No wedding day looks the same, every wedding is unique in its own way. Some are extravagant and public, others may take place in a backyard and private, or a wedding could simply consist of signatures in a courthouse. No matter the location or gathering size each of these any many more occasions still celebrate the unity of two individuals and showcase the love they experience in their everyday lives together.

Now more than ever it is common to have an outdoor wedding. This blend of traditional with casual allows for guests and wedding parties to breathe a breath of fresh air and enjoy the celebrations throughout the days activities. Outdoor weddings, particularly outdoor Appalachian Mountain weddings, add a new level of creativity with custom alters, and endless photo opportunities to each wedding. You paint the stage and set up of your dream wedding when starting with the blank canvas of the outdoors. With a blank canvas comes a lot of room for creativity which means outdoor weddings call for a great deal of planning.

Some things to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding. Weather, there’s nothing like a little rain on your wedding day but you’ll want to be sure to plan around weather patterns where possible and maybe have some covered areas such as tents or an indoor barn style reception area just in case any rain hits unexpectedly.

Terrain, many female guests including the bride more often than not wear heels on their wedding day it is important to test the terrain before hand by doing a walk through to see if the terrain is manageable to pass over under high foot traffic areas. Directions and address, most outdoor weddings take place in remote locations. That’s the beauty of it, being set back into nature but sometimes they can be hard to locate. Make sure to provide clear direction to your guests with land markers or even brief turn by turn directions in case it is in an area where cell service and maps wont reach.

Being one with nature on your big day allows you to adapt and run with the wind. With all of the planning the fun elements make nice touches. These include custom paper fans for the warmer days, monogrammed drink holders, maybe even personalized water bottles or blankets as weather permits. Nature is a decor in itself and adding these type of keep sake’s for your loved ones to always remember your outdoor wedding day will surely be worth all of the planning. Let’s not forget the gorgeous outdoor wedding photos.

The Barn on New River hosts elegant weddings and parties near one of the world’s oldest rivers: the South Fork of the New River. You will not find another property as remarkable as ours. It hosts a 4900 square foot barn with 30’ ceilings on 100 beautiful acres and a cabin and honeymoon suite.  We’re located in the High Country in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone and West Jefferson North Carolina. Take a deeper look at the venue, availability, and packages.