Decorating Ideas for a Barn Wedding

It is not easy to decorate a barn for your dream wedding and reception, but with careful planning and creative thinking it can be romantic and charming or country and rustic. In some areas, there are barns that are actually built to host weddings and receptions, dances and other social events. In most cases, a barn needs careful care, creative thinking and careful planning to be transformed into your dream wedding location.

These tips and ideas are for you, so read on to see what you can find to make your barn wedding go the way you both want it to. Since the barn is located in an outdoor setting that can be a field, farmyard or grassy area, it is important to make sure it is clean and as neat as possible.

Cleaning and Guest Amenities

Since most barns are not made for weddings, it may be necessary to clean them before starting to decorate. Clean walls, floors and windows to remove dust and dirt. Check for loose nails, wood splinters, or other items that could pose a danger to guests. You will need to know what, if any, washrooms are available and where they are located, and provide them if necessary.

The other important point is adequate heating and cooling for the comfort of the guests. You will also want to have adequate electrical outlets for lighting and if you have musicians or a DJ, they will also need electrical outlets. Also check if there are adequate parking spaces for you and your guests.

Outdoor decorations

Corn stalks or hay bales placed along the path leading to the barn make it an inviting walk to the barn entrance. Also, the same stalks and bales placed at the entrance give it a welcoming look when your guest enters. Curtains or hanging drapes also give a welcoming look to your front doors. It is not difficult to hang curtains or drapes on either side of the barn entrance door. The only thing is that you need to find some that are long enough. You can cut lengths of fabric and hem them at each end. One option is to buy regular curtains and sew a large piece of ruffled lace or tulle at the bottom of each one to make a longer length. You probably won’t find a curtain rod long enough to go through a barn door opening, so use a separate curtain rod for each curtain. Hang the curtain rods on the inside of the door. Another idea to consider is to grow wildflowers around the barn or place large bouquets of them nearby. A fun idea is to load a truck with hay and after the ceremony, offer hay rides for the young and young at heart.

Interior Decorations

The Walls

These are usually large, open, unpainted spaces that need a little love and tenderness to be transformed into a wedding venue. One idea you could use is to hang on the walls Mexican blankets, beautiful hand-made quilts, Native American blankets or other fabrics that would complement the colors of your theme almost like works of art. Place wagon wheels and other themed objects along the walls or you can even hang them on the walls. For a wedding look, drape greenery and tulle around pillars, ledges or beams. Other decorations that fit the theme and show a little creativity include making a heart-shaped lasso or coloring horseshoes in the colors of your wedding theme and adding them to the wall decoration.


As you know, barns are most often dark and dull if they are not properly lit. But you can make people dream with good lighting. I suggest you use battery operated candles and place them on window sills and tables.

Also wrap strings of lights or flickering lights around pillars and along the beams of the barn. Hanging lanterns from the herringbone beams also gives the barn a magical look. There may be restrictions on candles and open flame objects. Be sure to inform those who allow you to use the barn. This makes the barn look charming and romantic.


Flowers are a very important part of wedding decorations and do a great job of adding color and brightness to your decor. Larger flowers such as sunflowers are perfect, and make good use of agricultural accents such as pumpkins and autumn leaves if it’s a fall theme.

Other suggestions for any time of the year are seasonal vegetables and potted plants and flowers. Hay will also give you a rustic, country look. As vases and containers, try using mason jars, watering cans and galvanized buckets or pails. Large baskets are also a good way to set accents to your rustic or country theme.


This is a marvelous way to express your theme and bring the colors of the wedding theme into the barn. Keep in mind that the barn is probably made of darker wood and therefore needs an elevator, which you can do with light-colored cloths and napkins and wedding favors. These can be checkered cloths or cloths of a contrasting color and color for your napkins. I really like the idea of having rich earth-colored cloths and a burlap runner in the center of the table. Here are some tips and ideas to give free rein to your creativity.

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