Are you the sort of couple who just love the countryside? Dreaming of a rural wedding?
Then having a barn wedding could be the perfect plan for you, and here’s why.
Barns have personality, history and atmosphere and yet they allow you to imprint your style on the day too, because the architecture tends to be very simple with overhead beams, plain white and/or brick walls.
Floors will be simple wood or slate no patterned carpet or curtains to contend with. You could project light onto the dance floor to create a forest floor effect.
Outside, you’re likely to have rolling views of the countryside, wide sweeping lawns and fields which means that there are plenty of wedding photo opportunities too.
Barns generally have high beams up above and you can create instant atmosphere with clever lighting and room draping.
You may well want to go for a rustic style day in keeping with the character of the barn. However, that’s not essential – one of our stylists recently created an arctic themed wedding day for a bride in a barn, complete with lighting.
In fact, a barn is such a perfect blank canvas it really does allow you to imprint your personality on the day. Another of our brides wanted a ‘Mexican Fiesta’ themed wedding in a barn and achieved a suitably colourful result.
Another plus of having a barn wedding is that there is likely to be plenty of outdoor space, rolling lawns, fields and converted farm buildings which can be used as overnight accommodation for your guests. In this setting they can breathe in fresh air and relax on a real break.
If you’re having a summer wedding, consider the guest entertainment outside particularly for children. Have games of giant Jenga set up, croquet, boules.
You can also be creative with your food and drinks maybe offer an ice cream van or a local craft beer bar.
Don’t forget to have plenty of handwritten signs to direct your guests around the grounds so that they don’t miss anything!
Barns have a history all of their own, which makes for real personality. Take some time to research local places that your overnight wedding guests can visit. A stately home nearby, an historic castle, a famous beauty spot, a pretty market town, somewhere to hire bicycles. Make sure that your guests can have a real break in what is likely to be a relaxing and idyllic setting.
Many barns will be licensed for weddings or you can be married in a nearby dedicated gazebo with a view, which is a popular option for many couples.
Of course, in a rural setting there is likely to be a picturesque church nearby, so if you want to have a religious ceremony then that is another option to investigate.