7 Ways to Cut Down on Wedding Costs

7 Ways to Cut Down on Wedding Costs

After months of meticulous planning and preparation, your wedding day is finally right around the corner. You’ve done your best to plan for the unexpected and are feeling confident and excited until just a few hours before you’re set to tie the knot, you get word that the flower delivery has been delayed. They won’t be there in time for the wedding.

Scrambling to make alternative arrangements, you realize you don’t have enough money set aside to afford a last-minute florist.  This isn’t surprising since wedding flowers commonly cost thousands of dollars.

Whether it’s expensive last minute dress alterations (which can cost as much as $500), or going out to buy matching umbrellas for the wedding party photos because suddenly there’s a 90% chance of rain—things come up.

When planning your wedding, you simply can’t afford not to prepare for the unexpected.

Cut Wedding Costs and Save on Your Big Day


Weddings are expensive regardless, so thinking about preparing a completely separate fund for nuptial emergencies can seem a little daunting at first.  So why not cut costs in other areas? Using the money you save, you can create a wedding emergency-fund.

Tweaking your budget in this way can help to alleviate some of the financial burdens that come along with unexpected wedding costs, and in the long run, it will save you money.  How can you argue with that?

1. Go for the Graze

Opt out of a full blown 3-course dinner, go with a grazing menu. Offering small plates people can eat throughout the night, this menu option is fun, unique, and budget-friendly.

2. Be Frugal with Flowers

Use fillers in flower bouquets surrounding a few more expensive stems. Pretty leaves and grasses like baby’s breath or bear grass look lovely and cut costs.

3. Budget your Beats

In terms of entertainment, DJs are generally cheaper than wedding bands. If your heart is set on a band, try booking local.

4. Cheap and Cheerful Cocktails

Offer a special wedding cocktail with beer and wine rather than investing in a full open bar, which can be pricey.  

5. Sweet, Sweet Savings

In addition to your wedding cake, put together a DIY candy bar. This is a cheap and easy way to decorate.  You can use your own glassware buy candy in bulk to save money.

6. Inexpensive Invites

Stamps aren’t very expensive on their own, but they add up. Get creative and send postcards for more casual announcements like Save the Date. For less formal nuptial events like the bachelor and bachelorette parties and bridal shower, consider sending online invitations. They’re affordable, eco-friendly and rising in popularity.

7. Affordable & All-inclusive

All-inclusive wedding venues typically have a higher price tag, but that’s because they provide more services. An all-inclusive venue will take care of acquiring and delivering a number of things for you. This may include decorations, glassware, catering and supplies, sound equipment, and more. When it’s all said and done, you might find the cost is actually cheaper than paying for each of these services individually.

Of course, if you’re considering The Bowery as a venue for your wedding, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Wedding Venues in Kansas City: 4 Important Things To Consider

Wedding Venues in Kansas City: 4 Important Things To Consider

It’s official—you’re engaged! Chances are you’ve already got the ‘vision’ part down, and now it is time for the real wedding planning to begin. The challenge lies ahead is making that vision a reality. It honestly all starts with where you have it, but finding the perfect venue is easier said than done. If you’re looking at wedding venues in Kansas City – or in any city for that matter – keep these four things in mind during your search.

Finding the Perfect Kansas City Wedding Venue

One tip, not included on the list below, is to start your search early, tons of weddings happen every weekend in this town so set your date and book quickly.

1. Plan for the Elements

When planning a wedding, one of the first things you need to decide is if you want it to be indoors or outdoors. Weather is an important factor to consider, especially if your heart is set on an outdoor wedding in a place where the weather changes every 30 minutes.

When shopping around, consider the time of year and what elemental factors might come into play. This doesn’t just pertain to rainy days. If you’re planning to tie the knot during some of the warmer months, outdoor wedding venues with indoor event spaces can be crucial for your guests’ comfort.

2.  Make Sure Guests Have Plenty of Room

Figure out a ballpark number for your guest list before you start shopping around, then look for venues that can accommodate that number.

