If you’re just starting out on your wedding planning journey or you’re making your final choices and changes for your 2019 wedding, bank holiday weekend is the perfect time for a bit of wedmin! So grab your notebook, a cuppa, a slice of cake and take a look at your wedding to do list over the 3 day weekend.
17% of UK weddings take place in barns. Barns are the second most popular wedding venue choice (after Country/Manor Houses) for 2019 weddings. This week therefore we’re focussing on the best way to style your barn!
The first thing to say, is that each and every barn is completely unique, making them the perfect canvas for creating yourself a wedding day exclusive to you and your tastes. Some barns are old and rustic, some have been newly built or renovated and some are stripped back. We’ll guide you on what works in which types of barn too!
Lighting in barns
Traditionally, barns aren’t naturally light venues and therefore it’s really important to ensure you add lighting in some form, regardless of the season of your wedding.
There are various options for adding fairy lights in a barn. We love installing fairy light canopies which add a twinkly romantic look and gives the sense of the ceiling being slightly lower.
Hang lights to create a gorgeous backdrop for your top table, perfect for those all-important speech photos.
Fairy light top table backdrop. Venue Patricks Barn / Lighting and Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Planned by Inspired by Susie Evans / Florals by Katherine Bly Flowers / Photography by Marcel G Photography
Hang fairy lights in a way that matches the swag of drapes used on alternate beams.
Wrap fairy lights around the horizontal and vertical beams.
Festoon lighting is ideally suited to rustic laid-back barns. We love creating something a little bit different for our couples – the best way to do this with festoon lighting is to install it in a sporadic layout.
Uplighters are great for adding a soft glow to the dark corners of your barn.
Battery powered fairy lights
Battery powered fairy lights are great for adding small elements of sparkle to difficult to reach spots.
Add them to foliage installations and hanging glass baubles.
Foliage wheel with battery powered copper wire fairy lights in glass baubles at Cissbury Barns. Lighting, Styling and Foliage by Not Your Average I Do / Venue Cissbury Barns / Photography by Sarah Wenban Photography
Use battery pack fairy lights to decorate your table centres or cake table. Pair with wood slices to give a rustic outdoor feel.
Don’t neglect the outside of your barn. If it’s a working barn – add festoon lighting which will match well with the stripped back look.
Outdoor lighting is both practical for your guests and also gives a gorgeous glow once the sun has set.
Add lanterns to lighting to add an ethereal look that will look great both during the day as well as adding a twinkle at night.
You can completely transform a rustic venue into a romantic haven with draping that swags from the middle of the barn and drops to the floor. Add fairy lights and foliage to really set off the look.
Chapel Barn with draping & fairy lights and battery powered copper wired fairy lights in glass baubles hung from a foliage wheel. Draping, Lighting, Backdrop and Foliage by Not Your Average I Do / Venue Chapel Barn / Florals by Katherine Bly Flowers / Planned by Inspired by Susie Evans / Photography by Lauren Henson
For a modern twist on classical draping, opt for flat panelled draping. It works perfectly in a high vaulted ceiling and looks dramatic with white voile against a dark metal roof.
For a romantic look, opt for beam draping that falls elegantly to the floor. Perfect for a wedding ceremony in a barn.
Barn door draping
If you’re choosing to marry in front of your barn doors, adding draping can create a stunning romantic backdrop for your “I Do’s”. Add foliage to the draping to bring the outside in.
Using fresh foliage within the barn is a beautiful and natural way of working with the venue and bringing the outdoors in. It works perfectly with both old, rustic barns and new, renovated barns. Adding a splash of foliage softens the space and adds a dash of colour in a natural way. You can also tie in the foliage in your venue to the foliage you include in your bridal party flowers which gives a beautiful feeling of continuation for your day.
Beams wrapped in foliage
Hang foliage from your barns beams or trail foliage up the upright beams.
Foliage wheels add a gorgeous focal point for your barn ceiling. Place in the centre of the barn where guests will walk in to give them that WOW factor.
Large foliage plank installations
Decorate large wooden planks with foliage for a dramatic effect in any venue. This current Pinterest trend looks amazing in any venue. Choose to only use foliage or add some flowers in to add a softer touch.
Hanging foliage plank installation at Chafford Park Estate / Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Flowers and foliage by Not Your Average Flowers / Catering equipment by Co-ordination Catering Hire
Other ceiling décor
We love this creative idea that one of our brides had at their wedding, hanging planters from the beams in the barn. They could be given as gifts to family and friends after the wedding too.
If your barn has vast high ceilings, sometimes this can make it feel less cosy. By adding ceiling decoration in any of the forms as described above, you will naturally give the feeling of lowering the ceiling and therefore making the space feel more intimate.
Another tip is to use tall stands for your table centres to give height to your decorations.
For a rustic look – use barrels dotted around the venue. You could use them as poseur tables, a cake table or to display floral designs.
Use pallets to create an order of the day, table plan or photo wall.
Use chicken wire to create a table plan and to give a small nod to the farming roots of your barn.
Pile up rustic crates and add flowers in jars and pots to decorate.
Use rustic wooden signage dotted around your venue.
Use wellies as a ‘vase’ to plant your flowers.
Get in touch with us if you’re looking to add that something extra special to your barn wedding. We can book an inspiration consultation at our Wedding Warehouse to see how we can help you bring your dreams to reality.
We are so lucky on the South Coast of England to have some gorgeous barns – both rustic and modern. Our favourite local barns are Yoghurt Rooms, Gote Barn , Chafford Park , Hendall Manor , Sussex Barn and Tythe Barn. Get in touch with us or them to see how we could bring your barn dreams to life.