and get hitched with Wild West decor as the backdrop
By Cynthia Myers
If you've always loved cowboys, you can pay homage to that fondness with cowboy-theme wedding decorations. Decorations may be as close as the nearest barn; otherwise, check thrift stores and flea markets for boots, hats, spurs and saddles. Ranch supply stores or catalogs are also a good source for decorating supplies, such as rope. Capture the romance of the Old West with your wedding decorations.
Scour thrift shops for old cowboy boots and use them to hold flowers for your wedding reception centerpieces. Shine up the boots and insert a cylindrical glass vase into each. Fill with loosely arranged daisies or wildflowers such as bluebonnets and blanket flowers. Use similar arrangements of wildflowers for decorating the church and for bridesmaid bouquets. Old spurs also make interesting cowboy-themed centerpieces. Wrap the spurs around pillar candles and arrange in groupings on the tables. Use twine tied in a bow instead of napkin rings, and bandannas instead of napkins at each place setting. On buffet tables, use galvanized buckets and pails as serving dishes.
Horseshoes are a traditional symbol of luck and look lovely when combined with flowers as pew markers in church. Or use simple love knots made of rope to mark the pews. Decorate the walls of the reception hall with coils of rope and displays of old branding irons, spurs and other tools of the cowboy's trade. Set saddles and bales of hay around the room. Post "Wanted" posters of the bride, groom and members of the wedding party around the room. Take simple photos to a printer and ask him to produce posters on sepia-toned paper, or the bridal party could visit a photography studio before the wedding and have these made.
Hang oil lanterns around the room around the church or reception area or from trees at an outdoor venue. Set oil lamps along the tables at the reception. For an evening wedding, light the way with votive candles set in sand-filled paper bags.
Decorate your cake with icing piped to look like rope. Choose a wedding topper with the bride and groom on horseback. Serve a groom's cake shaped like a cowboy hat or a boot.
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Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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