Ultimately, you want to make sure you’re not stressed out over getting close to capacity. If you know you’re going to have a larger number of guests, avoid choosing a venue that will put them at or below capacity, but still ‘feel’ crowded. Find out how many people the space can hold comfortably. You don’t want everyone bumping into each other at your wedding reception unless they are dancing like crazy of course.

3. Envision Your Decor

When you’re looking through your favorite wedding pins and posts, what aesthetics do they have in common? If you’re aiming for a rustic or vintage feel, a modern indoor venue might clash with your decor.

Look for spaces that are designed to will pair well with your overall vision. If you can find a place that accommodates your style without a lot of work on your part, that’s a great sign.

4. Have a Mental Photoshoot

You only get to live this day once (unfortunately). But you’ll be reliving it through the photographs for years, so ask yourself what you want them to look like. While looking at different venues in KC, ask yourself these questions.

  • Does the scenery accommodate your picture-perfect vision?
  • What is the lighting like in areas where you would likely be taking photos?
  • If you’re planning on hiring a videographer, will the space accommodate that?

When in doubt, always ask the venue. Have them show you some examples of previous client photos. Click here to view our photo gallery.

5. Ask Around

On the hunt for the perfect place to host your big day in the Heart of the Heartland, never be afraid to ask for help. Ask others for suggestions and experiences, and check out social media accounts for your favorite locations as well.

Above all, always have a plan. As soon as you’ve narrowed down your attendees, determine what you need from your wedding venue — and start planning!

Of course, if you’re considering The Bowery, don’t hesitate to contact us today! We would be honored to help you navigate this journey.

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Catering vs. Making Your Wedding Food

Catering vs. Making Your Wedding Food

You are planning your big day, and trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to put everything together, so you are probably thinking that making your wedding food might be a good place to save some money. However, this is not always the case. When it comes to bringing in catering vs. making your wedding food, there are pros and cons to both options. We will discuss some of the benefits and headaches that come with making your own food and hiring a catering company so you can decide which choice works for your big day.

Wedding Food: Should You Hire a Caterer or Cook Yourself? 

Here are a few pros and cons to catering vs. making your wedding food.


Customize Without the Cost

Making Your Own: Yes, when you design and create the wedding menu yourself, you can customize entrees without the added cost that is frequently charged by a caterer. We suggest planning your menu well in advance and making sure there are options that everyone on your guest list will enjoy.

Catering: Cooking for a large group of people and tailoring the food to different tastes is not always easy. Hiring a caterer can take all of the pressure off, but you might end up with limited menu options. The downside is that because a catering company prepares all of the food for you as a service, it can be more expensive than making the food yourself.


Making Your Own: Undoubtedly, setting your own schedule is an added convenience when cooking for a big event, but it can also be a difficult challenge. Coordinating cooking times and keeping the food items hot or cold can leave you stressed throughout your entire reception.

Catering: Professional catering companies are used to cooking for large groups of people, they know what it takes to prepare, plate, and preserve food for the reception – and you won’t have to do anything except make sure they show up and put the food on the right table.


Making Your Own: Buying multiple food items for a crowd can be a huge headache if you don’t know what you are doing. You’ll have to consider portion sizes and how much food you will need. At the event, you will not want to run out of food or have too much left over.

Catering: The catering company you hire should know exactly how much food to purchase and include that in their estimate. Full disclosure: it will probably cost more than if you bought the food yourself. If convenience matters to you more than cost, catering can keep you from having to spend hours shopping for your wedding food.

All About Work

Making Your Own: The fact of the matter is, if you decide to make your own wedding food, you are going to be busy, and it will take a lot of work. For some, this is a welcomed challenge, while for others is an unwanted stressor.

Catering: At your wedding, you want to spend as much time with the guests as possible. You do not want to be too busy or too tired to actually to enjoy the festivities of the occasion. A caterer does all the work for you, so you can spend quality time with your guests instead of worrying if your seafood pasta is cooked correctly.

