Barn wedding first dance

Although there is no denying that grand manor houses and lavish halls encapsulate all things extravagant, a wedding filled with glitz and glam isn’t to everyone’s taste. There are millions of couples embarking on their big day, dreaming of a tranquil location surrounded by countryside. If this is the case, then a relaxed barn wedding would be the perfect venue. A barn-style theme allows you to incorporate a touch of luxury while balancing a laid-back vibe.

If your eyes have lit up at the idea of a super cosy wedding day filled with stylish decor, we have devised a guide to our favourite rustic barn wedding ideas – we guarantee that there will be something for everyone!

Stunning Rustic Barn Wedding Ideas

From twinkling fairy lights to dainty floral accents, barn weddings really are a truly magical affair. The idea of a totally blank canvas, capable of being transformed into the perfect personalised venue couldn’t be more exciting – the opportunities are limitless!

A peaceful barn wedding is most definitely a sought-after route for those who would prefer a closer gathering, as opposed to hundreds of guests. Many venues allow couples to not only throw their reception on site but also arrange an intimate ceremony surrounded by nature. Here Comes The Guide has put together a super helpful article, including a full barn wedding checklist, helping you to begin the planning process with ease.

Once you have booked your venue, its time to start making decoration arrangements to bring your vision to life – our 12 ideas will give you some fantastic inspiration to begin your quest.

1. Handmade Place Names

The beauty of a rustic-themed wedding is that things do not have to be perfect. Handmade details are an ideal way to customise your big day and get involved in the preparation process. One of the easiest and most effective DIY decor ideas is place names for your reception guests; some of the most popular include the following:

  • Wooden Slices – We adore the mini wooden slices available on Ginger Ray, ideal to complement a rustic feel. All you’ll need to do is write guests name on slices.
  • Pebbles – Pick up a cheap bag of garden pebbles from your local DIY store and use calligraphy to write a guests name on each.
  • Chalkboard Hearts – Partyrama sell super cute chalkboard hearts which are perfect to use as place names, perhaps clipped to napkins or menus.

More unique place card ideas can be found on You & Your Wedding!

2. Decorative Welcome Sign

A decorative welcome sign is a fantastic way to introduce guests to your special day. As the first thing that guests see as they arrive, spending time to perfect a gorgeous welcome sign will give guests a sneak peek into your barn decor.

For the ultimate rustic aesthetics, wooden signs are always a keen favourite. Most commonly, “welcome to the wedding of…” along with the date is included on the sign. We suggest opting for white calligraphy, accompanied by draping floral decorations. If you are worried about damaging flowers when decorating your sign, why not use artificial alternatives from Bloom?

Wedding welcome sign

3. Warm Lighting

Nothing says cosy and romantic like warm lighting, which is perfect for adding a magical atmosphere to your barn wedding. When it comes to adding a peaceful glow, it is all about filling the space with small and delicate lights. Fairy lights and candles are the perfect accessories – and even better, there is no such thing as too many!

Thanks to the quirky contours and large beams featured in traditional barns, there are tonnes of places to loosely drape fairy lights. Just some of the many ways that you can incorporate fairy lights include the following:

  • Fairy Light Wall – Creating a feature wall using fairy lights continues to grow in popularity. Choose your wall wisely for a truly enchanting backdrop for your first dance.
  • Bulb Fairy Lights – Bulb-style fairy lights put a retro twist on lighting and is ideal for decorating the outdoor of your barn.
  • Mason Jar Lights – Fill vintage mason jars with battery-operated fairy lights for a cute, twinkling table decoration.

4. Blanket Baskets

Barns are not always the warmest venues available, which means that as the night draws in, it can become a little chilly – particularly if you are throwing the ultimate Winter Wonderland wedding. For a meaningful finishing touch, place a basket filled with super cosy blankets at the entrance or beside each table for guests to grab if they are cold. Wicker baskets can be picked up in tonnes of different sizes, along with affordable blankets in all colours from retailers such as B&M.

Wedding blanket basket

Photo Credit: Rock My Wedding

5. Polaroid Guest Book

Barn weddings are all about taking a relaxed approach to your special day. While a professional photographer will always be a must-have, allowing guests to take their own photos would most definitely go down a storm! A Polaroid guest book is a fantastic way to encourage guests to socialise together, taking snaps of each other to accompany a personal message. A wire memo board can be placed on a table in the corner of your venue, alongside a Polaroid camera, a pen to write a message on the printout and pegs to hang photos on the board.

6. DIY Wedding Favours

Whether you are a keen baker or adore all things creative, designing and making your own DIY wedding favours can be super exciting. They are the perfect keepsake for guests to take home with them, knowing that a special sprinkle of love went into every gift.

