Our wedding barn is a classic blank canvas which gives any bride the opportunity to create their very own dream wedding. There are so many amazing touches you can add to make it personal to you, from a tradition colour scheme, to a really bright modern floral display. We have chosen 10 of our favourite wedding venue styling ideas and tips that will transform the space, with lots of DIY ideas to keep the costs down.
From modern light up giant letters, photo wall displays, floral installations to vintage tractors, the hardest thing any bride has to do is make decisions on which decorations to choose from.
1. Floral Installation Displays
An easy way to totally transform a ceremony room is with a floral arch or display. One of our favourite parts of the wedding build up is watching the florists create their amazing arrangements. Our florists always create the brides vision with beautiful seasonal arrangements and unique special touches. Why not push the boundaries and create a room which no one has done before and your guests will never forget!
2. Table Features
(Photo: Chloe Ely)
It’s always exciting when you find out where you will be sitting for the wedding breakfast and then take a pew to discover the details on your table in front of you. You will always find a charming little flower display and maybe some handmade treats or alcohol. It’s handy to offer a favour to your guests which they can either eat or drink at the time or fit into their pockets or purse as a memory of the day.
3. Coloured Glass
(Photo: Damien Vickers)
You might be super organised and have a wedding table display mood board or Pinterest page you’re constantly updating with some amazing ideas – which is great and makes life so much easier for the pre-wedding build up. One of our all-time favourite table design ideas is mismatched jewel toned glass which brightens up a table instantly! They work really well with beautiful table flowers and copper rustic tones. If you wanted to add an extra relaxed vibe you can miss match the flowers in little colourful pots. You can find these vintage style pots in all sorts of different shapes and sizes in charity shops, flea markets or eBay.
4. Table Plans
(Photo: Jane Morgan)
There are so many different types of table plan designs you can choose from. You can opt for keeping in the same theme as your table layouts, whether it be what countries you have visited, your favourite animals or different types of trees, the world really is your oyster when it comes to the design. Some brides opt for illustrators to help with writing the plan out beautifully and others prefer them printed neatly. It is always fun to be part of the creative side of the wedding so if someone in your family has lovely handwriting you can always ask them to help out.
5. Wedding Cakes
Some cake designers have a signature style and don’t like to copy cakes, we would advise to find a bakery who are happy to create your own vision for the special day. Wedding cakes can also add up depending on how big you go, another option which can be fun is a tables laden with sweets, cake pop’s, macarons, doughnuts, cupcakes and fruit skewers. Displays like these are visually exciting as well as providing dessert for your guests. Pots of fresh herbs, garlands and confetti on the table can make it a beautiful focal point for your reception room.
(Photo: Cat Lane)
Chandeliers, hanging lights and fairy lights can add height and texture to a room. You can create the display as a focal point with hanging flowers, bunting or paper lanterns to add a bit of colour.
7. Floral Hoops
(Photo: Alex Tenters)
Floral hoops are such a great way to fill a bare space in somewhere like a barn, you can add flowers, ribbons, signs or lights to create a handmade or professional styled look. You can also hang them in the centre of the room as statement décor pieces which are incredible eye-catching.
8. Big Letters and Balloons
(Photo: Nikki’s Moments)
Balloon installations are amazing to bring simple space to life. You can also incorporate them into centrepieces, top table decoration and wedding photos, choosing from words such as, ‘Love’, ‘Mr & Mrs’, ‘Hooray’, ‘your new name’ or even ‘Last Fling’. They are becoming more and more popular and we love it!
9. Small Detail – Nickie from Little Orchard Vintage Hire Small Detail ideas
(Photo: Chloe Ely)
Whatever the scheme for your event, I would always advise a continuation throughout all the small detail as well. Obviously colours offer this with your bridesmaids dresses, stationary, candles and table decor, but also consider the free standing elements. Whether it’s a cake display, an easel with your table plan, wedding signage, or a lounge set seating area, I always recommend including some of your flowers as an installation on these items. Either on the corner of a sign or frame, a small bud vase at the foot of an easel, or a lantern or two. This not only carries your colour scheme throughout, but it also ‘grounds’ free standing pieces avoiding a visual randomness of ad hoc items around your venue.
10. Quirky Extras
(Photo: Roo Stain)
Why not change up the day even more with something a bit different! Most couples opt for a vintage or classic car but it is always a bit more fun with a tuk tuk, tractor, horse and cart or even a little friend to walk along side.
(Photo: Cat Lane)