Want to Make Your Own Wedding Food? Ask For Help

When you decide to prepare your wedding food yourself, you will probably need assistance. You can always ask your wedding party, relatives, or friends to help you. If you find someone you trust with the wedding food that is willing to help, by all means, create a plan with them and get to cooking.

Planning a wedding is never easy. Even in the best of circumstances, it can be a stressful occasion. Weighing out the pros and cons of DIY cooking or if hiring a caterer is more beneficial should be determined at the ground stage of planning. You must know your budget and be honest with yourself about the difficulties of cooking for a large crowd. In many instances, making your own wedding food is just too overwhelming, and you are better off hiring a professional caterer.

If you are looking for a wedding venue in Kansas City, contact us today for booking information!

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How to Find the Best Place to Get Married in Kansas City

How to Find the Best Place to Get Married in Kansas City

You are planning to have your wedding in Kansas City because that is where your friends and family are and it is a beautiful place to say your I dos. But one of the biggest things you will have to tackle when planning your KC wedding is finding the right venue. Your venue sets the tone for the entire day and choosing the right one can be a little stressful. We get it, that is why we wanted to give you a guide to finding the best place to get married in Kansas City.

Know Your Budget

This is the first thing you will want to think about when you start shopping around for venues. We suggest making a list of what you will provide and what you want the venue to provide. For example, will you be renting chairs and tables? Or would you like chairs and to be provided by the venue? Will you be having your wedding ceremony and reception in the same place or will you have to transport guests from the ceremony to the reception? After you figure out what you want from your venue, you can start making a spreadsheet with venue names and corresponding expenses. Note that normally all-inclusive venues will be more cost-effective. 

Will the Venue Accommodate All of Your Guests?

Have an estimate of how many guests will be at your wedding and make sure the venue can comfortably hold all of them comfortably. We actually suggest overestimating your guest list by at least 50 people for two reasons.

  1. You want everyone to have a little extra room to mingle and move around.
  2. Someone is bound to bring an extra guest that they did not RSVP.

Does the Location Suit Your Needs?

There are several things you want to look at when choosing the location of your venue.

Theme: Does the location fit your wedding theme and desired aesthetic? If you want a laid back, rustic wedding, picking a trendy, modern venue might clash with your theme. Kansas City offers a wide variety of venues so with a little bit of research you can find one that fits your style perfectly

Parking and Transportation: If you are having your guests drive themselves to the venue, make sure there is ample parking. As we stated above, if guests will be shuttled from one location to another, make sure to consider the extra costs associated with that and add them into your budget.

Obstructed views: You want everybody to see that awesome entrance that you and your wedding party have been planning for months so, make sure that large pillars and columns do not obstruct anybody’s view

Is the Time and Date That You Want Available?

Make sure the venue you want is available on your wedding day. We suggest locking down a date with your venue before you send out save the dates. Some people send out their save the dates before they put down their venue deposit and are disappointed when the place they had their heart set on is not available on that day. Don’t let this happen to you.

The Bowery is a great choice for those looking to get married in the Kansas City area. Click here to view our space located in Spring Hill, Kansas.

For booking information, contact us today!

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7 Winter Wedding Reception Ideas

7 Winter Wedding Reception Ideas

Winter might be the most romantic time of year to have your wedding and the perfect opportunity to put together an awesome reception that will knock those spring receptions out of the park. It might be cold out, but these ideas are anything but bitter. Here are some of our favorite winter wedding reception ideas.

1. Fairy Lights


There are a ton of neat ways to incorporate fairy lights into your winter reception decor. You can hang them from the ceiling to create a delicate ambiance, or place strings around your table decor to create a warm glow. The nice thing about fairy lights is that they are subtle; you can put them anywhere and not have to worry about overwhelming guests. 

