8 Reasons to Choose a barn wedding venue

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’!

A newly married couple stand at a farm gate and admire the view from their barn wedding
A bride and groom enjoy the view from their barn wedding venue

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.

A bride in a floral gown looks at her bridegroom with their barn wedding venue in the background
The intimate elegance of private exclusive-use venues
Small Barn Weddings - Wedding Table set up at Cote How's rustic Lake District Wedding Barn

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.

A bride and groom embrace under a canopy of fairy lights and blossom in a barn doorway
Bride and groom under a canopy of fairy lights and blossom in a barn doorway
An outdoor wedding ceremony set up ready for a midweek wedding in the Lake District

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.

A barn wedding venue terrace and seating area with Lakeland house behind
An outdoor barn terrace for wedding guests to enjoy

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. 

A newly married couple sit on a fallen log in a woodland
A bride and groom share a quiet moment in a woodland photoshoot

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.

A bride and groom laugh as they listen to speeches at their barn wedding
A bride and groom enjoy the speeches in the wedding barn

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.

A young couple stand in the doorway of a wedding barn as they exchange rings and say their vows
A couple exchange rings in the doorway of a Lakeland barn

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.

A newly married bride and groom kiss in a shower of confetti
A bride and groom celebrate with a kiss at Cote How

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

You can find out more about our  and our Barn Weddings and Recommended Wedding Photographers here


White house and barn wedding venue at dusk with festoon lights


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