Having waitressed at marquee weddings for over 15 years, I am a firm believer in the blank canvas that a marquee or a barn wedding gives you – it’s an opportunity to create a beautiful wedding that truly reflects your style as a couple. But of course, with that comes a very daunting task, a very big space to fill with no guidelines.

That’s where Hester Lear, owner of online gift and décor boutique Wedding in a Teacup comes in, with her fabulous suggestions for three completely different ways to dress your barn space – from traditional country, to modern brights and rustic luxe.


For centuries, country wedding celebrations have been held in barns, you can draw upon this emotional link decorating your barn with long trestle tables adorned with simple jugs filled with wild flowers, and pots of herbs and plants. Use hay bales with rugs on for seating, hang festoon lighting and reems of bunting – this will help create an informal and relaxed feeling for your celebration. Opt for gardener’s chalkboard labels in pots of herbs for place names and for favours, embrace the back-to-nature theme with personalised seed packets or miniature pots of homemade jam or chutney with pretty tops and labels.


Alternatively, for a completely contrasting look, choose to inject your open space with as much drama and bright colour as you can import into it! Neon bar signs, kooky photo booths, coloured pompoms and tassels hanging from the rafters. Opt for bright chevron favour bags and fill with temporary tattoo transfers adding a pop of colour and frivolity to the tables (and your guests!).


For an altogether more luxe look, why not use the barn as a minimalist backdrop for injecting some glamour into the venue. Hire luxurious sequin linens to add an air of opulence to your tables. Decorate with gold glitter mason jars filled with blush pink blooms in abundance and sprinkle each table with gold and pink table confetti. Fill glassine and gold confetti bags with rose petals for the all important confetti shot and adorn your chair backs with metres of gold and blush ribbon for a real wow factor. Finally fill the venue with tealights and scented candles for a warm romantic feel come night fall.

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Emma K

I’m Emma, co-founder and editor of where I dedicate much of my time to encouraging people to live life to the full and say ‘yes’ a little more. But with a background in weddings (waitressing since I was 12 years old for my Mum’s catering business, and dabbling in wedding blogging), I am delighted to find a second home here at BLOVED

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