2. Celebrate the Season


You probably chose to have your wedding in winter because you love the season, so why not decorate with seasonal items like cranberries, evergreen pines, and winter fauna? This can give the room a welcoming classic, comfortable look.

3. Velvet Decor

Velvet is having a huge moment right now, and we are here for it! Choosing to add luxurious velvet to your reception decor will bring texture and warmth to tables and chairs. You can also drape large panels of velvet from the ceiling to add drama. Choose winter jewel tones like maroon, forest green, and navy blue for an interesting, on-trend look.

4. Flowers in Ice


Forget the swan ice sculptures, a popular trend for winter weddings right now is frozen flowers. We don’t mean ice sculpted into flowers-although that is also a pretty cool idea also-we are talking real flowers frozen in ice. This can be a great addition to your bar area, and we can guarantee it is something very few of your guests have ever seen before!

5. Faux Fur


What kind of winter wedding list would this be without mentioning faux fur? Faux fur can, of course, be worn to keep you and your wedding party warm, but it can also be used as a base for your tables’ centerpieces or draped over chairs. You can also create a lounge area at your reception with faux fur rugs and pillows to give guests a comfortable place to chat.

6. Hot Chocolate Bar


Who doesn’t love a warm cup of hot chocolate in winter? Set up a hot chocolate bar for your guests. Keep hot chocolate warm in a crockpot and deck out the table with candy canes, cinnamon stirrers, marshmallows, Bailey’s liqueur, peppermint schnapps, and plenty of whipped cream!

7. S’mores Station


Setting up a s’mores station is a fun way to get guests to interact with one another. Make sure to pick up plenty of graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. Make sure to place extra plates and napkins in this area. Click here and learn how to create a s’mores station at your reception.

For information on booking The Bowery for your wedding reception, contact us today!

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Wedding Food Ideas: Create a Grazing Menu

Wedding Food Ideas: Create a Grazing Menu

Food should be at the top of your list when it comes to what you should focus on while planning your reception. The food you provide guests could make or break your celebration…and your budget. Luckily, there is a new trend on the rise that is breaking the tradition of three-course stuffy dinners and over the top buffets; that trend is grazing menus.

A grazing menu is a series of small bites (similar tapas) that are available to guests throughout the reception. It is a fantastic way to cater to different tastes, dietary restrictions, and allows your guests to eat at their own pace.

Creating Your Grazing Menu

Here are the steps you can take to put together a fantastic grazing menu at your reception:

Divide and Conquer

If you can afford to have, people walk around with silver trays and stagger what small bites are available at certain points of the night, awesome! Your caterer and wedding planner can plan when each tray should be sent out to your guests. If you do not have this luxury, we suggest setting up individual tables with similar types of food. For example:

Table 1: Hors d Oeuvres

Table 2: Vegetable Dishes

Table 3: Heavier Meat and Starchy Bites

Table 4: Desserts

Plan Your Menu by Table

After getting a sense of organization, so you aren’t just randomly throwing things onto your wedding food Pinterest board, you have two options here you can find a caterer to help you put your menu together, or if you plan correctly, you can make everything yourself with the help of friends and family. This is a great time to let your personality shine. You can have mini versions of your favorite foods or go a little out of the box with exotic cuisine. Here are some of the most popular grazing menu items based on the table organization mentioned above.

  1. Charcuterie, fruits, bruschetta, one-bite Caprese salads, spinach artichoke dip, mushroom crostinis
  2. Flatbread pizza with seasonal vegetables, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, cream cheese cucumber roll-ups, a large veggie platter with various dips and hummus
  3. Garlic pesto skewered shrimp, crispy garlic smashed potato bites, savory meatballs with chimichurri sauce, cheese and potato croquettes
  4.  Mini pies and cakes, small fruit tarts, tiramisu trifles in shot glasses, truffles, mini gourmet donuts


