it’s all in the details #4: rustic barn

Morning all!  Hope you’re all having a great week?!

The indian summer we’ve been experiencing the last few weeks is well and truly over, with a definite chill in the air hitting us this week, Autumn has well & truly arrived!  Autumn is a beautiful time of year for a rustic wedding, nature giving you a beautiful colour palette of rich golds and burn orange, reminscent of summer sun and holding on to some warmth for just a little longer.  Rustic weddings, burlap, lace and mason jars are an exceptionally popular theme over in the US, but work brilliantly in the UK with our gorgeous countryside and barn venues.


Gorgeous golds, burnt orange, and pops of yellow to create a freshness.  Instead of stark white, use a soft ivory or cream to reflect that warmth and cosyness and imply a vintage touch.


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The rustic theme works well for DIY weddings, where handmade imperfections are all part of the charm.  Kraft paper, burlap, lace and twine are the staples for a barn wedding, all easy to source and make yourself.  White ink works really well on the kraft paper to add a unique touch that your guests will love.  Follow the theme through with kraft luggage tag place cards, programmes and favour tags.

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For something really different, consider wooden invites, where the text is burnt onto a thin veneer of timber to create something unique to look at and to touch.  This could be quite expensive, so go for the real deal for your small wedding, or ask your stationer to recreate the effect with a woodgrain effect background or stamp for a bigger guest list.


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Seasonal flowers with their golden foliage, think autumn harvest, and texture, texture, texture! Scabiosa pods, billy balls and golden ears of corn, scattered with ivory roses and green foliage create an autumnal but still light & pretty bouquet.

For the tables, wildflowers grown and collected before being gathered informally in mixmatched containers, glass bottles, mason jars, tins and wooden crates.

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Long tables work best for a barn or  outdoor setting, covered in burlap or hessian, simply tie hessian napkins with a touch of lace and twine.

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Keep the colour in the flowers, displayed in low  arrangements, to allow guests to converse over the table.



The tall ceilings and huge volume of barn venues can make it difficult to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Bring the ceilings down using drapes or lanterns, especially over the seating areas to create that intimate feel, and include lighting and candles if possible to create a warm glow.


Create different areas of interest within the space, using old wooden fruit crates filled with aromatic herbs or plants, or old, battered furniture to display your guest book or cake, focussed with backdrops of burlap, lace and lanterns.


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The perfect rustic cake, covered in rough textured buttercream icing, stood on a simple piece of timber for that homemade touch.  A simple filled sponge, covered in harvest fruit is also a yummy way to make reference to the season.

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Alternatively, go for a selection of homemade bakes displayed on an eclectic mix of plates and cake stands for an authentic DIY look.

Make the most of our rustic barn venues, brides! I’d love to see more rustic themed weddings.


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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