The Ultimate Barn Wedding Checklist

They're rustic, incredibly romantic, and offer endless ways to up your DIY game. Yes, barn weddings are all the rage these days…but, as beautiful as they may be, they come with their own set of unique challenges. Never fear! We've created a comprehensive checklist to help you navigate those uncharted waters and pull off a Pinterest-worthy, rustic-chic wedding your guests will be talking about for years to come.

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Barn Wedding Checklist

Cedarwood Weddings


Barn Logistics

Most barn venues don't offer the same amenities as a banquet hall or more traditional event facility, and they may even have a few extra restrictions. After you've worked out your budget, do yourself a favor and ask the following questions:

How To Have A Barn Wedding

Historic Santa Margarita Ranch and Barn | Trinity Wheeler Photography


Weather Concerns

You can't control Mother Nature, so if inclement weather could effect any part of your event there needs to be a backup plan. Here are some questions to ask:

TIP: Even if the barn you've fallen in love with isn't climate-controlled, you can still do things to make your guests more comfortable. If it's too hot, provide misters or fans as wedding favors. Too cold? Warm blankets will take the chill off—and they'll also be a perfect complement to the rustic vibe.

Barn Wedding Tips and Ideas

The Barn at Allenbrooke Farms


The Great Outdoors

Outdoor venues (especially those in the country!) can sometimes come with terrain and critters you won't encounter in the city. And these extra considerations can have an impact on your guests. Be sure to find out:

TIP: If bugs are a potential problem, including a little bottle of bug spray and Benadryl in the bathroom, or a well-placed citronella candle, can save everyone a lot of discomfort.

Tips for Planning a Barn Wedding

The Farm at Old Edwards


Hiring Vendors

Coordinators, caterers, florists, photographers…these are the people that will help you pull off your day, so make sure you know which ones you'll need to hire and what the requirements are for them:

Barn Wedding Logistics and Considerations

Windy Hill Farm | Autumn Harrison Photography


Keep Your Guests Informed

Find creative ways to convey the theme of your wedding to your guests so they know what to expect—and what to wear!

Woodgrain Wedding Invitations for a Barn Wedding by Minted

Minted Wedding Invitations


Play Up The Space

You've chosen a barn venue because it can be incredibly versatile. Don't be afraid to play it up to fit your style!

TIP: There are too many ideas to list, so remember that Google is your friend. Search for the venue name + wedding to see photos of how recently married couples have transformed the place. Also, Pinterest is your homie. Check out our own Barn Weddings board for even more ideas.


Want a dream barn wedding on a haybale budget? Read our Money-Saving Tips.


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