Rustic Ideas for your Barn Wedding Venue

Bijou Venues top 10 ideas on adding a touch of rustic romance to your barn wedding

Cain Manor is the ultimate barn wedding venue in Surrey with a rustic twist

No two barn wedding venues are the same, but if you do have your heart set on a barn wedding venue for your special day, let us inspire you when it comes to adding that touch of rustic romance. Rustic wedding décor complements a barn wedding venue perfectly, so be sure to browse online, on Pinterest and in wedding magazines for inspiration when it comes to decorating your dream barn wedding venue with perfect accessories. 

Below are our 10 favourite ideas when it comes to decorating your barn wedding venue with a rustic twist...

1: Wooden Slab Centrepieces 

Barn wedding venues generally feature a lot of wood on the walls and on a vaulted ceiling. To continue with a wooden theme, we love circular wooden slabs placed in the centre of each table so that you can place candles, jars or books on top to complete your rustic style. 

Top Tip: You could also display wooden slabs, varying in thickness, at your evening buffet; bacon butties, mini-burgers or evening nibbles would look great in rustic baskets sat on top.

2: Hessian 

Hessian is an awesome accessory to use at your barn wedding reception. Tie hessian around jam jars before adding flowers, wrap hessian around cutlery or use long cuts of hessian as your table runners to create a truly stunning look for your rustic barn wedding reception. 

3: Wooden Crates 

Rustic wooden crates can come in super handy when it comes to decorating your barn wedding venue. Use them as a card/gift drop; buy a variety of different sized flip flops and offer them out as dancing shoes later in the evening or consider having your wedding favours offered out from a rustic wooden crate. 

4: Ladders 

Ladders are an awesome accessory when it comes to decorating a rustic barn wedding venue. Use them to hold LOVE letters, photo frames filled with black and white pictures of family members, jars of flowers or consider turning a ladder in to a table plan if you’re feeling extra creative. You could even spray jam jars or mason jars with a metallic paint to add a touch of glamour to your barn wedding decor. 

5: Wooden Signs 

Wooden signs are popular wedding decorations regardless of whether you choose a barn wedding venue or not.  Have fun creating your own wooden signs to feature at your wedding venue ahead of your big day. 

6: Fairy Lights 

Regardless of what season you choose to tie the knot, fairy lights look stunning in a barn wedding venue. We work with a local supplier called Party Lights who make all of our venues twinkle throughout the night – especially Cain Manor

7: Naked Wedding Cakes 

A naked wedding cake, otherwise known as a sponge wedding cake without the icing, complements a rustic barn wedding venue beautifully. You’ll find thousands of naked wedding cake ideas on Pinterest if you look hard enough you might even find a special, personlised wooden cake topper could complete your rustic wedding cake look! 

Cain Manor is the perfect barn wedding venue located on the Surrey and Hampshire border
A rustic, home made wooden sign featured at a barn wedding venue in Surrey

8: A Cart 

Carts of goodies are becoming extremely popular at UK weddings. Consider hiring a cart and serving popcorn, hot chocolate, sweeties or cocktails from it. 

9: A Basket of Blankets 

Even during the summer months, the UK can get quite chilly when the sun goes down.  Consider having a rustic basket of stoles/blankets for your guests to wrap around themselves if they’re feeling cold. Some barn wedding venues have exposed stone walls which can get very chilly later on into the evening. 

Top Tip: Look for rustic baskets in local charity shops or at car boot sales.

10. Rustic Wedding Guest Book 

Long gone are the days of a traditional wedding guest book. If you’re planning a rustic wedding theme then a Jenga style guest book or a wooden heart drop style guest book could be ideal. Have your guests sign a wooden heart and then drop it in to a frame from the top, so that all of your wedding well-wishes pile on top of each other, creating an ever-lasting memory to treasure forever.