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19 brilliant ideas for decorating your barn wedding venue

19 brilliant ideas for decorating your barn wedding venue


Written by Katie Byrne


Booked a rustic barn for your big day? We've found some beautiful ways for you to truly make it your own...

 

 

Use rustic signs to guide your wedding guests in the right direction.

Palettes and over-turned crates also make great alternatives!  

 

Images: O&C Photography (left); Max Wanger 

 

Use your venue as a theme for the day ahead

We love this outdoor hay bale idea for the ceremony area - make sure you have blankets on-hand for guests to sit on, though, as hay can get itchy!

As seen at: Ashley and Elias's wedding.

Photography: Andie Freeman

On the subject of haybales...

They're brilliant for incorporating into your reception in a variety of ways.

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Use fairylights and bunting to create a whimsical feel

Whilst bunting is instantly striking, fairylights will come into their own as the sun begins to set, adding a whole new feel to your venue space.

As seen at: Jenna and Dave's wedding.

Photography: Emma Boileau

Incorporate in-built details into your decorations

If your venue comes complete with old machinery or built-in details, ask if you can use them as part of your décor. For example, twist flowers around old structures, fill milk churns with bunches of foliage, use old crates to display your seating chart...

As seen at: Vicky and Alfie's wedding

Photographer: Kerry Ann Duffy

 

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Also! If there any farm animals nearby...

...Perhaps see if they can get involved in your celebration, too. (Just from a photography POV, obvs.)

 

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Add some warmth with pops of colour

As seen at: Julia and Matthieu's wedding 

"Our reception room was magical; we used candles and fairy lights to make the whole room glow in a soft light, and wove through some of the bunting that Matthieu’s grandmother makes."

 

Photography: Marion Huerteboust 

 

 

Similarly: use it to as the perfect platform for your something blue

As seen at: Bonnie and Jack's wedding

Bursts of blue in your decoration will not only lighten the barn but also give a no-fuss nod to the classic tradition.  

Photography: Angela Ward Brown

 

Use paper to add a fantasy element to your reception

As seen at: Julie and Ryan's wedding.

"We decorated the barn with dozens of hanging pom-poms and a thousand handmade paper cranes." We also love their pop-up wall, too!

Photography: Marianne Taylor

Use wow-factor lighting ideas to transform the atmosphere

Barns are, generally speaking, rather dark inside (even those with windows) - so work with your venue or a stylist to create a brilliant lighting idea that will transform your venue effortlesly from day to night! 

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Make the most of the original features

As seen at: Hannah and Gavin's wedding

"Shustoke had such beautiful exposed brickwork and original features that we didn't want to distract from its character with too much decoration, so Gav designed and handmade a set of light up letters spelling 'Love' especially for the day – they looked amazing."

Photographer: Ellie Gillard 

 

Light and dark Or, alternatively, match your furniture to your venue!

If your venue has a dark wooden interior, contrast it with show-stopping white flowers and clean, crisp linens for a striking finish. 

As seen at: Jo and Chris's wedding

Photographer: Julia and You

 

Or, alternatively, match your furniture to your venue!

As seen at: Kallie and Eric's wedding.

 

Image: Closer to Love Photography 


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