Post # 1
Because of the recession and being the owners of a small biz my FH and I decided to scale back our wedding. One of our best friends offered to let us use his small farm for free which is great. The only issue is its a bee farm! I personally love it out there. It’s perfect, he over looks this amazing valley and doesn’t have any neighbors so sound wont be an issue. I’m a very DIY person so I like having total control over the venue or what not. My only concern is if the people are going to be ok with coming to a place with lots of bees. My friend doesn’t seem like the bees (supposedly they are the nice ones and no one has ever been stung, not even him) will bother anyone. But hes never had an event of this size on his property. Has anyone else dealt with this issue? Its hard to say no to something so perfect and free.
Post # 3
if anyone has an allergy it bight be bad for them, but a bee farm is more likely to have tame bees than some random meadow! Also has your friend ever had events there before?
Post # 4
sometimes the fees for renting chairs and tents and all that other stuff ends up pricier than a regular venue. Make sure you price compare big time!
Sounds gorgeous. Also, can you consider having the bees sprayed before the event? There is a gas or cooling liquid or something that makes the bees very lazy and nonchalant so they don’t irritate people. They will stay in their hives and chill. It’s what beekeepers use when going after their honey.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington
Yeah, my only concern would be somone with an allergy. And definitely price compare!
Post # 6
How close would the wedding be to the hives? If it’s very nearby, it could be an issue. Honey bees will only sting when endangered. This usually happens when a person accidentally steps on a bee, accidentally gets a bee in their clothes, or if they are seen as being aggressive towards the hive. Otherwise, they won’t bother you. If anyone attending your wedding has a bee allergy or phobia of bees, then that would be something to consider.
Even honey bees kept by people are not tame. Bees have a symbiotic relationship with beekeepers, and are not held against their will and are essentially the same in temperment as "wild" honey bees, unless the beekeeper purposefully keeps a slightly less aggresssive strain. The exception are Africanized "killer" bees which are not yet kept in the US to my knowledge.
Anyway, yout friend must know the lay of the land and if he says that the bees won’t bother anyone I would trust him.
Post # 7
What about the proximity of sugary goodness to bees? My only concern, beyond allergies, would be about the possibility of the bees being attracted to your delicious food and drinks! Yuck!
In terms of using a rural, privately owned friend’s property, I can tell you that while it may be costly in some rentals, I have found it to be a very relaxed way to plan. Firstly, while rentals can be pricier, you can scale your order up or down according to your RSVPs exactly, with no risk of not meeting a "minimum" or getting charged for more people than you actually have attend. Secondly, FREEDOM! Doing a wedding on privately owned property or at home means that the wedding industry’s tentacles are a little less stuck to you throughout the process. You source what you want, DIY what you want, and have final say.
I highly recommend it if you are budget concscious too, because you can scale back aspects of your spending as you go along if need be. Sounds like an awesome venue too. Farms are so sweet for weddings!