Old West Theme for a Unique Wedding

If you are into the Old West and the fun romance of that era, an Old West themed wedding maybe just the ticket for you. In my wedding planning experience, I had the pleasure of helping a bride with her Old West wedding. Here are some of the fun ways we put this theme together. Hope they spark some ideas for your own unique and unusual wedding.

The first thing we did was to coordinate a horse-drawn carriage to bring her to the ceremony, then both she and her new husband to the reception. Many people have a horse-drawn carriage available for rent for just such occasions. All the wedding party were dressed in old west clothes. The costumes were rented. There is no shortage of costume rental places that are open all year round, not just for Halloween. The bride, of course, did not rent her gown, but she had an easy time picking just the right dress for her Old West wedding.

One of the most comical touches she added, was her father carrying an antique shotgun. She searched flea markets and found a very inexpensive one because it was not in working order. That worked just perfectly for her wedding.

She was able to rent a replica of a covered wagon. We used this as the backdrop for the food table. The bride wanted to set up a full chuck wagon, but that turned out to be harder to find and rather expensive. In favor of keeping to her budget, she went with using the wagon as part of the decor.

Color Scheme

We used red bandana material to cover the tables, and small replicas of wagon wheels for decorating accents. Red and white checked napkins complemented the solid white plates and serving dishes. So her color scheme turned out to be red, white, and black with brown wood accents.

Food Choices

When it came to food choices, the bride wanted to mix Old West food with more modern and healthier options. The reception was meant to be a mingling and dancing affair, so we went with plenty of appetizers and finger foods. Baked beans, of course, were on the buffet table. She chose plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable options, along with small ham and roast beef sandwiches. She had multiple chip choices, each labeled with the variety they were – spicy nacho, cool ranch, chili Fritos, etc.

An Old West wedding theme can be easy and not overly expensive to put together when you keep the food choices simple and make use of flea markets to find the extras that will make the look complete. So enjoy the fun of making your Old West theme the unique wedding of your dreams.


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About the Author: Experienced as an event coordinator and wedding planner for an historic building venue, I had the joy of helping many brides design just the perfect wedding. Most were unusual, many were offbeat, and some were downright funky, but all were unique. I used that experience to help 2 of my daughters plan their dream weddings, and am now helping the third which may turn out to be the most offbeat of all. Join us on this journey of discovering your perfect wedding, no matter how unique, unusual, funky or offbeat you want it to be. .


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  1. Sandra says:

    How interesting! Brides are coming up with such unique approaches to their wedding. This is such a fun one to have the western theme. I love the father with the shotgun 🙂 The chuck wagon as the buffet piece would give such a great theme. LOVE the beautiful antique engagement ring!!

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