Many couples throw out the word “rustic” when describing their dream destination wedding. It is certainly on-trend to include down-to-earth elements in any event these days, but rustic style can mean anything from twine wrapped votives all the way to a barefoot barn dance. Take a look at these top ten sites, each offering a unique background where you can build the picture-perfect destination wedding for any client interested in a rustic vibe.
1. 48 Fields Farm – Leesburg, VA
Variety is the watchword for this property featuring three barns, two houses, and a cottage with a plethora of choices for ceremony, receptions, and staging areas. With modern furnishings and renovations, one bride described this venue as “rustic, but not country.”
2. Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn – Berrien Springs, MI
It’s the real deal, an actual historic working farm, founded in the 1870s. This site feels like a retreat into country and the past, but in reality, it is only about 90 minutes from Chicago with many hotels nearby.
3. Dos Pueblos Ranch – Goleta, CA
If you are looking for a jaw dropping property, this one has the wow factor. This is not your standard farm turned wedding venue; the site has layers of California history dating back to 1542. The aesthetic of this huge property is a little grittier with some weathered facades and encroaching greenery, which provide an edgy backdrop for photos. Want an even more unique experience? Dos Pueblos offers a “glamping” option for groups to stay onsite in luxury tents!
4. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, NY
Blue Hill is the ultimate in rustic elegance. This venue is primarily a world-class restaurant offering seasonal and locally sourced cuisine. Ceremonies are set on the immaculate grounds, and receptions in the HayLoft portion of the dining room. This location offers a quaint pastoral feel, elevated to the standard of a chic New York soiree. Blue Hill is the right location for the bride who wants a country atmosphere without forgoing the pomp and circumstance of a formal wedding.
5. The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park – Evergreen, CO
This location is all about the barn itself, which is actually a composite built from the parts of five historic barns. It features soaring stained glass windows as well as log cabin style walls, that you simply must see for yourself. Of course, this wild Colorado property is also stunning, surrounded by 100 acres of meadows forest and a reservoir. Even better, this venue can accommodate up to 225 guests in Western downhome style.
6. Kelley Farm – Bonney Lake, WA
Comfort meets country at this venue, which has just about everything you need for a picture-perfect wedding day. Unique touches all over the property add sparkle and style, including a heated floor in the “rustic-glam” barn! Brides will also enjoy a darling, well-appointed cottage just for their personal use. Flexibility is a watchword for this destination, as there are ample indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding activities of all kinds.
7. The Blue Dress Barn – Benton Harbor, MI
One of the very first wedding barns in the country, The Blue Dress is a whimsical, vine-covered locale run by two artists. This spot is a perfect fit for quirky couples who will appreciate the vintage feel carefully cultivated by the owners. Near the banks of Lake Michigan, this midwestern gem is sure to lure the bride who wants a venue as unique as she is.
8. Stonover Farm – Lenox, MA
This luxury inn is a quaint New England getaway that really provides it all. Once you reserve your wedding date, the entire property is yours for the whole weekend. Unlike many other sites which have curfews and restrictions, Stonover Farm gives free reign to the couple, allowing an unlimited number of events and full use of all facilities and grounds, including accommodations. Because of the many extra comforts provided to guests, this venue does come with a larger price tag, but for the couple that really wants to indulge this Berkshire retreat is without compare.
9. The West Monitor Barn – Richmond, VT
This is your classic red barn complete with white trim and weathervane, which makes for a quintessential country feel. Not only that, couples can feel good about choosing this venue as the proceeds go towards the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, which employs thousands of young people across the state. The site is also considered a green wedding venue, complete with onsite composting and organic produce for sale. Another plus, this tremendous space can comfortably seat two hundred guests!
10. Vista West Ranch – Dripping Springs, TX
This venue is a unique blend of rustic bohemian and industrial chic. The one-of-a-kind barn is composed of aged tin and glass, with a weathered wood interior. In addition to the stunning event space, there are a variety of on-site accommodations for groups including a honeymoon cottage and a tree house that sleeps fourteen. Fire pits are also available for use on property, making this the perfect place for a campout wedding in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
With this variety of settings, we are sure you will be able to avoid the one-size-fits-all approach to a rustic wedding. Whether a sophisticated vineyard retreat or a country campout, finding the right kind of rustic location for the couple will ensure that happily ever after starts from the moment they arrive.