Seasoned florist Nicola Kearsey, who owns stunning Upwaltham Barns, in Sussex, kindly shares her expert advice on how to pick the perfect flowers for a beautiful barn wedding.
She says: “The beauty of opting for a rustic country theme means that the opportunities are endless when it comes to selecting your big day blooms and dressing your beautiful barn space.”
Use the barn beams as a focal point
I would always look at the beams in a barn as a place to start, as these tend to be a focal point. An original way to create a truly remarkable country feel is to hang swathes of ivy on the upright beams. Other flowers can then be added to create a softer ambience. Hydrangeas, gypsophila and gerberas all work really well with ivy and will add all-important splashes of colour to the décor.
Create drama with candelabras
At Upwaltham Barns, we have wrought iron candelabras, which along with lower crossbeams, can be used to hang small jars and vases from lengths of ribbon containing simple floral displays, such as a single rose and gypsophila. This creates a pretty display that also gives a floral focal point at different heights. Quirky and original, this idea lends itself particularly well to high ceilings.
Be creative with your table decor
When decorating tables for a barn wedding, try sticking to the glass jars or vases theme using a variety of different shapes and sizes, which gives the illusion of having used your own collection of glassware, while adding height and interest. As an alternative idea, vintage teacups for your flowers adds a pretty, colourful and boho touch.
Placing a mirror underneath your vases or crockery in the centre of each table works really well, particularly when using pale colours, and will enhance your display, giving it a sense of grandeur.
Another approach is to think woodland and have vases set onto pieces of wood. Go one step further by decorating your vases with gingham ribbons and vintage buttons and fill them with wild meadow flowers.
Don’t be afraid to do it yourself
If budget is a constraint and crafting is your thing, collect and decorate jam jars using lace, string, raffia and beads and then fill with bunches of seasonal flowers.
Placing stacks of vintage or second hand books on the table centre adds height and provides an unusual platform from which to showcase your flowers.
Fresh rose petals strewn over tables adds a pretty and inexpensive touch to your decor.
Another great idea is to fill wooden crates with traditional garden flowers and place them at the entrance of the barn, providing a pop of colour and a talking point for your guests. The crates can even double up as rustic style signage for venue directions and to showcase your menu.
Keeping the flowers you use seasonal will be more affordable and will also add to the natural charm and ambience of your chosen barn. Think tulips in spring and sunflowers in autumn for example.
Above all, don’t be afraid to experiment and think outside of the box. Decorating with flowers is great fun and can really ensure that your wedding day is memorable for both yourselves and your guests.