Order Enough Food: The most important factor in creating a great grazing menu is knowing how much food you will need to purchase. One of the biggest mistakes with any wedding menu is not having enough food for everyone-especially if alcohol is being served. We suggest ordering double the amount of food you think you need-if your budget allows-or at least doubling down on the less expensive bites. There is always that person that didn’t RSVP their plus one, or that relative that shows up unannounced, so having extra is better than not having enough to go around. On the same note, make sure you have plenty of plates and napkins for all of your guests

Have a Plan for Hot and Cold Foods: A grazing menu means that guests will be eating throughout your reception. If you have hired a caterer, this will probably just have to be a quick conversation between you two. Make sure they have a plan in place to keep hot food hot and cold food cold through the entire night.

If you are preparing your own reception menu, this could be a bit more complicated. You can use chafing dishes with warm water and burners to keep food warm (leaf has a great step by step guide here). For cold food, fill chafing dishes with ice water to keep the food from spoiling. Make sure you designate somebody to periodically check food temps, replace ice, and manage the burners.

A grazing menu is an extremely popular choice when it comes to wedding food right now. We hope that this guide has helped you get a better idea of how to create a great menu for your guests!

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5 Unique Wedding Reception Ideas

5 Unique Wedding Reception Ideas

No one wants a cookie cutter wedding reception because let’s be honest we have all been to a reception that had zero originality and the couple’s personality was nowhere to be found in the decor. You want your reception to be memorable for your friends and family and as unique as you are. Here are five wedding reception ideas that will set you apart from everyone else.

1. Gold Flatware Adds a Wow Factor to Reception Tables

Using gold flatware might sound tacky, but if done correctly, this is a unique way to spice up your decor and add a little bit of a ‘wow factor’ to the tables at your reception. This can be a bit pricey, but for smaller, more intimate weddings it is a great alternative to traditional silver flatware.


2. Simple Table Settings that Compliment Your Wedding Decor

Minimalism is in right now, gone are the days of large over the top centerpieces. Simple, beautiful centerpieces are a great, inexpensive way to add visual interest to your reception tables and guests will be able to actually talk to each other. Head over to your local dollar store or craft shop and find small glass vases put a little water in the bottom and add fresh cut fauna in the color of your choice. Feel free to add some candles and voila you have cost-effective, simple table settings.


3. Hanging Plants Add a Unique Aesthetic

An interesting way to add a natural decor touch to your wedding reception venue is with hanging plants. A lot of indoor wedding venues have high ceilings which means you have to get a little bit creative. You will want to talk to your wedding planner or have some willing members of your wedding party install cables or pulls so that plants don’t have to descend 20+ feet. If your reception is outside you can suspend plants from trees or install extra poles in your wedding tent.


4. Create a Lounge Area for Your Reception Guests

The idea of a lounge area at a wedding reception is one of our favorites so far! Find a neat, inexpensive couch or borrow one from a friend add a small coffee table to hold drinks and create a fun center piece. Keep the couch small to attain an intimate feel and Boom! You have successfully added a cozy element to your reception.


5. Opt for a Grazing Menu

Instead of making your guests sit through a stuffy four-course dinner, have a grazing menu with small plates that people can eat throughout the night! This is not only cost-effective, but it is also more fun, and people aren’t forced to stay in their seats and eat food they may or may not like. Choosing a grazing menu instead of a large dinner gives your reception a more laid back and comfortable vibe that everyone will appreciate. Take a look at our guide on how to create a grazing menu.

Get in touch with us today to start planning the reception of your dreams!

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What Will Make Your Rustic Wedding Theme Work?

Why do wedding themes matter? They provide you with a blueprint for your nuptials, allowing you to make the right choices for every element. From picking the perfect dress to choosing the right wedding venue in Spring Hill, trends point you in the right direction. One of this year’s more appealing inspirations is the rustic theme.

What’s in a Rustic Theme

A rustic themed wedding pays homage to the great outdoors, featuring a garden or country backdrop with a vintage-style setting. The special thing about the theme is the intricate details. You can, for example, mix and match mason jars with florals and candles. Add wooden crates or organic elements, and you have the typical rustic wedding.

