This week one of my close friends got engaged in Vienna. I’m so excited to start discussing wedding plans and ideas with her. I know that they will choose to have a ‘Not So Average’ wedding if their gorgeous and stylish London flat is anything to go on! Congratulations Nicki and James! Welcome to the fun of wedding planning!

This month we’ve already rigged four stunning barn weddings with bold festoon lighting, twinkly fairy lights, creative personalised flower walls and colourful lanterns. We have another four barn weddings to visit before the end of the month, individually being installed with bespoke romantic draping and further lighting. The options within a barn are endless and certain styling options will tend to suit different style barns, so do get in touch to discuss what styling might work best with your barn.

This week I caught up with Lisa, our in-house florist from Not Your Average Flowers, and we discussed flowers for your barn wedding to ensure that they complement the venue.

Lisa, head-florist at Not Your Average Flowers installing a hanging foliage plank at Chafford Park Estate  / Photography by SMP Weddings  

 

What do you have to consider when choosing your flowers for your barn wedding?

“Barns can be quite dark with high ceilings. I would go for light and airy flowers.”

Just as it is important to consider adding additional lighting such as festoon lighting, fairy lights or battery powered wire lights to increase the light in the barn; it is also important to consider bringing a feel of brightness in with your wedding flowers.

Light and airy floral display by Katherine Bly Flowers at Patricks Barn / Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Planned by Inspired by Susie Evans / Photography by Marcel G Photography

How do you go about reflecting your rustic wedding theme within your wedding flowers?

“For the flower selection, rustic themes really lend themselves to wild, meadow flower choices.

Wildflower bouquet by Lisa from Not Your Average Flowers / Photography by Zest Photography

 

Which specific flowers would you recommend in order to compliment the rustic feel of a barn?

“In summer, there’s a really great and colourful selection of flowers to choose from. Combine tall and leggy flowers such as Delphiniums with smaller headed flowers such as Scabiosa.”

Natural bouquet with blue delphiniums, scabiosa and bursting with foliage by Lisa from Not Your Average Flowers  / Photography by Mark Wild Photography

“further great tall and short combinations are stocks and larkspur for height, with smaller headed flowers such as Nigella ‘Love-in-a-Mist’ and tanacetum daisies.”

Bridal bouquet by Katherine Bly Flowers with Stocks, Larkspur, Nigella ‘Love-in-a-Mist’ and Tanacetum Daisies / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Venue – Yoghurt Rooms

“Cornflowers” add a lovely dash of colour while keeping the feel wild and rustic. They’ll also tick off your “something blue” for your wedding day.

Bridal bouquet with Cornflowers via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

What’s the best way of combining the flowers for bouquets and arrangements?

“Go for texture and colour and mix with grasses, ferns and foliage.”

Textural and natural bouquet by The Cadogan Flower Company at the Yoghurt Rooms / Props and styling by Not Your Average I Do  / Photography by Louise Griffin Photography

Natural buttonhole by Lisa from Not Your Average Flowers / Photography by Mark Wild Photography

Stepping away from bouquets and buttonholes, how would you display your flowers in a barn?

“Use arrangements of varying heights” to give the eye different points of interest as you look around the barn.

If your barn has tall ceilings, “create height with taller arrangements”

 

Tall arrangements at Chafford Park Estate / Styling and Props by Not Your Average I Do / Flowers by Not Your Average Flowers / Crockery and Cutlery by Coordination Catering Hire / Photography by Parkershots Photography

“Ceiling decorations will create impact at eye level as you walk in. Great ceiling choices for barns include hanging planks,”

Hanging foliage plank installation by Not Your Average Flowers at Chafford Park Estate / Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Cutlery and Crockery by Coordination Catering Hire / Photography by SMP Weddings

“foliage wheels & chandeliers,

Foliage Chandelier and hanging baubles with fairy lights by Not Your Average I Do / Venue – Cissbury Barns / Photography by Sarah Wenban Photography

“and flowers bombs.”

Hanging Flower Bombs via Rock My Wedding

Can you combine other styling options with foliage and flowers?

“Create interest with draping and combine it with foliage garlands. Add floral and foliage tie backs for a soft and romantic feel.”

Draping, lighting, foliage backdrop and props by Not Your Average I Do / Flowers by Katherine Bly Flowers / Planned by Inspired by Susie Evans / Venue – Chapel Barn / Photography by Lauren Henson Photos

Draping by Not Your Average I Do at Ratsbury Barn / Floral work by BloominGayles / Planned by Utterly Wow / Photography by Tarah Coonan Photography

If you’re looking to create a day full of rustic charm then get in touch with Not Your Average I Do for all your bespoke styling needs or contact Not Your Average Flowers for a consultation on how to ensure that your wedding flowers match with your wedding theme.

Becky

Head Stylist at Not Your Average I Do