A wedding out in the countryside is a wonderful way to bring friends and family together in an informal celebration. Make the most of the wonderful setting by incorporating elements with a great country flair. Get inspired with these charming country wedding ideas.

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The flowers for a country wedding should have an informal, natural style. Loose arrangements of wildflowers, daisies, or seasonal potted flowers like geraniums or mums would be perfect. Choose centerpiece vessels with a relaxed feeling. Handpainted pitchers, mason jars, wooden boxes, and wicker baskets would all be great examples of centerpiece containers with a country flair. For the wedding ceremony, use yellow and white gingham ribbon to hang daisy pomanders from the backs of chairs.

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Definitely the attire for a country wedding should suit the setting as well. A lace gown in white or ivory would be lovely for the bride. A heavier lace such as Venise would be particularly nice. A simple pearl necklace and a short veil will complete the bride's look. A super cute detail would be pearl tipped pins to coordinate with the pearl necklace in the centers of daisies as the bride's bouquet. As for the bridesmaids, knee length dresses in a floaty cotton voile would be beautiful. Choose a cheerful color like yellow, spring green, or red for their dresses. For the flower girl, a cotton dress with smocking and white sandals would be absolutely precious.

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Country celebrations always involve a lot of great food. There is no need to make it fancy, just make it delicious and abundant. For the cocktail hour, serve favorites like fried green tomatoes, dilled potato salad, and mini sliders. As for the main course, treat your guests to good ol' country fare like chicken fried steak with homemade mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables. Another great option would be barbeque with all the fixins' like corn on the cob, fresh cole slaw, the works. The way to make it feel special enough to serve at a wedding is to present the food in an elegant way, rather than the ultra-casual way one might for a picnic.

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There are lots of other fun country-inspired things you can do for your wedding. Welcome guests to the reception with an old-fashioned lemonade stand serving fresh squeezed lemonade and limeade; it's up to you if you want to offer a "hard" lemonade for the adult guests. Rather than a tiered white wedding cake, have an assortment of fresh fruit pies at the reception. Choose fruits which represent the season, such as peach pie in the summer or apple pie in the autumn. Don't forget about entertainment with a country flair, like a great bluegrass band to get the party going.

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Finish off your country wedding with favors that suit the location. Jars of homemade jam with red gingham cloth on the lid would be charming. Use a piece of raffia to tie a tag to to the jar thanking guests for coming to your wedding. If you made the jam yourself, you can even attach the recipe. Other cute ideas include hayrides for the kids, baskets of local apples for guests to enjoy, and paper fans as the ceremony programs. With all the details in place, your country wedding is sure to be nothing short of delightful!



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