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Country wedding tips, trends and inspiration

Wedding planner, Katie Watson, discusses the latest trends in the wedding industry, and what you need to know when planning your own wedding.
  • Country-style weddings continue to be popular going into the 2015 wedding season.  Katie Watson, wedding coordinator for Little White Dress Events out of Des Moines, Iowa, discusses country-inspired wedding ideas, trends and helpful wedding planning tips for the upcoming year.
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    Extended wedding season

    Country-style weddings continue to be popular!

    Katie Watson, wedding coordinator for Little White Dress Events out of Des Moines, Iowa, discusses country-inspired wedding ideas, trends and tips for the upcoming year.

    “The season has widened, tremendously,” says Katie. “June through September is still the biggest time for weddings, but now we’re seeing more ceremonies taking place in early spring and October, than ever before.” 

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Katie discusses overall trends for 2015 that fit in well with the agrarian-style wedding.  Popular colors for the upcoming year are blush tones, golds and mixed metal colors. Mint green is still a desirable color for weddings during the spring and summer, and you’ll see a lot of grays tones mixed with other colors, such as navy, purple or yellow.
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    What's trending

    Katie discusses overall trends that also fit well with the agrarian-style.

    Popular colors for the upcoming year are blush tones, golds and mixed metal colors. Mint green is still a desirable color for weddings during the spring and summer, and you’ll see a lot of gray tones mixed with other colors, such as navy, purple or yellow.

    “For women, lace has been a prominent feature in wedding dresses, and you’ll see the men dressed in a more casual attire,” says Katie.

    For the groom and groomsmen, jeans with a jacket, bow ties and suspenders with no jacket have become increasingly fashionable.

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Use mason jars, baby’s breath, lace and burlap elements for a rustic-glam feel.
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    Rustic-glam

    Pinterest is a tool that many brides have turned to for ideas and do-it-yourself wedding projects.

    “I like to use Pinterest if I’m stuck,” says Katie. “It’s a good tool for idea generation and inspiration. It allows you to actually see what you’re visualizing and make sure it fits well together.”

    For a rustic-glam wedding, some like to decorate mason jars, which can be used to hold flowers or candles. They can also be utilized as a drinking glass and guest memento. 

    You can create decorative pieces from baby’s breath, lace and burlap elements for a countryside setting. 

    According to Katie, using baby’s breath as decoration and in floral arrangements is also very cost effective.  

    “I didn’t see as much burlap towards the end of the year for country weddings, “ says Katie. “I think that while the other items will continue to be country wedding staples, the burlap may be used less.” 

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • The barn venue has been the most favored for countryside ceremonies. Barns have been modified to accommodate such an event and guests. Bars made out of wood and long wooden benches or crates for seating have been added. Other western embellishments such as wooden picture frames, shovels, lanterns and straw have been added to create the desired ambiance.
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    Barn wedding

    The barn venue has been the most favored for rural-like ceremonies, and barns across the country are being modified to accommodate such an event.

    Some modifications include bars made out of wood and long wooden benches or crates for seating. Other western embellishments such as wooden picture frames, shovels and straw also add to the cause, while lanterns and star lights provide lighting. 

    Other countryside venues include grand country houses or a cornfield as the background. To go along with an outside wedding, many also put up reception tents nearby.

    Katie also sees family style eating, with long tables, big plates and self-serve or easy-to-serve food, continuing. She’s seen many weddings, in general, incorporate a wedding photo booth or bring in a photographer with fun props for the guests; a fun way for everyone to document memories.    

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Large flowers with a lot of greenery, milk crates, pales and buckets also bring out the glam-rustic combination for an effortless, yet elegant, statement.
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    Simple additions

    Large flowers with a lot of greenery, pales and buckets also bring out the glam-rustic combination for an effortless, yet elegant, statement.  

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Katie believes the country trend, or rustic-glam look, will continue throughout 2015, but begin to taper off in 2016.  “I forsee more of a vintage feel, than rustic, beginning in 2016,” says Katie.  What is the difference, you may ask? Rustic is more of a faded, weathered look, while vintage is more antique-- older, but refined, items. Older tableware, pearls, and antique clocks and trunks are some examples of what you might find at a vintage style wedding.
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    Vintage wedding

    Katie believes the country trend, or rustic-glam look, may begin to taper off.

    “I forsee more of a vintage feel, than rustic,” says Katie.

    What is the difference, you may ask? Rustic is more of a faded, weathered look, while vintage is more antique-- older, but refined, items. Fine place settings, pearls, and antique clocks and trunks are some examples of what you might find at a vintage-style wedding. 

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Wineries have also been a hit with wedding events. Katie says the environment is suitable for either the country or vintage wedding approach.  Wineries are usually great outdoor wedding options and serve well for pictures. Wine and cork decorations are fun to mix in with the chosen wedding style.
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    Wineries

    Winery weddings have also been a big hit in recent years. Katie says the environment is suitable for either a country or vintage wedding approach.

    Wineries are usually great outdoor wedding options and serve well for pictures. Wine and cork decorations are fun to mix in with the chosen wedding style.

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • When it comes to saving money, Katie suggests do-it-yourself projects and looking at places where people are reselling their wedding materials, such as Ebay or Facebook Swap.  “Working together to create table pieces and decorations with family and friends can make the process more fun,” says Katie. “By inviting family and friends to help, it’ll be more memorable and you’ll get things done faster.”  As for doing your own wedding invitations, Katie explains it’s all about what you want to spend money on.
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    DIY wedding

    When it comes to saving money, Katie suggests do-it-yourself projects and looking at places where people are reselling their wedding materials, such as Ebay or Facebook Swap.

    “Working together to create table pieces and decorations with family and friends can make the process more fun,” says Katie. “By inviting family and friends to help, it’ll be more memorable and you’ll get things done faster.”

    As for doing your own wedding invitations, Katie explains it’s all about what you want to spend money on.

    “I have my clients make a list of the top three things they’re willing to put the most money towards,” says Katie. “If invitations are one of them, then great. If not, custom-design invites are still fairly cheap, or making your own could be a good route to explore, especially if you’re leaning towards a more simplistic invite.”

    Katie cautions that making invitations can be very time consuming. Depending on the wedding theme, simple invitations might be a better fit and would be easier to put together, yourself.

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018
  • A wedding planner can help with budgeting, vendor scheduling, decorating ideas, coordination of the rehearsal and wedding day, and event set-up and tear down. Depending on the coordinator, if you don't want full-service, they can coordinate the rehearsal and day-of, so you don't have to feel like you're working your own wedding.
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    Hiring a wedding planner

    A wedding planner can help with budgeting, vendor scheduling, decorating ideas, coordination of the rehearsal and wedding day, and event set-up and tear down. Depending on the coordinator, if you don't want full-service, they can coordinate the rehearsal and wedding day, so you don't have to feel like you're working your own wedding. 

    “Hiring a wedding planner can help alleviate the stress of you doing everything yourself,” says Katie. “Many coordinators also have relationships with vendors, and can usually get you a cheaper price on a venue or catering because of that business relationship.”

    When looking for a wedding planner, make sure you do your homework. Ask friends and family members for recommendations and reviews.  Wedding Wire and The Knot are two popular sources that can help provide you with wedding information, too. Many of Katie’s clients have sought her out through word-of-mouth, or from inquiries through The Knot and Wedding Wire.

    Happy wedding season!

    Check out Little White Dress Events on Facebook and Pinterest, or email Katie for more information at littlewhitedressevents@gmail.com.

     

    Date Published: March 10, 2015
    Date Updated: May 11, 2018

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