Top Tips When Planning Your Barn Wedding

22/03/2018

Top Tips When Planning Your Barn Wedding 

 

If you’re looking for a chilled 'boho' style wedding, then you might be considering a beautiful barn . Exposed oak beams, rustic timber frames and a blank canvas for you to create the wedding day of your dreams (corny, but true).  We’ve come up with some top tips to consider when planning your barn wedding. 

 

Visit the Barn 

 

Whilst this may be an obvious point, it’s important to visit your chosen barn before you book any of your other wedding suppliers.  How will you know what works best if you don’t get all the integral details? Find out what options you have for your ceremony, including if they have a civil ceremony licence.  What indoor and outdoor spaces are available for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception?  How many guests can the barn accommodate?  Is there plenty of accessible parking? 

 

Check out the lighting - the essential lighting as well as the pretty stuff!  For instance, when considering the practical lighting for the outdoor spaces, walkways and parking areas to think about later on in the evening when your guests start making their way home – safety first!  If lighting is a concern or you want to soften the atmosphere, why not choose a few rustic lanterns which help to create a more romantic and welcoming vibe?  You will need to ask if the venue is happy with any additional lighting such as candles - particularly at barn venues where there may be a thatched roof or if the venue is set on farming land with livestock! 

 

Some barns only offer the basics, so it’s also important to find out what the toilet facilities are like, or whether you’ll need to hire them. Where are the water and electrical access points? You’ll also need to find out about catering and the all-important bar… 

 

Catering and Bar 

 

Many barns come with the option to outsource to a professional caterer, whether that’s choosing a three-course meal, a filling buffet, BBQ (hog roasts are very popular) or a selection of food trucks to meet many tastes.  Other barns offer an in-house caterer to give you less to worry about (apart from the menu tasting – yum!)  At The Tythe Barn, we have an amazing team of chefs in Absolute Taste, who have established themselves as one of the most exciting caterers within the hospitality industry.  Yes, we know we're super lucky to have them and at the core of our close working relationship is our continued desire for quality, attention to detail and the ability to adapt what we deliver to suit each individual couple.  Whether it's formal dining, a relaxed buffet or a slice of Pizza - at The Tythe Barn - we've got it covered!

 

It’s also important to think about the bar. Some places are lucky and already have one at the venue, so you only need to consider whether you want to put some cash behind it to treat your guests or not. There is a growing trend for hiring a bar in at barns (you can get some really amazing one’s nowadays – gin bars, cocktail vans, pimp your prosecco carts; there’s something for everyone!). It is quite normal for barns to charge a corkage fee so don’t forget to ask and to check if the barn will also provide staff to man the bar for you. Do your research both beforehand and during your first visit as many of these details reflect the overall cost - often a huge factor for many couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue. 

 

Budgeting for Extras 

 

Some barns can offer little extras for your day, from fairy lights to cake stands to extra décor. These can be beautiful finishing touches to really make your wedding day perfect, but make sure you leave room in your budget for these extra offerings. 

 

If you’ve chosen a more basic barn for your wedding so you can really make it your own, you’ll need to remember the basic rentals as well; tables and chairs, heaters or fans depending on the weather (you’ll find some great ideas over on Pinterest), toilets and even lighting. How about a marquee or fire pits for the outdoor space?  What décor will you need to bring the barn to life – hanging paper pompoms can add a pop of colour, fairy lights wrapped around those rustic beams (just remember where those electrical points are), plus you and your florist have the chance to create some gorgeous floral pieces. 

Entertainment 

 

The money-saving way would be to plug your iPod into some speakers and play your favourite songs, but personally we love live music. It really brings the atmosphere to life, especially during the day when you and your guests are mingling.  A harpist or piano during the ceremony is particularly elegant, and we love an acoustic guitar as background music during the celebration drinks out in the garden.

Finish off by bringing your barn wedding to life in the evening with a live band or DJ – time to fill the dancefloor!  Check with your barn for the music cut off times or for any sound limiters - even if you’ve chosen a fairly remote barn, local rules may still apply. 

 

The entertainment doesn’t need to end with the music though - why not arrange some fun lawn games for a warm spring or summer wedding. Perhaps an evening casino or party games to get your guests involved. 

 

Whether you’re looking to dress up or dress down your wedding day, you can’t go wrong with a romantic rustic barn wedding – the perfect way to begin your married life.