Barn Weddings: Pure Down-Home Charm

May 24th, 2012

This weekend, I’ll be attending a barn wedding. Barn weddings and rustic weddings in general are among my very favorites. (I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to a vineyard wedding either.)

If you’ve ever attended a barn or farm themed wedding, you know that the charm is in the chabby-chic and the details. At one rustic wedding I attended, the bride and groom had combed consignment shops for colored glass vases. Obviously, no two exactly matched and there might have been a nick or two here and there. Set out on white tablecloths with spring daisies, the effect was amazing.

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A barnyard wedding can be as casual or formal as you’d like. Depending upon the venue, you may be able to take advantage of the outdoor scenery, too. A barn wedding reception can take place entirely outside the barn, actually. (Just be sure you’ve accounted for weather by renting tents.) You might also have your and your groom’s pics taken with farmland, wheat fields or rolling hills as your backdrop.

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There’s just so much you can do with this idea. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Look for a barn that’s on park land. This could be a less expensive option than renting an actual in-use barn. City, county or state owned property is also maintained up to certain codes.
  • Think outside the box for caterers. You want a rustic and down-home yet very individual feel, something that can be had in surprising places. Never assume a restaurant or even winery or smokehouse doesn’t cater — ask. Also look into kitschy options for party favors; corn or wheat based foods and favors are an awesome choice.

    Who can resist caramel corn? (favorsbyserendipity.com)

  • Choose wildflowers — particularly daisies, purple thistle, Queen Anne’s lace, sunflowers and even sprigs of golden wheat.
  • Rent picnic tables for an adorable dining atmosphere. If you rent tableware and table cloths at the same time, you’ll often save money, so find out about all-inclusive rental deals.

    Perfect Pair candles; these were featured on "Whose Wedding is it, Anyway?"(favorsbyserendipity.com)

  • Eat what’s in season to keep with the from-the-land feel. Pears for late summer and early autumn, cherries in the late spring or early summer, peaches or berries in summer make beautiful meal garnishes. Have the cake garnished with in-season fruits and find wedding favors that match the farm feel of fruit, nuts and berries.
  • Incorporate checks, plaid or gingham into your wedding theme. Use one of these pretty patterns in your wedding colors on your wedding invitations, chair bows, the groom’s boutonniere and wrapped around centerpiece vases.

That should cover the basics, but as always, if you have questions or comments, let us know! We love to hear from you!