Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
In mid-May I’m heading off to Montana to attend the wedding of my niece. Although the ceremony will be at a church, the reception is being billed as a “barn dance”. Should I show up in western wear, such as denim skirts
and boots? Please advise.
Manolo says, sadlly, the Manolo usually only gets invited to the stuffy formal weddings with the fifteen pink bridesmaids, accompanying the bridezilla in the poofy giant dress with the thirty feet long train.
How much more fun it would be to go the Country of the Big Sky for the cowboy wedding. How much better to see the groom ride up on his old horse Leroy, hop off and swagger into the church, to await the arrival of his
betrothed, delivered to the altar in the chuck wagon, driven by her “pa”, Snuffy.
Weddings are to be the joyous occasions, why should they not also be the little bit entertaining? And what could be more entertaining than barn dance reception? And if you are attending, why not get into the spirit of
the occasion by dressing, at least the little bit, for the part. This does not mean that you have to buckle on the six guns, nor wear the Hoss Cartwright ten-gallon hat, just the smidgen of Santa Fe is more than
enough to honor the moment.
Manolo says, every girl needs the pair of cowboy boots, and not just for the Montana wedding. Here is the N9290 from Lucchese, the traditional pair of tall boots that are handsome without being too costumey.