The 24 Best Country Wedding Ideas

Country weddings are everything they’re cracked up to be. The smell of wood, hay, lots of string lights hangin’ around and the sound of shoes on the dance floor, swaying to everything from Bluegrass to Jazz to Modern Country or Pop. The beauty of country weddings is that they can be as laid back or posh as you want them to be, which is why there are so many amazing country wedding ideas there.

Whether you’re throwing a country wedding for 20 or 200, in a barn or in an urban loft, you don’t necessarily have to be outside OR in the country to have one. A lot of country wedding ideas can be just as at home in New York as Tennessee. I actually prefer country weddings in a city setting–they’re that much more unexpected and fun!

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite country wedding ideas, below, to show what you can do with everything from your wedding dress to your bar or wedding invitations. And keep in mind that just because certain setups are outside (like the ceremony seating on hay bales), these can easily be transformed to work in a city dwelling, too. But first, follow these tips to have the country wedding of your dreams:

How do You Plan a Country Wedding?

Once you decide you love the look, it’s all about the details. Even if you’re getting married in a big city, you can transform any space into country heaven. These are the big ticket items you can concentrate on to really give a down-home feel:

1. Invitations

These are the first thing your guest sees, so you’ll want to let them know right away that you’re doing a country wedding them. Opt for rustic wedding invitations that feature nature or florals. And don’t forget the extra touches like burlap ribbon!

2. Wedding chairs

Burlap or lace chair covers or ties will add another layer of texture to your ceremony and reception seating. Alternatively, you could opt for wooden vineyard chairs (also known as an x-back chair) for a chic yet rustic touch.

3. Centerpieces

The beauty of a country wedding is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on flowers. Some of the best country weddings feature baby’s breath and even carnation centerpieces. Sunflowers are also amazing and you don’t need a ton to make a big impact.

4. Attire

From cowboy boots for you and your bridesmaids to tweed vests on the groom and groomsmen, you can add a country twist to classic wedding attire.

Our Favorite Country Wedding Ideas

Ready for some major country wedding inspo? We’ve rounded up our favorite ideas for decor, fashion, and more, below!

Tulle paired with denim or plaid is SO amazing for the bride, flower girls, or bridesmaids. And who can forget the cowboy boots?!

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Photo by Lisa Fitts Photography | Bride’s Gown by Mori Lee from Prevue Formal and Bridal
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Photo by Inkspot Photography | Designed by Mariko Giverink

When it comes to men’s fashion, linen, tweed, and cotton are country wedding staples for guys (depending on the season). And this bullet shell boutonniere is super clever!

Put those cowboy hats to good use: Have the ring bearer or flower girls carry one down the aisle. You can also use them to hold flowers on your wedding tables.


Speaking of flowers, you can never go wrong with simple and sweet at country weddings…


Incorporate wood and cotton into your wedding bouquet for a truly Southern feel.


 Have fun with your bar displays!

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Photo by The Melideos

I don’t know if it qualifies as a country wedding without mason jars. Just kidding???


 Don’t skimp on the lights!


Use lightweight fabrics for your tablecloths and drapes to provide a texture balance.


Rustic doors and wood panels can be used for ceremony decor or as a fun guestbook! Bonus? You can use them down the road in a new house. 🙂


Horshshoes can double as both escort cards and wedding favors. Just be sure to tell guests to hang them so they make a U-shape on the inside of their front door.

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Photo by Paper Antler | Via Style Me Pretty

Antlers add drama to your wedding arch.

Hay bales with quilts on top are perfect for ceremony seating.


Keep your wedding invitations rustic, but don’t be afraid to add a pop of color (and flowers!)

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Botanical Edge wedding invitations from Minted, $100 for 312

Naked cakes were made for country weddings. Top them with fruit and flowers for a rustic look.

Turn apples into candles for a fall country wedding.


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  1. says: Teri Towner

    Me and my fiance are getting married next yr and we both are very much country hicks lol so do u have any catalogs or is it only on line?

  2. says: Phyllis Marie Stark

    I love all these ideas! If I get married again, and that is the plan. I would totally use some of them!