Having a wedding like First Daughter Jenna Bush's is surprisingly easy. That's because the First Daughter, who is only the 22nd first child in history to tie the knot while their father serves as President, has opted for rustic instead of ritzy.
So instead of taking over the White House, when Jenna marries Henry Hager, a former aide to Karl Rove, on May 10, she will do so at her family’s 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford, Texas. President Bush has said that his daughter will wed near a lake beside a limestone cross from a local quarry. The 200 guests – including 14 bridal attendants (known in the Lone Star State as members of the "house party") and her sister, Barbara, as maid of honor – will dine and dance alfresco.
''It means a lot to Henry and me to be outdoors,'' Jenna told Vogue magazine. ''We wanted something organic and low-key. There's a glamour to [the White House], I know. But Henry and I are far less glamorous than the White House.''
Of course many brides imagining wedding photos in the Rose Garden are probably wondering, "What was she thinking?" But ranch weddings befit a certain demographic of brides, most from more humble means than the President's daughter. “Brides choose to have ranch weddings because they’re enthusiasts for horses and open air," says Penny Persson, who owns Colorado Cattle Company, which hosts 100 to 120 ranch weddings a year. Interested in lassoing the knot yourself? Here's how.GET YOUR OWN 'OK CORRAL'
If a family owns a ranch, like the Bushes, wedding at home can save the cost of the renting a reception hall. You may just have to clean out the barn or muck stalls on your own. But renting a ranch – either for a day or several days – is the next best option. Prices vary by state and location, but generally start around $2,000 for a day.