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What is it about a barn wedding that is so enchanting? The trend is a few years in, but I’m still in love with the look, simplicity, and uniqueness that barn weddings offer. You get the beauty of the outdoors with the weather security of the indoors. It’s a win-win! And nothing beats the natural beauty of the countryside, set off by the added charm of a barn. As Maggie Lord of Rustic Wedding Chic says of barn weddings, “Whether a simple celebration of the good life in the countryside or an elegant, sophisticated affair, a barn is the perfect backdrop for a singularly gorgeous wedding day.” I completely agree with that statement!

With nature offering up its beauty and the barn its charm, adding your own decorations is easy and can really be minimal! On top of that, many of the rustic and vintage style decorations can be found or made at a low cost. We love to up-cycle and re-purpose old items for new uses! The possibilities range from small things like using different sized jars, wine bottles, tin cans, water pitchers, etc. as vases to re-purposing large items like old doors for ceremony backdrops, arches, and entryways. Thank goodness for Pinterest if you are ever lacking for inspiration!!!

I’ve also noticed brides are choosing to mix things up and not have everything look exactly the same. It catches the eye, and encourages you to really look at and appreciate all the different details, whether it be table decorations or the bridesmaid’s dresses. It adds an informal quaintness that yesterday’s weddings didn’t have.

Having a barn wedding really allows you to customize your wedding by adding in all the elements that make you happy! Which is what this day is all about! You can get away with less-than-perfect, identical decorations, DIY, and vintage items. They will normally have a personal touch, interesting history, or both! Here’s to all of our upcoming weddings, each with their own look and happy ending!

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I saw a stamp with this saying and had to buy it because it fits so well with our mindset in regard to décor, wedding or otherwise. We have a section in our warehouse full of items we’ve saved from the ‘discard’ piles in our own homes and others, just for remaking into something new and unique. We also love a good flea market! Lucky for all of us, re-purposing and crafting have become popular again, and ideas are easier than ever to find with all the DIY blogs, shows, and the treasure trove that is the internet!

So, what are some of our favorite ideas we’ve seen out there? And where can you look for creative inspiration? I love Pinterest for saving pictures of things I’d like to re-create and for browsing without any focus in particular. You never know what you’re going to stumble upon! I also love going into boutiques and stores like Anthropologie, mostly for the store displays rather than items they’re actually selling (which I also love, but are usually way overpriced!). This summer I saw the cutest display of thinly sliced, dried oranges, strung vertically in garlands hanging from the ceiling above some dinnerware. It was so simple, summery, and cheap to make! The contrast between that and the expensive dinnerware was a nice mix, and shows that not everything needs to be high dollar to have a great look!

Back to ideas we like, especially with regard to weddings. Some of my favorites for barn weddings and receptions include using old suitcases for cards; crates stacked upon each other or strewn about as décor; lamp shades and empty frames hanging from trees for a neat photo shoot; old wooden wagons, wheelbarrows, and chests for displaying flowers or holding gifts; jars, tin cans, and wine bottles as vases; old dressers painted and distressed for any kind of display or buffet; antique typewriters in place of a traditional guest book; hay bales as cheap seating; quilts for decoration; antlers for a rustic touch; old crocks, galvanized buckets, and ladders for an antique, country feel; and last but not least, logs cut into rounds and placed under centerpieces or used as plate chargers, in large stumps along the aisle, or even cut into candle holders and vases! Phew!!! That’s plenty for now ; )

I’m excited as we go into the wedding business to see all the other ideas that people have regarding this topic! The collective creativity out there is amazing!

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