Ideas for the perfect barn wedding
Barns are becoming increasingly popular venues for weddings, with their understated charm and rural setting appealing to couples from all walks of life. If you have a penchant for nature, enjoy spending time out of doors or simply admire rural scenery, this sort of venue could be right up your street.
Individual tastes differ and below you’ll find a number of ideas for creating the perfect barn wedding, no matter what your tastes are.
Laidback and lively
For many couples, it’s the relaxed, rustic associations of barns that make them so appealing as wedding venues, and they’re certainly ideal for a fuss-free event where the focus is on the proceedings themselves rather than the surrounding glitz and glamour.
The understated charm of barns means they are adaptable for all sorts of themes and looks, so you can really put your stamp on the venue. For a lively and fun wedding, organise a barn dance for your reception to really make the most of the venue, or ask your guests to come with a pair of wellies each and venture outside for some fun and relaxed photos to treasure forever.
Hearty and historical
Some barns are within the grounds of stately homes and have been in situ for centuries, although those in current use have normally been brought up to a good standard in terms of modernisation. If you have a penchant for history, a rustic barn could be perfect for your wedding celebrations.
For a medieval-themed wedding, you might decide to have long banqueting tables laid inside the barn and serve up a hearty feast for your guests of traditional ‘olde worlde’ food, such as a hog roast and a cornucopia filled with sweet treats and fruit. Long tapestries hung from the walls and visible wooden beams all add to the rustic and historical ambience.
Understated and elegant
For a simple yet chic wedding, barns can be ideal, as they offer a blank canvas in terms of what you can do with the venue decor-wise. For an elegant wedding, think of using simple but attractive elements, such as white drapes and vintage picture frames with your guests’ names written on cards inside each at their seats.
Some people are attracted to a barn settings for the very reason that the building is simply charming, thus requiring little in the way of decor to avoid dampening the statement made by the venue itself. What’s more, the rural surroundings should make for some beautiful mementoes of your big day.
Open and outdoors
Another perk to having a barn wedding is the access you have to the great outdoors. Some barns have a marquee attached to one side that you can enter via French doors to make the most of the picturesque surroundings. Some venues also have outdoor area licenses for wedding ceremonies, so you can make your vows outdoors if you like.
As well as the ceremony, you could arrange to have the reception outside if you’re sure of good weather. A picnic is a relaxed way of enjoying a meal with your nearest and dearest, and you might want to cover hay bales outside as makeshift tables and benches for your guests. Alternatively, you could dine under the marquee for a more formal meal and a guarantee you’ll be kept dry from the elements.