Autumn brings the crisp weather we crave after a long hot summer along with the perfect weather for a wedding. There are no worries about guests sweltering in the heat, yet it is still warm enough to have your ceremony outdoors. Rustic barn weddings are very popular, especially in the fall. Such a special venue calls for just the right type of decorations. They should be pretty enough for a wedding, yet casual enough to suit the location. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Great lighting can be one of the best ways to dress up a barn. The big open space can feel a bit dark if not properly lit. Lanterns are one of the best styles of lighting for a barn. Fill them with tall pillar candles in either ivory or your wedding colors for a great effect. Lanterns can be used as centerpieces, hung from rafters in the barn, or set out around the perimeter of the space. Another fantastic lighting idea is to hang strings of globe lights around the rafters of the barn. You can also use dozens of tiny round glass candle holders filled with votives to suspend over the dance floor. They will create a romantic flickering light that will dance on your bridal jewelry.
Flowers are always an important part of a wedding, and there are many varieties which are well suited to a rustic venue. Traditional flowers like roses, lilies, tulips, and orchids tend to look out of place in a barn. The best choices are casual blossoms with a country feeling, such as sunflowers, mums, dahlias, and craspedia. For an interesting kick, incorporate non-floral accents into bouquets and centerpieces. Dried seed pods, wheat, cattails, and grapevine are all great choices. As for the centerpieces, why not display them in rustic vessels? Fun ideas include oversized galvanized tin pails, watering cans, wooden boxes, or even carved out pumpkins.
If your wedding ceremony is to take place inside the barn, an aisle runner would be a nice touch. For an ultra-casual look, make a white canvas runner edged with burlap. Create little autumnal tableaux around the baskets using gourds, pumpkins, and candles in lanterns for a beautiful aisle decoration.
Wreaths always look fantastic for a barn wedding. A wreath made of wheat tied with a satin ribbon creates a look of understated rustic elegance when hung on a barn door. Dried flowers make for romantic yet rustic wreaths. They would be lovely hung on the wall behind the head table. A cute idea is to suspend tiny wreaths of lavender or herbs on the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs. A rustic barn wedding is one of the most fun to decorate.
Weddings in the fall also lend themselves to an array of rich colors for decorations and a variety of comforting, heart-warming food. By using nature as your inspiration, you can create elegant rustic fall wedding decor that brings in all the splendor of the season.
Choose colors such as rust, burnt orange, wine and bronze to complement the season. Your wedding party will look beautiful when each attendant is wearing a different color found in fall leaves. Decorations for the wedding venue and the reception could include a mixture of all these colors or one dominant color.
Flowers that are more easily found in the fall are mums, chrysanthemums, and daisies. Instead of the flower girl basket being filled with rose petals, opt for silk leaves in the colors of fall.
If the weather does not permit an outdoor event, bring as much of the outdoors into the wedding and reception as possible with the use of leaves, pumpkins, flowers and twigs.
When designing the décor for your fall wedding, you can create an atmosphere reminiscent of the harvest season by using available items from nature. Orange paper lanterns throughout the reception can give a nice glow in the evening whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors.
Have a hot drinks station where the guests can sip on a cup of cider or hot chocolate. Serve food buffet style and include traditional down-home cooking, such as casseroles, a hot potato station, or those foods typically found at a pot luck dinner. The cake is the show stopper for many weddings and a fall inspired wedding cake is no exception. Place silk leaves, gourds, apples or small pumpkins around the cake display table to add a delightful finishing touch.
Purchase several varieties of seed packets and tie a piece of twine in a bow shape, attach to the seed packet and place one at each place setting. For fall inspired food favors, there are some great teas, cider and hot chocolate mixes that can be monogrammed or placed in colorful favor bags.