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My sister is getting married next week. She's having a big gala affair and the wedding website says the theme is "Western - interpret how you wish." When they first published the site it said "Old West - interpret how you wish" but then changed it after a few weeks.<br><br>
In light of the update, I was just going to go casual with a little bit of Western thrown in. The boys were going to wear khakis and western button-down shirts. Hubby would probably wear khakis and a polo or button-down shirt. I was going to wear a dressy sundress with a shawl or shrug. We're a pretty laid-back family and the wedding is outdoors with a reception at a huge well-known BBQ place.<br><br>
But then today a few friends and family members who are involved in the wedding had a discussion on Facebook about their extensive preparations for dressing the part of the "Old West" theme.<br><br>
Now I'm wondering if I should go more modern western, or old west, or just stick with what I already planned. I'm in Texas, so modern western wear is easy to find. Old West themed stuff is more difficult, especially with only a week to go, but still doable.<br><br>
And yes I could ask my sister, but she would say - "Oh just wear whatever, I know you all will look great and I'm so happy you're coming!" Because she's great like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If I were "going western",<br><br>
I would wear either dark blue jeans with long sleved button down shirt (that looked westernish) with a belt and boots, or<br><br>
I would wear a "square dance skirt" (knee length with lots of crinolines under it to "poof" it out) with button down shirt and boots.
 

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i would likely wear my LBD and a pair of cowboy boots that i would probably find at a second hand store, and the more garish the better because that's just fun.<br><br>
i saw a pair at a second hand store here that were bright sky blue with red, purple, yellow, orange, and hot pink stitching on it (floral design). they were something special. they cost $7.<br><br>
i would wear that with my little black dress.
 

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Zoebird those boots sound fab! How much to ship 'em to the states? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
My other sister said she will probably wear a very dressy LBD type dress with boots. She's dressing her girls in froufrou dresses and boots. Girls are easy to cheese up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Boys, not so much lol!<br><br>
Hm... now to find boots.<br><br>
Thinking... the boys might look cute in slacks w/ suspenders, like little Old West ragamuffins all dressed up. Wonder if I could find jackets and boleros for them too? What to do about hubby? hm...
 

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What a fun theme!<br><br>
Kids are easy - just plain black pants with little black cowboy boots, a white shirt (or even checked, since it's not a black tie wedding) and vest. And maybe a western style hat. Since it's fairly informal I'd even let them pin a sheriff's badge onto their vest. Your DH could wear something similar (minus the badge <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ).<br><br>
There's a pic of a little boy here, that's the image I had in my head:<br><a href="http://www.myexpression.com/articlesthemeevent/WildWildWest.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.myexpression.com/articles...ldWildWest.cfm</a><br><br>
Girls are much harder, I just googled and there aren't many ideas which are suitable for a wedding. The only thing I can think of is a broomstick style (or tiered) skirt with cowboy boots, like the picture in the top row to the far right:<br><br><a href="http://wedding-pictures.onewed.com/edgy/files/imagecache/576w/images/1042920/blue-jean-bride-Dolce-Gabbana-wedding-style-country-blue-white-brown-frills-tiered-skirts-suede.JPG" target="_blank">http://wedding-pictures.onewed.com/e...irts-suede.JPG</a><br><br>
Here are some of the google images I found:<br><br><a href="http://www.inspirationcostumehire.com.au/catalog/images/hire%20costumes/Costume_Wild_West.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.inspirationcostumehire.co..._Wild_West.jpg</a><br><br><a href="http://www.costumefactory.com.au/catalogue/images/uploads/west_deadwood_costumes_181.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.costumefactory.com.au/cat...stumes_181.jpg</a><br><br><a href="http://www.racheshop.de/product_images/images/big/109930_cowgirl_big.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.racheshop.de/product_imag...owgirl_big.jpg</a><br>
(like I said, not really suitable for a wedding)<br><br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jRyGmvIBK_I/S6rkjMql9XI/AAAAAAAAA00/CTNTELCULQ0/s1600/3423318050_dbc5c932ee.jpg" target="_blank">http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jRyGmvIBK_...dbc5c932ee.jpg</a><br><br>
Good luck deciding! Please let us know what you choose! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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yeah, i forgot to mention the ever-amazing denim jacket.<br><br>
seriously, you can put a denim jacket over anything. it would work for the kids too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
straw cowboy hats should be easy to come by in spring/summer.
 

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Translation, they want "old west" and someone pitched a hissy fit about "you can't make the guests wear costumes!!!"<br><br>
Go with your original sundress idea. It's cute, weather-appropriate, and fits well with how they actually wanted their wedding to be.
 

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LOVE all the ideas! Thank you guys!<br><br>
It's a bit hot for a denim jacket but I can definitely do denim in other ways. The straw hats would be cute, and I love the vest idea for the boys.<br><br>
I'm actually about halfway through making a black denim pencil skirt for myself, wondering if I should just wear that with a dressy shirt and boots. Might be cute, if I can get it finished.<br><br>
I think I'm going to hit a few thrift stores tomorrow and see what I can come up with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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i think the black denim skirt with a dressy shirt and flashy cowgirl boots would be great.<br><br>
and seriously, when i lived in PA and AR i would wear a denim jacket all summer--or at least carry one around. it's amazing how much AC people use, and also, keeping my skin covered keeps me cooler. but hey, i can't argue if it's too hot for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Square dance dress! I'd love an excuse to wear one.</div>
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My thoughts, exactly.
 
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