Wedding season is warming up and we’ve collected ideas for venue trends, invitation styles, and gifts to make your special day an equestrian styled dream. Note to adventurous types: While riding your horse down the aisle may seem like a fun and romantic idea, it probably isn’t the safest. Lucky for you we have a few ideas on how to add some equestrian style to your big day without the risk of a spook!
Gorgeous and also trendy, a barn as a wedding venue is the perfect way to set the equestrian tone. With white lights, straw bales and rustic wood panels, a barn wedding is the right combination of romance and natural equestrian style to make any wedding day picture perfect. Check out these blog posts from Jose Villa Photography, Krista Lee Photography and La De Da Photography for more inspiration!
It won’t be a party without guests! These adorable horsey themed invitations from Hello! Lucky are a great way let your guests know that tall boots and breeches are acceptable attire (just don’t wear your whites!) With additional matching items and a few color options, we think these invites deserve a blue ribbon.
Thanking your guests will be a cinch with these clever equestrian styled favor ideas. The Peanut Butter Pony from Dark Horse Chocolates will be a crowd pleaser for sure. Ponies, milk chocolate and peanut butter? We’ve died and gone to heaven! But… If you are planning for outdoors in August, perhaps chocolate is not what you had in mind. For a pony that won’t melt in the heat, one crafty bride used Houndstooth Designs’ chalkboard horse (originally posted in June 2010) as name cards on each table. We say two thumbs up for having a great takeaway gift and décor! If traditional favors are not your style, consider a gift to a local charity or a rescue. A donation in your guests name will be sure to leave hoof prints on their hearts.
Does all of this wedding talk leave you wanting more? Take a peak at our Equestrian Wedding Inspiration post from last summer to get a leg up on equestrian bridal style.
Sam Shahbazi is a Portland, Oregon native. A full time business student at Portland State University, she also works at Gallops Saddlery and for Dappled Grey. While work and school take up most of her time, she and her boyfriend Corey enjoy spending time riding their two horses, playing with their two cats, and looking forward to their future farm together.
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