Planning your wedding ceremony and reception can become overwhelming. Fortunately, there are no right or wrong ideas when it comes to planning a rustic wedding and reception in a barn. If you are planning a rustic wedding, which is one of the most popular themes and styles used today, decorating a barn for your special day does not have to be stressful. Here are a few ways to add rustic appeal to your barn wedding reception:
Deciding on what furniture to use in the barn will depend on a few factors. If you are having both the ceremony and reception in a barn, you will need to invest in seating for your guests and dining furniture for the actual reception.
Renting folding chairs for one or both of the ceremony and reception is a smart investment. If possible, consider using the same chairs for both parts of your wedding celebration. Allow your caterers or wedding planner to move the chairs from one area to another in between the ceremony and reception.
If you prefer different seating, use antique church pews and rustic benches for the actual ceremony and simple folding chairs around tables for the reception.
Most brides feel they need to spend a large portion of their wedding budget on linens, but that is not actually true. You can cover tables and decorate your reception using common household items and inexpensive fabrics.
One of the easiest ways to add instant rustic appeal to the reception tables is with white tablecloths and butcher paper or burlap. Cover each table with a simple white tablecloth. Then, roll brown butcher paper or burlap down the center of each table.
Burlap napkins or disposable paper napkins placed on top of your guest's plate will continue the rustic look. Be sure to finish the table's look with floral centerpieces and rustic candle lanterns.
Folding metal chairs are affordable to rent and easy to arrange, but they can look cold and unattractive. To add some rustic warmth to your barn reception, consider decorating each of the chairs with burlap, pinecones, and floral stems.
Tie burlap bows to the back of each tie and insert a few artificial cotton stems or roses into the middle of the bow. Hang a few pinecones off the bow's center using ribbon for an extra rustic touch.
Lastly, use stencils to write "Bride" and "Groom" on wood plaques that can be hung off you and your spouse's chairs during the reception.
Decorating a reception in a barn can be fun and simple. With these affordable, simple solutions, your wedding ceremony and reception in a barn can be beautiful and memorable. Contact a wedding furniture rentals company for more information and assistance.