Looking for wedding venues but not sure where to start? With options from cosy countryside hotels, to magnificent castles and chic country houses, it’s normal to be feeling a little lost about choosing your venue. Country House Wedding Venues have scoured the UK for the best venues to give brides a wide variety of fantastic choices for their big day celebrations, so it’s no wonder that they are so popular with couples.
If you’ve already chosen a barn wedding venue, you’ll know exactly why it won your heart. But if you still haven’t found that perfect venue for you, definitely consider holding your nuptials in a beautiful barn – and here are just a few reasons why…
A blank canvas
With their neutral colour scheme, and natural walls and floors, you don’t have to worry about clashing with the wallpaper or carpet! High ceilings, large space and pretty beams are just a few fabulous features you’ll find in a wedding barn. To create a real whimsical feel, you could even hang fairy lights, bunting, flowers or lanterns from the beams.
Barns are so versatile; you can dress them up and add a touch of golden glamour and sparkle, or keep things natural with a vintage, country or rustic theme. In fact, some barns, like Bassmead Manor Barns near Cambridgeshire, mix old and new in one venue. They’ve got the 300 year old, romantic Rickety Barn for ceremonies, and the new contemporary Bridge Barn, for your wedding reception!
Rich in history
Barns are full of history and stories which give them that extra charm and character – making any wedding held at one memorable in that way. The historic thatched clock at Hampshire’s Clock Barn, and the Victorian farmhouse at Hertfordshire’s Coltsfoot Barn, are just two of the historic, quirky features that makes these barn venues so special.
It’s easy to fall in love with the idyllic, rural setting of a country barn. Celebrating your special day in the British countryside, amongst nature, fabulous views and wildlife is unbeatable. At Gate Street Barn in Surrey, you’ll not only get gorgeous views of the open countryside, but also attract an audience of pheasants and birds who look on whilst you celebrate with friends and family.
A home from home for you and your guests
Escaping to a barn for the night or a long weekend isn’t something you get to experience too often! A peaceful retreat to a barn for just the two of you and your family makes the perfect end to a perfect day. Cute country touches, beautiful views of the countryside, and fabulous fresh air are just some of the things you’ll be able to take advantage of in any wedding barn accommodation.
With an abundance of greenery comes an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. This can be as simple as exploring the grounds and admiring the nature during your drinks reception to something a little more fun, like garden games and al fresco dining. At Bassmead Manor Barns, you can occupy the children with games like giant jenga or ring toss in the beautiful Bridal Garden. Or, for a tasty alternative to canapés, you could also serve up street food in the Mediterranean Courtyard at Rivervale Barn, Hampshire.
A hidden haven
Barn weddings help you to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, offering a hidden haven in a countryside setting. One of our favourite venues to escape to is Winkworth Farm, in Wiltshire. Not only is it set in the glorious Cotswolds where there are an abundance of quaint, market towns, but it also features farmhouse accommodation, tipis, and hobbit houses for guests to stay in!
Rich in photo opportunities
You can’t beat a wedding photo with an awe-inspiring landscape or backdrop, and there’s certainly no shortage of these at a countryside barn! From rustic barn walls to arched doors, and even local farmyard animals – your photo album will be brimming with fabulous big day shots!
Your day, your way
With a barn wedding, you can let your true personality and style shine through. If you want to create your own rustic ballroom and dress in a chic gown to match it, you can. Or if you want a laidback affair with less traditional attire, that’s fine too – with a barn wedding, anything goes. From homemade food to barbeques, handwritten signs to hand-sewn table runners, you can forget the rules of traditional and do things your way.
If you’re tempted to explore some of your local barn venues, get in touch with the team at Country House Wedding Venues. They working with some of the best barn venues in the UK and really know their stuff. They’ll do their best to find a venue to meet each and every one of your wedding day desires, to make sure you’re a very, very happy bride. Looking for more inspiration? We’ve got tons of ideas for planning and having a barn wedding right here!