Post # 1
I am looking into using a barn as a wedding reception area. The location is great on a local family farm and is set up to accomodate weddings. It appears to be what you would expect from this type of venue physically (wood beams, open side, high ceiling, a lot of space, beautiful country back drop.
Has anyone had a barn reception, is polanning one, or chose not to after exploration? I would like to hear some pros and cons
I am planning on going to look and ask about details (catering, seating, rental, etc.) and this will be in June 2014.
Post # 3
The biggest con I can think of is the flooring and guests wearing heels… and bathroom facilities and how to get from point A to B (in said heels) 🙂
Post # 4
BATHROOMS! I never thought of that thank you! I am trying to make a list of things to ask about before going to see the place
Post # 5
We had our reception in a restored barn used for events. Ours had regular bathrooms and a kitchen/prep room for the caterers, along with electric, water and a dance floor. The floor of the barn was cement, so guests wearing heels was not a problem for us. We loved our venue, it had character and it was nice to have the air coming through the open side since the weather was nice.
I would make sure you ask about the following things:
- The bathroom situation (no one wants to use a porta potty in a dress)
- If there is electric and plumbing (important for vendors)
- If the barn floor is finished (some are just dirt)
- Rain plans (if there is an open wall, the rain can get blown inside if it is particularly windy)
- Decorating rules (Since our barn was historic, we were not allowed to use nails)
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
+1 on the bathroom issue!
If the barn housed animals or hay, potential allergy issues for guests. Last hayride I attended, I ended up in the ER with allergies.
Lighting! What’s inlcuded, would you have to bring in a lighting system. Also, how does the barn look at night? One thing I’ve noticed is so many venues are stunning during the day but they’re not as great at night unless they’re carefully lit. Also, are candles allowed and are there restrictions to them.
Temperture regulation. Is there any way to control the temperture. Also, since it’s a barn, does it leak when it rains?
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@Cappugcino: that’s what I was going to talk about- temperature regulation. In June it can get really hot.
Post # 8
I went to a party in August, and the dancing/cake/bar was set up in the barn. The barn wasn’t big enough for everyone to eat in.
The floor was made of old, wide boards and there were lots of cracks. I was wearing 4 1/2″ stilettos, as were a lot of women. The floor didn’t pose a problem at all. I thought it would, but nope. We all danced like fools for hours. It was such a blast.
Post # 9
UPDATE thank you for all of your help! we looked at a barn this weekend with all of these things in mind and LOVED it! thanks again!!
Post # 10
@Seashells7: Hey out of curiosity, may I ask what place you looked at or are looking at?
We’re trying to find something similar for our fall 2013 wedding.
The bees gave you some great advice! My biggest concern would be bathrooms/kitchen close by and parking.
Post # 11
I’m one of those who looked into barns and opted not to go that route.
Two of them that were gorgeous and had lots of amenities were in the middle of nowhere, meaning at least an hour drive to the nearest town with hotels, or back home.
The last one is actually in town where we live, but unfortunately looks like the old lunch room/converted gymnasium from my elementary school. There’s also zero air flow (no heating/cooling), which, in August, is a no-no.
Post # 12
Dyments Family Farm in Dundas, Ontario.
But it looks like you are from toronto… look in Milton there are BEAUTIFUL barns there for weddings.. here is the link to Gambrel Barn in Milton
BEAUTIFUL! I totally would have went for it, but our ceremony lovcation would be an hour drive from Milton
Post # 13
Along with the animals/hay and potential allergens in a structure that is or was a functioning barn, you might also want to (and, really, need to) think about things like mice, squirrels, pigeons, bats. Barns aren’t built to keep these critters out the way houses are, and they’re usually not maintained over time for that purpose, either. The whole rustic-chic thing is trendy right now and looks good in the pictures, but the more rustic the barn is, the more likely it is to have vermin. You will need to be really careful with your food, etc.
Post # 14
@Seashells7: Thanks! I was actually looking at their website on Friday and wrote down the number to call but haven’t had a chance to yet! That’s so funny and awesome. I’m glad you liked it when you saw it! Do you think you’re going to have your wedding there now?
The Gambrel Barn is on my list too…it’s a bit pricier than I wanted for the rental cost alone..but I am willing to make it work if we love it when we go to see it. Are there more in the Milton area I’m missing?? Glad I clicked on this post
Post # 15
@jlc3: ya i do think we will go with dyments! I live about 10 minutes away so its perfect for us!
Here is where i found the milton barn, theres lots of BEAUTIFUL venues here and at least 9 pages to click through so if theres another barn, youll find it here
Post # 16
@Seashells7: You are da bomb! Thanks!
Gambrel is booked until January 2014, every Fri Sat and Sun from May to Dec in 2013! Holy moly. But I’m on the hunt now with a few other options. Thanks again