For the colors, rustic makes use of nature-inspired selections, such as mint, sage/moss green, navy, chocolate, olive green. But you could also add vibrant shades of lavender or pastel pink.

As for the typical rustic-themed bouquet, it appears purposefully imperfect. Its usual arrangement makes it look like you just plucked it right out of your garden.

Rustic Goes with Almost Any Trend

Each year you see new wedding ideas crop up, from unexpected wedding favors to signature cocktails with his and hers dishes. The latest wedding trends this year can fit perfectly in your dreamy rustic-themed wedding. You can call it the rustic 2.0, as WeddingWire says.

Here are some of the trends this year that would go perfectly well with a rustic wedding:

Navy is the new black. The good thing here is the neutral shade of midnight blue suits a rustic wedding. It goes easily with the vintage style.

Metallics are also popular. For a couple of years, rose gold, brass, and gold became very popular. Now, silver and chrome have entered the game, too. Feel free to mix and match them with the warm, cozy look of a rustic theme.

Hanging flowers are also in demand. We’re not saying it’s time to say goodbye to flower or plant walls, but the image of florals as ceiling decoration creates drama without overwhelming your celebration.

Another trend that could work for couples looking to manage the budget is smaller wedding parties. Big weddings are fine, but if you want to keep the celebration to just the family and a few close friends, that works, too.

The Perfect Venue

If you want to go for a rustic 2.0 wedding, our Springhill outdoor space is the perfect site. It’s your picturesque reception venue near Kansas City.

With a large patio and a comfortable indoor space, your guests will have plenty of room. We can accommodate additional bars and hors-d’oeuvre stations, as well. We even have amenities like a spacious bridal loft that you’ll enjoy.

Our state-of-the-art sound system plus on-site florist and décor options will ensure convenience and ease for your special day. We come prepared for any theme that you want, be it rustic or modern or something in between.

Expect to be wowed by our wedding venue in Spring Hill. Imagine an open space and amazing pastoral views of the sky surrounded by greenery. An elegant ceremony or an intimate celebration will find our space divine.

Talk to us today for your queries.

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Even the Smallest Details Can Have Rustic Charm: Barn Wedding Reception Ideas

Natural, down-to-earth, and outdoorsy — these are the charms of today’s rustic weddings. It has led more couples to choose to say their “I Do’s.” Apart from its use of simple, natural elements, a rustic wedding also attracts couples because of its budget-friendly set-up and the freedom it affords the organizer to personalize.

Your rustic wedding reception, in fact, is an aspect of the wedding where you can apply a personal touch or two (or even more, if you like). If you’re one of the couples who find the appeal of a country wedding, Kansas City’s outdoor wedding venues have enough space for your creative vision. Here are some ideas for your upcoming nuptials’ décor:

Natural Wedding Decorations

Barn wedding decorations are beautiful and budget-friendly scene-stealers. You can try fun and rustic DIY decorative pieces with items from your backyard, such as tree trunk slices, dried leaves, and twigs. Other rustic decoration ideas use pine cones, burlap, twine, wheat, and cotton. Add extra country charm by using old vintage items like bird cages and mason jars. 

Another advantage of a barn-themed wedding is that you don’t have to use flowers exclusively for your centerpieces. Emphasize the beauty of your venue with a simple centerpiece that uses succulents, driftwood, or twigs. The complementary use of flowers also creates a sense of continuity from your natural setting.

A Rustic Dessert Buffet

The dessert table is the pièce de résistance of every reception. It holds sweet treats to reflect the sweetness of day. You can bring a touch of country to your dessert buffet by displaying homemade delicacies with seasonal fruits. Choose fruits according to the season.

If you’re getting married in the summer, citrus fruits and watermelons are fitting main ingredients. Moreover, you can emphasize the farmer’s market vibe and put your calligraphy skills to the test with handwritten food labels.

