Planning a romantic barn-setting wedding? Here's how to use beautiful florals to make your venue truly breathtaking
No longer the haunt of cows and the odd tractor, these beautifully converted outbuildings provide a romantic location for couples looking to marry in the countryside.
“Barns are fantastic because of their size, but the floral arrangements do need some serious thought,” says Steph Turpin, owner of Fairynuff Flowers. “Tall vases draw the eye upwards and make a fantastic statement, and alternating between short and tall arrangements can create a similar effect without blowing the budget.”
For country style, a mix of wild-looking blooms is always a winner. “Barns are one of the most charming types of wedding venue,” says Steph. “Romantic English-garden blooms complement the rustic style. I’d recommend bundles of delphiniums, scabious, hydrangeas, stocks, peonies and scented garden roses mixed with foliage. For something even more rustic, source ears of corn, hops or dried lavender.”
Consider wooden boxes and jam-jars to hold your blooms: “Vintage crates, flower-filled milk churns and potted trees wrapped in hessian are all going to be big next year,” says Steph. “To complete the look, use raffia or twine to tie the arrangements, or old tins and brown paper for place settings.”
The beams are another perk of getting married in a barn, and if budget allows, are an effective place to display your flowers. “Hanging flowers are a great choice,” enthuses Steph. “We love doing them and a large pomander of blooms suspended from up high will make for a great talking point!”