Wild Wild West Wedding
Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This May our theme is "wild." To us, wild means letting loose and having fun. This week we were inspired by old western movies about the Wild Wild West.
One of my friends' boyfriend loves Westerns and when they got engaged one of the themes on the table was --you guessed it! the Western. While they ended up going in a different direction, ever since she brought it up, I've been playing with the idea of a Western-inspired wedding.
At first glance, Westerns seem to be part of the boy's club without much romantic bits for us, girls. Sure, the Lone Ranger saves a damsel in distress but he always rides off into the sunset by himself or a few of his best buddies. The Western has its roots in Arthurian Romance, which seems a lot more swoon worthy. The knight errant rides around, righting wrongs, dealing out justice, and is often a skilled poet as well. And then I talked my guy friend Austin who was able to tick off a healthy list of butt kicking cowgirl heroines from the 40s and 50s like Calamity Jane and Sam Bass and Annie Get Your Gun. What a relief! Girls can have fun too!
While I'll definitely pass on the buckskin trousers and dusty chaps for something more clean cut, I think that Westerns would provide amazing inspiration for decor.
The Reception Video
Instead of the traditional slide show or the newly in vogue music video, the couple can show a sepia colored silent movie with caption cards and raucous piano playing!
If you're a film buff, the names of famous westerns like Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven and Fistful of Dollars, John Wayne's Stagecoach, and The Magnificent Seven would make cool centerpieces.
However, if you're more DIY inclined, you can always use antique playing cards, old bottles, and desert blooms and succulents.
This is a must have for a Western themed wedding, the campier the better! Cap guns, masks, ten gallon hats, hip holsters, and villainous mustaches would all be part of a kitschy photo booth with a saloon backdrop.
You can choose have all your menus and place cards printed in a font face used during the late 19th and early 20th century. One of the most popular is the Gothic Tuscan which was invented William H. Page in 1866.
Posted by Natalie T.