If you’re planning a wedding or event with Western flair, Dallas is the ideal city to host your big day. From cowboys and rodeos to rollicking country and bluegrass bands, The Big D has everything you’ll need to make your Wild West themed event one for the storybooks. Here are a few ways to help infuse your wedding with the spirit of the American frontier while keeping an eye to modern trends.
Attire: Country Chic
Simplicity and authenticity are the hallmarks of the perfect gown for a Western theme wedding. There’s no need to get hokey with over-the-top country motifs – although we do love themed accessories like bandana-printed pocket squares for the groomsmen or white cowgirl boots for the bride. Ruffles, lace and classic sheath styles are popular for Western brides. The Temperly London ivory lace gown that singer Kelly Clarkson wore when she married manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013 is a prime example of country chic: simple and feminine, with a vintage American feel.
Favors: Festive and Fun
Think rustic, but useful. Western weddings are about the details, so make your guests feel special with a favor that speaks to Southern hospitality. Mason jars and burlap bags printed with the bride and groom’s names or initials and the date can serve as adorable containers for DIY lemonade or sweet tea kits, potted succulents or custom spices. For a more casual wedding, try something fun like a handmade s’mores kit.
Grub: Southern Comfort
No Western event would be complete without some good ‘ol fashioned comfort food. BBQ is a Texas favorite, and no style is off-limits. Check with your venue to see if dry rubbed steaks, saucy ribs, or grilled chicken can be catered. Stick to hearty southern sides like mashed taters and corn, plus picnic salads, greens, or okra for the veggie lovers.
Venue: A Dallas Legend
Southfork Ranch, where the exterior shots of the TV show Dallas were filmed, combines the rustic ambience of a Texas ranch with the affluence of the Ewing’s mansion. The site boasts ten ballrooms and numerous outdoor locations with a view of the TV show’s most famous landmarks. More than 1,400 events are held here each year, with Southfork Ranch’s onsite wedding coordinators taking care of everything from food and music to Western-themed linens. In addition to weddings, this venue also hosts corporate events, family reunions, barbecues and more.
With more than 6 million residents, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has everything you’ll need to accommodate guests for a local or destination wedding. Whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony or a massive hoedown for 300, the landscape, people and history of Dallas make it the perfect city to host your Western wedding.