There’s just something about a Barn wedding that I really love. I’m not 100% sure what it is, but I think there’s just a particular kind of couple that goes for barn weddings. Usually, they want a less formal day that is relaxed and they almost certainly end up with a great party dance floor. I love the rustic vibes, the countryside settings and the autumnal colours that wedding barns naturally have and I tell you what, as a Midlands Wedding Photographer, we are spoiled for choice here for barn wedding venues.
This list consists of my 10 Top Wedding Barn Venues in The Midlands and is not in any order. Each venue on the list I’ve had the pleasure of photographing at least once, so I’ve been there and seen just how well these venues work.
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing lots of weddings at Mythe Barn and It’s one of my favourite venues. Maybe that’s because it’s the closest wedding venue to my house or maybe it’s because it has everything you need for a great wedding venue. It can be found on the countryside borders of Warwickshire and Leicestershire and the views are stunning in all directions.
The interior of the three barns has more of a contemporary feel than a traditional barn venue, opting for white walls over bare brick. They have kept the glorious wooden beams throughout and this just adds a little of that rustic charm back to the rooms whilst still feeling bright and airy.
There are three main indoor. A glorious high-ceiling barn for the ceremonies, a large barn for food & evening reception and then the ‘Grain Store’ for the afternoon drinks. Having a room for each part of your wedding day really does help make the day flow smoothly. On top of this, the courtyard and the grounds outside the front offer beautiful spaces for your wedding when the weather is right.
There is onsight accommodation and a honeymoon suite with a bridal preparation room. Mythe Barn truely is a venue where you can have your whole day at. – See Website
Swallows Nest Barn is situated right on the edge of the Cotswolds just down the road from Warwick. When it comes to beautiful surrounding scenery, The Swallows Nest Barn is hard to beat. The fields surroundings are covered in different farming crop and there’s a wooded area (where you can have a ceremony) and wildflower meadow just up the driveway.
The main venue has two function rooms. The old 19th-century barn plays hosts to civil ceremonies and your wedding breakfast whilst the newer building is perfect for the evening shenanigans. On a dry day, the courtyard is the perfect place to host your afternoon cocktail hour and there’s even space for some garden games.
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings at Swallows Nest and I’m always excited when one is on the calendar – See Website
Shustoke Barns is probably my most photographed wedding venue and every time I visit it still feels special. It can be found in the countryside of Warwickshire and the barn is set around its own private courtyard.
It’s an 18th Century red brick barn that can play host to 140 guests for your ceremony but you can have up to 200 people for the evening party. The staff are second to none and always on hand to help make the day go smoothly.
The main Barn is where you will spend the main parts of the wedding day as it doubles up as the ceremony & reception room but you never feel limited with space. For rainy days there is a separate attick room & bar area for the drinks reception, but when it’s dry, the courtyard comes into its own. I’ve spent many hours capturing natural candid pictures of wedding guests basking in the sun and laughing like mad in that courtyard.
In the evening’s candles get lit, fire pits are set alight and the trees outside the front of the venue are aluminate with festoon lights that are a must for a few evening portraits. – See Website
The Cowshed is the perfect Barn wedding venue if you want complete control and a full DIY wedding. It basically comes as a blank canvas and you turn it into your own unique wedding barn venue.
The 18th Century Cowshed can seat 120 for your ceremony and can host 150 evening guests. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside and farm buildings that make for some cool quirky wedding portraits.
When you book the Cowshed you actually hire it for four days so that you can prepare it for two days, have the wedding of your dreams on the third day and have a final day to pack down. There’s no ‘wedding factory feel’ with this venue.
If complete DIY is your thing, check out the Cowshed wedding Venue – See Website
I had the pleasure of recently photographic a wedding at Primrose Hill farm and I was wowed by the barns and the surrounding space, It really is special. On one side of the barns is an orchard, lawns and a pool and the other has endless views and fields that the sun sets over perfectly.
