8 reasons to choose a barn wedding
why barn is best!
Choosing where to get married is overwhelming as the possibilities are endless! Trying to find the perfect fit of location, style, and size when you want a smaller, country-style wedding isn’t easy. A barn wedding venue offers the perfect package all wrapped up in a gorgeous historic building, oozing quintessential rural charm. So, call off the search, and read on to find out why we believe that ‘barn is best’!
1 - A jewel in the countryside crown
Surrounded by golden fields or dappled woodlands, barn wedding venues usually enjoy stunning views and a sense of escapism. Set in a rural idyll close to nature, they offer guests a welcome diversion from the stresses of everyday life. They are relaxed and informal, often with a choice of outdoor ceremony to make the most of their surroundings.
2 - Location, location...
As part of our rural heritage, barn wedding venues are nestled in glorious countryside, near charming small towns and villages with good transport links. Far enough away from the madding crowd yet with interesting places to visit or stay nearby, they offer wedding guests a chance to enjoy a ‘staycation’ as part of the celebrations.
3 - Made to Measure
Wedding barns offer natural beauty with a rustic-chic ambiance. No worries here about your colour scheme clashing with ‘venue’ carpets and curtains. Barns are a blank canvas, where the warmth of natural stone, and the soft glow of candlelight offer an organic, authentic style. Decorated with simple greenery and fairy lights, the `bones’ of the building won’t dictate your wedding style but will compliment any personal touches.
4 - Feel the love
Barn wedding venues offer the perfect blend of intimacy and openness. Beautiful beams and traditional furniture bring warmth and friendliness, encouraging new acquaintances and old friends to mingle and chat. Barns are cool and shady in summer yet flooded with light from double-height carriage doors or windows. Once the wedding breakfast is over, guests enjoy a sense of space, spilling onto pretty terraces, without groups being separated across different rooms indoors.
5 - pretty as a picture
Barn weddings are a wedding album dream, with dramatic vistas, and wildlife in abundance. Photographers take advantage of big skies or meadow fairy paths to capture romantic wedding portraits. Guests meanwhile, soak up the surroundings and relax in the outside seating. There’s a sense of being close to nature, adding to the quintessential charm of a country-style wedding.
6 - Exclusively yours
Many barn venues are run by family businesses. Exclusively yours for the duration of your wedding, smaller venues provide the luxury of privacy and personalised planning, without shared access. Your guests feel privileged to call the space their own, and you are much more relaxed knowing only invited guests are served at the bar! The wedding day is an intimate family experience, all the more special as it’s just you on site.
7 - practically perfect
As weddings are the beating heart of the business, wedding barns are purposefully designed with marriage ceremonies in mind. The team understands how to make your day run smoothly, as it is their sole purpose. Many offer beauty suites for wedding parties to use in the morning and all the guests stay onsite from start to finish. Traveling from a ceremony to a separate reception location costs time and money; these venues are licensed to hold marriage ceremonies, so day flows beautifully without interruption.
8 - Eco wedding warriors
This ever-popular wedding style has excellent eco-credentials. Perfect for sustainable choices, think recycled, rustic signage and locally sourced, artisan suppliers. Planet-friendly fabrics, like natural linens, wool, or cotton, sit beautifully alongside stone and brick. Non-dyed, sustainable confetti blends with petals blown from the trees. Barn wedding venues suit couples searching for a simple and wholesome experience, without the traditional formalities.
We are in no doubt that these special places have a lot to shout about and could be exactly what you are looking for. If your life is in the town but your heart is in the country, where better to celebrate your love for each other and nature than a barn wedding venue?
A special thank you to our recommended photographers who have contributed their amazing photos.
Photography: With thanks to the ever-talented: Jo Greenfield, Jenna Carpenter, Jo Bradbury, Simon Hughes, Tom McNally and Rachael Joyce
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