Creating a Vintage Barn Wedding

Do you love the music of the swinging 60’s or want to rock out in your 80s-inspired wedding dress? If so, the Vintage wedding style is your jam!

Here at Woolas Barn, we’re all about kicking off your journey into wedded bliss with a bang. That’s why we give you the freedom to turn our wedding barn into your ultimate dream day. You can deck it out and plan every detail according to your theme and personal style.

Feeling a bit lost on how to turn our space into the vintage barn wedding of your dreams? We’ve got your back with this handy style guide. We’ll show you what some of our other cool couples have pulled off, and hopefully, give you loads of inspiration for your own upcoming nuptials.

Vintage Decorations

Ah, the devil’s in the details, isn’t it? When it comes to setting the scene for your big day, decorations are the key ingredient. Trust us, we’ve seen some absolute masterpieces over the years. But you’re probably wondering, how can you turn your wedding into an event for the ages.

  • Lighting: Let’s start with lighting. Think about the era you want to channel. Want to transport your guests to the swinging 60s? Fairy lights and candles will set the perfect mood. Perhaps you’re aiming for a rockin’ vibe? Neon lights will be sure to do the trick.
  • Home-Made Decor: Take a trip down memory lane and embrace the charm of homemade decorations. Picture it: little notes on old handkerchiefs, doubling up as name cards for your guests. It’s the kind of personal touch that’ll have everyone swooning.
  • Thrifting for Treasures: Who doesn’t love a good thrift store treasure hunt? Now you’ve got the perfect excuse – it’s for the wedding! Hunt down old clocks, mirrors, and trunks to add character to your space. And don’t forget the little details like jewellery boxes filled with party favours – your guests will love the thoughtful touch.

Time-Honoured Tastes: Crafting the Perfect Menu

Who doesn’t adore a wedding? From the breathtaking flowers to those unforgettable snapshots, there’s so much to love. But let’s talk about the real star of the show – the food! But how do you turn your wedding feast into a gourmet affair?
We’ve got some tasty ideas inspired by the most iconic decades:

  • 1960s: The swinging 60s, short skirts, groovy tunes, and let’s not forget about the food. Did you know the prawn cocktail made its debut in this era? It’s a timeless classic that’s sure to satisfy all of your guests.
  • 1970s: Get groovy with a retro-inspired buffet straight out of the 70s. We’re not suggesting you serve up jellied ham and peas – nobody wants that! But you can add a touch of nostalgia with cheese and pineapple hors d’oeuvres or a crowd-pleasing fondue.
  • 1980s: Who’s ready to party like it’s the 80s? This decade was all about big hair and even bigger appetites. Set up your own 80s-inspired snack table and watch as guests of all ages dive in, from little ones sipping Capri Suns to adults reminiscing over a Fizz Wizz.

Get Ready to Time Travel at Woolas Barn!

Transport your wedding to the swinging 50s or the rad 70s at Woolas Barn! Customise every detail, from vintage décor to era-inspired menus. Book now and make history with your unforgettable vintage barn wedding!

Travel in Time

Strap in for a journey through the decades as you transport back in time to your wedding in style! Just like Marty McFly, arriving at Woolas Barn in retro-themed transportation will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of a time machine and into your special day.

Now, let’s get inspired by some of our awesome couples who’ve rocked the vintage vibe and left their mark on history:

  • Retro Ride: Cruise through time to Woolas Barn in style with a retro ride! One couple opted for a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle and made a fabulous entrance. But why stop there? Choose any vehicle from your favourite decade to match your vibe!
  • Glamping Throwback: Transport yourself back to the swinging 60s when glamping was the height of luxury! Another couple rode in a vintage VW retro Campervan, adding a touch of retro charm to their big day. The best part? You can ride off into the sunset and straight to your honeymoon without needing a hotel reservation!
  • Back on the Bus: Have you got a ticket to ride? Hire a double-decker bus for the day and ensure your entire wedding party can join in on the fun – as long as they’ve got their tickets, of course!

