Every new wedding season brings with it new trends and ideas to make that special day even more so, allowing you to explore more options and make your ceremony and reception unique to you. If you haven’t attended a barn wedding yet, chances are you’ll see this trend come to your friend group soon. Adding a more rustic and casual setting to the big day can be an awesome experience for both the bride and groom, as well as all of the guests in attendance. However, they can also be some of the hardest events to plan and prepare for. That’s why we have compiled a list of the top 5 tips to make your barn wedding the best it can be!
1. Choose the right barn – but ask a wedding planner first.
This can actually be one of the hardest parts of the process, as you have to ensure the barn is licensed and insured to be opened to the public. Be sure there are no ordinances or regulations that will prevent you from celebrating all night (and that you’re well-guarded against the inevitable bugs and insects that will be buzzing about the venue). It’s always a good idea to consult with a wedding planner, who has experience with barn weddings specifically, before actually confirming a venue. Or kickoff your venue research with the Rustic Wedding Guide. Other than that, another tip we have for you is to always have a separate budget dedicated to “the extras” -- like lighting, tables and chairs.
2. Pro-tip: Keep it cool with hand fans.
Barns aren’t necessarily known for being built with excellent ventilation, so to make your guests feel more like they are enjoying a rustic afternoon in the countryside, rather than in a sweltering sauna, it’s incredibly important to understand how you can keep your barn cool on your wedding day. Of course there is the option of renting portable fans or air conditioning units, but if you’re looking for a more cost-effective alternative, look no further than hand fans. Providing guests with hand-fans and water is an easy way to make sure no one overheats, while also not taking too much out of your budget. Little trinkets like these can also add to your wedding in a big way: if you let your guests decorate their fans you can keep them as mementos to remember how special every guest made your special day. Also, simply letting your guests know what kind of weather you should be expecting on the day will help them plan their attire properly before they even arrive, alleviating a lot of the work from your already busy schedule.
3. (Rock down to) Electric Avenue
DJs, photo booth operators and C7 LED bulbs – what do all of these things have in common? They all need access electricity and, depending on the size of your wedding, a lot of it. Electrical access is normally not a problem for most venues, but most country barns don’t come equipped the amount of electrical outlets that most wedding venues will have. This almost forces you to look into generators unless you actively look for services that will not draw the same amount of electricity. If you are unable to find someone that will meet the electricity requirement, or just want more electrical availability around your venue, you can certainly look into a generator and power strips with extension cords which, when hidden well, can really bring that modern feel without ruining the rustic aesthetic that you are looking for.
4. Lights provide the perfect backdrop for the Big Day
Have you ever seen that perfect wedding photo where it seems like the bride is glowing and there is a magical halo around the wonderful couple? Yeah me neither. Fortunately for you we can help you come as close as possible to that picture perfect wedding with high quality lights such as the S14 line or any of our wide selection of wedding LEDs. Sure, you could go with the cheaper strings of lights from Wal-Mart or Target, but they will only add to the heat of the day and shatter easily. If you are really looking for help to get that picture-perfect wedding – with bulbs you can transfer to your deck after the wedding -- look no further for the perfect LED lighting backdrop for that special picture that will be up on the mantle. LED Holiday Lighting can provide everything you’re looking for and more not just in the quality of our lights, but our unmatched customer service and even our commercial strings of lights for those who really want to go all out on a professionally lit venue. We believe that if you’re going to do something it should be done right, and it will be easy to see that belief shine through on your big day.
5. Defend your venue (from mosquitos)
You’ve both said yes. You’ve got the perfect photo of you in the perfect dress (or tux). You’ve both tasted that beautiful cake. Your cousin is currently “owning” everyone on your custom cornhole set up outside. Now what? The heat of the season coupled with the vegetation and country setting all combine to create a perfect storm of attraction for man + womankind’s greatest enemy: mosquitos. Mosquitos and other annoying insects can put a huge damper on your big day, so it’s crucial to stay one step ahead of them. We would recommend having a professional come out and at least give you some options on how to defend your venue. If you are going to spray it is heavily suggested that you do it the day before the actual ceremony for best results and the best protection throughout the day. Don’t let such a little pest ruin your big day! There are plenty of quick, low-budget options to choose from to give you peace of mind that your barn venue will surprise and delight rather than make your guests run in fright!
Barn weddings have the potential to elevate your wedding day from good to great, but there is a lot that needs to be taken into account before you decide that one would be right for you. Hopefully with these simple tips you’ll be ready to plan your picture perfect rustic wedding with just the right amount of amenities and magnificent lighting.
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