barn wedding venue with ivy covered wagon wheel chandeliers

How should I decorate with such tall ceilings?

Barns are normally large open spaces with high ceilings, which is an intimidatingly blank space. Don't worry! There are plenty of ways to properly fill the room.

Bring the outdoors in with wagon wheel chandeliers covered in ivy (above). With the exposed beams and plank floors, this barn didn't need much decor to be stunning!

string lights and heart garland hanging from barn rafters
 
tall barn wedding venue with branches wrapped in string lights

If there are enough beams to run string lights, they are a budget-friendly and simple way to light up your venue.  If you have two levels to your barn, enhance the area above by hanging lights on clusters of tall branches (above, right).

For barns with lower ceilings, use pretty chandeliers instead. This barn below uses a combination of large string lights and a crystal chandelier.

barn wedding with low ceilings and colorful floral centerpieces

For barns with extremely high ceilings, like the barn below, focus less on filling up the whole space and instead create smaller spaces.  With this barn, they draped fabric and used poms to make the impressive venue feel cozier.

barn wedding walls with paper poms and drapes

Colorful bunting is also a classic rustic wedding detail that looks so pretty in photos. Use flags in your palette along with string lights to help shrink your venue.

barn wedding dance floor with bright bunting

What are some easy projects to create a rustic vibe?

Barn weddings are known for their relaxed atmosphere and country-inspired details. There are plenty of simple projects to help support your rustic theme. Below, display your seating chart on a twine line with clothespins.

escort cards hanging from twine line against red barn wall

Hit up the local thrift stores and flea markets to find vintage crates for your sweet table. You can display your goodies at different heights on a basic wooden board perched over two large barrels (below).

rustic barn cake table with vintage crates and barrels

Don't overlook the effect of a simple curtain. Hung over the barn's entrance, this linen curtain makes a terrific backdrop for photos.

bride and groom framed by linen curtain at barn entrance

How do I create simple table decorations without being too plain?

A rustic barn wedding normally doesn't have a lot of bold decor.  But you also don't want to be boring. Avoid this by picking a few details and use them throughout your reception. This tablescape below uses burlap for the runner and napkins in a matching color. To sweeten it up, each napkin also features a cute bunting.

barn wedding place setting with burlap napkins and mini bunting

This barn reception below uses plenty of wildflowers on top of burlap sacks (such as the ones you can find for coffee or feed).

barn wedding with wildflower centerpieces and burlap feed sacks

For a homespun effect you can use yards of raw-edged calico fabric as a linens over cocktail tables.

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