10th April 2018
Nothing says rustic, rural charm more than a barn wedding, and those on the rural wedding venue search will know just how beautiful barn locations can be. But what is it that makes them the feature of so many Pinterest boards, and why should a barn location be on your wish list?
Cosy wood frames, high ceilings, bucolic surroundings such as orchards or lakes – just thinking of a barn wedding venue brings to mind classical images of rural England. Not only will these key features give your wedding the rustic, traditional feel you’re looking for, but will provide endless admiration and talking points for your guests. At Blackstock Country Estate we truly live up to the expectations of a barn venue, with 2 large function barns, a soft play barn for the younger guests, and 70 acres of beautiful estate for guests to explore at their leisure on well maintained paths, while trying to spot some of our free roaming wildlife.
There’s no need to worry about photo-shoot locations with a barn wedding, as with large expanses of land come a large variety of photo-ops. And not only will there be plenty of photos from your big day, but they will most definitely be beautiful!
When you’re planning a wedding, the main inspiration for your outfits and décor is most likely going to be the venue. A barn wedding, with its closeness to nature, traditional buildings, and laid back feel, offers plenty of options for theme. Whether you decide to go for rustic elegance (see our blog on this), modern chic, fairy-tale or quirky, a barn setting will allow you to realise your dreams.
You’re not going to find a good barn in the middle of a noisy, cramped city! When you choose to hold your wedding at a barn venue, you benefit from the quiet, rural sanctuary of its location, meaning there will be nothing to distract from the beauty of your big day. For the duration of your wedding you will be segregated from the rest of the world along with your closest family and friends – so you have the perfect opportunity to escape day-to-day life and simply enjoy the magic of your wedding day!
The perfect wedding venue, however, will still have the essential transport links for you and your guests to get to the venue. Not only is Blackstock Country Estate in the perfect rural location for a classic countryside wedding (read our blog on our location) but is just 5 minutes off the A22, and only a 5 minute drive from Grade I listed St Pauls and St Peters church in Hellingly – perfect for those with dreams of a church ceremony.
It is commonly known that weddings held in a barn can sometimes become a little bit pricey, but don’t worry! The beauty of a barn wedding is that nothing says rustic like a bit of homemade. Rope in your creative friends or try a little DIY of your own, and have a go at making your own bunting, photo walls, centrepieces, and signs, and save on décor costs. Some rural venues, such as Blackstock Country Estate, include all furniture as part of the venue hire and offer catering packages, so you don’t have to worry about surprise costs.
You may also fear that due to the rustic nature of the venue that you may be facing a lack of modern amenities, such as toilets, proper electricity and parking. However contrary to popular belief many venues are now equipped with all of these things, fully updated to provide you with the luxuries of a modern building from within the traditional beauty of a barn.
Plus, don’t fret about fitting all of your guests into a space designed for keeping only chickens – larger estates like Blackstock have barns big enough to accommodate plenty of your beloved friends and family. We can offer space for up to 180 guests here, with plenty of room for both your ceremony and reception.
When you’re choosing a wedding venue, there are many different aspects to take into consideration, however the laid back beauty of a barn venue, combining the scenic, natural landscape and stunning traditional architecture makes a choice worthy of serious consideration.
Here at Blackstock Country Estate, the modernisation of our countryside venue makes for a stunning place to get married. and with the variety of packages and support on offer from our team, it is a wonderful option for the dream barn wedding. To find out more, get in touch.