Modern & Chic: Outdoor Farm-Style Wedding Trends

Are you interested in a farm-style outdoor wedding next summer?

Are you getting frustrated with traditional venues and want to use the natural beauty of the environment for your wedding?

There is no doubt about it. Outdoor farm-style weddings are becoming more and more popular by the year.

And for good reason. Modern chic farm-style weddings have many advantages over those at traditional venues. There is no better feeling than to celebrate your big day surrounded by friends and family under a golden sun.

In this article, we will walk through several of the best tips for getting the most out of your Denver barn wedding. As one of the best barn wedding venues Colorado has to offer, we’ve learned a thing or two from our many spectacular events over the years. Read on to learn how you can turn your wedding into a chic, modern event.

Rustic Wedding Invitations

With thousands of different options available to you online, it can be hard to know where to start when designing your wedding invitations. Fortunately, many manufacturers have picked up on the outdoor barn wedding trend. You can now by wedding stationery in a traditional format while using a rustic material to match your theme.

Typically, you will want to state on the card or save the date what the date of the wedding will be, as well as how to RSVP. With a rustic wedding, you can add in personalized details and individual designs to make your invitation truly yours.

There really is no limit as to what type of material you can use. Most commonly, rustic wedding invitations will use craft paper, recycled paper, or cotton paper. Each of these materials can come with roughed, natural edges to give the appearance of an old-time letter sent to a friend.


As with any other wedding, rustic or outdoor farm-style events can employ a variety of color schemes. The most common colors used in outdoor weddings, however, include green, beige, and cream. It is common to see different outdoor symbols used as themes, such as trees, greenery, lace, birch, or woodland overtones.


Even though you want to host an outdoor event, you can still keep the attire at your wedding as formal or informal as you want. If you want to have a more laidback appearance at the wedding it may be more natural in an outdoor wedding venue.

For most, rustic wedding dresses brim with simplicity and naturalness, like a charming vintage wedding dress. So if rustic is the look you want, skip the crinoline, rushes or sparkling details and go for a floor-length cocktail dress in pastel white, milky or beige.  For the groom, toss the formal suit and go with a vest and suspenders, maybe even matching the vest pattern somewhere else at the ceremony.

However, some brides choose to keep the formality to lend to a beautiful combined display of people in the environment in all of their photos. 

Wedding Dresses

For brides who are interested in hosting a barn wedding, they may want to find a dress that is specifically suited for this type of event.

Fortunately, there are many dress designers and manufacturers that now make gowns specifically for women hosting outdoor weddings. They still are equally elegant and come with a rustic-chic vibe.

There are some unique features to gowns that can be added to offer an outdoor flair. Certain lace embellishments, soft tulle use, or beading styles are becoming more popular.

There are also certain dress trends including illusion lace, long sleeves, and gowns that open in the back. All of these are perfectly matched to a rustic country wedding. Many brides will even choose to add cowboy boots, flops, or sandals to finish off their appearance.


The decorative planning for your rustic outdoor wedding can be endless. It simply amounts to the energy and desire you have to tweak the small details. A barn wedding venue or outdoor wedding venue offers some unique opportunities to build out the decor on your special day.

For example, an outdoor arch is a beautiful decoration that has become standard at most rustic chic weddings. These can be decorated with a floral arrangement to impart a natural beauty to the backdrop of natural scenery.

A barn wedding may opt for wooden tables, seating, or silverware to give the homey feel brides desire to impart to their guests.

Quill calligraphy tables numbers or name cards give an air of formality to any rustic chic event and make each individual guest feel special.

Typically minimalist seating prevails, with bistro-style chairs with cushions allowing for the scenery to take precedence. String lights are a common choice for trendy brides to be as they can create a special glow that casts a spell on guests dancing late into the night.


The great thing about a modern farm-style wedding is that you can choose top-quality, locally sourced food options for your guests to enjoy. Farm-to-table has never been more appropriate than for a rustic chic wedding.

Think about the seasonality of the crops in the region where you plan to host the wedding. What is going to be in season? You can use the information provided by local farmers to select the tastiest dishes with fresh ingredients based on what is being harvested at the time.

Many rustic chic weddings include a trendy food bar. This allows guests to be picky without having to feel that they are placing a burden on the kitchen staff with dietary restrictions or preferences. It also allows people to come together in a gathering spot at the wedding.

Common food choices at rustic outdoor weddings include a freshly harvested vegetable bar, hearty potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, and a protein of your choosing such as chicken or fish.

The Modern Barn Wedding Venue in Colorado

As you can see, there are a variety of ways to spice up your outdoor wedding or barn wedding. With just a little planning and an eye for the smaller, finer touches, you can turn a day on the farm into an unforgettable, lifelong memory and experience. 

You and your guests can look back fondly on this special day, filled with beauty and design elegance painted against a beautiful outdoor backdrop. 

At Church Ranch Event Center, we cover all the bases for the perfect rustic chic wedding. We have a dedicated event planning team to assist you in designing all of the small touches. We will work with you to create a magical experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.

We handle planning for everything from the outdoor arch design for the altar to bistro-style minimalist seating to sourcing locally harvested vegetables for the reception. 

If you are interested in exploring a chic, modern farm-style option for your wedding experience, we want to help. We host one of the finest outdoor wedding venues Colorado has to offer. Our Denver barn wedding location has everything from rustic to simple elegance. Please contact us today to learn about how to make your dreams for your special day a reality.

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