At the end of this month it’s our 15th wedding anniversary. I honestly don’t know where the years have gone since then! Filled with career changes, moving house and bringing three children into the world mostly.
If I was getting married today, I think I’d definitely be embracing the trend for vintage and rural, barn-style weddings. If you’re a Pinterest addict like me, you can’t have failed to notice all the lovely wedding images, especially as we are in full-on wedding season.
As an interiors enthusiast, I love to see all the creative ways that barn buildings are transformed for the celebrations, filled with beautiful paper decorations, lights, flowers and lots of handcrafted details and finishing touches.
If you are planning a vintage or rustic barn-style wedding, why not read on and discover eight of the best tips and ideas for achieving this on-trend celebration:
Decorations – for true rustic charm, you can’t go wrong by adding elements such as hay bale seating (stacked into sofa shapes, then draped with throws and cushions) as well as wooden barrels or stacked crates to display flowers and framed pictures. Hand-lettered wooden signs pointing the way to the venue and old school chalkboards for seating plans also add to the charm. Vintage glass bottles and jars look great suspended from the ceiling or hung in surrounding trees, with either blooms or candles inside. (See interior designer and stylist, Karen Barlow’s take on a rustic prairie wedding style here.) Drapes or curtains made from ribbons or tassel garlands make a beautiful backdrop to the wedding vows and for photos.
Lights – a key feature to this look. Barns can be dark and gloomy come the evening, so opt for lovely festooned string lights, these can really work well in a lofty roof space, giving a gorgeous radiant ambience. Alternatively multiple paper lanterns, chandeliers or mismatched vintage style light shades can work a treat. Candles are lovely, but bear in mind safety if the venue is a wooden barn and keep them inside lanterns. Vintage style fairground marquee signs declaring the word LOVE, I DO or MR & MRS are great fun and really look the part. They can be expensive to buy though so why not consider making your own? There are lots of good tutorials to be found on Pinterest.
Favours – you can go to town with the cutest, vintage style favours. Homemade fudge in dinky jam jars, complete with a vintage fabric lid cover and luggage tag message, or lavender soap wrapped in bakers parchment with a sprig of lavender tucked beneath the twine. Or how about a homemade candle set into a thrift shop teacup?
Novelty Photo booth – no wedding is complete without a fun photo booth nowadays, you can hang some large vintage frames for couples and friends to pose behind and give them some vintage-style props such as hats, glasses, moustaches to get silly with.
Flowers – as well as a lovely wild flower bouquet for the bride to carry and wear in her hair, choose wild flower posies to wear in button holes and to decorate the venue throughout – you can keep the cost down by displaying them in old tin cans for a charmingly rustic look.
Tables & chairs – Rows of tables covered in white tablecloths and burlap or hessian table runners look beautifully simple, especially with centrepieces utilising old style preserve jars or jam jars. Burlap sashes tied around old mismatched chairs with wild flower sprigs hung on the back look effortlessly stylish.
Food & Drink – simple fayre works well at this style of wedding, a hot and cold buffet or a hog roast is popular and you can hire vintage crockery and cutlery for added effect. Have you thought about hiring a vintage ice cream van to sit in the grounds, serving delicious treats for an extra special, quirky touch? Bottles of beer and soda look fantastic chilled in wheelbarrows, barrels or old metal buckets filled with ice.
Vintage Wedding Cupcakes – for a twist on the traditional wedding cake, a stack of cupcakes works beautifully to give a nostalgic feel. The cupcake trend is here to stay, so vintage wedding cupcakes have become a thing. You can give them a natural, woodland feel by displaying them on sliced log platters like these.