Opting for a rustic barn wedding, are we? Congratulations!
It’s not everyday that a couple decides to get married in a barn, which is a venue that often lends itself to more nature-and country inspired aesthetics. But before you go down your wedding checklist, have you already decided what to wear on a barn wedding?
Now, we know it can be tricky! After all, most couples would rather sip champagne under a crystal chandelier. But just because you’re getting married at a barn doesn’t mean you have to forgo elegance. Quite the contrary, in fact, which is why we decided to provide you with this guide on what to wear to a barn wedding, especially if you want to go DIY (read: plan your nuptials without a wedding planner).
So, whether you already have the aesthetic picked out or need a little bit of nudge in the right direction, this guide should help you be smitten and not bitten (by mosquitoes, that is!) Let’s start!
As the real star of the show (sorry groom, just smile from the side for now… alright?), the bride’s attire should complement the barn’s fairy lights and rolling hills outside.
Luckily, there’s plenty of choices to pick from. You can either pick a lace dress, an open back, one with floral cut-outs, a bohemian style, or even a classic A-line dress. A ball gown is also a great pick, but there’s a possibility that it can drag on the grass or get stepped on, so we recommend at least an ankle-length dress so there’s still movement when you dance the night away after the ceremony!
As for footwear, ivory wedges or embellished sandals are both great picks. But if you’re worried about walking around uneven terrain, then going for boots with heels that won’t sink will also help you!
Okay, you can stop smiling from the side now, it’s your turn. However, you may want to leave the black tie at home for the time being, as we recommend a classic suit in a neutral color like gray or navy!
That said, a rustic-themed wedding might require some more personality, so if you’re still wondering what to wear to a barn wedding, adding a patterned tie, bowtie or pocket square can also help. Of course, you can go full rustic by wearing suspenders! Pairing blue jeans with a blazer and a Stetson will also fit the occasion. Then, finish the look with some well-polished and comfortable boots – one that’s perfect for dancing the night away with your bride.
Just remember, if you’re at a loss on what to wear to a barn wedding, just remember to keep it simple and stick to either neutral or Earth-tones.
Bridesmaids are more than just the bride’s closest friends and family, they’re also her right-hand women, which means their outfit matters just as much! Thankfully, there are a ton of options that bridesmaids can wear on a rustic barn wedding.
For us personally, long and flowy maxi dresses would look very chic, especially if they’re in muter colors sage green, dusty rose, or soft lavender. If you want to add more variety, then all the bridesmaids can also wear floral dresses in these different colors, especially when pictured against the venue’s beautiful scenery! Of course, make sure you coordinate with your wedding photographer as well to make sure everything is aligned.
Here’s a pro-tip: Consider mix-and-match styles to add a touch of individuality while maintaining a cohesive look, and pair the outfit with comfy flats or boots to make sure nobody trips on the grass (at least, before everybody starts enjoying drinks at the reception party!)
Groomsmen can take a cue from the groom’s attire but with a more laid-back twist, just so they don’t overpower him. For example, they can coordinate their suits in complementary shades and textures to create a cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy… or looking smoother than the actual groom!
Of course, that doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun! For example, they can wear cowboy boots (howdy!), quirky socks, or personalized accessories like rustic boutonnieres (how do you read that word again).
Patterned shirts and ties are also a great choice to make sure nobody looks out of place in the family wedding photos.
Choosing the right outfit as a wedding guest can be a bit tricky, but the key is to strike a balance between casual and sophisticated. Women can opt for sundresses or maxi dresses in floral or pastel prints, paired with comfortable sandals or ankle boots.
Meanwhile, men can iron their best chinos or dress pants and pair them with a crisp button-down shirt or a polo. Then, they can add a stylish hat for a touch of rustic flair.
Dress for the Weather – Barn weddings often mean outdoor ceremonies and receptions. So, make sure you come prepared for varying temperatures and weather conditions. Layering is key here – bring a light jacket or shawl for cooler evenings or unexpected breezes. In fact, we recommend the same for any outdoor nuptials, such as beach weddings or even a backyard wedding.
Mind the Terrain – Keep in mind that barn venues may have uneven terrain. So, opt for footwear that’s practical, like flats, boots, or comfortable block heels. This is especially crucial for the bridal party and guests who may be walking on grass or gravel. Nobody wants to trip on their wedding day!
Accessorize Thoughtfully – Accessories can make or break an outfit. For a barn wedding, consider incorporating natural elements like floral crowns, wooden jewelry, or leather accents.
Opt for Breathable Fabrics – Barn weddings often take place in warmer months, so choose breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. This is especially important for the bride and groom, who may be in their attire for an extended period.
Coordinate, Don’t Match – For the bridal party and groomsmen, coordinating colors and styles create a visually appealing look without appearing too uniform or *gulp* boring! This way, each member can add a bit of their personality (like your cousin that really, really wants to wear his favorite cowboy hat), all without stealing the show (that’s for their own wedding, not here!)
Be Mindful of Traditions – If the couple has specific cultural or family traditions, consider incorporating them into your outfit choices. This adds a personal touch and shows respect for the couple’s background.
And there you go – some pro-tips on what to wear to a barn wedding!
While it’s not the go-to venue for most couples, barns definitely provide their own unique experience and aesthetic, and the only way to maximize it is by keeping your outfits in theme!
So, whether you’re thinking about outfits for the bride, groom, bridal party, or even the guests, finding the perfect balance between elegance and rustic is definitely the way to go, so do keep these tips in mind (we worked very hard on it!)
And just in case you don’t have a wedding photographer yet to document this wonderful day, then why not work with us at Photo Kings? With our expert photography team by your side, we will ensure that each special moment is captured… whether it’s the bridal’s magical walk down the aisle (do barns have aisles??) or the groom busting out his two-step dance moves at the wedding reception.
Of course, all of that comes with our signature customer service and friendly rates. So, contact us today or fill up our quote form and we’ll immediately get in touch. Happy rustic wedding planning, y’all!