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Rustic Reflections – Themes to Compliment a Barn Wedding

If you’ve been dreaming of a fairy tale wedding, set within the undisturbed and laid back atmosphere of a country barn, you’ll be wanting to know how to make the most of your carefully picked location. Read on for some tips on how to hold a unique and beautiful rustic themed barn wedding that everyone will be talking about for years to come.


The greatest appeal of a barn wedding is the natural, warm feel of the building due to the browns and creams of the wood and bricks. The wooden beams you often find spanning the ceilings and walls are one of these buildings’ most favourable features, and you’ll want to choose a colour scheme that will compliment them. Neutral and pastel tones, such as creams, whites, gold, pinks and greys have a vintage, rustic feel and work beautifully amongst the natural tones of the wood, making the perfect colour scheme for venue décor, outfits, flowers and invitations.


Nothing says fairy-tale wedding like twinkling lights! Whether it be lights strung between the beams of the ceiling, glistening chandeliers or up lighting to highlight the gorgeous features of the rustic building, lighting will add a magical feel to your day.

Flowers and Foliage

Accentuate the country feel of your venue by bringing the outside in, and decorate with flowers and shrubs. Wrap leafy vines around the beams, attach flowers to the chairs and pillars or drape arrangements over the tables to give a more natural and rustic feel to your wedding.


Simple elegance is the way to go with a rustic themed barn wedding. Use leaves, flowers or fruit decoration along with natural colour tones to retain a country, laid back vibe.


In keeping with the simplicity and laid-back feel that a rustic theme brings, the best menu for your barn wedding would be familiar and well loved foods based around simple farm-grown ingredients, such as eggs, bread, vegetables, and meats. Whether you choose a sit down meal of soup and country bread followed by roast beef and veg, or a buffet of cheeses and egg sandwiches, there are plenty of options for a rustic themed catering plan.


Rustic Details

They say beauty is in the detail, and when it comes to wedding décor this couldn’t be truer. Keep your guests talking with eye-catching touches such as bunting, handwritten signage and rustic displays. This type of décor doesn’t have to break the bank – if you’re feeling arty, use of old palettes, bottles, boxes, string and ornaments can easily be made into ‘welcome’ displays, centrepieces, and general venue decoration. Rustic themes are also often associated with nostalgia; therefore photographs and vintage style prints can work very effectively as décor, placeholders, or even invitations.


A rustic theme is the most suited if you’re thinking of using a barn as your wedding venue, due to the rustic nature of the building itself. The theme gives a lot of opportunity for creativity, whether it’s a DIY job or you hire a company, making it a very interesting theme to use – so it’s time to get rooting around for old pictures, stringing some bunting, and hanging some fairy lights! If you stick to simple, vintage décor, country foods, and natural colour schemes (and of course throw in some flowers and leaves for good measure), you can rest assured that your wedding will be one to remember.

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