Why a Rustic Barn Setting is the Perfect Wedding Venue in Fort Myers 

by TJ Cannamela June 14th, 2021

When it comes to your wedding venue, Fort Myers offers a library of beautiful options. But for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wedding, nothing beats a rustic barn.

You're hardly the only couple that thinks so. Where Gen X and Baby Boomers opted for formal weddings, a staggering 15% of couples chose a barn, farm, or ranch for their wedding in 2017--staggering because it's a far cry away from 2% of couples who choose to do the same in 2009.

What makes rustic wedding venues in Fort Myers so special? Here's why you should consider a rustic barn wedding venue.

The Beauty of Rustic Wedding Venues in Fort Myers

You're not a cookie-cutter bride. So why would you want a cookie-cutter wedding?

Rustic weddings run the gamut, but couples who choose the style fall into a mindset more than a demographic. A rustic wedding venue is chosen by couples with one thing in common: they want a nod to the past without being stuffy, an allusion to history without feeling old, presenting a version of the past that's comfortable and approachable. Above all, though, it's about wanting an intimate affair.

These days, couples like you aren't looking for a huge party. You want an intimate affair to celebrate with your loved ones. Rustic wedding venues, especially rustic barn venues, offer you a chance to settle in, enjoy yourselves, and start the next chapter of your life on the right note.

Benefits of a Barn Wedding

Why opt for the same old hotel wedding when you could make your big day totally unique? Plus, a barn wedding comes with a number of benefits for the right bride and groom.

Dream of a DIY Bride

If you're the kind of crafty, artsy bride who would rather make everything by hand than order from a catalog (all those odds and ends add up!) then a barn wedding venue is the perfect match for your DIY style.

Unlike a hotel, where the DIY decorations would stand out (and look a bit out of place), a rustic barn is the type of backdrop made for DIY details.

For one thing, the venue is much more laid-back and personal, which lends itself well to laid-back and personal details like DIY floral arrangements or place cards. In an artfully undone type of setting, DIYs are a much better match than formal, expert-made decor. Plus, in a rustic setting, less really is more--with timeworn materials and features with lots of character, barns practically decorate themselves. All you need is the little touches that make it your own.

For another, a rustic barn itself calls to mind the notion of working with your hands. Adding your own personal touch (literally) to that nostalgia is the perfect complement to the whole look.

Laid-Back (But Beautiful) Landscape

Your wedding is so much more than just the ceremony and the reception. This is your fairy tale with the person you want to spend your life with. And when you look back on your wedding photos, the backdrop is part of that fairy tale.

The great thing about rustic wedding venues in Fort Myers is that they offer a ton of character and gorgeous natural scenery. Why go for over-the-top photos when Mother Nature can give you the perfect wedding photos? Plus, with a laid-back landscape, the focus is where it belongs: on the happy couple.

Merge Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Of course, the beauty of rustic barns goes well beyond a great photo op. The whole point of a barn is to bring together outdoor and indoor spaces so that farmers can bring animals in and out as needed.

When a rustic barn hosts a wedding, you can take advantage of that indoor-outdoor happy medium to craft your dream wedding. You can have the ceremony inside the barn and then have your reception under the stars, all in one beautiful location with no compromise required.

Starting Your Next Chapter in a Place with History

Do you find yourself looking at hotel weddings and wondering where all the personality went? Rustic wedding venues, especially barns, have a ton of personality to offer your wedding.

One of the fun things about rustic barns is that no two barns are quite the same. They've all been adapted in slightly different ways to transform into a dream wedding venue, but they all retain their own unique sense of character. The result is a wedding venue that feels uniquely yours.

Plus, for those who love a sense of history, this is the perfect place to start your next chapter. After all, this barn wasn't always a wedding venue. Now, you get to be a part of the place's unique history, and that unique history informs your wedding experience.

How to Make Barn Wedding Venues Extra Magical

The joy of rustic wedding venues is that they already bring a ton of character. They also give couples a lot of leeway to add their own personal stamp, a way to take the venue to the next level and transform it into your own unique romantic oasis.

For example, string lights are popular for rustic weddings and well suited to adding some magic in a barn, but you can also go above and beyond. You could try elevating lanterns above your reception table to bring in that rustic appeal--bonus points for beautiful mismatched lanterns.

Since you're in a barn, why not lean into those details with your decor? You can use it to create visual focal points, like barrel bars. Or, if you'd like to keep the rustic look without feeling too much like a farm, opt for beautiful boho chic details like a rustic wooden arch draped with beautiful greenery.

Find Your Beautiful Wedding Venue Fort Myers

When it comes time to choose your wedding venue, Fort Myers offers a number of gorgeous rustic venues. But for a truly unforgettable experience, Buckingham Farms would be proud to make your dream wedding a reality.

We take pride in delivering high-quality food, fresh produce, and most of all, memorable moments to our friends, family, and Southwest Florida community. Our gorgeous rustic barn is located in an acre of oak trees, and our wedding mentality is simple: to give you the classic country charm, elegant lighting, and rustic beauty to make your special day truly one-of-a-kind.

If you're ready to start planning your dream wedding, get in touch today to speak with our Events Coordinator about how we can make your wedding day special.