Wedding barns have surged in popularity, offering a unique blend of rustic charm and sophisticated elegance for your big day. These venues are ideal for couples seeking a less traditional setting for their celebration. However, before you commit to this bucolic backdrop, there are crucial details you must consider. We will walk you through seven key things you need to know before signing that barn wedding contract.

1.Budgeting ConsiderationsTop view of notebook with words “wedding checklist” and pen, in a table with leaves.

 While barn weddings can be visually stunning, they may also come with hidden expenses that you might not encounter in a traditional venue. Some barns are just structures and come with nothing else, meaning you’ll need to rent everything – tables, chairs, even electricity, and bathrooms – which can significantly impact your budget. Be sure to inquire about what’s included in the price and what you’ll need to provide so you can budget accurately. Ensure to account for possible additional costs such as event insurance, cleanup, and trash removal services.

2.Accessibility and Comfort

As quaint and picturesque as they may be, wedding barns are often located in remote, rural settings. Ensure that the location is easily reachable for your guests and that there’s ample parking available. Comfort is also a significant factor. Barns might not come equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning or heating, making them potentially uncomfortable in extreme weather. Check whether your venue can provide portable heaters or fans if needed. Also, consider the restroom facilities – a barn in the middle of a field might not have built-in toilets, so you might need to rent portable ones.

3.Legal Requirements and Restrictions

Before you proceed with a barn wedding, it’s crucial to understand the legal requirements and potential restrictions. These can vary depending on the location and the specific barn venue. Some barns might not be licensed for public events, and obtaining a permit can be a lengthy and complicated process. Also, there may be noise ordinances in place, limiting your festivities or requiring you to end the celebration early. Fire safety regulations could restrict what decor you can use – for instance, real candles may be prohibited. Consult with the venue owners about these aspects and consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator familiar with local laws and regulations to ensure you stay compliant.

4.Location and Accessibility

When considering a barn wedding, the venue’s location plays a pivotal role in your decision-making process. These venues are typically nestled in pastoral settings, often far from urban conveniences. While this seclusion can add unique charm and privacy, it may also pose logistical challenges.

 First, consider the commute for your guests. If the barn is located at a considerable distance, you may need to arrange transportation or accommodations, adding to your expenses. Second, consider the accessibility of the venue itself. Is it easily accessible, or does it require traversing rough terrain? If you have elderly guests or those with mobility issues, you need to ensure their comfort and safety. Finally, consider the available parking. A barn located in a remote rural area may not provide adequate parking space, so you will need to plan accordingly.

5.Capacity and Space Planning

One of the most critical aspects to consider when planning a barn wedding is the venue’s capacity and the space available. Barns vary immensely in size; some may comfortably accommodate a large guest list, while others might be more suited to intimate gatherings. Ensure that the barn you choose can comfortably fit all your guests, keeping in mind the space needed for a dance floor, band or DJ setup, and dining area. 

6.Amenities and Services

The types of amenities and services offered by your barn venue can significantly influence the overall experience of your wedding. Some barn venues may provide ‘full-service’ packages, which include catering, beverage services, and even coordination services. Other barns might simply offer the space, leaving you to source and coordinate all the other aspects of your event. Be clear about what is included to avoid any surprises. 

7.Weather Contingencies

Planning for weather contingencies is critical when you’re organizing a barn wedding, especially if you plan to use the outdoor space. While barns provide shelter, they may not completely protect your celebration from the elements. In the event of rain, wind, or extreme temperatures, you might need additional coverings or heaters. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in place. Check whether your venue can provide pop-up tents or marquees if needed. You could also consider renting these items in advance if the forecast looks uncertain close to the wedding date.

8.Licensing and PermitsCouple standing in kitchen while they talk and look at tablet.

Licensing and permits are crucial considerations when planning a barn wedding. Depending on the local regulations and the specific barn venue, you may need to secure various licenses and permits for your event. For instance, a liquor license may be required if you plan to serve alcohol, and a music license could be necessary for livemusic or a DJ. Some barn venues may already hold these licenses, but it’s essential to confirm this in advance.

 Furthermore, permits may be needed for aspects like fireworks or special lighting effects. Ensure to check the local ordinances and venue rules about obtaining necessary licenses or permits. A professional wedding coordinator or planner can be beneficial in navigating these legal intricacies to ensure your event runs smoothly and lawfully.

9.Reviews and References

When choosing a barn venue for your wedding, it’s prudent to consider reviews and references from previous clients. This will provide an insight into the quality of service provided by the venue owners and any potential issues that might not be immediately apparent. Look for online reviews, ask the venue for references, or even reach out to people who have used the venue before through social media. 

Their firsthand experiences can be incredibly valuable in helping you make an informed decision. Be sure to consider both positive and negative reviews and understand that every event is unique, so what might have been a problem for one person may not necessarily apply to your wedding. However, patterns of consistent complaints (or praises) can give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the venue.

10. Booking Your Ideal Wedding Barn Venue

If you are looking for a venue with rustic charm nestled in the serene Georgia Blue Ridge area, Staurolite Barn in Mineral Bluff is your destination. With our unique blend of rural charm and modern amenities, we are committed to making your big day an unforgettable experience. Don’t wait – your dream barn wedding is just a phone call away. Reach out on our website or at (706) 670-9167 and start planning your perfect wedding today!


Staurolite Barn’s indoor and outdoor venue is open during all seasons of the year for you to schedule your event. Curious about what else we can offer in our event space? Have any questions about our space or venue? Contact us today to get all of your questions answered!