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The Anatomy of a Rustic Ranch Wedding

It was more than just the dress that wowed guests at the spectacular wedding of Lauren Bush and David Lauren. The rustic ranch setting and vintage-inspired details made even the most discerning wedding guests swoon. And you know there were a lot of them at a wedding this celeb-worthy!

So what goes into crafting a top-notch ranch wedding with a rustic, elegant, and vibe? Here's the low down...

Nature as Inspiration: Use the colors of nature (greens, browns, sands, stones) as inspiration for your wedding color palette. But don't be afraid to incorporate a few bright pops of color (like orange, yellow, or chartreuse). And let the picturesque setting of your rustic wedding venue take center stage by keeping decor details to a minimum.

Rustic Wood Touches: Include custom-made wood wedding signs directing guests to the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and dance floor. Place mason jar centerpieces atop rustic wood stumps, and finish your elegant wedding cake with a woodland-inspired cake topper. Or, choose wedding save-the-dates printed on genuine wood! The options are endless!

Down Home Details: Think beyond the traditional sit-down dinner, and serve up Western-style cuisine family or buffet style. Kick off the sky high heels you wore down the aisle and slip into a pair of cowboy boots for part two of your special day. And surround the dance floor with bales of hay draped with vintage quilts for extra reception seating!

Antique Store Treasures: Make your budget stretch and drive home the rustic ranch wedding vibe with one-of-a-kind treasures from eras past. Think mix and match vintage china, mason jar luminaries, hand-stitched decor details, and antique candelabras or chandeliers.

Grand Entrance and Exit: Arrive to the ceremony, and exit the reception as Mr. and Mrs., on a Western-style horse-drawn carriage a la Lauren Bush. It'll be a dream come true opportunity for your talented wedding photographer!

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