How to Dress Up a Barn for a Wedding Reception

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Barns make great locations for wedding receptions; they provide shelter from rain, are usually located in picturesque areas and are very spacious. You can easily and quickly convert an otherwise utilitarian barn into a chic and fancy wedding reception wall. Your guests will surely be impressed with the unconventional use of space, and your pocketbook will be equally impressed. Use the existing materials in the barn to help form a unique and functioning environment for your reception.

Things You'll Need

  • Hay bales
  • White chiffon fabric
  • Tables
  • Checkered table cloths
  • Mason jars
  • Wild flowers
  • String lights
  • Clear out the barn to allow for as much space to be utilized as possible. Place available hay bales around the perimeter of the barn to provide make shift seating opportunities for your guests.

  • Place rectangular banquet tables end on end and cover with checkered style tablecloths to integrate them into the theme. Set hay bales along either side of tables to provide seating while the guests are sitting at the table.

  • Pick local wildflowers from around the barn or farm property and place them in mason jars with a little water and set them on the table as vases.

  • String white Christmas or string lights over the barn beams over and around the tables to provide decorative lighting.

  • Drape white chiffon fabric from the ceiling of the barn to the floor to accentuate the height of the barn and add a sense of occasion.

  • Leave any type of wagon or other farm equipment with a flat surface in a corner of the barn to act as a gift table.

  • Gather some of the stronger guests to help with the removal of the tables and hay bales after the dinner to make a dance floor area for the party afterward. This can also help with the take-down of the wedding, making the cleanup that much easier.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use older antique materials as they are available for decoration inside and outside the barn.
  • Speak to the owner of the barn if a tractor is available to provide a getaway for the newly married couple.

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