We kicked off the wedding events with a big dinner at our house for both sides of the family. Definitely the largest meal I've ever planned/cooked for, but thankfully we had more than enough food. My sister-in-law, Kendra, took charge of the super-cute decorations. The worst part was the flies, and my mis-estimation of where the sun would be at that point in the evening. We were just glad it didn't rain, as it rained a ton that week!
The next night all the sisters and close friends of the bride gathered for a fun cowgirl-themed outing. There were 16 of us! We ate at a cool restaurant, and then went for a horse-drawn wagon ride driven by a local farmer.
For the guestbook, we wrote a message on a chalkboard and someone took a photo.
Rather than a printed program, the bride and groom hung photos and descriptions of each member of the wedding party.