(Closed) Dress for a barn?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
2841 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

As the others have said, you don’t need to overthink this. The only factors that you have to consider for a barn wedding dress are practical ones, such as to avoid a long train or super poofy dress because the dress might get damaged in a more rustic setting or if there’s not a lot of room between tables etc.

Also most barn weddings are held during warmer months so I’d suggest avoiding satin or other heavy fabrics.

The other consideration is how the dress will appear in photos. I read somewhere that blingy details may not show up as well in a barn or during sunlight due to to the light conditions (this is probably why blingy dresses tend to be more suitable for evening wear). 

Post # 17
2841 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

So here are a few I came up with. I was mostly thinking of lighter fabrics, and details that would show up well in typical barn lighting conditions.

Maggie Sottero



Madison James

Rebecca Ingram

Stella York


Justin Alexander 


Jasmine Couture 

Post # 18
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Wear whatever dress you love the most smile it’s such a gorgeous venue! You can’t look overdressed as the Bride.  As long as the dress is weather appropriate, and not so big you can’t get through the door, you should be fine. Just make sure you can pick up a train if it’s muddy outside, or the outside is full of animals etc.

Our reception is at a barn and I’m wearing a ball gown. The barn is from the 1400s and is used exclusively for weddings and events, it’s been decades since any food or animals were stored inside it. Life’s too short to not wear a dress you love unless there’s a very solid reason why it wouldn’t work (like a very revealing dress in a religious building, a dress so big you can’t fit in the room etc.)

Post # 19
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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persnickety :  I got married in a barn! Here my venue and dress 22289842_1519715344738914_1007953596555563577_oBarn Cover Cropped14883663_1320701351275020_1773848808039477689_o

Post # 20
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I wore Sophia Tolli Danni for my barn wedding! 🙂  Was nice to have a bit of sparkle because it was a bit darker inside for the reception!


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Post # 21
553 posts
Busy bee

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persnickety :  Im having a kinda barn wedding myself, and honestly I pick the dress i wanted, still trying to figure it out the flower girls dresses 🙁

Post # 22
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Maybe something with pretty minimal embellishments or with some less floraly lace/beading would help with it not feeling too fancy? Have you seen any Watters dresses? What about something like this? https://www.watters.com/willowby/products/asa or
https://www.watters.com/wtoo/products/lenora-beaded (This one is not full but I think would look great at a barn type wedding!)

Or this Sottero and Midgley https://www.maggiesottero.com/sottero-and-midgley/evan/10218 


Post # 23
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I got married in a barn and went with a classic lace dress by Maggie Sottero. 


Post # 24
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If you’re finding them too fancy then go for more of an a-line than a ballgown.

Post # 25
47 posts
  • Wedding: November 2017

I got married in a pretty rustic venue (the Aussie version of these beautiful big barns!!)

I thought I looked overdressed as well but on the day it all looked amazing. Wear what you love!

Post # 28
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Go with your dream dress! I am having a barn wedding and went with a sheath, unique lace dress, because that was the one i fell in love with! I had a friend have a barn wedding and wore a sparkly princess ball gown and not only did she look beautiful, I think it looked gorgeous with the venue! Personally, i think you can pull off any dress with the barn venue….and PS that venue is STUNNING!

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