The joy of barn wedding venues is the flexibility to style the venue and theme your wedding however you wish! Fairbank Wedding Barn is no different; the large rustic barn, separate bar, ceremony room and outdoor spaces are a blank canvas for you to style as much or as little as you like. Your wedding theme is the perfect way for you and your partner to express yourselves and your personalities.

The Rustic Wedding

The charm and character of the barn mean that the venue lends itself perfectly to a rustic wedding theme. The exposed beams and brickwork provide a beautiful canvas for minimal fairy lights, wooden accessories, mason jars, flowers, barrels and hay bales – creating a relaxed and homely feel. For your flowers, you could choose seasonal wildflowers or simple gypsophila and incorporate these into your centrepieces using jam jars as vases to continue the theme throughout the venue. At my wedding, I used simple reclaimed wooden crates and an industrial reel as a table, along with hay bales outside for seating which all worked really well. One of my favourite decorations to match this theme are old milk churns overflowing with flowers, these are simple and elegant, perfect for placing around the courtyard at Fairbank Barn, or as statement pieces at the top of the aisle in the ceremony room. Hessian is a great, versatile fabric for a rustic themed wedding, as it blends perfectly with your other natural materials and can be paired with a colour scheme of your choice to create bunting or chair ties. Not only is the rustic theme the perfect choice for a barn wedding, but it is also fairly budget-friendly as you can upcycle many items to create a lovely relaxed feel to your wedding.

Festival Themed Wedding

One for all of the music lovers, the festival wedding is a theme you can really have some fun with! At Fairbank Wedding Barn we even have the space and facilities for you to create your very own festival camping ground. This wedding theme is centred around bright colours, bunting and excitement – think festival style food vans outside the barn, festival flags lining our meandering driveway through the fields, and bunting forever more! The festival theme can be used from the moment you send out your invitations by styling them like festival tickets outlining the wedding timings as the ‘festival line up’! Your wedding entertainment can be a selection of your favourite bands (or tribute acts if the budget doesn’t stretch to the real thing!) and outdoor games can be enjoyed in the grounds with several drinks stations where guests can help themselves to Pimm’s or their favourite tipple. For your wedding outfits, think boho-chic – finished with a flower crown of course! I love the idea of this theme, as you can really get creative and I can’t wait for our first festival themed wedding at Fairbank Wedding Barn.

Travel Themed Wedding

A travel themed wedding is the perfect opportunity to add hints to your favourite places to your day and can be a great talking point for guests! It’s also a good choice if you and your partner are from different countries. This simple theme can be achieved by using the names of your favourite places on your table plan, and by using a selection of different cuisines in your canapé selection for example. In terms of decoration, you could focus on the theme of your favourite place to travel or keep it generic using globes, maps and compasses. Colour schemes for this theme could be based around blues and greens, reflecting the globe. You can get tropical with your drink choices, cocktails from around the world are a must and why not add deckchairs and sun umbrellas in the courtyard to bring a holiday feel to the Lake District!

Winter Wonderland Theme

Winter weddings are becoming ever more popular and I can see why! The romance of the most wonderful time of year and the dark evenings mean candles and sparkling metallics are the order of the day. A winter wedding doesn’t mean you need to have a Christmas theme, you can keep this theme looking classy and sophisticated with shimmering glass decorations and deep rich colours alongside green foliage. But of course, mulled wine and mince pies are a must in my opinion!

If you don’t want to stick to a single theme at your wedding, you could also choose to add a combination of touches to your day by choosing entertainment and food options that reflect you as a couple. For example, a Greek-themed buffet in the evening to bring back memories of your proposal on the beach in Santorini or street food vans in the courtyard as a nod to your love of festivals… the possibilities really are endless.

Whatever your vision for styling your barn wedding, I would love to chat about your plans and point you in the direction of some wonderful local suppliers to start to bring your plans to life at Fairbank Wedding Barn!

Clare Buckley, Owner and Wedding Coordinator

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