Connecticut may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of picturesque weddings but it should be. With such an eclectic mix of landscapes, historic architecture and beautiful locations for your ceremony it’s worth adding to your wedding list.
If you’re planning to have a barn wedding, Connecticut is one of the top locations with rustic charm and established barn locations to host weddings.
We know you want your day to be as unique and special as possible so we have some tips for styling a barn wedding that in combination with a stunning location in CT, will transform your wedding into what you always dreamed of.
If you’re having a barn wedding, you’ll probably already know that a lot of the work has already been done for you. Barns are inherently rustic and earthy, with their wood and metal, so there’s no need to add too much extra decoration.
Here are some additional tips to inspire you to create your barn wedding.
Add rustic touches with homemade signs, wreaths, hand-painted banners and birch branches.
Add rustic touches with homemade signs, wreaths, hand-painted banners and birch branches. Birch is a great way to add texture to a room and its flexibility means it can be used in many ways. Use the branches as table runners or hang them from the ceiling for an interesting look that will stand out from the crowd.
Keep things simple with earthy tones such as brown, cream and green.
When it comes to shades, earth tones are your best bet. Brown, cream and green are all undertones that will tie together the whole aesthetic.
To bring these colors into your wedding decor:
- Use them as the color palette of your wedding stationery (invitations and thank you cards).
- Choose flowers that complement these colors like hydrangeas or peonies.
- Use them in different textures—you could use burlap table runners or napkins made from natural fibers like jute or hemp.
Add pops of color with wildflowers or vibrant dining pieces.
Another great way to style a barn wedding is to use a variety of flowers in different colors to add color to your wedding. If you’re using wildflowers as part of your decor, try combining them with other non-wildflower options for contrast.
Opt for a long table rather than separate round tables to encourage conversation.
Long tables are a great way to encourage conversation and make your guests feel more comfortable. If you want to go the extra mile, consider including seating options next to each other rather than just side by side (you could even have benches!). This can help encourage everyone to sit together and chat as they would at a dinner party. Your guests will also appreciate this as they’ll be able to relax and enjoy the event in comfort.
Popular Barn & Farm Venues in CT
- White Barn at South Farms – Morris, CT
- Smith Farms Garden – East Haddam, CT
- Chateau Le Gari – Marlborough, CT
- Tyrone Farm – Pomfret, CT
- Folly Farms – Simsbury, CT
- The Hangar at Candlelight Farms – New Milford, CT
- Webb Barn – Wethersfield, CT
- Wood Acres Farm – Terryville, CT