Barns are a classic choice for an English wedding, as we have so many beautiful barn wedding venues throughout the UK and in and around Dorset . With their gorgeous rustic feel, stone floors and wooden interiors, barns are perfect for couples who want something relaxed yet romantic. Enjoy the countryside views, beams strewn with fairy lights and bunting and beautiful photo opportunities, all while enjoying modern heating and sound systems. Most barn venues allow 'dry hire' where you have complete freedom to choose your own caterers and suppliers.
Barn venues are ideal if you’ve always dreamed of a countryside wedding, as by their nature they tend to be in beautiful rural areas, with fabulous views of rolling fields. As well as lots of peace and quiet, this means plenty of space for your guests to spread out. As some barn venues are part of working farms, you may find there are even some animals present on your wedding day!
Whether you're hoping for an intimate family gathering or a huge celebration, barns come in many different sizes so there'll be one that will work for you. You can use our filters to choose what capacity you would like and this will then show you wedding barns that will work for you.
Barn wedding venues are perfect for you if:
- You'd like your big day to be set in a countryside environment with animals around.
- You want flexibility when it comes to the reception and ceremony set-up.
- You want something that works in every season.
Barn Wedding Venues in Dorset FAQ
How much will I have to pay to hire a barn for my wedding?
Some couples are surprised to find that barns can cost the same as manor house wedding venues. As rustic wedding venues are increasingly in demand, barns are very popular with UK brides, which means that you’ll have to be a little flexible with your wedding date to save some pennies. Consider marrying on a weekday, or in an off-peak season. Barn venues look just as beautiful in early Spring and late Autumn as they do in Summer, so you can afford to pick a season with less competition.
What themes work well at a barn wedding venue?
Classic English garden and vintage wedding themes are ideal for a barn, as the natural textures, stones and woods work perfectly together. However, you shouldn’t feel that you can only have a rustic wedding theme! You can easily throw a glamorous black tie wedding in a barn venue in Dorset - simply hang chandeliers and add plenty of luxurious floral arrangements and candles to your tables. Festival weddings and more casual, colourful themes are also brilliant in barn venues, as the colours really pop.
Will a barn venue be cold?
The short answer is, no! Whether they’re modern and renovated or traditional and rustic, most barn wedding venues have adequate central heating installed to prevent your guests getting chilly if you are marrying in the Winter months, or the weather isn’t perfect. As well as indoor heating, you may also have the option to consider fire pits or patio heaters to keep your guests warm. If you’re having a winter wedding in a barn, then you should be well catered for, but you may want to provide blankets or fleeces in the evening gets chilly!
Can I have fireworks at my barn wedding?
As some barns in Dorset are part of farms, they often have restrictions on fireworks to avoid scaring animals. This also applies to sky lanterns and non-natural confetti. If you’re dreaming of fireworks at your barn wedding, we recommend filtering your barn venue search by Fireworks Permitted.
What if my guests want to stay over?
Unlike a hotel or manor house wedding venue, barn wedding venues are less likely to have accommodation on site. Some barns in Dorset may have nearby cottages or B&Bs as part of their grounds, but often you’ll have to travel a little further afield for guest accommodation. Consider putting on transport or arranging taxis for your guests, and making a weekend in the country out of it.