Get the look! English rustic country wedding style

Girls and guys – if you’re booking a barn for your wedding reception then you’re going to need a little help with the styling… and you’re going to have so much fun planning and decorating the place! Countryside touches, rustic floral arrangements and traditional crafts are some of the things I love most about English barn weddings… and all of the beautiful touches in the images shown here are from Gemma & Joe’s wedding, photographed by lovely Benjamin Mathers Photography.

Barn wedding styling, hanging flowers and setting the ‘stage’ for your cake!

English country barn wedding credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (1)

Barns need lighting, so it’s a great idea to start here. Gemma and Joe strung festoon lighting between the beams, added fairy lights and repurposed a beautiful vintage candelabra – which they found in a bric-a-brac shop – as a centrepiece for their barn wedding.

Hanging flowers on the walls add interest to bare patches – and they’re super easy to do with a little twine or raffia and some nails! Remember to add water unless you’re using dried flowers! 😉

Wedding cakes should be displayed with pride – Gemma and Joe’s sits on an oak barrel, with a rustic cake stand. It’s simply decorated: the setting is enough to make it a beautiful talking point!

Outdoors: signage and special touches

English country barn wedding credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (2)

I love these ideas for simple touches: slates strung with twine and written in white marker are simple and effective. The raffia on the sign for the church is so pretty – and the woven willow heart on the gate is a nod to traditional country crafts.

Flowers – fresh from a country garden with extra wheat field pickings!

English country barn wedding credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (3)

The flowers really made Gemma & Joe’s wedding stand out for me.

Choose colourful arrangements with natural grasses and wheat mixed in with the flowers. Milk churns and jugs are perfect vessels for a true vintage country look – find them at reclamation yards if you’re lucky!

Gemma and Joe asked a local farmer if they could raid his wheat field to add to their wedding flower arrangements, and he very kindly let them – the result is amazing, don’t you think?

All images by


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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