Summer Wedding Ideas for a Barn Wedding

At Clock Barn, we absolutely love a wonderful summer wedding. Our beautiful barn looks gorgeous in the summer months and we think there’s nowhere better to be on your big day. To make sure that your summery celebration is all kinds of brilliant, we’ve rounded up all our favourite summer wedding ideas for you and put them in this one feature. So, for the best barn wedding ideas that your guests will LOVE, just read on…

Summer wedding food and drink

Every wedding needs wonderful food and drink and thanks to the amazing team at Galloping Gourmet, you’re guaranteed a memorable feast at Clock Barn. We love seeing (and sometimes sampling!) all the delights that the chefs create and seasonal delicacies are always our favourite.

Cold drinks presented in funky metal beer barrels will keep guests cool in summer – wedding ideas

Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

Let’s start with drinks for long summer days and, if the temperature is soaring, your guests will definitely appreciate delicious beverages even more. What could be more perfect for a countryside wedding than Pimms? Served with a twist of cucumber, it’s refreshing and utterly English. If you’d like a really rustic look, use cute Kilner jars instead of glasses. Finish with a striped paper straw and you’ve got a fab look for a barn wedding. Alternatively, a beer barrel is always a great idea. Let your guests simply pick a perfectly cooled bottled beer from a barrel and enjoy. We’ll even provide a twist of lime for that authentic warm weather feel.

The best time to enjoy Pimms is of course summer, so why not serve up this summer wedding favourite to guests

Image Courtesy of Bowtie & Belle Photography

When it comes to food, what could be better for a summer wedding than a BBQ feast? Imagine perfectly cooked meats (and vegetarian options, of course) and a whole host of scrummy salads. In the evening, fantastic wood fired pizzas will keep your guests dancing all night long and, for the perfect sweet treat, it just has to be ice cream. Galloping Gourmet can now offer you hire of their very own vintage ice cream cart and this really has to be the ultimate summer indulgence.

Add to your summer wedding with a delicious barbecue serving fresh local produce in different outdoor food stations

A close up of the tasty barbecue food created and served by our Galloping Gourmet team at Clock Barn

Guests can enjoy ice cream from Galloping Gourmet's own vintage ice cream bicycle

Images Courtesy of Paul Willetts Photography

Summer wedding entertainment

When you’re planning a summer wedding, you really have to get outside and we definitely want you to enjoy our gardens and the country setting here at Clock Barn. We also want you and your guests to really enjoy themselves so some great entertainment is a wedding must-have.

Firstly, let’s think about games and what could be better than traditional garden games? Croquet is always a big hit with guests of all ages and it’s also great to watch, even if you’re not playing. Similarly, boules is also a lot of fun and we love giant games too – why not hire huge Jenga, chess or even Connect 4? Mini treasure hunts for children will keep them active or set up an area for them, under a shady tree, with colouring books and games.

Make the most of the outdoor space at Clock Barn and enjoy a variety of garden games

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Keep guests entertained in the sunshine with a host of outdoor games – wedding ideas

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Traditional summer games are a super popular choice too and lots of couples even DIY their own. Take your inspiration from fairgrounds and amusement parks to create skittles, hook-a-duck, coconut shies and many more. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little bit competitive, old-school sports day races can be absolutely hilarious – don’t forget the hula hoops and space hoppers!

Everyone loves playing Jenga and what better way than to play giant Jenga in the sunshine – wedding ideas

Let the adults bring out their inner child with some retro space hoppers – outdoor wedding games

Images Courtesy of Marianne The Photographer

Music always makes a wedding that bit more special and what could be better than relaxing in our gardens listening to brilliant acoustic musicians as you sip a drink and nibble a summery canape? Guitarists always work really well but any live music will certainly create the perfect summer wedding vibe.

Create a happy summer atmosphere with a live musician playing outside in the gardens of this beautiful Hampshire wedding barn

Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

If you’d like to see what other Clock Barn couples have chosen for their summer weddings, keep an eye on our Instagram feed or Facebook page. There are always heaps of seasonal ideas here!