Why are barn weddings a trend?
Barn weddings are a very popular choice for your wedding venue and there are a number of options in this beautiful country. From small and intimate to lavishly grand, there is something to suit all tastes, styles and budgets.
You may think barn weddings are rustic and boho – think haybales and bunting. Well some are but nowadays barn weddings are much more sophisticated and many barns have been renovated especially for the barn weddings market. If you haven’t visited a barn wedding venue do contact a few and have a look around – you’ll be surprised at what you see.
3 reasons in favour of barn weddings
- Barns are light, airy and usually spacious. They have large doors, full length windows and most can accommodate 75 – 200 guests.
- Barn weddings are a photographer’s dream! With light, space, original beams and fixtures, they can produce some amazing photos for your wedding album
- Barn weddings are usually in gorgeous grounds, think rivers and streams, vineyards, rolling hills and glorious countryside. Barns are mostly located in rural areas and of course the English countryside is delightful at any time of year
3 things to think about
- While barn weddings can normally cater for medium – high volumes of guests, not many have overnight accommodation so your guests will need to stay in nearby hotels / B&B’s. If this is a concern to you then perhaps a hotel-based wedding would be a better option for you
- Barn weddings are lovely in the spring and summer when the weather is warm but some can be chilly in the autumn and winter months. If your wedding is in the winter, when you look at your barn wedding venues ask about heating or preferably go and look around in the winter.
- A rural location can be an advantage and also a disadvantage. Make sure your barn wedding venue is easily accessed from major roads if your guests are travelling by car, and by public transport for those who need it.
Barn wedding #1: Rivervale Barn, Yateley, Hampshire
Rivervale Barn is located in Yateley, set in the Hampshire countryside. It features a beautiful large Ceremony room which is light and spacious, just perfect for your celebrant wedding ceremony .
Rivervale Barn caters for up to 150 guests for your ceremony plus an additional 50 guests for your evening reception. There is even a pamper room for you to prepare for your big day along with your ‘chosen few’ from the bridal party.
The outside space is just right for drinks and canapes on the terrace and, of course, ideal for your photographers to take those all-important confetti shots.
There is plenty of car parking and there are 3 catering packages available all year round.
Barn Wedding #2: Lilibrooke Manor and Barns, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, yet easily accessible to the M4 is this lovely barn wedding venue.
This magnificent barn and estate is steeped in history and is the largest and possibly oldest barn in the South East.
Available all year round, Lilibrooke Manor lends itself perfectly to cosy winter weddings and glorious spring – summer weddings. It caters for 220 guests and it is highly flexible, meaning that you can have an indoor or outdoor ceremony.
There is plenty of parking on site and you have a choice of wedding packages, so there’s something to suit all budgets.
Barn Wedding #3: Stanlake Park , Twyford, Berkshire
Stanlake Park Wine Estate is set on a wine estate in Berkshire, easily accessed from the M4. The charming vintage barns have recently been restored as a perfect wedding venue providing a rustic, vineyard setting for your special day.
The ceremony barn can hold up to 90 guests and there are terraces outside which are just perfect for drinks and canapes.
There is plenty of parking on site and a lovely two-storey pamper room where you can relax and prepare for your big day.
Wherever you choose to hold your wedding ceremony I would love to chat with you, just get in touch,