With barn wedding venues or rustic looking weddings becoming more popular, we thought we would give you some top tips and some things to consider when planning a barn venue wedding.
Larger Guest Numbers: Usually a great advantage of choosing a barn wedding venue is that they tend to be larger venues. This could mean that you may be able to add more friends and family to your guest list. They also tend to be quite open plan. Therefore, you might have a chance to be more flexible with how you design your seating arrangements/plan.
Lighting: Due to their size, barns tend to let a lot of natural light into the room during the day. However, at night you may need to consider adding additional lighting if it gets a bit too gloomy. Fairy lights are always popular and always add to the ambience. You could even use candles depending on the venue’s health and safety regulations. Always visit your visit ahead of time and maybe ask for an evening viewing so that you can see how dark or light the barn gets at night too.
Caterers: Choosing a barn venue may also give you more freedom to hire whichever caterer you would like as they may not have a preferred supplier list like other venues. One thing you may need to be aware of is whether the barn has the space or facilities for your caterer as some barns may not have kitchen space. This is definitely something to consider checking with your caterer as to what they require, as a marquee or additional facilities may need to be hired which could increase your costs.
Suppliers: Be aware that some suppliers may need experience of a barn venue. Photographers, and as mentioned caterers, could be potentially affected by a barn venue. If the lighting is darker or lighter to what a photographer is used to this could affect your photos. Most photographers are skilled at using whatever light they have to work with to their advantage, but it is always something worth considering. It might be worth asking your photographer and venue if you could have a practice shoot before the wedding day. This gives you and your partner the chance to get comfortable with your photographer but also enables your photographer to find the best spaces and light for your photos on the day.
Do they have a bar?: If you would like drinks to be served at your wedding, make sure you check if the venue a). Has the licence to sell alcohol and b). has the space or facilities to serve it. If they are not licensed or do not have their own bar, you may have to hire a pop up bar or provide your own alcohol which could mean needing your Temporary Events Notice if you intend to sell it yourselves at the wedding.
Are they licensed to hold a Wedding Ceremony?: Are you wanting to hold your ceremony at the venue and be legally married in the barn rather than a church or registry office? If this is the case, then you will need to make sure the venue is licensed to hold a wedding ceremony as they may be only available to hire for your wedding reception.
Facilities: Some wedding barn venues are typically blank canvas venues which is great if you want to completely personalise the venue to suit your wedding. However, it can also come with a few complications such as having to hire your own tables, chairs, table linen etc. It’s also worth checking if they have toilet facilities on site as if not you will probably need to hire some portable toilets.
Decorating: One of the many advantages to hiring a barn venue is the complete freedom to decorate it how you like. You also generally have a lot more space to decorate which could also be a consideration if you do not want the venue to look bare. However, there are many event stylists out there who are experts at decorating huge spaces to make it fit your wedding style and theme.
Rural Location: If you are looking for your ideal countryside wedding, then barns are the perfect venue as they are typically found in rural locations. This will give the perfect backdrop for your photographs. However, one thing to be aware of is that given the location of some barn venues, they can perhaps be slightly tricky for guests to get to, therefore make sure to provide some clear directions in the invitations.
Weather: Some barns may not have heating or air conditioning built in. Therefore, hot and cold weather provisions might be needed. Such as extra blankets for older guests or a comfy snug area where they can keep warm. Or during the summer access to outside space.
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