Just why are they so popular? In the last few years Barn weddings have overtaken every other type of venue but what makes them so special and can you only have a certain type of vibe in a barn?
Shustoke Barn ~ Italian Wedding
When many couples think barn wedding their immediate thought is rustic, hay bales and maybe a bit of line dancing! Obviously that wedding sounds gorge and I would love to be invited to join in but barns have evolved so much. There are now so many different levels of barn venue from the very raw unfinished look to the ultra modern. I have worked in many different ones now, each with its own feel and personality so I thought I would take you through a few….
As pictured above is Shustoke Barn in Warwickshire. A beautiful imposing old barn which has been sympathetically restored and is now an amazingly run venue. With atmospheric candlelight, stone floors and beams galore I find that most styles work in here. The first couple that I worked with here were engaged in Italy and had traveled across the wonderful country so they wanted to incorporate as much of the feel of Italy as possible. Shustoke was the perfect backdrop for lots of greenery, olive branches, vintage olive oil cans and rustic garden pieces.
I have also styled up this venue at Christmas where the couple wanted an Art Deco element which also worked really well. Shustoke always have a beautiful huge Christmas tree in the entrance and this really helps to set the scene.
With lots of copper and geometric pieces the barn looked perfect for the Christmas glitzy Deco wedding and with fabulous outside spaces and their famous feast meals Shustoke definitely has much to shout about. Shustoke is owned by Cripps & Co with various other venues across the country, I am very excited to be working in their Stone Barn later this year so watch this space!
Newton Park Barn ~ Vintage Spring wedding
Newton Park Barn set in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside is the perfect rustic barn venue for those of you that love authentic and original. The barn itself still retains its character and charm. I set up for 90 guests here and the couple hired a marquee which was attached to the barn for the bar and dance floor.
The setting is idilic and you have the use of the garden for drinks and canapés. The couple wanted to stay in keeping with the theme of the barn and so I used my vintage china, log slices for the sharing meals and friends and family helped to put the flowers together. The most heart warming attention to detail is the bunting which was made from the Brides late fathers shirts and really added a huge personal touch.
Folly Farm ~ Botanical Boho
Folly Farm is a pretty special place, off the beaten track and set in 250 acres of nature reserve. In fact we went exploring whilst foraging for the ferns and saw deer and badger sets a plenty!!. The biggest pull for this barn is its setting, overlooking the stunning Mendip Hills you really feel like you are part of the countryside which for me is the reason to choose a barn location.
My couple here wanted a very chilled out boho feel and the venue lends itself so well to that. The inside of the stone barn though could easily be decorated in a more traditional rustic style too but I close to hang macrame planters and use lots of foliage and succulents. There is a fabulous outside space for ceremonies and your guests can pitch up a tent and stay for the whole weekend.
And look pigs!!! It’s a really gorgeous venue and perfect if you want somewhere all to yourselves for the whole weekend with accommodation and the freedom to be totally one with nature!
So, I do love a barn and I love the opportunity to get creative in all types of ways. I have lots of new barn venues coming up this year and I can’t wait to get started.
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