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Wondering what to wear to a barn wedding?

If you’re attending a barn wedding, there are some key elements to keep in mind when choosing your outfit. In this article, we’ll break down what to wear for each type of guest. So whether you’re the bride, groom, bridesmaid, or groomsman, you’ll be sure to find the perfect outfit for your barn wedding!

A barn wedding is a unique and beautiful event. Rustic Barn Wedding venues are typically found in rural areas, set on large pieces of land with stunning scenery like rolling hills or forests. Sounds awfully similar to Bredenbry Court Barns, doesn’t it?

The natural setting takes centre stage at a barn wedding, and everything from the decor to the atmosphere reflects that.

Barn Wedding Attire:

As you pick your outfit for the rustic barn wedding, you want to make sure it complements the venue. That means no stilettos (they’ll sink into the grass!), and no city-chic dresses that would look out of place in the country.

Instead, focus on natural fabrics like cotton and linen, and earthy tones like brown, green, and beige.

But enough about what not to wear – let’s get into what you should wear!

The Bride to be: Wedding dress

As the star of the show, the bride has a lot of pressure to look her best. But don’t worry – there are plenty of beautiful barn wedding dress options that will make you look fabulous.

For a rustic barn wedding, we recommend sticking to a classic silhouette like an A-line or ballgown. These dresses are timeless and elegant, and they’ll make you feel like the princess you are on your big day.

But if you want something a little more unique, there are also some gorgeous bohemian styles out there with flowy fabrics and intricate lace details. Just make sure your dress is comfortable enough to dance the night away in!

The Groom: Rustic Wedding Suit

The groom also has a lot of responsibility when it comes to his barn wedding outfit. After all, he needs to look good next to his beautiful bride!

For a rustic barn wedding, we recommend a classic suit in a neutral colour like grey or navy. This will keep you looking sharp without overshadowing your bride.

If you want to add a bit of personality to your outfit, consider adding a patterned tie or pocket square. Just make sure it’s in keeping with the overall vibe of the wedding.

The Bridesmaids: Floral Prints

As the bride’s right-hand women, the bridesmaids need to look their best on the big day. But that doesn’t mean they have to break the bank – there are plenty of affordable barn bridesmaid dress options out there.

If you’re lucky enough to be a bridesmaid at a rustic barn wedding, you’re in for a treat. There are so many pretty and unique dress styles to choose from!

We love the idea of a long, flowy maxi dress in a neutral colour or even with floral prints.

This will keep you cool and comfortable all night long, and it will photograph beautifully against the stunning scenery.

There are also some stunning bohemian styles available if you want something a bit more special, featuring flowing fabrics and delicate lace details. In order to fully enjoy your evening, just make sure to pick a dress that you can move comfortably in!

The Groomsmen: Cowboy boots?

As the groom’s right-hand men, the groomsmen have an important role to play on the big day. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun with their outfits!

For groomsmen at a rustic barn wedding, we recommend something slightly different to the groom, even something as outrageous as cowboy boots… just check if that’s okay with the Groom first.

If the groom is in a classic suit in a neutral colour like grey or navy, we recommend adding a touch of personality with patterned shirts and ties. This will make you stand out in photos without looking too out of place.

After all, the goal is to be looking sharp without overshadowing the bride and her bridesmaids… wait, we mean the Groom.

Other Guests

As guests, you’ll want to dress to impress – but not to upstage the bride and groom! Focus on classic silhouettes and neutral colours that will photograph well without looking too try-hard.

Barn weddings are meant to be fun, so don’t be afraid to add a touch of personality to your outfit. Patterned shirts and ties are always a good idea and rustic weddings.


For ladies attending a barn wedding, we recommend sticking to classic wedding guest dresses. These are dress styles in neutral colours.

A simple sheath dress or A-line dress will be comfortable enough to dance in, and it will look great in photos. Which after all, is the most important thing right?

For some of you, it’s all you’ll have left to remember the night by!


For gentlemen attending a barn wedding venue, we recommend opting for a classic suit in a rustic colour like navy, maroon or dark green. This will keep you looking sharp without overshadowing the groom. Wedding attire for male guests is pretty simple – just stick on your best suit, polish your brown shoes and you’re good to go!

If there’s an outdoor wedding reception, we recommend bringing something warm, like a scarf or a jumper. But this is all subject to the time of year obviously!


For children attending a barn wedding, we recommend just sticking them in something cute and comfortable, after all, they’ll be running around all day! A pretty sundress or dapper little suit will do the trick. Just make sure they’re well-fed and hydrated so they don’t start getting cranky!

Whether you’re the bride, groom, bridesmaid, groomsman, or just a guest, we hope you found our barn wedding outfit tips helpful! Just remember to have fun with it and rock what you feel confident in!

Other Things to Consider:

What's the theme of the wedding?

Is it more country chic or bohemian? This will help dictate what style of clothing to choose.

What's the weather going to be like?

If it’s going to be a hot day, you’ll want to dress accordingly

Is there a rustic wedding attire dress code?

Is it a black tie or casual? This will help narrow down your options.

What time of year is the wedding?

Do you need to consider cashmere or is cotton enough to keep you warm.

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