Everything You Need to Know for a Barn-Style Wedding
Hay allergies? Bet you didn’t think about that while planning a barn wedding in Texas. It’s true that a rustic farm-style theme for weddings has been on the rise, but there’s more to the whole rustic charm than wooden tables.
If you are looking to get married barn-style this year, we have some tips for you.
Local Sound Ordinance Rules
Just because the barn venues are usually located in remote locations, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any sound ordinance rules in the area. To make sure you don’t step on anybody’s toes, double-check the rules and be special mindful if there are houses nearby.
In case, the rules say you will have to wrap up your party early, you can choose to have a casual after-party at a local bar or restaurant.
Take care of your Guests
During the summer season, barn venues can get really stuffy. If your wedding party is outside (a.k.a. no A.C), make sure your guests are armed with paper fans and parasols. And if you can afford it, don’t shy away from using the big industrial fans to help circulate the air. It makes a real difference in the temperature inside.
But no matter which season you’re getting married in a barn, it’s always best to let your guests know about the dress code suggestions. This will make sure they stay comfortable despite the weather.
Consider the Grounds
While your friends will be busy swooning over picturesque pastures and fields, it may happen that your aunt Meredith have a hard time because her wheelchair can’t be pushed through the fields. See the problem? Make sure to be mindful of the rain – will it make the ground muddy? It will help if the venue has a paved parking lot.
Consider the Extras
Always consider extras, no matter the event, but this especially goes for a wedding in a barn venue. If the venue is known for hosting weddings, like the White Sparrow Barn, the managers will already have a list of things you’ll need, like – additional lighting, vendor tents, catering tents, generators, access to water, and a commercial cleaning of the barn.
Depending on the venue, you’ll most likely be responsible for chairs, tables, dishes, and other extra stuff.
Mind the Bugs
You know what’s romantic? Fireflies. You know what’s definitely not romantic? Bug bites. Since it’s a barn venue, bugs are bound to be around. To handle this, keep citronella candles at hand and have someone set them up around the barn perimeter. Also stock up on bug sprays, and keep them where guests can easily see them – entrance, and the bathrooms. It’s also recommended to chat up the locals to find what kind of bugs you can expect. It is also recommended to have the venue sprayed for bugs the day before your wedding.
If the barn venue is an actual barn that keeps the animals, feed, and hay, chances are someone with allergies will have a hard time at your wedding. To avoid this, keep Benadryl in the bathrooms, and blankets over the hay bales.
If there are animals, keep them away from the guests’ area. Also, hay bales are a fire hazard, so most of the times you’d need to have a permit to keep these at your venue!
Katie Dunn says
I’m currently planning my barn-style wedding, but I have yet to think about people with allergies not feeling comfortable. If I do end up having hay, I’ll definitely consider having Benadryl on hand as well as covering the bales with blankets. I will also try to be considerate by only having a few bales so that those with allergies can go to a different part of the ceremony area and not have to be around them.