Recently, my friend asked me to help with her wedding. She’ll be having her wedding ceremony at a beautiful outdoor location- with never-ending, rolling plains surrounded by gorgeous gardens & flowers. Her reception will be in a huge barn on the property.
From what flowers to use for her bouquets to what she should do for centerpieces…she is overwhelmed! In terms of a “theme” or “style”…there is none. Yet!
However, she has picked her colors; coral, gray/silver, & cream- fabulous!
She was not one of those girls with ideas for her wedding when she was ten. I’ve always thought she was stylish, and talking with her made me realize she just needed some help gathering ideas & inspiration to execute her style and help her figure out what she wants. I think she knows what she likes and just doesn’t know how to explain it or isn’t able to put her finger on it. I’m positive when she sees the right thing she will say “yes, that’s exactly what I want!”
Do you ever have that problem? If so, I would love love to collaborate with you or your vendors to help you come up with the “whole look” for your wedding. Usually, once you have an idea of how the end result should look it is much easier to find & pick items that execute that look every step of the way, especially if you let me help you with a list of what to buy! 🙂
Email me/leave comments on the blog if you have any questions or need design help for your wedding! Or keep visiting this blog for more inspiration.
Here are my ideas, loves, & obsessions that I think would work great for any budget-friendly barn wedding, in case you are thinking of having one too:
1) THEME- in other words the look, feel, style, and tone
You don’t have to go “country” to pull off a fabulous barn wedding. Think “Elegant-Vintage-Garden-Chic”…yes…a term I coined, I think, unless it’s out there somewhere else. *eek*
The long name has its purpose though! I love the use of vintage-inspired elements in weddings these days. I have to say it is one of my all-time favorite trends right now. But, unless you’re really big on vintage antiques and shabby chic finds, you should mix in a few other elements. That’s totally not required though (some ALL vintage-inspired weddings I’ve seen are still at the top of my list) However, a mix & middle ground is the way to go for most people, so that’s why I want to add a bit of elegance (which can be more formal & glitzy) with a bit of garden (which is soft, romantic, & natural) and a touch of chic (which is trendy and stylish).
Below, you’ll find some inspirations that are Elegant, Vintage, Garden, or Chic…or a mix of several of these.
2) BOUQUET & CENTERPIECE FLOWER OPTIONS
Wedding flowers are tough to figure out because there are just so so many choices out there. For the long winded (take a *deep breath*) “Elegant-Vintage-Garden-Chic” look there are plenty of options to go with. While my all-time favorite is the Peony, I’m also obsessing on Ranunculus & a variety of heavily petaled roses & open garden roses (there are tons!). You can see them on my recent post on flowers. I would create my bouquet & centerpieces with at least some of these “soft” flowers if I was doing a barn wedding.
See how romantic and full the “heavily petaled bouquets” look?
Images: Emily Rose Wood, Country Living, Angie Silvy
I’m also really digging the “just picked yourself” bouquet look. It is down-to-earth, natural, completely budget friendly, and understated (in a good way, yes). Can you see how these bouquets below look like they were just picked out of a garden? Some actually were! And others were Continue reading