Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

City Sleek vs Country Chic

Rhode Island Reception
Photo by Victoria Boucher Photography

Are you ready to take the plunge and get married? Then you must be overrun with questions and swamped with planning decisions like choosing the date, food, music, and who to invite. First, you should decide on a budget, the time of day to marry and the level of formality. Once these decisions are made, it becomes a little easier to decide on other things like the style of dress and tuxedos to wear, choice of food and style of wedding ceremony and reception you’d like to have. With all the talk about finding your wedding style these days, here are some inspiring ideas on setting up a city sleek reception vs. a country chic reception. Perhaps one of these styles is for you.

City Sleek

For a city sleek style reception, choose a country club or hotel ballroom setting.

Let guests know the tone right from the start with custom made engraved invitations.

Choose a photographer with a photojournalistic style, one that tells a story with pictures, to capture every moment of the evening. Then after the reception, place all the photos in a brocade hand monogrammed wedding album. This book will become a treasured keepsake.

For table settings and centerpieces, go glamorous and dramatic. A neutral table with colorful accent pieces and printed menus at the front of each place setting is elegant and inviting. Floral centerpieces cascading with roses, orchids and gardenias or exotic blossoms in tall glass vases are the standout feature of the table. Favors placed at each setting may include a CD of your favorite tunes or photos in a CD case decorated with entwined silver hearts or a chrome heart shaped wine stopper.

City style food and drinks can include a martini bar during cocktail hour or a signature cocktail of your choice served throughout the evening. During the best man’s toast, you can drink your champagne from wedding flutes accented with rhinestones and engraved with your wedding date. A couture cake with fondant or butter cream icing wouldn’t be complete without a modern and sophisticated monogram cake-topper representing the initial of your last name. In addition to the couture cake, a city sleek wedding may also feature a groom’s cake shaped in a design representing a hobby or favorite pastime of the groom, a dessert or coffee bar or both.

Top off the evening by sending guests home with a Sunday paper and a simple breakfast of bagels, muffins, and danish so they can sleep in the next day and enjoy breakfast in bed.


Country Chic

Some people may think casual when they hear country but you can have a country style reception that’s just as chic as a city sleek reception. And a country chic reception can be a romantic rural type or a country western kind. Here are some fun ideas for both.



When you think of a country wedding, you conjure up images of the great outdoors. The reception can be held in a park setting, garden, gazebo or any outdoor tented area. Elements of nature like flowers, butterflies or rocks can be incorporated into the décor.

Décor for a country chic wedding may include arbors or columns wrapped in ivy that are used to define the entrance. Seasonal garden flowers or wildflowers like lilies, sweet peas, geraniums, hydrangea and sunflowers can be used in table centerpieces as well as to accent the backs of chairs. And favors like flower seed packets or faith stones imprinted with inspirational words make unique and lasting gifts.

Country chic weddings can go green too by featuring local, organic farm fresh foods throughout the reception. Cocktail hour can feature fresh fruit and grilled veggie skewers that are served on small beds of grass and wicker baskets of strawberries or blueberries can be served during dessert.

And, if you love the English country garden style, an artificial rose topiary centerpiece with scattered rose petals and miniature natural bird’s nests favors filled with candy provide English charm to tabletops. A bird cage card holder adds another touch of English country appeal to the reception.


Country Western

Another country chic style wedding is country western.

A ranch, farmhouse or barn can be rented as a location for a country western wedding. You can even arrive at the reception in a covered wagon.

Tabletops can feature checked linens, cowboy boot shaped steins filled with flowers, coffee beans or cactus for centerpieces and western wedding themed favors that can hold your favorite candy.

Food for a country western reception might include authentic western barbeque meats, baked beans and biscuits. Cobbler or fruit pies might be served for dessert as well as the wedding cake complete with the western bride and groom cake top.

Grab a partner and dosado. Square dancing or dancing the two-step can top off a great country western wedding.

So have you decided? Are you city sleek or country chic? Just remember, whatever your style, the important part of the wedding reception is to celebrate your special day with family and friends and have fun doing it.

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