Wed in a Barn? Outdoor Wedding Trend Continues in Carolinas

Wed in a Barn? Outdoor Wedding Trend Continues in Carolinas


Barn raisings may be a thing of the past, but barn weddings are all the rage across the country, according to wedding industry bellwethers the Knot and Bridal Guide.

About 35 percent of weddings in 2012 were held outdoors, according to a wedding trend report by the Bridal Association of America, and that number seems to be climbing.

In Charlotte, many couples choose a rustic setting, either near the city or a little farther afield, toward the Western North Carolina mountains or even rural areas just across the state line in South Carolina.

Whether choosing an indoor or outdoor setting, make sure to ask these questions before booking your wedding reception hall.

Rustic wedding venues around Charlotte

The Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, South Carolina, has a dairy barn and a field trial barn that can be rented for weddings and events with a few hundred guests.

Closer to downtown Charlotte, the Alexander Homestead, a 1903 home restored in its Queen Anne Victorian style, offers a rural feel with urban convenience. The wedding venue includes the home, a dairy barn, and indoor and outdoor gardens.


Outdoor wedding at Alexander Homestead, Charlotte, NC (Photo by )
Many couples want an outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Homestead Weddings) (Photo by )

Renee Caffee of Alexander Homestead Weddings said bookings have continued to grow in 2014, with 105 weddings booked this year, their fourth season of hosting ceremonies and receptions.

Caffee says many engaged couples she talks with want an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception at the same site, which can be hard to find in the city.

“Not many locations offer that, and couples want to know there’s an indoor space in case of bad weather," she says.

Caffee estimates that nearly three-fourths of the brides who come to Alexander Homestead are religious, but they didn't choose a local house of worship for their ceremony. “Many have their ministers come here for the ceremony,” she says.


Charlotte, North Carolina, barn wedding at Alexander Homestead (Photo by )
Elegant tables and wedding decorations can dress up a barn. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Homestead Weddings) (Photo by )

Wedding costs vary across venues in the Charlotte region, depending on the size and scope of the event. Caffee says at Alexander Homestead, most weddings cost between $13,000 and $18,000, including catering. According to, the average wedding last year cost $29,858.

An area wedding planner can help you decide on the right site, and a highly rated photographer scopes out the best places in Charlotte to take engagement or wedding photos outside.

Barn weddings not for you? Check out these other hot wedding trends.

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