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.

A barn will let you imprint your personality on the day. Here the couple chose simple white chairs, hessian ties and rustic garlands to welcome their guests.

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.

One of the advantages of having your reception in a barn is that there will be a good area for the dance floor and you can make it super special by having a lighting effect projected onto it.

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.

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Did this wedding take place in an enchanted forest or a barn? Here our York stylist has transformed a barn with brick walls into a fairytale setting by using blossom trees inside.

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.

If the barn has a high ceiling, it can be ‘lowered’ by strings of lights up above.

Beaming with style

Barns generally have high beams up above and you can create instant atmosphere with clever lighting and room draping.

Frozen wedding theme

Lighting to recreate winter sparkles and a ‘Frozen’ theme at this barn wedding.

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.

Mexican fiesta wedding theme

The bride and groom requested a Mexican fiesta theme at this barn venue.

Mexican fiesta wedding theme

A plain barn transformed with a Mexican fiesta wedding theme

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.

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Soft pastel shades add a real prettiness to this barn wedding.

Garlands of light, chandeliers and room draping transformed the ceiling of this barn. Styled by our Buckingshire stylist.

Outdoor space

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.

old fashioned children's games

Have some outdoor games like Jenga

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!

Bunting and colour co-ordinated chair sashes make this barn bright and welcoming.

Instant atmosphere

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.

A simple white theme for this barn wedding, styled by our Derbyshire stylist.

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.

Soft fabric draped over the beams of this outdoor barn gazebo made for a perfect ceremony. Created by our Derbyshire stylist and photographed by Field Photographic.

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.

Why we love barn weddings

  • The buildings have charm and atmosphere
  • A barn is a blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish
  • Barns tend to be in attractive, rural settings
  • You’re likely to have the venue all to yourself
  • There is probably accommodation on site for you and your guests