The rise of the barn wedding

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 17
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018


glutton :  Not surprised at all.  The rustic chic/barn wedding is such a trend right now, although I would have thought that it would be going back down by now (or at least I hope it is because it is so over done).  I’m also not surprised that classic banquet halls are going down as well.  Couples these days seem to be going for the non-traditional venues, which I enjoy.  Honestly everything wedding related goes through trends and phases.

Post # 19
629 posts
Busy bee

This made me realize that I have never been to a barn wedding, despite living in an area with many barns and having attending probably 35 weddings so far in my life. Most people in my circle seem to opt for ballroom or fully outdoor settings.

Post # 20
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

  ladyartichoke :  The concept of wearing a floor length, five-thousand dollar gown in a barn has always eluded me LOL

Post # 21
4129 posts
Honey bee

glutton :  Yep, located in SoCal. My cousin’s wedding ceremony was outdoors just steps from the barn where the reception was but for rare reasons, it was raining straight for 3 Days before her wedding. She got lucky because oh her wedding day, it began to clear. Had it rained, she would need to fork out an extra $3000 plus for last minute tent and wooden floor rental because that was the only alternative for the ceremony. 

Post # 22
1195 posts
Bumble bee

I went to a very rustic wedding at a barn, just a couple of weeks ago, and HATED IT!!!!!  It was cold and the barn had no heat, the barn was dark and dusty, cramped, dancing was in a different room, the floors were uneven and people were tripping, (the following is no fault of the barn’s) the food was mediocre and wasn’t kept warm, cocktail hour was fucking terrible and no one had space to move, the line for the cheese platter was ridiculous, the “open” bar was limited, and, when I switched cake slices with my fiance (who doesn’t eat cake) the server blurted out to the whole table, “well she’s not very nice is she?”.  

The whole thing was pretty miserable besides seeing my cousin so happy to marry her husband, which was beautiful.  I wouldn’t choose to go to another wedding there.  Ironically enough, when I posted a picture tagged at the barn, a friend of mine commented and said she was getting married there in a few weeks.  I just felt bad for her lol because that really sucks!

Post # 23
112 posts
Blushing bee

smalltownbigworld :  If the banquet halls looked like your second picture around where I live, I wouldn’t mind a banquet hall wedding myself!


I prefer the barn thing mainly because the banquet halls that I’ve seen, even the really ‘expensive’ ones, just don’t have a great aesthetic besides looking ‘expensive’. They often have ugly carpeting, and a gaudy look. I suspect though that banquet halls do look different in different places though.


Where I am, banquet halls are cheaper than barns.

Post # 24
9204 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’ve never been to a barn wedding but from the bee, i’ve seen they’ve been popular for quite some time. 

i did go to a barn theme wedding, that was at an exclusive hotel.  i guess the bride liked the burlap and lace look.

where i live, weddings have always been in all sorts of venues.  from hotels, to mansions, museums, parks, etc.  i think the logistics are hotel weddings are the easiest.  everything is in one place and Out of Town guests don’t have to worry about transportation.

this was the cermony space and reception area at our hotel wedding.


Post # 25
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

glutton :  Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting read. I’m in the middle of venue decision mysef and have been touring places for the last few months so I soaked up the content!

LOL at your mom’s quote, that’s EXACTLY the mindset of my 2 bridesmaids. They’re from Eastern Europe originally, and to them, getting married at a barn/farm is beyond their understanding because “why would anyone want their weddings to be associated with country side villages? Shouldn’t be a special occasion?” I think we all want something that’s unique to us, and maybe to Americans who grew up here (possibly more in the suburbs or city) there is appeal in the rustic elements.



Post # 26
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019


ladyartichoke :  lol! I agree to some degree. However, it’s now known as “rustic chic” 

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