7 Tips on How to Plan a Barn Wedding

There are so many amazing wedding venues in Cornwall, and the venue of your dreams is likely to be at the top of any newly engaged couple’s list. Selecting the right wedding venue is a big decision and you need to get right! With so many UK barn wedding venues situated in the glorious English countryside to choose from, how do you make the right choice?

When you’re first looking at wedding venues, the accommodation, the beautiful grounds and the surrounding countryside, it can be easy to fall in love with one place too quickly rather than considering all your options. But don’t forget that what ultimately matters is finding the right barn wedding venue for your big day.

Whether you’ve got a dream location in mind or are just starting out, we have all of these tips that will help get things moving!

Your wedding day is a dream come true, and you want to make sure it’s nothing but the best for your big moment. But how do you find “the one”? The one barn wedding venue that will capture all of those perfect moments with ease while also providing an elegant setting in which guests can enjoy their drinks and appetisers before heading inside for the wedding breakfast!

It’s true for some brides that after seeing many wedding venues, when they eventually arrive at the right venue, it will just feel like “home”.

You’ll know immediately how you want your special day to look and where everything should be placed. But before making any decisions about which venue is the perfect fit, do your research.

Many couples love the rustic charm and laid-back atmosphere of a barn wedding, not to mention all the beautiful photo opportunities they offer.

Barn weddings are hugely popular because they offer a unique and memorable experience for couples and their guests. From intimate weddings to larger celebrations, you are sure to find the perfect venue for you and your guests here in Cornwall.

A barn wedding is a rustic event that can take place in an old barn or a modern purpose-built barn. Here at Stennack, we can offer both!

The Old Cow Barn is old and rustic but it can be transformed into a luxe-country intimate ban wedding reception. The Wedding Barn is best described as our modern rustic-luxe purpose-built option and is perfect for larger wedding celebrations.

Here are our 7 tips on how to plan a barn wedding. We hope this will help guide you along the way to finding the perfect barn wedding venue.

1. How to choose the right barn for your day

When choosing a barn for your wedding, it’s important to consider the style of your wedding and the amount of space you’ll need. If you’re looking for a rustic barn for that country-style wedding, a traditional barn is perfect. If you’re looking for something more modern with a contemporary feel, there are many renovated and purpose-built barn wedding barn venues that are sleek and stylish. Luckily here at Stennack, we can cater for both barn venue styles, tastes and requirements.

When you’re planning your barn wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, think about the overall feel you want for your wedding. Are you planning an intimate wedding? Do you want a rustic, country vibe? Or a more modern, industrial look?

Are you looking for an exclusive use barn venue with a ceremony space in the beautiful countryside? Do you want somewhere that offers civil ceremonies? Do you also want on-site accommodation (luxury accommodation) on a working farm? Stennack offers all of this and more!

The best way to find the right barn for your wedding is to visit a few wedding venues and get a feel for what’s available.

Come and see us here at Stennack. We can’t wait to show you around our beautiful barns – exclusive use just for you.

Once you have chosen the perfect barn wedding venue there are still many things to consider to make sure you have the fun-filled wedding day you had always planned. The perfect day that you and your wedding guests will remember for years to come.

2. Decide on a colour palette

Barn weddings have been trending for a while now and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

In order to keep up with this wedding trend, you’ll need to find the perfect barn that suits your needs. If you want something romantic and soft, choose colours that complement each other and think about the time of year you’re getting married before choosing colours.

There are so many wedding ideas to choose from. Once you have an idea of the style you want, start thinking about the details. Here we start with the colour palette.

When choosing a wedding colour palette, it’s important to think about the mood you want to set for your wedding and wedding breakfast/reception. Remember barn wedding venues are often a blank canvas.

Do you want a romantic, soft look? An intimate wedding with fairy lights? Or would you prefer something more cheerful and fun? Choose colours that complement each other. And think about the time of year you’re getting married and choose colours that will complement the season.

Choosing a colour palette will help give your wedding a cohesive look. Barn weddings are all about embracing natural textures and materials so choose natural materials.

Consider your chosen venue and choose colours that will work well with the space and make use of the best bits the venue has to offer like the rustic barn’s original features, the wooden or flagstone floors, exposed beams and wrought iron accents whenever possible.

3. Use natural elements to decorate

When decorating your beautiful barn wedding venue, it’s important to use natural elements whenever possible. This will add a rustic charm and make the barn itself part of your decor. Accent barn doors and walls with branches, dried flowers, or ornaments made from organic material.

Natural materials like wood, stone, and metal all work well in your barn venue setting and help create a rustic and charming atmosphere. You can use these materials to create accents like signs, arches, and centrepieces, or to dress up the space with floral displays. If you’re using flowers in your decor, choose seasonal flowers, wildflowers, berries, leaves, even fruit!

4. Think about your lighting options

A barn wedding is a very special event with an old-fashioned rustic charm. One of the best things about having a barn wedding is the abundance of natural light, but other light fixtures are critical because you can create the mood and the setting for your big day!

Take these ideas into consideration when decorating. Use hanging lamps along the aisle or grand exit path as well as other light fixtures that match with what you have in mind aesthetically.

Make a statement by adding a chandelier! It will transform any space into something special for yourself and it will certainly WOW your guests.

Don’t forget to use candles, vintage-style lanterns, and sconces. String lights are perfect for adding a touch of romance to your wedding.

5. Choosing the right furniture

For those looking for an authentic and rustic feel to their big day, there is no better place than the barn. With its earthy colours and loveable charm it really makes your wedding stand out from all others!

When it comes to furniture and decor for your barn wedding, it’s important to choose pieces that will complement the space and create a cohesive look. It’s time to get excited about the rustic wedding!

We love everything this trend has to offer, from barn weddings and hessian runners through fairy lights aplenty. If you have a vintage piece as the focal point of your wedding, be sure to use it as inspiration and incorporate other vintage elements.

As mentioned before, when decorating for a barn wedding it’s important to use natural materials whenever possible.

6. Add personal touches to make your barn wedding venue your own

When it comes to personalising your barn wedding, the sky’s the limit! And with some creative and personalised details, it can really show off what makes YOU unique! You can add personal touches to everything from your invitations to your reception decor.

Here are a few ideas: Using social media? Create a custom hashtag for your wedding and use it on all of your social media posts. Incorporate family heirlooms into your decor or ceremony or hang photos or meaningful mementoes around the venue.

7. Don’t forget the details!

When it comes to the details of your wedding, it’s important to make sure you don’t forget anything. Creating a detailed timeline is a great start and make sure everyone involved knows what they’re responsible for. Make a list of everything you need to buy or make for your wedding and start checking things off as you go. Delegate tasks to your bridal party and family members and make sure they know what they’re responsible for.


The wedding planning process can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. When it comes to making decisions about your wedding, it’s important to set priorities and stay organised. Don’t try to do everything at once, instead focus on the things that are most important to you. And enjoy it all, the wedding, the wedding breakfast and the dancing on the dance floor!

You and your loved ones deserve the best, so why not spend a relaxing weekend at Stennack with all your guests? Spend time together while enjoying an unforgettable experience in picturesque surroundings. A stay will give you time to prepare and enjoy your day even more!

Top tip! Create a detailed wedding timeline early on to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish without any hiccups along the way. Finally, enjoy planning!

We do hope that has helped and inspired you to plan. For more inspiration, check out our real weddings – we have many great stories from past couples who found their perfect barn venue with us here at Stennack Farm.


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