WEDDING DATE: October 6, 2018 VENUE: The Mansfield Barn, Underhill, VT PHOTOS: (Jay Kennedy) Portrait Gallery THEME /COLOR PALETTE: Fall (Vermont) Season 4 MINUTE READ The Romance… Jim and I actually met on Plenty of Fish. Vermont is such a small state so we had both decided to try online dating.
The Mansfield Barn was featured in Vermont Bride Magazine’s Look Book ! – 11/25/19
When it comes to barn weddings, Vermont is considered the cream of the crop. Charming village inns, mountain top lodges and restored colonial structures? Yep, we’re sold! The Green Mountain State is nearly teeming with incredible wedding venues. Considering location, amenities, aesthetic and more, we’ve gathered our top choices for your rustic Vermont wedding.
It comes as no surprise that with the increasing popularity in barn weddings, there has been an equally popular rise in rustic and country fashion for saying “I do”. In the past weddings were only seen as formal affairs requiring black ties and elegant gowns, but luckily traditions have changed and the dress codes have relaxed a bit. Looking your best doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort or your unique style. Plus, along with the rustic, elegance of that barn wedding, has come new and unique fashion trends like cowboy (and girl) boots, floral print bridesmaid dresses, wildflower bouquets, and shorter, lacy gowns in ivory and mocha.
Here are some of our favorite fashion inspirations for your barn wedding fashion:
It used to be that bridesmaids all had to match – usually in ill-fitting and not very attractive gowns of satin. We love the idea of having each maid choose dresses of similar style and length, but with different floral prints. The dresses above all have a common color palette in common, but each dress highlights a different color and features prints of varying sizes and style.
image from www.greenweddingshoes.com
This is another example of the mismatched, floral dresses for your bridesmaids. These dresses match a little more closely in style, but still feature different patterns and colors.
Cowgirl boots don’t have to be your plain Jane brown or black. There are lots of gorgeous boots out there with lacy filigree details and wow worthy colors. We love how the bride in the pic above chose the teal colored boots, while her maids got matching, less flashy versions.
Don’t forget accessories! We love the look of flowers in bride’s hair and this crown is a stylish and sophisticated version that looks lovely in this softly curled, half up, half down hair style.
We can’t forget about the guys! It would be a good guess that most men would prefer to spend their wedding day in a comfy pair of Levis and some cowboy boots than a stuffy tux. It the relaxed, dressed down look is more your style and personality then why not? These guys still look handsome in charming with nice, matching jeans, brown vests, and cowboy hats to top it all off.
These guys dressed it up a little more with matching plaid dress shirts and khakis, but it is still less formal than your traditional suits and satin vests. The yellow boutonnière really pops against the blue and the groom is easy to spot with his red khakis and as the only guy wearing a tie.
There are a plethora of amazing and unique barn wedding ideas out there for how to plan and stylize your barn wedding. Most of them are rustic, but a few have an elegant spin on a country feel. You will find lots of ideas having to do with burlap, chalkboards, mason jars, leather, and lace. Wood elements also are popular, such as tree stump cake stands, branches draped with lights or decorated with escort cards, even birch trunk sections serving as sign holders.
We have collected some of our favorite ideas and products for decorating your barn wedding here:
This customized mason jar glass doubles for drinks at your reception and as a favor for guests to take when they leave. Be sure to keep a few for your household collection to enjoy at dinner parties for years to come. www.etsy.com/shop/ScissorMill
Hay bales can serve as multiple functions, from seating at the ceremony, to props in displays to set favors or a dessert display on. Used indoors or out they are an easy and affordable way of bringing a natural, rustic element to your reception.image from www.projectwedding.com
Wreaths can add drama and a pop of color and interest to the outside of the barn. Whether on the doors, hanging in the windows, or a large, oversized wreath on the side of the barn, it can be a statement making element that gives the barn that special added touch.
Galvanized pails are a versatile container that can be used in many different aspects of your wedding day. We love how these are flanking the aisles of chairs for a ceremony, with a simple array of wild flowers they look perfect in an open field by a barn. Smaller ones can be used for centerpiece displays at the reception, or large arrangements can decorate display tables for gifts, the guest book table, or even a buffet. You can also use small pails to house favors or little treats for your guests to sample.
Wooden signs are a perfect fit for a barn setting and weddings need lots and lots of signs! Easy to DIY, there are lots of options for making your own signs. Hand painted scraps of wood can simply be attached to stakes and put into the ground or anchored in a galvanized pail. Or purchase wooden letters from a craft store to spell out special words and paint whatever colors you want. Large pieces of pallets can be stenciled for big signs to direct guests for parking or to the venue from the road. Or for a more polished look, print a sign on nice linen cardstock and attach it to a piece of barn board with brash tacks or gold washi tape for a rustic frame.
While any color combination can look good in a wholesome, natural setting like a vintage barn, there are some colors that just seem to be made to showcase against a weather worn wooden building, and rustic hand cut beams. Here are some of our favorite barn wedding color palettes to be your inspirational juices flowing for your own barn wedding:
Barns have become one of the most popular locations for weddings in Vermont, New England, and beyond. Perhaps it’s because they bring a sense of history, a glimpse of times long past, when life and love were simpler and joining together in marriage was pure, wholesome, and uncomplicated. Or maybe it’s because barns are just so charming and full of character. Whatever it is, the barn wedding is here to stay and The Mansfield Barn is so excited to be a part of it. Here are some of our favorite, barn wedding inspiration images: