Paint the party barn red?

Barns hold more than living animals, carcasses, and piles of hay. For many urbanites these days, they are romantic backdrops for rustic nuptial celebrations.

Farmers looking to make a little extra cash see the latest trend as a godsend, and some have made steep investments on improving sound systems and dance floors. Neighbors who aren’t in on the action, however, complain these rural revelries spoil the pastoral peace: lots of traffic, loud music, and drunken wedding woops till the cows come home.   —Diane Richard, writer, August 13


Image: Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

Source: Julie Bosman, “Neighbors Say Barn Weddings Raise a Rumpus,” The New York Times,August 3