Be it a barn, hall, blank canvas wedding venue or an industrial warehouse, depending on your venue you may wish to get creative and decorate your venue ceiling.

Many venues will already have some form of decoration and lighting installed, older venues such as barns may not require it with the beautifully natural beams running across and lighting already in place.

Wedding Ceiling Decoration Ideas

Before thinking about decorating the ceiling of the venue it is important to check that you can firstly, be it drapes, bunting or fairy lights, some form of attachment will be necessary, so do ask with the venue to ensure you can do this. Finally you may wish to get someone in to install this all for you, depending on the height of the ceiling, ladders and supports maybe needed, you don’t want to injure yourself before your big day, so think about getting the professionals in!

We have rounded up some creative wedding venue decoration ideas that are perfect for transforming a ceiling, and adding some beautiful hanging decorations, from a flower ceiling to drapes and lanterns if you are using a dry hire venue or not.


First off is classic, bunting, be it something colourful or something light and white, bunting is a cost effective way to add decorate your venue ceiling.

This is perfect for barns or blank canvas weddings, as well as low ceilings as it can be taught and doesn’t have to hang too low. Bunting is simple to make so it is perfect for a DIY wedding and to save some money too.

Paper Lanterns

If you have high ceilings then lanterns are great, you can adjust the height of them allowing some to be lower than others. They come in a range of different styles and colours allowing them to fit into your colour scheme. Paper lanterns are light weight and can be easily fixed in place, they are perfect for use in tipi’s and marquees and great way to add colour.

Pretty Pom Poms

Similar to lanterns, pom moms come in an array of different colours and styles making them another great alternative to decorating your ceiling. These are a great way add something to the ceiling and perfect as a DIY wedding ceiling decoration as they are simple to make.

Fairy lights

There is certainly something magical about fairy lights and depending on your venue can look beautiful and perfect for intimate venues. If your venue is dark inside then fair lights can look great draped up the ceiling.

If the room is very white and light then the fairy lights can be easily washed out and may not be suitable.

Ceiling Florals

Flowers hanging from the ceiling, oh yes! Certainly one of the more expensive options, but you can make the display as big as you like, stunning flowers running up the ceiling, or flowers hanging down. Suspended florals and displays can be a mix of arrangements, foliage, flowers and  bunting all mixed in together.

Wrapped Hula Hoops with flowers look stunning and are a great way to create something larger yet not dominating. These can be wrapped with flowers or with foliage and are perfect for a barn rustic wedding.

Ceiling Drapes

Large white drapes are perfect for for transforming a room, barn and ceilings. Drapes can be hung in different styles and ways, combining with fairy lights they can transform a reception room.Ceiling drapes will need to be fixed so do ensure with your venue that you are ok to install these.

There are many event ceiling drape companies and many will also come and set this all up for you. Speak to them about your ceiling height and see what they recommend for low ceiling ideas, as well as how to drape the ceiling for your wedding reception.

Some venues, such as barns may already have drapes set up, or they maybe able to add these for you.

Something different

If you are looking for something different and don’t need to cover a ceiling, perhaps look to hang decorations from the ceiling then how about birdcages, feathers, hanging umbrellas or Terrariums?

How are you going to decorate your venue? There are many options and you can be as creative as you like, think about your theme, style and how it will work and fit with your venue.