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Gino Spano

 Tags: Barn Wedding

With the popularity of rustic themed weddings showing no signs of slowing down, barn weddings have become a common occurrence as they provide couples with a beautiful backdrop and obvious rustic charm for their big day. 

While a barn wedding will always be an amazing way to bring your rustic wedding dreams to life, their popularity has some couples looking for ways to set their big day apart from the rest. The rustic theme is really a lose term that you can define however you want, which gives perfect opportunity to personalize your day as you like.

If you want your barn wedding to be a standout affair that friends and family will remember for years, here are six fresh ideas you may want to consider.

1. Authentic Attire

A barn wedding means a certain sense of rustic, relaxed charm, accentuated by the attire of your wedding party.

Consider putting your bridesmaids and groomsmen in playful coloured cowboy boots, cowboy hats, or even consider dressing your groomsmen in jeans paired with a dress shirt and open vest. How far you take the authentic barn look is entirely up to you.

2. Floral Accents

Instead of ordering those fancy flowers for your big day, consider choosing something a little more true to the setting. Moss, cedar, wildflowers and sunflowers can all help make a big impact through their simple, understated style.

This can also apply to your bridal bouquets. Getting all the girls together and foraging to create your own bouquets is a fun activity they’ll remember forever.

3. Wedding Day Transportation

If you want to make a big entrance (or exit) at your ceremony consider choosing an alternative form of transportation that really shows your fun side. 

Find an old farm vehicle and paint it to match your wedding colours, or lose the motor altogether and arrive by horse pulled wagon, or if you’re comfortable, arrive on horseback. If you want to get really playful, after the ceremony finishes, have your new husband push you down the aisle in a wheelbarrow painted with the words “Just Married.”

4. Rustic Wedding Favours

The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing wedding favours, but for barn weddings we like the idea of something functional the guests can even use that night.

Consider giving Mason jar glasses personalized with your names and wedding date. They’re a cute reflection of the rustic theme and your guests can bring them to the bar for a fill-up.

Small jars of jams, jellies, and preserves are also a practical gift for your guests and make a beautiful presentation that adds to the charm.

5. Alternative Seating

Just because your venue typically uses the same chair and row seating set-up doesn’t mean you have to follow this format for you barn wedding.

Hay bales covered with blankets and quilts make excellent seats for guests during your ceremony and help play up the barn setting. Natural wood benches and mismatched assorted chairs also look great and help add character.

6. End the Evening With A Bonfire

If you’re wedding venue permits it, ending your big day with a glowing bonfire is a great way to wind things down and reflect with your closest friends and family.

Waiting until the end of the night will mean that many of the guests will have left, leaving your closest family, friends and wedding party to cozy up around the fire and share one last drink or laugh before the night ends.

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Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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