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10 Things We Love About... Barn Weddings

Barn weddings have seen a big surge in popularity in recent years, with Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish just one celebrity couple opting for a down-home wedding! There's so much you can do with your venue and your décor that sometimes holding your reception in the great outdoors just seems like a bit of a no-brainer! But our favorite things about them?

You can go big on your numbers

Holding your wedding in a specific indoor venue means there's always a cap on numbers - but holding your big do outdoors means you can invite all of your loved ones without worrying about keeping things small. Do check with your caterers, however, as your budget can really take a beating if you go too high!

They pretty much style themselves

If you're the kind of person who dreads the idea of coming up with a color scheme for your wedding, a barn wedding can really take a lot of the work out of it - rustic chic gives a whole host of possibilities, but it also means you're unlikely to go down the route of sequined tablecloths and carefully arranged flowers. 

Flowers made easy

Speaking of which, floral arrangements for outdoor weddings can be relaxed and earthy - just like Amanda and Austin's! Scope out your venue ahead of time and see what's what; if you're holding your reception outdoors or in a barn, chances are you'll have a good feeling from the place itself of what your floral arrangements should and could be like. Lots of lush greenery can cut down on costs and they look great in the right setting!

The world is your wedding-gown oyster

Laidback barn weddings lend themselves really well to laidback, boho gowns - but a more structured, traditional bridal gown can look great against an ethereal background with lots of greenery, too. BHLDN is one of our favorite bridal labels for more laidback gowns, while a Berta Bridal dress will look amazing in the great outdoors!

You can bring your pets

More stuffy, indoor venues may turn their noses up at the idea of you trailing muddy pawprints through their incredible Italian-carpeted ballroom, but there is no barn anywhere that will object to you bringing an animal to the table. And we <3 pets at weddings!

Rustic elements

There are so many cute, DIY elements that look beyond perfect at a barn wedding - this Mr & Mrs sign, for example, is a great décor idea for your top table, and you can make little wooden signs to match for all of your guests' tables! Think about decorating jars with burlap or twine, and dried lavender is a really great centerpiece idea (and cheaper than flowers). 

They're more relaxed

There are always worries, at any wedding, about people not being relaxed. Will they dance? Will they enjoy themselves? Will people feel uncomfortable, or as if your venue or dress code is too stuffy? A rustic wedding is, by its very nature, pretty relaxed - and you can expect your guests to follow that lead!

You can let your hair down

Quite literally: rustic, outdoor weddings really allow you to be yourself, from your wardrobe choices to your hair and makeup. Having your reception and ceremony outdoors means you can leave your hair down and really enjoy yourself without worrying that you look like someone else.

Musical stylings

We love this cover of Steve Winwood's Higher Love by Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow - and think it would be incredibly perfect for your outdoor wedding ceremony! You can really go for something offbeat, ethereal and dreamy when you're marrying outside. And then, for your reception? Go crazy with a brass band or 1970s tribute group - get those guests up off their seats!

Light 'em up

There's nothing sweeter than twinkling fairylights as the sun goes down on an outdoor wedding ceremony - and there are so many options, from sparklers to fireworks (check with the venue!) and fairylights strung up everywhere or tea lights dotted around tables (enlist a friend to light 'em up when the light fades!). 

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