Decorating ideas for a barn wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on February 15, 2012

My fiance and I are getting married in late August and having our reception at a barn in a state park. We love the rustic feel of the barn but want to add some decorations especially because it has a really beauitful high ceiling. We would like to do a lot of DIY decorations – anyone have ideas?
I definitely don’t want to go with a “western” theme, we are looking to make it look elegant and whimsical.

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chachacatz February 15, 2012 at 5:01 am

bales of hay
horse blankets
bandanna’s (red and blue)
wooden picnic tables
large metal buckets for drinks


JDoubleU February 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

The first thing I thought of was simple, sheer fabrics draped on posts with strings of simple white lights and natural flowers in a variety of interesting containers.
Hanging summer flowers with greens of parsley or sage and rosemary, attached to the posts on top of the draped fabric. A combo of elegance and nature and smells good, too. Maybe throw in some violets.
I think I’d do herbs on tables – very simple, beautiful and aromatic – then give the centerpiecse away to the person at the table who has the closest birth date or oldest wedding date, etc.
Yeah – herbs, nature mixed with elegance – a pop of color and some shimmer. Sounds gorgeous.


gary s February 15, 2012 at 5:57 am

Some paper bunting and Ribbons.Depends on how long the rental is for.I honeymooned at a state park cabin 20 years ago and we pretty much had the park to ourselves for the February 29th weekend that year.The staff said we were so lucky on the timing as they were in between 2 corporate retreats.on the weekends before and after.They had a lodge with a large buffet that we just loved overlooking a view of the Chattahootchie National forest;in addition to the cabins.I was going to suggest Hay bales for seats,but I am real sensitive to pollen and ragweed.If it is dim inside you could get some electric versions of hanging Kerosene lanterns hanging from the rafters.The real kind is too much of a fire hazard.Dropping a lantern caused the Chicago Fire of the 1880′s.You could also dress like “Hillbillies” for the wedding,similar to Jed Clampette in his “Sunday best”on “The Beverly Hillbillies”.Any decorations will have to have the park staff’s approval or be taken down before you leave.Are you going to have an organist or recorded Music?A fiddle player would probably fit the Barn theme better.


krissylyn February 15, 2012 at 6:49 am

Look at this wedding site. Many of the reception locations are parks, barns, etc. Check out the ceiling decorations in the wedding in the woods and the one in the barn. I especially LOVE the streamers and the origami swans in the second link.


planner February 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

lots of candles and tea lights, twinkle lights and white paper lanterns make a barn look fantastic. here is a great site for buying diy items to make any venue enchanting. be sure you have lots of time to spend looking when you here. there are thousands of great items from rustic to elegant to look at.


Common Sense February 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

Sunflowers are ample in August and have a nice bright impact on floral arrangements.

I am not quite sure I would have any open flames in a barn due to safety issues. However, white string lights outlining the ceiling beams would be nice. You could drape fabric from the tall upright posts and tie the fabric into bishop sleeves to soften the look. You could get silk sunflower garland and wrap it around the beams with the lights.

You could hang a curtain rod on the wall behind your table where pretty fabric is draped as a nice backdrop to soften the wood tones and add some color.


Tacy February 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

I found an idea for mine and it is super cheap. Blow up a baloon, then wrap it in string (like a yarn ball) only just enough to cover it how thick you want it, then spray it with spray starch and let it dry. Once it is dry and you are sure the string hardened, pop the baloon and you can hang it with fishing string. You can use them all over the ceiling one at a time or group them in the center at different lengths from the ceiling. Also, you can find battery operated string party lights and put inside them. I love this idea! I am also using mason jars as my center peices and filling them half way with rock and then putting a small branch inside. I have seen this done and loved it in the center of a table with a small mason jar on each side with a floating candle. Use and search string chandelier and also mason jar and you will get TONS of ideas.


R.m Saucedo February 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

Take a look here they may have some great ideas for decorations


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