5 super useful tips for styling a beautiful English barn wedding

Published by Claire Gould on

Barns make beautiful, versatile wedding venues and the way they are styled can make all the difference to the feel of your barn wedding! Whilst some are new and purpose built venues or have been dramatically renovated most were built with very different intentions, so whilst having lots of character they can appear cold or agricultural which may not be the look that you are going for.

Images: Oobaloos Wedding Photography | Words & styling: Daisy Says I Do

1. Adding softening textures to barn spaces

The super high ceilings add dramatic scale but bring intimacy back into your style and to soften the structure consider hanging sculptures, lighting or foliage at the height of the beams, there are so many exciting options within any theme which can make your style unique and create a big statement or add softness to the building.

2. Making a big floral statement

A barn can absorb decor and the items that you thought would feel big suddenly don’t have the same impact in a barn. Large arrangements of flowers and foliage look great against a characterful barn backdrop.

If you haven’t got the budget for lots of large arrangements have a couple and then mix in smaller vases which are more delicate but make perfect, elegant table décor. These beautiful florals from Flower Style Co in vases from Daisy Says I Do collection are a stunning combination.

3. Feature backdrops or props

Adding a feature backdrop is a lovely way of softening any large expanses of wall, and can be used as a photo prop, a backdrop for your cake or speeches; keep it simple and similar to your other decor for and elegant look, use your favourite song lyric for sentimentality or create an explosion of colour! Barns with varied textured and interesting walls don’t always need a backdrop as they ooze character on their own.

4. Lighting for barn weddings

Lots of warm soft lighting creates a romantic atmosphere; your style might vary which type of candle is most suitable but we love lots of slender tall candles in a variety of heights for an informal but pretty glow. Candles also add a feeling of warmth to your venue and reflect off any metallic surfaces.

5. Personal touches for table styling

When styling a large barn it is important to think about décor at different scales. Smaller details such as the calligraphy from By Moon and Tide, or Daisy Says I Do’s laser cut place settings and personalised chair backs will add a personal feel and contrast with your larger decorative pieces!


We love these tips and how beautifully this creative bunch styled Upcote Barn for an elegant and relaxed wedding. Find more inspiration for your own barn wedding in the gallery of images below!

Images by Oobaloos Wedding Photography
Stylist Daisy Says I Do
Calligraphy By Moon & Tide
Floral Design Flower Style Co.
Dresses Wedding Days of Cheltenham
Venue The Barn at Upcote
Millinery & Veils Lisa Von Halwyll
Jewellery Beards
Hair Blushes
Make Up Kirsty Caudell
Cake Sugar Bowl Bakes
Cutlery The Cutlery Commission
Chocolates OMmaZing Chocolates

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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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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