By Georgina Guest
With the wedding venue taking the largest chunk of the budget, finding your dream venue is the biggest and most important decision a couple will make (other than choosing your life partner that is!). A whopping 28% of all weddings opted for a barn/farm as their venue of choice. Closely followed by country houses/rural stately homes who pipped hotels to take to 2nd place.
So why is everyone heading to the country?
Country weddings are bursting with an idealistic and romantic charm that is unrivalled by other venues and it seems they are ever growing in popularity. With lives and work growing busier than ever alongside the ongoing pressure of holding an Instagram worthy wedding, couples want to step away from the busy hustle and bustle of their daily life to surround themselves in the laidback beauty and rustic ambience of a country wedding.
Relaxed and informal are the buzz words of choice, couples are embracing the country theme in all aspects of their wedding planning and design. With stunning views over the rolling hills, picturesque gardens alongside the beauty of authentic age-old stonework and rustic oak beaming, this really is a style that has stood the test of time and will never go out of fashion and seriously what is not to love?
The ultimate ‘Instagram-able’ Shots!
With the ‘to die for’ views surrounding the venues for acres, country wedding imagery is seriously as good as it gets. Finding the right photographer is essential when trying to capture that natural, laidback look, but when you have unobstructed views literally on the doorstep you have no worries about where you will get your best shots. And, if you are lucky enough, you may even be greeted by some of the locals for a real touch of country charm!
Most country barn venues are the perfect blank canvas and hold infinite possibilities for adding those breath-taking details. Go ‘wild’ with your décor and let it reflect the rustic country style. By bringing the outside in, the glorious views will be mirrored throughout all areas of your wedding day. Beautiful in its simplicity, rustic décor is full of stunning green foliage, authentic aged wood and simple yet effective jars of candles all set off by strings of festoon lighting overhead.
An abundance of wildflowers framing the ‘I do’ moment, reflected throughout the day in simple centrepieces and stunning relaxed bouquets all echoing the soft pastel colour scheme which sets off the authentic natural colour tone of the stone and oak perfectly!
Head for the hills
Obviously, if you are after the decadent glamour of a black tie, crystal encrusted ballroom wedding then the open fields and simplistic charm of a country wedding is not for you. But if your dreams are full of the quintessential country wedding, then head for hills to the peaceful, private, relaxed venues that are packed full of rural beauty – it’s where dreams really do come true!