It is almost May and without a doubt there are already several weekend wedding festivities slated out on our calendars. Most of these are planned to be weekend long, Appalachian barn wedding extravaganzas where our flock of friends and family join at a beautiful locale in the mountains to celebrate happy couples that are prepared to begin their lives together. Let the celebration begin and remember to pack your boots.

So, why are so many couples ditching the stuffy, age old wedding venue of a “traditional” banquet hall for a rustic chic barn wedding? We delve into the many reasons why a rustic barn wedding is better than all other types of mountain destination wedding venues.

Rustic Chic is Hugely Popular

Simple, understated beauty is hugely popular right now with everyone, couples young and old. Farmhouse chic is one of the biggest styles of design right now in interior design, wedding culture and party planning. Turn on HGTV and you will find elements of this style thrown into virtually every single show. By now I am sure you have heard of Chip and Joanna. Rustic accents and furniture are some of the biggest retail sales right now and it is no wonder that rustic barn weddings are a top wedding venue right now. You can easily find assorted wedding décor and items that will fit into your wedding design when you choose a rustic chic wedding aesthetic.

There is something beautiful and spiritual that happens when things are stripped down to their ultimate beauty and the simple pleasures in life such as gathering together to break bread, and enjoying each other’s company by dancing, singing, and being merry happen. If you long for burlap clad tables, barrels everywhere, and tons of space for your guests to enjoy the ceremony and reception, you will want to choose a barn wedding venue. You will not get the down-home feeling anywhere else but a farm or barn style wedding.

Apart from rustic chic, others are wild about Gatsby-inspired style, roaring 20’s themed garden events and what better locale to host your event than The Barn at New River, which is plopped right down in a lush, fertile river valley where green has never been so green. Both styles of outdoor weddings are appropriate to hold in this space. Bring in the yard games and you have everything you need for a successful time.

Weather Does not Matter with a Versatile Barn Wedding Setting

The most popular wedding season is without a doubt late April through June, and even into the summer months. What better way to enjoy the beauty that the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ancient New River have to offer than to have an outdoor wedding. Most brides desire to have a destination mountain wedding that gives them plenty of versatility in case the weather does not fully cooperate. Having the barn onsite creates a space that you can enjoy even if a rainstorm happens.

The indoor barn space also makes it easier to keep guests warm and toasty in the cooler months of fall and the beginning of winter.

Low Maintenance Setting with a Laid-Back Atmosphere

Banquet halls and ballrooms can be kind of scary to visit. The more historic the locale, the higher the chance that you might accidentally spill a drink on an expensive oriental rug or break a priceless decorative antique. These days couples want to ensure that everyone feels welcome and that everyone enjoys themselves at their wedding. They use their Blue Ridge Mountain wedding venue to say something to their guests about themselves. It’s far more popular to party down in a barn located off the beaten path, surrounding by burlap, lanterns, and understated elegance, than have to don a tuxedo and fight traffic and parking, to enjoy a downtown at a banquet hall that is filled with expensive linens and textiles.

Of course, barn wedding venues do not necessarily denote that everyone will be wearing overalls and doing a line dance, although if that is your thing, we are certain you will have a great time at The Barn on New River. Most couples enjoy having a beer and listening to great music while hanging out and enjoying a simple, low fuss type of time. Our scenic location is perfect for enjoying a laid-back time with your absolute best friends and family during your Blue Ridge mountain wedding.

Exceptional Setting for Wedding Photos

The river valley beyond the barn makes for a lovely place to take your wedding photographs. If you dream of being photographed along the river, and with nature as your backdrop, then an outdoor barn wedding is the best choice. There are endless possibilities for inspired wedding photos taken in nature. Your photographer will be able to maximize the setting and provide you with awe-inspiring photos that you will cherish forever.

Yard Games....Enough Said

We mentioned yard games above, but really this item deserves its own celebration. Games such as croquet, giant jenga and connect four, as well as the traditional cornhole game are a huge hit with wedding guests. They allow us to gather and enjoy the outdoors and being together. A friendly competition makes the memory of the wedding that much better. These types of games make everyone smile, and that always makes your event photographs look even better.

Plan a mountain destination wedding along the New River in the Appalachian Mountains and create an experience you and your guests will never forget. Reach out to us if you are interested in a barn wedding in the Blue Ridge. Make sure that you contact us as soon as possible as popular dates in the spring and summer months book quickly each year.


The Barn on New River hosts elegant weddings and parties near one of the oldest rivers in the world; 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.

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