The barn at Rustic Manor 1848 lit up at night.
DELAFIELD — We’re well into fall, which has become peak
wedding season with September and October tying June as
the most popular month, according to wedding website The
Knot. If the trend holds true, many wedding parties will
be dancing the night away in a barn.
a barn. An increasing number of couples — especially
younger ones — are getting married in a rustic setting.
In fact, 15 percent of couples chose a barn, farm or
ranch for their wedding receptions in 2017, up from just
3 percent in 2009, according to one study.
believe that barn weddings are so popular because
setting a tone for your wedding day is just as important
as selecting a theme. The atmosphere that surrounds a
barn wedding is comforting and inviting,” said Whitney
Shneyder, owner and event planner for Rustic Manor 1848
in Hartland. “With all the stress that goes into
planning a wedding, I think couples see a barn as a kind
of sanctuary where they can embrace their roots,
showcase their creativity and encompass all the beauty
that Wisconsin has to offer into their big day.”
Studies reveal that millennial couples often gravitate
towards settings that say something about their
personalities. By choosing to get married in a barn or
other rustic milieu, a couple might want to show that
they have an affinity for nature, or that they like
couple who were married at Rustic Manor 1848 have their
on the wedding venue’s grounds.
Barns may be slowly edging more traditional wedding
locations out of the top spot. The most recent Real
Weddings Study from The Knot divulges that barns are
among the most popular reception venues booked in 2017.
Banquet halls are still the most popular, according to
17 percent of the survey respondents, but they have been
losing ground, dropping from 27 percent in 2009. In that
same survey, hotels and country clubs came in at 12
percent and 10 percent, respectively.
Carolyn Hewitt, owner of the Barn at Trinity Peak in the
Town of Oconomowoc since 2015, believes that many
couples are turning away from the formality of a
traditional wedding because it is not their style. There
is less pressure to have everything perfect with a barn
wedding, but these venues can be whatever the couple
wants, Hewitt says. “They can have the wedding indoors
or outdoors, have a sit-down dinner or an outdoor
barbecue. They can go from one extreme to the other.
That’s the beautiful thing; you can make it your own,
including using your own caterer and vendors,” she said.
Despite the rustic appearance, these barns may be
anything but primitive, providing the most in creature
comforts including comfortable restrooms (no porta-potties,
please), dressing rooms for the wedding party, and more.
“We pride ourselves in hosting weddings as small as 50
guests to as large as 300 guests. Our unique design
allows us to make each event, no matter the size, feel
comfortable,” Shneyder said. “We also offer
transportation to and from local hotels, wedding
planning, assistance with day of decorating, string
lighting services, wedding photographers and more.”
The barn at Rustic Manor
decorated for a wedding.
or rustic weddings offer an escape from everyday life
for people who live in urban areas and are looking for a
haven in a country setting that appears calmer and less
complicated. It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of
celebrating your special day in the Wisconsin
countryside, surrounded by fabulous views and wildlife.
wedding venues might not be available year-round. “We
don’t do the weddings in very cold months. The barn is
heated, but there is no insulation. We primarily have
weddings May through October. In November we host fewer
weddings and more special events,” Hewitt said.
barn weddings be a lasting trend? Wisconsin currently
has about 250 barn venues hosting weddings, and the
number continues to grow.
Wedding planners differ, but many think they’re here to
stay because of their versatility. “I feel like it will
last because you can make it your own. That’s the
beautiful thing about a barn wedding,” said Hewitt, who
is booking into 2020.