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15 creative ways to decorate a BARN wedding venue

15 creative ways to decorate a BARN wedding venue

Written by Katie Byrne

The experts at Country House Wedding Venues share their ideas for making your reception pop!


A barn wedding venue is the perfect setting for a romantic and rustic celebration. Most of them will have a beautiful, simple décor but there are some great ways that you can get creative and put your own stamp on the venue to make it look even better. We take a look at 15 creative ways to decorate your barn to make it unique and extra special!

#1 Drapes

Flowing drapes are a beautiful way to make your venue feel more intimate while looking stunning too. Go for white or a light pastel shade to work with the natural colour of the wooden beams and provide a wonderful, canopy-like feel to your location.

Image courtesy of Sam and Louise Photography at Gaynes Park

#2 Foliage

Nothing creates that rustic, country vibe than bringing the outdoors in and decorating your barn wedding venue with some foliage or greenery. It's a great idea all year round too, using seasonal plants to enhance your theme and represent the season perfectly.

Image courtesy of Lola Rose Photography at Clock Barn


#3 Flowers, everywhere!

Flowers are no stranger to a wedding so why not make them part of your big day in a more creative way? Add a hanging flower garland or flower curtain to your barn wedding to really stand out from the crowd.

Image courtesy of Tom Archer Photography at Packington Moor

#4 Bunting

This quintessentially English addition to wedding decorations is a colourful way to add a feel of the countryside to your wedding. With so many different choices on offer, you'll be sure to find the perfect string of pennants to match your colour scheme and style.

 Image courtesy of Chris Giles Photography at Upwaltham Barns

#5 Lampshades

Looking for something a little quirkier to decorate your wedding with? How about hanging a collection of different lampshades from the barn beams or the branches of a big tree? They are a wonderful choice for a boho or fairy-tale, Alice in Wonderland-esque wedding theme and your guests definitely won't have seen this decoration at many weddings before!

Image courtesy of Kari Bellamy Photography at Gaynes Park


#6 Paper lanterns

Bring a touch of festival chic to your wedding day with a scattering of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Go for a minimal approach with white, work with your colour scheme, or go wild with all the colours of the rainbow.

Image courtesy of Chris Giles Photography at Upwaltham Barns


#7 Photos

Celebrate you and your partner's time together or honour your friends and family, both present and absent, by decorating your venue with photos. Get creative and attach your photos to string or fairy lights and hang them where you want!

Image courtesy of Studio Rouge at Wasing Park

#8 Rustic runners/tablecloths

Add a spot of colour and rustic charm to your barn wedding venue with a table runner or cloth. They're great for that boho, country wedding style and make an incredible base to those stunning table decorations.

Image courtesy of Amy Taylor Imaging Photography at Curradine Barns



#9 Creative fonts

Want to make your table plan and name cards pop? Go for a font that matches the style of your wedding. Something elegant for a sophisticated celebration or a fun font for that carefree party vibe. We love some of the brush lettering and calligraphy that's available for your wedding stationery at the moment.

Image courtesy of Weddings by Nicola and Glen at Morden Hall


#10 Candles

Another decorative item that always popular, you'll need to think outside the box and get creative to make your candles stand out from the crowd. These wooden candle holders are firm favourites at the moment and give that wonderful, natural look.

Image courtesy of Gemma Williams Photography at Packington Moor

#11 Lights

Fairy lights have the ability to make any venue feel magical, but especially a barn wedding venue. Wrap them around the beams and supports or use them in your table centres to really light up the room.

Image courtesy of Nick Wild Photography at Rivervale Barn

#12 Mason jars

Mason jars are an incredibly versatile way to decorate your wedding venue and their rustic, home-made appeal works really well with a barn setting. With a little bit of crafting, they can become a table centrepiece, candle holder, wedding favour, or pretty much anything else you can think of!

Image courtesy of Ed Brown Photography at Mythe Barn

#13 Wood

Your barn venue most likely holds quite a lot of exposed so why not go with it and incorporate the same wood type into your decorations? It'll look great in your seating plan or at the centre of your tables.

Image courtesy of Belle Momenti Photography at Bassmead Manor Barns

#14 Glass

Your tables are guaranteed to have quite a lot of glassware on them, but did you ever think of bringing your own in to help you achieve that certain look you were after? Most people don't even consider changing their glasses but by adding some coloured glass or a specific style, you can really make a big difference to the overall appearance of your wedding venue.

Image courtesy of Sam and Louise Photography at Gaynes Park

#15 Balloons

We know what you're thinking, but balloons don't just have to be those bog standard ones that you get everywhere. Dare to go big and fun with giant balloons full of confetti or complement your colour scheme with a wonderful colour palette. The choice is yours!

Image courtesy of Daffodil Waves Photography at Farnham Castle

So there are just some of our favourite creative ways that you can decorate your barn wedding venue. With so many different possibilities you're sure to create the setting of your dreams that's unique to you! Visit for help finding your dream venue today.

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