Other Vintage/Country Details

Wedding signs are standard additions for today’s ceremonies and receptions. With a rustic wedding, you’ll need a Boho wooden sign. The materials you’ll need to craft it are simple to find:

  • Hammer
  • Block of wood
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pen
  • Printed out paper with your images or words on it
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic non-glossy paint

All you have to do is paint the wood with your choice of colors, trace your words and images, and paint it out again. Don’t forget to express your personalities in the signage.

Upcycling is a trend at rustic weddings, as well. So, create your guestbook out of your quilts, game board pieces, and river rocks, instead of buying from the store. Consider using natural materials only for your card placeholders, too. Lastly, decorate wedding reception escort cards with slices of wood, dried flowers, or twigs.

With a barn wedding, it’s easier to let your personality and style shine through. Complement your amazing reception venue with beautiful DIY rustic pieces.

Do you still need help with your big day? Don’t fret; The Bowery Kansas City is at your service. From the perfect venue to the audio-visual equipment, we have it all for you. Worry less on your wedding day with our services.

Get in touch with us today and start planning your Happily Ever After with us. 

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A Natural and Vintage Touch: The Appeal of Rustic Weddings

Newly weds in a barnWhen you hear “rustic weddings,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For some people, they picture twine, burlap sacks, chalkboards, barks, and wildflowers. A rustic wedding (otherwise known as a barn wedding) does have these elements, but there’s more to it than that.  

Not Just a Wedding Theme

“Rustic” is more of a style than a theme. In fact, it is also part of today’s popular wedding styles (including contemporary, casual, eclectic, and modern). Barn weddings’ popularity is high as more couples choose relaxed ceremonies and receptions complemented by handmade details to adorn the venue on their special day.

What makes a barn wedding and reception appealing is what it’s not: a traditional big, white affair held in a church or standard hotel ballroom. This wedding style focuses more on incorporating natural beauty into the special day. The relaxed ambiance of rustic weddings is also a bonus for couples who do opt for the style.

Mother Nature complements the theme by providing a unique scene for your big day.

Nature Plays a Role

The location of barn weddings often offers space, fresh, air, and earthy simplicity. By day, the natural lighting complements the venue’s green and brown colors. It also provides the best lighting for wedding photos. By night, the strings of candles, fairy lights, and string lights cast a warm glow, which emphasizes the event’s romantic atmosphere.

Whether your ceremony and reception are indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two, the wedding’s venue feels more personable and unique. It also sets the mood by being able to change with the seasons and the weather.

Your Rustic Wedding

Your venue dictates the direction of your theme. Barn wedding and reception venues in Kansas City vary in amenities, sizes, and building architecture. Your chosen venue shouldn’t just fit the guests; it should also match your desired theme.

The western wedding is a classic. Add some fun to this casual affair with the following:

  • Denim for the apparel and decor
  • Cowgirl/cowboy boots for the bridal party
  • Country music for dancing
  • Hay bales as seats for guests
  • All things barbecue on the menu

Barn weddings and receptions also allow couples to focus on the nuances and add personal touches to the place. If you need more ideas, Instagram and Pinterest offer other design possibilities. Moreover, artificial decorations are not a popular option for rustic décor. Use natural materials, such as wildflowers and twine, instead.

Color palettes for rustic weddings favor monochromatic shades, such as tea rose and matte bronze. Ivory shades contrast well with the wooden accents, so it’s a preferred hue as well. It also adds a graceful touch to your rugged decor. If you want a bolder look, use shades of red, orange, purple, and brown. 

For some people, rustic weddings are just another passing wedding fad. With all the customization possibilities out there, however, rustic styles will not be going out of style anytime soon.

Are you looking for the perfect venue for your rustic wedding? The Bowery is a beautiful event space where you can host your special day. Say your vows and entertain well-wishers in the middle of trees, blossoms, and captivating sceneries. Get in touch with us today to learn more about this special place.

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