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May 1

Barn Wedding Décor Ideas & Inspiration: Dressing up the Barn

Barn Wedding Decorations: Ideas and Inspiration

The barn wedding venue is a couple’s blank canvas.

You must play the part of Picasso and Rembrandt to dress up that blank space into your wedding masterpiece.

As the barn beams are the limit in terms of what you can do to the setting, barn weddings come in many different styles from elegant to country chic.

The look all depends on what route the bride and groom want to go with for décor and accents.

Décor for a barn wedding is one of the most crucial aspects to achieving the unique wedding style.

You want the space to be both inviting for guests but also special for your big day.

From casual and comfortable to elegant and vintage, we have listed below some classic barn wedding décor ideas.

Chalkboard and Handmade Signs –

Reception sign: barn wedding ideas

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Chalkboard and handmade signs compliment the barn wedding theme. You can use chalkboards to tell guests any number of messages from what’s on the menu or where the wedding favors are located.

Chalkboards can also be used for seating charts. They make for a relatively inexpensive decor item.

If you don’t want the chalkboard to appear overly rustic, you can dress it up with an ornate frame.

By their very nature, chalkboards are also easy to customize as you can handwrite messages and sayings to extend your wedding theme.

Handmade signs can also be used at barn weddings. As a popular décor idea for barn weddings, handmade signs often point guests in the direction of all of the night’s events from the ceremony location to the dance floor.

Again, these wooden signs can be inexpensive for the bride on a budget.

String Lights and Chandeliers –

barn wedding decor ideas: string lights & chandeliers

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Barns are not always known for their lighting.

Most wedding venues with barns on the property will dress up the space with string lights. String lights create a more romantic and soft ambiance to a dark and dimly lit barn.

You can hire a lighting company to execute your vision. You might think that the cost should be low to hang up a few strings, but some companies will quote high bids. It’s best to get lots of bids before committing to one company.

If you are cash strapped, you can always string them up yourself if your venue will allow it (however not recommended). String lights are often at their most affordable just after the holiday season.

For brides looking to get away from the cliqued décor notions of a barn wedding, you can do so easily with the lighting. To add a more elegant and opulent feel, chandeliers can be added to the barn venue instead of or in addition to string lights. You can also hang lanterns from the barn beams for additional lighting.


Drapery –

Barn walls and ceilings are generally plain and wooden. Just like any room that is blank, drapes are added to enrich the space. You can add more visual interest and color to a barn with drapery.

Drapes soften the space and in turn can make barns more sophisticated at first glance. You can also use drapery to add drama to your space by adding fabric to entryways and across beams.

If you don’t want to use such heavy fabric, but you still want to adorn the walls of your barn with some sort of visual interest, buntings also work with the barn theme. Buntings come in all sorts of fabrics and materials so that you can cater to your level of formality.

Burlap Accents and Twine –

Barn wedding theme ideas for decor

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Barn and burlap tend to go together like chocolate chip cookies and milk. A burlap table runner or burlap wrapped around jars always goes well with barn décor. Burlap is also inexpensive for brides watching their wallets.

In addition to using burlap accents, twine also harks on the barn theme. You can tie jars, programs and menus with twine to promote that rustic look and feel.

Mismatched Tables, Chairs and Dishes –

You might cringe at thought of mismatching, but an eclectic mix of furniture for your barn wedding can also contribute to the overall theme.

Chairs and tables don’t necessarily need to match for a barn wedding. The setting is already a bit hodge-podge.

Antique and colorful chairs and tables don’t just contribute to the style of a barn wedding but they also help your barn wedding look and feel unique. You can rent from companies with vintage furniture or see if your venue has a mix of tables and chairs.

If you can’t do mismatched furniture for your wedding, you can still create that eclectic look elsewhere. Mismatched dishes are an easy way to lend rustic chic and set a more casual tone to your barn wedding. The unmatched look provides a suggestion that this wedding is unique and not like every other gathering.

Glass Jars –

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Aside from decorating the walls and ceiling of the barn, you have to come up with centerpieces to suit the barn.

Colored glass jars go with the blank barn canvas. You can place flowers or candles in colored glass jars, staggered across the tables.

The classic Mason jar is always a barn wedding staple. To find these key centerpieces, you can look at antique and vintage stores, garage sales and online bidding sites. Your florist might also have Mason jars that you can use. You can find colored glass jars in all sorts of shapes and sizes to create a more assorted and unique look.

For a more sophisticated feel, you can stick to clear glass jars. For a more country look, you can try tin cans and pitchers as centerpieces. Also, for a different feel, you can suspend the jars from the barn beams for a floating presence.

Hay Bales and Wine Barrels – 

Barn Wedding Ideas: Hay Bales & Wine Barrels

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For guestbook tables and the like, you can accent the empty spaces around your wedding with hay bales and wine barrels. While hay bales aren’t for every wedding, if you want to create a country look, they work well as accents when you need to fill vacant spaces.

