The rise of the barn wedding

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

This doesn’t shock me too much. Fiance and I were open to pretty much any sort of reception venue so looked at banquet halls, hotels, museums, barns, etc. Originally I wanted to consider barns because of the beautiful grounds they’re usually on, and I thought they’d be a more affordable option. 

But joke was on me! Because they’ve become so popular, the price has also gone up with the demand. I was getting quotes for more than all inclusive hotel locations! But I think nowadays a lot of brides really love the boho/rustic DIY type wedding, which is very suitable to a barn vs a hotel.

Post # 3
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I’m having a barn wedding πŸ˜‚ My fiancé also likes the burlap, twine, and wine bottle center piece look which is also becoming rather popular. My thought process is…let’s be a little different for the sake of pictures not looking as dated 10-20 years from now lol.


Our venue is $4800. That includes use of the space Friday night-Sunday morning.  I have no idea what banquet halls cost.  

Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I thought barns were so five years ago? Mason jars aren’t even a thing any longer. 

Post # 5
633 posts
Busy bee

missviolet92 :  I thought the same, people have been having rustic barn weddings around here for years now. 

Post # 8
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

It was vintage and now it’s rustic… my wedding theme is: wedding. Like PP my Fiance loves rustic elements, we both grew up in the country, but jars my mum use to make preserves in and hessian potato sacks just don’t say “special occasion” to me personally. 

Post # 9
277 posts
Helper bee

I currently board my horse at at barn that doubles as a wedding venue. So my horse will get to be with us on our special day πŸ˜€

Post # 10
4229 posts
Honey bee

glutton :  Although I know they have been popular, I have only been to one barn wedding which was my cousin’s. Actually, it was a mix of barn and vineyard/winery. The venue was surrounded by vineyards then in the middle, there was a barn where she had her reception. She said it was actually more expensive than all inclusive venues because she had to bring in everything- chairs, tables, linens, dishes, a bar, catering, portable bathrooms,  etc. plus the actual venue rental fee was expensive.

I think the popularity of barn and October weddings can be traced back to Pinterest. I’ve seen on tv that actual brides who work in or make barns part of their life regularly find it weird that brides who had nothing to do with barns or wouldn’t normally go to one, all of a sudden want barn weddings. In my circle, majority of weddings I have attended are still in hotels. 

Post # 11
1335 posts
Bumble bee

socalgirl1689 :  True.  Barn weddings (like tent weddings) are very costly if compared to same service at dedicated event venues.  There is a lot involved in building & bringing in full event facilities.

Barn weddings aren’t popular in my area, the few that I’ve known of have been wealthy brides having mega weddings.  

Post # 12
2844 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Barn weddings have been the norm in my area for decades, long before the trend took storm. I was raised in a small rural, amish community and barns have always been the place to meet for large family gatherings. I literally see barn weddings basically every weekend from late April to October. My fi and I went against the grain and are not only NOT getting married in our hometown, but are also not getting married in a barn lol. We have picked a historic courthouse to be a little “different.”

Most popular barn in our hometown 

Our ballroom 

Post # 13
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Barn venues are much more expensive around here than banquet venues!

Post # 14
633 posts
Busy bee

smalltownbigworld :  I was thinking that’s why barn weddings have been going on for so many years where I’m from too, there’s tons of farmland around here so it’s not a novelty thing like I think it can be in big cities and is easier to obtain. So it makes sense it’s kinda on the way out here while being super popular in bigger areas. 

Post # 15
5860 posts
Bee Keeper

 I’ve never been to a barn wedding, would love to go to one. Ditto the industrial themed ones. I’ve gotten 4 wedding invites for this spring/ summer and they’re all for traditional formal venue weddings with plated meals. frown  Would love an invite to a barn wedding or industrial wedding or brunch wedding or pizza wedding…..

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