4 Unique Ideas for a Country Wedding

Live the dream at a wedding destination with classic country style.

Couple getting married

If you’ve always dreamed of a real country wedding in an idyllic setting, come to Greeneville, Tenn. Our small, welcoming Southern town rests at the foot of the majestic Appalachian Mountains, and the picturesque downtown area is steeped in history. The General Morgan Inn and Conference Center is the ultimate destination for your country-themed nuptials and reception, offering the flavor and charm that characterize country, according to The Knot. We’ve collected some of our best ideas for putting some country into your classic wedding style.

1. Consider comfort first for your country event

Just because you love the country look doesn’t mean your guests have to perch on hay bales in a pasture. Instead, use nature-inspired touches that create a down-home aura in a more conventional outdoor or indoor setting that caters to the comfort of your guests.

For example, decorate regular chairs with gingham covers and touches of dried lavender with matching bows. Fill galvanized metal washtubs with iced beverages so your guests can stay hydrated both before and after the ceremony, and be sure to offer shade where heat-sensitive guests can stay cool during outdoor events.

2. Communicate country through decorative touches

At the reception, dress your tables with earth-toned linens and napkins, and use cowbells or even horseshoes as place card holders. Creative centerpieces might consist of pretty baby’s breath bouquets in burlap-covered containers or dried flower nosegays in cowboy boot vases. If you need signage, consider using small chalkboards for a rustic touch.

3. Serve down-home country fare

The food you choose for your reception is another great opportunity to express your country theme. To give the reception an informal feel, serve buffet-style dishes with perhaps a carving station thrown into the mix. Select dishes that reflect country flair, like:

  • Barbecue
  • Fried chicken
  • Fresh produce such as peaches, pears, apples and garden veggies
  • Corn on the cob
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Hush puppies

4. Create country-style gifts for guests

The little gifts you set out for your guests to take home should reflect your country theme, too. Think in terms of homespun, earth-friendly and small but meaningful, such as:

  • Groom’s cake in little drawstring burlap bags
  • Seed packet guest favors
  • Miniature wooden crates with chocolates

Be sure to have your favors personalized with your names and the wedding date so they serve as keepsakes of your event.

Our Event Planning Staff Can Help

Whether your dream reception is an intimate dinner in our wood-paneled dining room or a drinks and finger food soiree on our spacious garden terrace, the General Morgan Inn is a place where you will make lifelong memories. Browse our website to see some wonderful photos, and get in touch with our dedicated event planning staff today. You and your guests can enjoy a country style wedding and leave the details to us.