Getting married in a barn might not sound glamorous, but more couples are saying “I do” to the venue. In fact, at least two new barns are opening to couples within the next month in the Sioux Falls area. Another opened last month.
Stacy Larson is busy with the last-minute details of her wedding.
“I’m looking for relaxed, country and rustic,” Larson said.
She’ll be the first bride to say her vows in a barn just outside of Canton this weekend.
“I grew up here. I’ve driven past this barn almost every day of my life. It’s just been so much fun to see the progress,” Larson said.
The Canton Barn, as it’s now named, has undergone quite a transformation. It’s 99 years old and was deteriorating, but its owners have brought it back to life as a wedding and event venue.
“When we started, there was nothing but a shell: no electrical, plumbing heating or cooling,” owner Kalli Blackstone said.
Though there are a lot of updates, most of the wood in the Canton barn is nearly a century old. Blackstone says she followed the barn wedding trend and debated her project for a decade.
“Initially, I thought maybe it was a fad, but people are more appreciative of antiquity, the old and history,” Blackstone said.
Even though the barn hasn’t officially opened yet, she’s booking on average two events every day.
“People are truly appreciative of history anymore, especially the people 20 to 35 years old who come in here and have never seen anything like this before,” Blackstone said.
Just last month, another barn venue opened west of Sioux Falls. The owner of Blue Haven Barn and Gardens says the building is booked full until December, along with all of the Fridays and Saturdays next summer.
“Most of the phone calls I’m taking now are telling people that we don’t have those dates open,” owner Amanda Nelson said.
Owners say not only are barn weddings popular right now, but there’s also a need for wedding venues in general in the Sioux Falls area.
“We don’t have too many country venues around Sioux Falls. We are South Dakota, and it’s part of our culture and heritage to be in the country,” Nelson said.
A venue that represents Larson’s heritage.
“I grew up on a farm, so I’ve always wanted the country, rustic feel,” Larson said.
She’s also glad she put a ring on it before it was too late.
“This means a lot to us,” Larson said.
Another barn wedding venue is opening in the Sioux Falls area on September 1.
The Meadow Barn at Country Orchards is just south of the city.