Wedding Barns; a Non-Traditional Alternative

Wedding Barns; a Non-Traditional Alternative

The average twenty first century bride has much more to consider when planning her wedding than her mother did. Forty years ago it was not uncommon for weddings to be held in the house of the bride’s parents. Cake and punch would commonly be served afterwards to the small crowd. Today’s modern bride wants more than just a pretty dress and a semi-edible wedding cake.
Today weddings are all about personalization. You can’t blame her, there are just so many options. First you pick your colors and than you pick stationary, flowers, a guest book, the list could go on forever.

The modern bride is faced between picking between a vintage globe or a personalized puzzle for the guests to sign as an alternative to the book.

For some it is because they genuinely enjoy making each and every piece of their big day special and representative of them as a couple, some brides have the pressures of their friends weddings to live up to, and most see all the pretty options on the internet of what their wedding could look like and cling to these ideas.
The modern bride is fluent in all things Instagram, Facebook, and of course Pinterest. Pinterest, being the biggest wedding site, is like a personalized never ending wedding magazine that does the clipping for you. Yes, wedding barns are all over these channels, but why exactly have they grown to this level of popularity? Wedding barns are almost completely customizable.

Most of these barn venues are simply a building and a piece of land versus the common hotel reception with included chairs, catering, and the same wallpaper to match every Saturday’s wedding. Do you see my point? Most barns are a blank slate inside and purple drapes hanging in a barn won’t clash like it would with the red paisley wall paper at the hotel.
Wedding barns are often owned by locals of the couple. The average price of a wedding in the United States is $26,645. Many couples are conscious of the fact that they have the opportunity to support many small business in the market of their wedding.

Paying a hefty price for a wedding venue might just be a little easier when paid to a local business rather than just another Marriott. Couples feel a much stronger connection to a barn than a hotel utilized by thousands.

Many wedding barns have a very charming historical past and some are beautifully restored to mirror their original state.
Some other benefits to a barn wedding might be the photo opportunities, they are kid friendly, or that cocktail hour might include a wild game of corn hole to entertain the uncles.

While they might not include bathrooms I don’t think barn weddings are a fad that is going out anytime soon. Weddings are becoming more and more unique and personalized and barn venues cater to this very desire of many.
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8 thoughts on “Wedding Barns; a Non-Traditional Alternative

  1. I agree that the possibilities for wedding ceremonies and receptions have definitely changed overtime, and have become a source for creative adventures.

  2. I feel like people underestimate barn weddings- like they’re too busy in their everyday life to take a second and realize how tranquil a barn wedding can be! I went to one a couple weeks ago and it was beautiful and full of love. Everyone was so kind and there were many happy tears shed. Barn weddings are a great place to be comfortable with who you’re surround by and not feel like you have to wear uncomfortable shoes lol

    1. I couldn’t agree more! When you take the stereotypical hotel ball room out of the picture there is much more room for a tranquil, relaxed setting to enjoy a very special day both for guests and newly weds.

  3. I love that you address what is often understated in appreciating barns and other nontraditional locations. Budget and customization aside, in providing a space, a canvas for the couple to create, barns DO allow the couple a sense of connection to the space. And on a day you want to look back on, your venue choice should warm you, and make you smile, as much, if not more so, than the flowers, the invitations, and the cake. As you look back on it fondly, as the years go on, the location itself becomes an old friend, and friendships are best, when you are endeared to them.

    1. Nathalie, I love how you said that the location can be an old friend. This brings to mind the fact of how while hotel ball rooms and event spaces often change the architecture and carpeting to match the time period, barns are timeless and most often untouched by new trends.

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