Brides looking for a more elegant alternative to hay bales can use wine barrels. You can construct bars and dessert tables with the help of a few wine barrels and an old antique door for the tabletop. They can also be used to fill empty spaces, similar to a hay bale. Barns are big after all.

Candles –

Barn Wedding Venue Decor Inspiration

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Back at the barn, lighting that is truly classic is that illuminating from candles. You can stagger candles on the table to lend that rustic feel with a romantic glow. Candles provide  soft lighting that you might want instead of the string lights.

However, if the barn is composed of wood, your wedding venue might have restrictions on open flames. If this is the case, you can try battery operated candles or covered lanterns instead.

Bottom Line…

Barn wedding décor is truly an open book. You can make it fancier with drapery on the walls and ceilings, accented by crystal chandeliers. You can make it more comfortable and casual with just a few barnyard staples like twine, hay bales and burlap.

The important aspect is to have the décor all add up to the vision that you had in mind for your wedding day.

What’s your favorite décor item for barn weddings?

Share your ideas with us below.


About the Author

Suzy is a freelance writer, largely penning travel and lifestyle pieces for a number of online publications including the Estate Weddings and Events blog. With a redheaded temperament she travels the globe in search of sarcasm, stories and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. You can connect with her via LinkedIn or Google+.

Apr 13

EWE Weekend Reads: Celebrating Popular April Events & Narrowing Down Venue Options

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Happy Weekend everyone!

Are you enjoying one of April’s Most Noteworthy Events or in the midst of planning one?

OR perhaps you are planning the biggest event of your life… your wedding! If that is so, the articles we’ve written below will point your compass in the right direction, right to the location of your perfect wedding venue.

This week, we’ve laid out almost everything you need to narrow the options for possible wedding locations. Take a look at some of the possibilities below for the scoop on Outdoor Weddings, Destination Weddings, and Barn Weddings. For more visual inspiration, our Pinterest board has endless inspiration!

We hope you will enjoy our posts. We love to keep you updated on the latest wedding and event news as well as offer our expert advice.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading!

Here is what you missed this week…

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Nancy is Community Manager for Estate Weddings and Events.  When not typing away, she enjoys discovering new wedding trends and attending weddings and events to see all the people and private estates get dressed up! You can follow her on Google+,  Twitter or LinkedIn.

Apr 8

A Needle in a Haystack: A Guide to Finding a Barn Wedding Venue

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Just as you can’t put the earrings on the outfit before you have the outfit, you can’t dress up a barn wedding venue unless you have the right barn for your wedding.

Barn wedding venues can be found all over the country.

Their popularity over the years has skyrocketed.

And while some might scratch their heads as to why a bride would want to marry in a place where cows and horses hang out on barrels of hay, the bride with an open mind can see the true potential in a barn wedding.

These simple and rustic places play into the different personalities that weddings take on in the end.

You can dress the barn up or down depending on the look that you want to achieve.

When you start searching for a wedding venue, you will no doubt stumble upon the idea of a barn wedding.

Obviously, the barn is the venue so it eliminates a great deal of decisions that come with other venues.

However, barn weddings are not always that simple, beginning with how you select a wedding venue complete with a barn.

Before the bride commits to the barn and the groom, we have come up with a few elements to the barn wedding venue that you must consider.


Wedding Theme: Barn Wedding Venues

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Perhaps what make these venues so popular around the country are the potential themes that you can have within them. Unlike a grand castle or a modern hotel, the barn is back to basics.

You can go for a variety of looks.

For an elegant and glamorous themed wedding, many barn wedding venues will add drapery and chandeliers to create that feeling of opulence in your basic barn. Others appreciate the barn wedding venue for simple wedding themes.

In true barn fashion, you can have a rustic and casual wedding with a few country details. The fact that the barn door is wide open as to what you can do with it, it is also important to consider what might go into dressing up this blank canvas.

Some wedding venues feature actual (used to be filled with hay) barns, while others were built to be wedding venues. The fact that the barn is a blank canvas can overwhelm some brides when it comes to their theme.

Some weddings in a barn require a wedding planner to help see your ideas through for the wedding. The versatility of the barn wedding can be a triumph and a challenge all in one when it comes to the theme of the wedding and achieving it.

Size and Layout

The Skinner Barn

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Many wedding venues that feature some sort of antique barn have designated areas where the ceremony, reception and dancing can all take place. Before you book your barn, you need to go through the different venues and the layout of their spaces.

If you want to have your entire wedding within the barn, including the reception, you will need a barn that will accommodate your guests. Some venues can open up the barn doors to accommodate the overflow of guests so that you can have an indoor and outdoor wedding venue.

With each barn wedding venue that you consider, you will need to factor in the shapes and sizes for your wedding guests. The overall layout of the space needs to make sense. A barn wedding usually doesn’t just involve the barn. It involves creating spaces for the ceremony, the reception, parking, catering and dancing.

If you have too few or too many guests, you could run into some trouble if you don’t pick a barn and surrounding space that can accommodate your number.

Also, if the layout of the venue calls for a great deal of your wedding activities to take place outside, you need to figure out potential bad weather solutions.


