The best barn wedding!
A client recently asked my opinion about a barn on a farmyard for a wedding venue. ‘Perfect’ I replied and that really had to be my answer as that is exactly what my husband and I chose for our wedding.
So this week I thought I would tell you about my own wedding, how we decorated the venue and made it our own, the style we chose and how I sourced everything to bring it all together. Hopefully it will give you some useful ideas for your own big day.
Chris and I got married just over 3 years ago on a sunny day in Wiltshire. We quickly decided that the main thing we wanted to achieve was a relaxed day for our guests and that this would be reflected in our decoration and wedding style.
Our informal vintage style began at a small pub in a local country village where guests gathered for pre wedding drinks with Chris. The pubs garden is only separated from local farmland by a small wooden fence, and you could see our church in the background. After walking through a farmyard, guests arrived at the church which we had decorated with a milk churn either side of the entrance filled with tall white flowers and greenery. (All flowers by Kate at Hedgerose florists, Marlborough). The milk churns are a perfect height for tall flowers and make a really big impact as well as being a nice change from the more traditional flower arch.
After the service, guests made their way to the barn and drank Prosecco in the farmyard. We created a bar from oak barrels, an old door for the top and hung hessian to cover the front so that we had sufficient storage underneath. I put a few galvanised buckets on the top for ice, and wine carriers on top which stopped it from being spoilt with modern plastic accessories. A vintage wheel barrow to the side was stocked with ice and beers for people to help themselves. We also had a few barrels in the yard as tall tables, these were really useful for guests to mingle around and were decorated with tea lights in ceramic jars and small vintage terracotta flower pots with a variety of herbs in to create a wonderful smell. I lined crates with clear plastic so that they could be filled with ice and again used to house ‘help yourself’ drinks. The effect of a help yourself bar is more homely and gets people talking. A couple of vintage fire buckets filled with sand were perfect for cigarette ends without ruining the vintage look.
Our table planner was made by my husband from some old wood and chicken wire. It looked so charming hung from a tree in the garden with each persons name and table number written on a brown luggage tag and hung on the wire with miniature pegs.
Guests were seated at long trestle tables with cricket chairs. Each person had a small blackboard heart with their name written on it clipped to some hessian string wrapped around their cutlery. Tables were covered with white cloths and hessian runners and decorated with jars wrapped in sting and filled with white poinsettias, small turquoise storm lanterns and vintage terracotta pots filled with a variety of herbs which gave of a beautiful aroma. I bought a good quality hessian from a local fabric shop and sourced the vintage terracotta pots from antique shops, I liked the fact that they are not identical.
We ditched the more traditional table service for a pig roast and buffet of delicious salads and breads followed by my mother’s home made meringues accompanied by whipped cream and berries. The food was all served on big platters at various heights on a hessian covered table, linking it nicely but not too neatly with the tables in the dining area. We wrote out our menu on a home made blackboard hung from the barns beams.
Our wedding cake was simple in design, but tasted delicious, thanks to my lovely sister in law Jenny. We placed it on a large wooden slice and decorated it with a blue hydrangea. Just in case that was enough of a sugar fix, large vintage glass jars full of sweets were set just to the side of the cake!
We used the smaller part of the barn as our dance floor. The live band set up at the far end and I hung dangling fairy lights along the beams. The barn had a few windows at the end which let in too much light, so to create the right atmosphere for dancing, I bought lots of thick black paper, cut it to fit and covered the glass. On the window ledges I places tall vases with church candles in. The effect was brilliant and transformed the area into a dark, cosy space to dance with lots of beautiful glowing candle light and sparkling fairy lights.
At night the farmyard came alive with galvanised storm lanterns hanging from tall rods to house lots of twinkling tea lights. A perfect escape from the noise of the busy dance floor!
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