Planning For A Barn Wedding – Here’s What You Should Consider

The trend of barn weddings is hitting the seventh sky and maximum couples are dreaming of a wedding surrounded with wagon rides, bistro, market, Christmas lights, laces and much more.

It is bit difficult and stressful to plan everything at a barn wedding venue in your city. It is a daunting task as the farms or fields are an open place where there is less availability of a lot of things. Thus, it involves a lot of efforts and time to plan a wedding function at a farm. Such venues hold infinite possibilities for breathtaking photos. Planning a wedding at such farms is quite a tricky task especially when mud, portable restrooms and uninvited bugs are a major factor. Here are listed some wedding snags that you may hit to keep you and your guests happy. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Set aside a budget on barn extras- Not only farms but also every place that isn’t fully serviced is going to charge you extra. You will have to arrange everything including tables, chairs, dishes and other necessary things. You have to incur additional cost for lightening, generators, tents, commercial cleaning of the barn, access to water etc. Besides all this, you’ve to make sure that the farm you have booked for the D-day is licensed and insured to be open to public.
  • Check local sound ordinance rule- If the farm is hired for the night as well, it doesn’t mean that you can play music at the late hours or the early hours of the morning. Whether or not the barn is in a relatively remote location, you should check with the sound ordinance rules in order to know what time your band or DJ should be wrapping up.
  • Mind the grounds- The barn, farms or fields are always perfect from the photography point of view. But, for a barn wedding, you have to make sure that it is even suitable enough for large vehicles i.e. wagons and cars because these transports will be used to transport the elderly guests to your wedding venue. Otherwise, this will become a huge issue for you to find convenient and comfortable means to take your guests to the wedding hall.
  • Make a plan for bugs- The bugs are said to be the uninvited guests at a barn wedding. They are definitely not welcomed by the host and therefore citronella candles and bug sprays are set up around the perimeter of the barn. Make sure that bug sprays are kept in sufficient quantities in the bathrooms, near the entrance so that your guests can easily take advantage of it. If you’re less aware of the barn area, consider chatting with someone who is aware of the area and the bugs to make required plans accordingly.
  • Weatherproof your guests- Parasols and paper fans aren’t just pretty touches to a barn wedding? These two things even become a necessity during hot months. These arrangements are necessary to be done to make your guests feel comfortable so that they can enjoy the ceremony to the fullest.
  • Allergy-proof the area: If the farm area is surrounded with animals and hay bales, it is necessary for you to get the place clean because the smell of animals or the hay and feed can cause allergies to the people present there including the bride and groom. If you want to give an exciting look to your venue, you can use hay bale seats but make sure that you cover them with blankets properly so that it doesn’t harm your guests.
  • Skip stilettos: To all the female guests, you might have to provide flip-flops to comfortably roam around the rustic wedding venue because such a venue are more likely to have rustic floors too i.e. of wood, pebble or even dirt floors. These floor types make it difficult for your female guests to properly walk at the place. Flip flops will help them save from ruining their heels.

Top 5 Custom Wedding Gifts For the Couple Who Has Everything

Custom wedding gifts are becoming more and more popular among shoppers and gift-givers. The main benefit of getting a couple custom gifts is that you can find suitable items that come in sets or pairs at a low price. When you compare shopping online versus offline, you’ll be able to get more from your set budget since you don’t need to pay for additional costs such as for gas, other unnecessary shopping items, as well as snack foods.

You can browse from hundreds of online stores in a matter of minutes and there will definitely be a couple of items that will fit your recipients’ tastes and of course your budget too. Remember that you are giving a special gift to a couple and it is advisable to give them something for their new home or for them to use.  To give you an idea of what the internet has to offer, here are the top 7 suggested custom wedding gifts for the couple.

(1) Monogrammed pillow cases and bed sheet

One way to customize your gifts for the couple is to have their gifts monogrammed. In this case, they will need several items for their own home or apartment when they finally move in together after the honeymoon. A set of monogrammed pillow cases and bed sheet are great customized wedding gifts since you can find an online store to order from, they’re usually not expensive and the couple will remember you because you went the trouble in having these items especially-made for them. 

(2) His and her bath set

It is easy to find custom bath sets that range from $20 to $60. But if you have set a budget of $100 for a wedding gift, why not go the extra mile and include in a pair of bath towels or bath robes for the couple and have them embroidered with their initials or nicknames. You can find online stores that offer personalization services from etching, embroidery, etc. and the cost is very minimal if not free. You can choose from a custom set of bath products already packaged or you can hand-pick the products yourself and have the online store wrap and ship it for you.