It is located at the top of Oxfordshire and has three main barns so that your day utilises the whole of the venue. It’s a big space and you can have up to 180 guests at night.
Once the celebrations have finished there’s a stunning farmhouse that can be used as accommodation for you and 10 of your guests. Perfect for when you just want to collapse at the end of the party. You can also stay the night before too. – See Website
Redhouse Barn Wedding venue is based in Worcestershire. This place has won numerous awards at the Wedding Industry Awards and many other award bodies and it’s easy to see why. They manage to blend traditional rustic elements with contemporary stylings all set within 5 acres of the Worcestershire countryside.
There are two barns available for wedding ceremonies depending on the size you want and there’s even a dedicated outdoor area for those wanting a ceremony amongst the elements. For afternoon drinks there’s a reception area with a bar and the evening all takes place in the massive Timber Barn which can accommodate 200 guests.
Outside are some beautiful lawns and garden areas for some couples portraits.
Finally, There’s a purpose-built bridal suite for morning preparations and also a beautiful honeymoon suite for the newlyweds to spend their first night. For guests, there’s plenty of local hotels in the area. – See Website
You may be forgiven for thinking I’ve made a mistake by adding a venue to this list with the word ‘Hall’ in the title however, Gorcott Hall offers both the old hall building and also barns to help make this wedding venue one of my favourites. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting here a few times and it never disappoints.
For those wanting a smaller ceremony, the old Hall building is perfect and it overlooks the beautiful gardens. For larger ceremonies, the reception barn can be turned in to a rustic ceremony room. Your afternoon drinks can be had in the hall or outside in the beautiful green gardens and lawns and then it’s back to the reception barn for dinner and partying.
There are 14 acres of land to this wedding venue and I love to explore it when we do the couples portraits. There is a small lake, colourful flowers and an open field to make sure we get some epic couples shots. – See Website
The Hundred House’s 17th Century Tithe Barn is licensed for Civil Marriage Ceremonies and gives you that intimate rustic wedding feels as soon as you walk through the doors. Its exposed brick and Oak Beams are complemented by the chandelier that really takes your breath away. The barn doubles as the ceremony space and also the party space.
During your cocktail hour and on sunny nights you have access to multiple garden spaces that are lush with greenery. When I first shot at this venue the bride and groom turned one of the gardens into an old-style fairground with game stalls.
The hotel on the grounds has lots of accommodation for you and your guests.
Located in Telford, this award-winning venue (we’re talking best wedding venue in the West Midlands at the TWIA) is worth a look around – See Website
This venue is pretty new compared to most of the barn venues on this list and It’s a purpose-built wedding barn venue. It has its own lake, three big oak-framed wedding barns, outdoor terraces, loads of onsite accommodation and 8 acres of landscaped gardens. You can have your whole day and night here.
It’s located in Shropshire and is run by an award-winning team that, every time I’ve been there, have been extremely on the ball making the wedding day run just right.
It truly is a venue you have to see to get why it has become one of the hottest barn wedding venues in the Midlands. – See The Website
It’s been a while since I photographed at Dodford Manor but have a few weddings booked in soon. Dodford is another award-winning venue and it is set in the countryside of Northamptonshire.
You will find two beautiful barns here to host your day. The old Mortain Barn will be where your ceremony is and this brick building has all the rustic charm you will ever need.
The lighter Oak Barn is perfect for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. There are some beautiful lawns and garden areas for you to explore and get some great wedding portraits in and if that isn’t enough, the views that stretch for miles should do it for you.
There isn’t any onsite accommodation but hotels are only a stone throw away. For morning preparations, there’s a bridal booth onsite. – See Website
Of course there are many more Barn Wedding Venues in the Midlands and I’m pretty sure I could make a 2nd list. Honourable mentions must go to Dodmoor House, The Ashes Barn & Bredenbury Barns. I’ve shot at all of those and loved them all. If you’re looking for a Photographer for your Barn wedding, drop me a message and let’s chat.