Barn Wedding Tips and Ideas

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After perusing the Pinterest wedding section on a daily basis, I often come across these barn weddings that look like they fell out of rustic, country storybooks. What these photographs don’t show is what goes on behind the scenes.

When you consider a barn by definition, it is usually constructed of wood and not much else.

If your wedding venue utilizes an actual barn, not one that they built up for weddings and events, it might lack that amenities that you need. These amenities can be an additional cost that you won’t have at other venues.

For example, my Mom went to a barn wedding in Colorado. They had dancing up in the rafters of the barn, with no air conditioning. In the dead of summer and in the dry heat of Colorado, she lamented how miserable it was.

If you don’t want to have your guests either pass out from the heat or shiver due to the cold, you might have to pay for heating and cooling systems for your wedding event. Barns can be hot or cold places due to poor insulation. Often, wedding venues will provide these amenities, but they might come at an additional cost.

You must also factor in water and electrical access with barn weddings. Some might require you to bring in bathrooms, generators and lighting.

When you are on the hunt for your perfect barn wedding, be sure you ask your potential wedding venues about the amenities of the barn. You should know what they provide, what they don’t and what you will have to figure out on your own.

Vendor Selection and Rentals

How to find the perfect Barn Wedding Venue

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As a barn is a blank canvas, every bride dreaming of her barn wedding should be aware of the vendors and rentals involved. Some venues will allow you to bring in your own vendors, while others will require you to use their shortlist of wedding personalities.

Regardless, a barn requires a great deal of dressing from tents to tables and chairs.

If you are going for the mismatched antique furniture look or wooden signs lining the property, these all involve extra help if your venue doesn’t supply them. The best way to go about the vendors and rentals of a barn wedding is to see what your shortlist of wedding venues offer and what they don’t provide.

You want to get the most for your money and the most out of your venue. If you don’t like the vendors at the barn venue, move on to another that will let you do more customization.

If you like the hands off approach, finding an all in one venue might be your answer to dress up the barn without lifting a finger.



Wedding Venues: Barn Style

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You won’t often find a barn in the middle of a metropolis. Barn weddings frequently take place in out of the way meadows and ranches.

As a result, another factor that comes into play with barn weddings is transportation. These barns might be in the most idyllic of meadows, down dirt roads with no name.

While it all sounds like what you might want to achieve in terms of isolation and privacy, you have to think about your guests.

How are they going to find this place?

Will they get lost?

Most wedding venues can answer these questions for you. However, you can look into transportation services for your guests so that they can just enjoy their time and not worry about finding the barn.

Bottom line, when you are looking for a barn wedding location, you need to stand in your guests’ shoes. If you think it will be a challenge to reach, transportation might be an additional cost to add to the wedding bill.


Let’s start looking!

Best barn wedding venues

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A simple barn can be a complicated affair when it is used as a wedding location. Brides and grooms who want to get married in a barn must consider all of these elements when selecting their venue.

Like finding that needle in a sea of haystacks, now that you know what to look for and what to ask of potential venues, you can make the best decision for your wedding.

Did you or would you consider a barn wedding venue for your big day?

Share your experiences and thoughts with us below!


About the Author

Suzy is a freelance writer, largely penning travel and lifestyle pieces for a number of online publications including the Estate Weddings and Events blog. With a redheaded temperament she travels the globe in search of sarcasm, stories and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. You can connect with her via LinkedIn or Google+.

Jun 12

Estate Wedding: A Dreamy Affair at the Caballo Estate in Los Altos Hills, Ca

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Have a night to remember at Estate Weddings and Event’s Caballlo Estate located in Los Atlos Hills, Ca. Newlywed couple, Jessica and Adam, recently held their fairytale wedding at this magical private estate.

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This summer wedding was the epitome of a “breath of fresh air.”

This 11 acre equestrian property is filled with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and bright-lush greens that satisfies any bride’s needs for decoration.

Jessica and her wedding planner took advantage of the beautiful back drop of rolling hills, bright greens, rich brown barn, exotic horses and blended simple white and sliver decor that provided a charming and pristine style.

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Married in the rustic barn, the couple exchanged their vows amongst friends and family lit with modern lanterns and decorated with babies breath flowers.

The natural beauty of the property, coupled with an amazing Summer day, created a dreamy wedding affair for the couple!

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Your Turn…

Would you like to host your Special Event at this Estate? Tell us what you think in the comments below…For more information on how to rent this gorgeous estate for your wedding, a corporate retreat, or a luxury vacation, Click Here for the Caballo Estate !

A special thanks to Captured By Erika Photography for the beautiful pictures.

About the Author

Jamie is the Co-Founder and President of Estate Weddings and Events. Jamie and EWE have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Union Tribune,  The Baltimore Sun, Rue MagazineGrace OrmondeStyle Me PrettyWE TV, Bravo,  Premier Homes, and many other publications. When Jamie is not exploring and seeking out unique venues, you can find her traveling the world. Her favorite destinations visited are Croatia, Laos and the Maldives.You can follow her on Google+ here.

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