(3) Monogrammed champagne flutes or wine glasses

There will always be other special occasions that the couple will celebrate. It is nice to give them monogrammed or etched champagne flutes or wine glass set for their home. Have the items wrapped and shipped directly to their home if you wish to buy from an online store. Offline stores may not offer etching or customization services, but some stores may refer you to a service shop for a cost.

(4) Customized beverage tub

As mentioned earlier, there will be occasions that the couple will celebrate in the months and years to come, so why not give them the gifts that they will need for entertaining guests. Customized beverage tubs may only be available online since you need to order it and have it etched or engraved with the couple’s last name or initials. Galvanized or tin tubs give that homey but rustic feel. Plastic tubs are also great since they are lightweight and can be painted with the couple’s initials. Best of all, this item is usually affordable. You can include other items such as beer mugs or ice buckets to complete the ensemble.

(5) Customized wedding photo quilt

This is a great way to have the couple remember their special day and of course you, the gift-giver. You need to ask the couple first regarding their favorite wedding photos before you can have the item custom-made. This gift is a post-wedding gift, but it is all worth it once the couple see the end product. You can also order it already framed from selected online stores.

Rustic Fall Wedding Decor Ideas to Bring Nature to Your Reception

Autumn brings the crisp weather we crave after a long hot summer along with the perfect weather for a wedding. There are no worries about guests sweltering in the heat, yet it is still warm enough to have your ceremony outdoors. Weddings in the fall also lend themselves to an array of rich colors for decorations and a variety of comforting, heart-warming food. By using nature as your inspiration, you can create elegant rustic fall wedding decor that brings in all the splendor of the season. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Rich Autumn Colors

Choose colors such as rust, burnt orange, wine and bronze to complement the season. Your wedding party will look beautiful when each attendant is wearing a different color found in fall leaves. Decorations for the wedding venue and the reception could include a mixture of all these colors or one dominant color. For example, you could use a rich bronze with splashes of orange, red and burgundy in your place settings, centerpieces and accessories.

Seasonal Fall Flowers

Flowers that are more easily found in the fall are mums, chrysanthemums, and daisies. Mums and chrysanthemums can be found in brilliant colors such as golden orange, crimson, and a soft golden brown. Adding wheat stalks, cornstalks and sunflowers are excellent ways to incorporate a harvest atmosphere into large displays for the end of the aisle and the entrances into the reception area. Instead of the flower girl basket being filled with rose petals, opt for silk leaves in the colors of fall. You can even get ones that are personalized with your names to use as part of your table décor.

Fall Wedding Venue Ideas

Depending on how late in the season you are having your wedding, it is wonderful to have it outdoors. Holding the wedding in a gazebo surrounded by trees will add a romantic touch to the ceremony as well as provide you with a fantastic backdrop for your photos. If the weather does not permit an outdoor event, bring as much of the outdoors into the wedding and reception as possible with the use of leaves, pumpkins, flowers and twigs. By arranging leaves on the tables and floor area, you can have the experience of being married outdoors without the cold weather.

Autumn Wedding Decorations

When designing the décor for your fall wedding, you can create an atmosphere reminiscent of the harvest season by using available items from nature. For a very casual and rustic wedding feel that would be great for an event on a farm, try covering hay bales with fabric for seating. Orange paper lanterns throughout the reception can give a nice glow in the evening whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors. For the actual ceremony decorations, you can also attach grapevines, wheat and dried corn to the chairs and bridal arch.

Food & Cake Inspired by the Season

Fall is associated with comfort food, the smell of hot apple cider, and pumpkin pies – all of which can be incorporated into the meal served at your reception. Have a hot drinks station where the guests can sip on a cup of cider or hot chocolate. Serve food buffet style and include traditional down-home cooking, such as casseroles, a hot potato station, or those foods typically found at a pot luck dinner. Another great idea is to have a barbecue by enlisting the help of a few friends to cook up ribs, burgers and sausages with a delicious barbecue sauce.

The cake is the show stopper for many weddings and a fall inspired wedding cake is no exception. Choose chocolate, spice, or carrot as the flavor of the cake and decorate it with edible leaves. Place silk leaves, gourds, apples or small pumpkins around the cake display table to add a delightful finishing touch.

Fall Inspired Wedding Favors

There are hundreds of options to choose from when deciding on the wedding favors. Purchase several varieties of seed packets and tie a piece of twine in a bow shape, attach to the seed packet and place one at each place setting. You can do this with forced bulbs as well by placing a few in a small burlap bag with a ribbon and tag attaché.

For fall inspired food favors, there are some great teas, cider and hot chocolate mixes that can be monogrammed or placed in colorful favor bags. Guests can then have a soothing hot drink the morning after your party while they rehash all the fun of the previous day.