(Closed) A Rustic Barn Wedding all my own

posted 7 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lauren.delgiorno: That sounds nice…but Im confused..are you asking for advice?? Or help planning?? I think it would be really hard for you to do the catering yourself (if you mean cook all the food) for that many people AND do the decor. I also dont know if you’ll be able to do all that you want with your budget…

My wedding will be held in my parents backyard and my budget is 15k…and thats pretty much as low as we could get it for the amount of people we wanted/a few extras. 

After accounting for rentals (chairs/tables/linens/bathrooms–yes you MUST have restrooms for your guests!!/ lighting/ ext), food, drinks, favors, decor you’ll probably have a hard time fitting that into your budget. Perhaps you should use a spread sheet program and start pricing things out. 

For example, my rentals approx for 100 guests came out to around $1200..catering alone is around $6000..cake is about $600..

So already Im at your budget limit…photography/decor can also be a huge chunk of your budget as well. 

Post # 4
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Most of the barns I looked at cost between $2-$5k to rent, just for the barn.  I looked at a number of barn/farm locations and not a single one had built in bathrooms.  They all require rentals.  Ugly port-a-johns are pretty affordable but a nice “executive trailer” is at least $1k.  I looked in the upstate NY area.  I don’t think your $7k budget is in line with your expectations.

Post # 5
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s a great idea. Just be realistic, that it might be a little more than you have budgetted. Most rustic barns are working barns, full of animals, feed, farm supplies, not to mention rodents. There really aren’t a lot of pristine rustic barns sitting around, with bathroom facilities ready to be used. I live in northern Illinois, on the Iowa border, and you would think that barns are all over the place around here. Not so much. I searched and searched. I had a few leads. One barn, had been used for receptions, but was shut down by the health department for whatever reason. Another barn was structurally beautiful, but was filthy and needed serious cleaning, and had no bathrooms or running water and I would have had to truck in all of the tables/chairs/decor and porta potties, not to mention caterers completely balked at serving at a facility without running water on the premises (although there was water nearby) When I added up what it would cost, I could have a catered wedding at the most expensive ballroom in town for less. OK-i realize I am totally being a Debbie Downer here. I just want you to realize that all those beautiful rustic weddings you see in bride magazine, aren’t as cheap as you think. 

Post # 6
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with pp’s that doing everything from scratch could be just as costly and definitely will be more time consuming than other options, but hey this is your dream so do some digging and see what you can find. I’m assuming costs are greater on the east coast. I’m in the midwest and a wedding for $7,000 is completely doable here, if you know where to cut costs.

Post # 7
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Even non-working barns will require you to bring in bathrooms.

Look for a vineyard. My venue is a gorgeous vineyard, but the granary where we’ll be in arn like…but new, not rustic. Other vineyards around here have a barn-ish look.

Post # 8
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do not know what is available in your area, but I was able to rent a barn in a state park in Southern Maryland for 800 bucks for 12 hours. That way, I can decorate  and get set up before I need to get ready. I think that if you try really hard and enlist the help of your family/friends that you can do it for 7K!! That is my budget, and so far we are sticking to it, even with 100 guests and professional catering. Good luck!

Post # 10
1 posts

You might try to talk to a currently active farm to see if they would rent the space to you.  We have done that for friends in the past at our farm, and now we are thinking of stepping into the arena outright.  You are welcome to check out our farm at http://www.belclarefarm.com or call us to come out and take a look.  Maybe it would fit your needs….check out the ‘about us’ secton of our website to look inside some of the buildings.  

Post # 11
8 posts
  • Wedding: March 1992

Check out our working farm at VRBO.com number 238884.  We have sheep, goats, and cows, and many wonderful settings to choose from for a wedding reception.  Also, the wedding party and selected guests (as many as 12 comfortably) can stay in the manor house on the property as part of the package.

Post # 13
5 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

i just wanted to let you know i am doing pretty much the same thing! we’re not getting married til october 2013 but we’re renting a barn in a state park and doing everything on our own. the barn costs $50/day! i rented it for 4 days to set up before and tear down after. and you’re gonna die but the restroom is a PORT-A-POTTY! we’ll be renting a cabin within walking distance for an additional (cleaner) restroom. we’ll also be using the picnic tables that come with the barn for seating. truly rustic, diy county goodness. would love to talk with you more about planning!

Post # 14
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kimshort:  can i ask where you’re renting your barn?

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