Post # 1
We’ve got our venue all picked out (it’s the family farm!) and in lieu of renting a tent we are holding our reception in our hay barn.
What I need help with is decoration. It’s a pole barn which means you can see the framing on the walls and the trusses of the roof. I want to drape fabric from the trusses and down the walls but I am not sure what sort of fabric to use.
It’s a large space, the ceiling is very high (we drive tractors in and out to stack hay) so the fabric choice would need to be economical. We’d like to string lights from the trusses and have the light filter through the fabric so it needs to be somewhat translucent but still diffuse light.
My Dad is being practical and saying we should use plastic sheeting. I’d prefer a softer look if you know what I mean :o)
Post # 3
Don’t put your Dad in charge of decorating! 😉
Tulle can be inexpensive. Since it’s a barn you could also go with some burlap….but that’s not very sheer. Maybe keep your eyes out for an organza fabric on sale, some thing similar to this:
Post # 4
We are getting married and having our reception in a beautiful old family barn. The owners have outfitted the roof with hanging paper globe lights in different sizes and it looks amazing. I can’t imagine how much tulle/fabric you would need to dress up the top. Might get expensive. :S
Post # 5
your vision sounds lovely but i would definatly get a softer material.
these are some pics i ave found i think it will look beautiful if you go with your ideas
Post # 6
@GDub- Oooo! Paper globes! I hadn’t thought of that! Hanging at different lengths, in different colors would be beautiful!
I was just on the IKEA website, I can buy a set of curtains for $4.99 that are 98″ long and 110″ wide. If I sewed them end to end I would have 16 feet of fabric that’s 9 foot wide. That could work too…
Post # 7
@StokeGal – The pics are beautiful! That’s exactly what we want!
Post # 8
i would make the most of after christmas sales for any fairy lights, shops usually sell them off very cheap
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I used these at my wedding – they are very light weight – really wide – and a great price!! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90111980/
Here’s the best picture I have showing them hanging around the porch – Loved them!
Post # 11
@CreativePlannertoBee – I’m gonan browse that website on my break! It’s got real potential! Thank you!
@Ashley1001 – Those were the EXACT curtains I was looking at on IKEA!
Post # 12
ButtercupBo – the best way to discribe them is to compare them to misquito netting.. but they will be just fine! Your lights will shine through them perfectly!
Post # 13
You may get lucky and find curtains that will be cost effective for you, but 16 feet won’t cover much length on a barn.
You might want to consider rolls of lightweight fabric light gossamer:
voile-comes in rolls 118″ wide so gives good effect in large spaces
You don’t need to cover the whole barn. The wood is lovely. Just do a few swags of fabric or don’t use any and use large paper lanterns or the 3 foot round latex balloons. Hang the lights up high and the lanterns lower.
You could also do large grapevine balls with mini lights inside. You even have time to make them yourself if you have access to grapevine prunings.