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‘Farm wedding’: Ideas to celebrate a wedding on the farm

A wedding in the country is not the same as a wedding on a farm . The farm weddings are the new bridal revolution of social networks (there are pages and message boards Pinterest devoted exclusively to them), and one of our favorite trends when decorating spaces or choose environments that are out of the norm and transported to the invited to a 100% country decor . Start point? From distributing fruit corners instead of the candy bar manias , to renting a barn or even a ranch to accommodate the ceremony and dinner.

One of the wedding photographer  farm wedding versions that works best on the other side of the pond is the pot luck dinner ;that is, a type of dinner in a petit committee, very popular in the United States, where each guest appears with a dish of his choice , which is shared among the rest of the guests. This type of banquet, to call it that, is only suitable for very small weddings, although we can not think of anything more intimate than a homemade meal to share among our loved ones in such a day.

It is important that in this type of wedding the menu does not differ from the environment that we have chosen to marry: a farm wedding must be accompanied by a dinner or meal ditto, with farm foods, to be able to be organic, to avoid prepared products and the containers and go directly from the pen to the table. Poultry, fresh fruits and vegetables, raw honey, fresh whole milk, farm cheese or a loaf of village bread.

Another aspect to take into account are motorized vehicles, which in recent times have become almost another guest at weddings, whether they are used in the trips of the bride and groom or as a decorative element or part of the photo shoot . The old trucks are a perfect scenario in the latter case, although we have also seen some other couple uploaded to an agricultural tractor. Put it in an open space, with alpacas of hay … and you already have a romantic scene assured.

The choice of space is probably the most complicated task when it comes to organizing a wedding of this style. The barns are the preferred option for hipster couples , although it is not always the simplest option, as well as entailing conditioning problems if the space does not normally lend itself to wedding hiring. On the other hand, an excessively prepared or ‘polished’ scenario may detract from the general idea of the rustic wedding.

There are other options, however, such as an old hacienda or even a vineyard , probably the most popular option among Spanish couples, because of the vast wine-making tradition of some autonomous communities. In these cases you can prepare the site to coordinate the theme of wine with the natural simplicity of farm weddings.

Whatever the case, there are classics that do not fail and that allow to give homogeneity to the decoration, either one or the other type of space. The suspended decoration is one of them: pennants, pompoms, plumes of flowers hanging from the ceiling, paper lamps and especially LED lighting networks, very effective in closed spaces with high ceilings. Make sure that the space has an electric generator , as well as enough cable meters to illuminate every corner.

The centerpieces also help to create atmosphere, especially with fresh fruits, old bottles, milkmaids, horseshoes, barrels, cans or even wooden trunks arranged as a pedestal. Take advantage to separate environments with gauze curtains in white. The flowers, always in season.

The other three key elements that you will surely use in your farm wedding: burlap, rope and raffia,cheaper than the conventional silk tie, and with as many possibilities as you have ideas. You can use them indiscriminately in the centers, the chairs or even the bouquet.

Do not forget to indicate in the invitation or even on the save-the-date the label for the wedding guests: after all, it is a somewhat more informal and collected ceremony , so it may not be necessary to throw the house by a window with party dresses or footwear.

Simple suits of linen and espadrilles for them, and short dresses and boots for them, so they do not have problems with the suit’s bottom. Make sure that the place of the wedding is clear in both cases (for example, with an invitation in the form of a barn, or where you put FARM big): it is not only important when choosing clothes, but it is possible that Some of your guests present some allergic specification related to the environment (hay allergy, for example).

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