Rustic Wedding Ideas for your Autumn Wedding

Rustic Wedding Ideas for your Autumn Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Marry in a Barn

Of course, setting a scene is all about choosing the perfect venue. If you’re planning an autumn wedding and looking for rustic wedding ideas, a barn is the perfect choice. Built to a traditional design, the magnificent Oak Barn at Sandhole is the ideal backdrop.

This barn venue in Cheshire is the perfect setting for your autumn wedding

Rustic barn venues can be simply but effectively decorated with fairy lights around the beams for your autumn wedding
Image Courtesy of James Tracey Photography

Bring the Outside In

With views over the rolling countryside and the beautiful lake, at Sandhole Oak Barn you will certainly be able to appreciate the beautiful colours of autumn. Add that rustic touch by bringing the outside in, echoing the beauty of nature with seasonal flowers and foliage. Embrace the natural look by keeping arrangements loose and informal and using raffia, hessian or twine instead of lavish ribbons.

Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire is perfect for your autumn wedding with its rustic barn and stunning scenery
Image Courtesy of Francesca Mason Photography

Decorate tables with gold tea light holders and mini blossom trees adorned with candle baubles for that perfect autumnal wedding look
Image Courtesy of Mr&Mrs W

Deep hued wedding flowers and dark green foliage contrast well with paler flowers and linen for an autumnal feel
Image Courtesy of GN Photo

Get Creative with your Décor

When it comes to barn wedding ideas, with the Oak Barn offering the perfect canvas, you need to add just a few simple touches to impart your rustic theme. Choose natural colours and fabrics, and introduce a few rustic ‘props’. You might, for example, use a blackboard for your seating plan or wooden pallets to make pretty signs. Swap traditional vases for an assortment of jam jars, mason jars or glass milk bottles and keep the look personal, handwriting your place cards and incorporating details like family photographs to your decorations.

Pumpkins set on wood slices and scattered rustic decorations create the perfect autumn wedding table display
Image Courtesy of HBA Photography

Using pallets to display your order of the day work well with a rustic autumn wedding theme
Image Courtesy of James Tracey Photography

Jars of pretty flowers and greenery sat on wood slices and hessian runners are perfect for a natural theme
Image Courtesy of Luke Slattery Photography

Wear a Boho Dress

For this rustic style of wedding, it’s important that your dress suits the scene. Choose a boho style of gown – softly elegant with graceful lines and romantic details. When you’ve found the perfect dress, choose a similar style for your bridesmaids and complete the look with floral hair crowns and trailing bouquets.

A sleeved lace dress is a perfect choice for your autumn wedding
Image Courtesy of Shane Webber Photography

On the Menu

With the informality of a rustic wedding, an equally relaxed menu is the most appropriate. Chat to your caterer about using wonderful seasonal produce which will work in harmony with your theme. You might even decide to serve an alternative drink such as Winter Pimm’s– something warming and delicious!

Cuts of succulent meat with seasonal vegetables and traditional sides for the perfect autumn wedding feast
Image Courtesy of Lee Brown Photography

warming soup is the perfect starter for your guests at your autumn wedding at sandhole oak barn
Image Courtesy of HBA Photography

All About the Details

Finally, it’s often the smaller details that make all the difference. Rustic wedding favours might include hessian bags filled with flower seeds, toffee apples or home made jars of honey or jam. Stationery should be elegant but simple, perhaps on a Kraft paper background. And, of course, it’s important to include a dreamy wedding cake. The semi-naked cake fits a rustic theme beautifully, particularly when adorned with delicious berries and blooms.

Delicious toffee apples are a perfect autumn wedding favour as well as a semi-naked wedding cake adorned with seasonal fruits
Images Courtesy of Waitrose and Samuel Docker Photography


If you’re planning a barn wedding and considering an autumn wedding theme, we would love to show you all we have to offer. Call our friendly wedding team on 01260 540007/224215 to discuss your plans or perhaps arrange a visit.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll be inspired by other autumn weddings here at Sandhole Oak Barn.