1. The Countryside Setting
The very nature of barn wedding venues means that it’s likely to be set in the midst of beautiful countryside. With rolling fields as far as the eye can see, and high ceilings with tall windows and doors, at a summer wedding you’ll be able to gaze at the stunning view whether you’re inside or out.
This is a real ‘get away from it all’ option – the chance to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer and relax with your family and friends. And, just because they are set in the countryside doesn’t make it inaccessible. Many are within easy reach of cities, towns and major road networks throughout the UK making them a practical option when it comes to travel and overnight accommodation.
2. The Blank Canvas
As with a marquee, a barn gives you the opportunity to style your summer wedding your way. Oak beams and neutral ceilings and floors mean that you can add your chosen colour scheme without a patterned carpet or loud curtains dictating otherwise.
A barn wedding venue can also offer some wonderful features, whether you’re planning a vintage or contemporary style. Oak beams, for example, can be draped with fairy lights, Edison bulbs, flowers or bunting to suit your theme.
3. The Exclusivity
These idyllic venues are unlikely to host more than one wedding at a time and they also don’t operate as a hotel so your chosen barn really will be exclusively yours. Your wedding is the main consideration so everything is set up the way you’ve planned it… from the décor to the table settings and room allocation. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner for 50 or a street food party for 150, it’s all about you!
4. The Acres of Gardens
Yes indeed, the countryside setting is likely to offer you an abundance of outside space, from manicured gardens to pretty courtyards, all of which are particularly enjoyable if you’re having a summer wedding. Lawns are perfect for welcome drinks and canapés and, if you’re inviting children to your big day, they offer you a great entertaining space for bouncy castles, treasure hunts and garden games. Of course, outdoor wedding venues also boast numerous opportunities for lovely photographs – you might even have a few romantic photos amongst the fields and floral backdrops!
When the sun goes down, terraces and courtyards can be beautifully lit and an idyllic spot for an evening firepit barbecue. Some barn wedding venues boast further buildings in their grounds that can offer additional elements to your day – perhaps overnight accommodation in converted stable buildings or farmhouses.
5. The History and Romance
While some barn venues are elegant contemporary new builds, others are hundreds of years old and bathed in history. There’s something rather romantic about an old building, particularly when some of the original features are on show. Afterall, we all love a little heritage and character at unusual wedding venues in Leicestershire.