Charmingly Chic: Dressing the Part

No doubt you’ve got your wedding attire sorted, but what about your Groomsmen and Bridesmaids? Let’s make their outfits shine! Think chic disco jumpsuits straight out of the 70s or rocking pin-up dresses from the 1950s. Let them represent your chosen decade in style and add some flair to your big day!

  • 1960s: Get groovy with high necks and capped sleeves for that authentic 1960s vibe. Remember, this decade was all about clothes you could boogie in, so make sure your groomsmen and bridesmaids are ready to hit the dance floor in style!
  • 1970s: Embrace the flowy, whimsical charm of the 1970s – and we’re not just talking about the men’s hair! Stick to soft colours like muted yellows and greens to channel the perfect flower-child vibe and let your wedding party feel at one with nature.
  • 1980s: Time to crank up the volume for an 80s extravaganza! Think big hair, puffy sleeves, and bold colours like blush pinks and vibrant blues. Get ready for a day filled with retro flair and tubular vibes!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Absolutely! We encourage couples to bring their own decorations to personalise the venue and bring their vision to life.

    While we want you to have creative freedom, we do have some restrictions for safety reasons. Please consult with our team for guidance on decor guidelines.

    Yes, you’re welcome to hire external vendors to assist with decoration setup. We also offer decorating services as part of our wedding packages.

    While the choice is entirely yours, popular vintage themes include the swinging 60s, groovy 70s, and iconic 80s. We’re here to help you bring any era to life!

    Of course! We encourage couples to schedule a visit to Woolas Barn to explore the space and brainstorm ideas for their vintage wedding setup.

    Our catering team can work with you to create a menu that complements your vintage theme. Think retro-inspired dishes and nostalgic cocktails!

    Absolutely! We have beautiful outdoor spaces that can be transformed into vintage-inspired settings for your ceremony or reception.

    We recommend booking as early as possible to secure your preferred date, especially for peak wedding season dates. Get in touch with us to check availability and reserve your spot!

    You can find inspiration for your upcoming celebration by browsing across various social media platforms, such as Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and YouTube. For a truly authentic vintage touch, reconnect with your roots! Delve into cherished family and friends’ wedding albums or nostalgic videos.

    You are more than welcome to incorporate family heirlooms and antiques into your wedding decor. These personal items add a touch of authenticity and sentimental value to your vintage theme. We simply ask that you handle these items with care and inform us of any special requirements for their display.

    Music is a powerful way to evoke a certain era. Whether you’re looking for a jazz band that brings the roaring ’20s to life or a DJ who can spin classic hits from your favourite decade, we can accommodate your musical needs. Just let us know what you’re after, and we can suggest local musicians or help coordinate your entertainment.

    For a vintage feel, soft pastels, creamy neutrals, and rich jewel tones work well to complement the natural rustic backdrop of Woolas Barn. We suggest considering the time of year and the specific vintage era you are inspired by when choosing your colour palette. Our team is happy to provide guidance based on past successful events.

    Our catering team delights in creating menus that align with your vintage theme. Whether you’re looking for comfort food reminiscent of a bygone era or classic cocktails with a twist, we can tailor the culinary experience to transport your guests back in time.

    Woolas Barn boasts several areas that naturally suit a vintage theme, such as our rustic barn space and the surrounding pastoral landscapes. Each space can be further styled with vintage decor to create the perfect backdrop for your celebration.

    Consider vintage elements like a classic handfasting, an antique archway for your vows, or a vintage rug aisle runner to add a touch of timelessness to your ceremony. Our team can suggest rental companies that offer these types of items or assist you in setting up your own.

    Engage your guests with vintage-inspired activities such as a classic photo booth with period-appropriate props, lawn games from your chosen era, or even a silent movie screening. These activities not only add fun to your reception but also help immerse your guests in the vintage experience.