When searching for the perfect homemade wedding favour, you will be spoilt for choice with the hundreds of fantastic suggestions. Some of our favourites for a barn venue include the following:

  • Hot Chocolate Kit
  • Retro Sweet Jar
  • Customised Coasters
  • Wedding Survival Kit
  • Homemade Jam
  • Mini Champagne Bottles
  • Scented Candles
  • Succulent Plant Pot

Wedding favour boxes

7. Themed Photobooth

Wedding photo booth hire is the perfect way to keep your guests entertained during your reception. Guaranteed to go down a storm, not only will guests be queuing up for their booth visit, but they’ll also have a keepsake printout to take home with them! Every aspect of the photo booth can be tailored to the happy couple, whether it may be customised printouts or a personalised backdrop. The booth will be filled with fun props, along with filters and eye-catching green screens for a truly memorable experience.

Those who opt for our reputable wedding photo booth hire in London can also enjoy a personal booth butler, who will ensure that everything runs smoothly. They will even provide a guestbook, which guests can fill with their booth printouts and write a special message to the newlyweds.

8. Rustic Place Settings

Your table decor plays a huge role in bringing your theme to life, so it’s essential to spend time perfecting your design. As long as your guests can comfortably enjoy their meal, tables can be as busy or simplistic as you please.

When planning rustic themed decor, we suggest considering matte gold tones, along with delicate foliage, wooden accents and candles. Try to match the shades of wood featured on the barn to your tables, chairs and accessories for a seamless appearance. Your wedding meal menu can be printed on craft paper in stylish calligraphy and put on top of placemats – we suggest opting for log placemats to complement the theme.

Newlywed table at barn wedding

9. Neutral Coloured Flowers

No wedding is complete without stunning flower arrangements, whether this may be on guest tables or placed in the contours of the barn. Hand-tied bouquets are our favourite style for a rustic theme as they not only allow you to experiment with different species but also create a pretty table centre. Arranging flowers in wooden crates, barrels, watering cans, and jam jars are also excellent rustic-themed ideas.

When selecting flower species for your barn wedding, we recommend keeping the colours neutral. While brightly coloured variations are beautiful, they may conflict slightly with your theme. The wooden scheme of your venue and warm lighting will be best suited to white, pastel pink and purple shades.

10. Semi-Naked Wedding Cake

The trend of stripping back the traditional flamboyant wedding cake for a more simplistic alternative continues to grow in popularity. Semi-naked wedding cakes are a fantastic way to stick to old traditions while incorporating your rustic theme. When decorating, the cake is partially covered with the delicious buttercream of your choice instead of a solid layer of icing, allowing the inner sponge to be exposed. Flowers, foliage or your favourite sweet treats can then be used to add a splash of colour. Hitched has put together a great article, including semi-naked wedding cake ideas to fit all schemes!

Couple cutting wedding cake

11. Light-Up Letters

Along with fairy lights and candles, another great way to add a warm glow to your venue is through light-up letters. As letters are often around 4ft tall, they really do create a focal point for your barn decor. Many couples planning their big day opt for placing letters at the front of the venue to light up the dancefloor for the evening.

Love Lights The Way provide light-up letter hire for all wedding themes. It is your choice whether your letters to spell out your new shared surname, ‘Mrs & Mrs’ or ‘Love’, messages can be entirely bespoke to you. Along with letters, Love Lights The Way also specialise in light-up love hearts, backdrops and festoons.

12. Evening Sweet Treats

For the ultimate relaxed atmosphere, add a tasty sweet treat buffet to your venue for guests to help themselves throughout the evening. We love the idea of creating your own retro pick ‘n’ mix stall, perfect to complement your vintage, rustic theme. A pick ‘n’ mix stall is guaranteed to take guests back to their childhood for a trip down memory lane. All you will need to purchase is a selection of your favourite old school sweets, an array of different jars, sweet scoops and traditional striped paper bags. You can find a full guide on how to bring your sweet treat vision to life on Cake Vs Scales.

If you have planned a large three-course meal and would prefer a lighter, but super tasty, evening snack, why not consider making s’mores? Of course, to make s’mores you will need to make sure that you have a firepit outside of your venue. Consider creating a s’mores station at your entrance, where guests can pick up all of their ingredients then head over to make their classic American dessert.


Plan The Rustic Barn Wedding Of Dreams!

When planning a rustic barn wedding, you really are spoilt for ideas! The cosy, relaxed atmosphere cannot be beaten and is perfect for throwing a truly magical day. Every finishing touch adds an enchanting twist, creating a day that can never be forgotten.

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