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Plan a Wedding as Unique as You Are

by Leah Champagne

Picture this: It’s your wedding day. You and your bridal party are sipping champagne in your barn bridal suite and the sun is shining in a cloudless sky. You look out the window and see your family and friends filtering into the venue, a gentle breeze stirring the long grass and…is that a longhorn standing in the field? Well, that’s unique. 

But so are you!

Your wedding should be a reflection of your taste and personality, so don’t settle for a cookie cutter setup and run-of-the-mill reception. Plan a wedding in Yuba Sutter! The area offers unique venues from wineries to functioning farms and more that provide the cozy, rustic wedding vibes to make your special day a step above the rest.

With wedding season just around the corner, it’s time to choose your venue and start making arrangements. To plan a wedding even your guests will remember for years to come, here’s how to get married the Yuba Sutter way.

Pick an Outdoor Venue

The biggest draw of a rustic wedding is the natural atmosphere. Wooden accents, outdoor spaces, the connection to nature is what makes this popular theme so special. You can break free of strict formats, stuffy ballrooms, and all the traditional rules of hosting a wedding. Instead you opt for the flowy fun of a relaxed day with your new spouse and all the people you care about most.

Barns are the most coveted rustic wedding venue because of their natural reminders of the outdoors. Exposed wood and haylofts adds a unique touch to a luxury space, which you can outfit to look as dressed up or down as you like. 

Yuba Sutter has ample rustic venues, but one of the most popular is the Ranch at Lone Oak Longhorns. This is Yuba County’s own country chic wedding venue, complete with a barndominium AirBnb for you and your guests, open fields and registered Texas Longhorns to feature in your wedding photos and be part of your big day.

And don’t worry about the weather. Summer and fall are two perfect seasons for an outdoor wedding in California. Guests can enjoy the warm day and cool breeze as your party marches from the sunny afternoon into the starry evening.

Make It Unique

Your wedding should reflect you, and you’re anything but ordinary. To make a rustic wedding truly memorable, add some decorations and activities to engage your guests and make your day unique. 

Handmade is the perfect complement to your rustic theme, and there are plenty of ideas out there to fit your personality and style. Decorations such as cut out hearts, cardboard hangings, custom place settings or table numbers in your handwriting add a personal touch to any ceremony and reception. 

You could offer unique party favors that represent a special interest you and your spouse share or create some interactive elements for your guests. For example, one popular activity at a rustic wedding is providing Jenga blocks that guests can write advice on. Accompanied with a sign that says “Help us build a strong foundation,” you can show your guests how much you value their love and support.

The decor doesn’t have to hold all the responsibility of making things unique, though. Your venue should also be different from the traditional style to complete your rustic look. The Ranch has cattle on site that have been featured in bridal photos, wedding photos and even magazines! Those gentle giants will make it easy to remember your wedding day, for certain.

Serve Something Special

Most rustic weddings are scheduled in the afternoon to take advantage of the sunny, breezy weather before the sun sets. This means you also have the opportunity to get creative with what you feed your guests. You can choose unique hors d'oeuvres to keep your guests’ appetites at bay until dinnertime. 

When it comes time to dig in, don’t be afraid to serve something that speaks to your palate. Rustic weddings don’t require the typical three-course meal or even silverware for that matter! You could do a barbecue buffet, an assortment of finger foods or a homestyle cookout. If you want to keep things a little more sophisticated, you could even opt to hire a local caterer who can craft a menu that matches the rest of your big day.

Yuba City is host to a great catering duo, Hillcrest Catering. They can help you create a custom menu or work from one they’ve built already. Their stylish dishes also boast bold flavors and will have every guest muttering “Mmmmm!” as they take a bite. Hillcrest even offers seasonal options to give your food an extra layer of authenticity.

The meal at your wedding is just another way to let your personality and love story shine through! So don’t stick with the same old; dare to serve something different.

Get Married in Yuba Sutter

Yuba Sutter is the perfect place to plan your rustic wedding. Bursting with outdoor venues, wineries, barns, and even a pumpkin patch, there’s no shortage of unique places to host your special day. Let your wedding be different this year. Plan it in Yuba Sutter to create something everyone will remember for years to come. 

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