(Closed) Barn Venue Sticker Shock — Is this price normal??

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I think it depends on a few things! Where are you located? Is the catering included in that price, or would you bring in an outside caterer? Venues can be insanely expensive, and are usually one of the biggest parts of the budget. 


I decided on a more inexpensive, plain venue because it has lots of windows and we were planning on going big with the flower budget anyway, so we could dress it up. I’d suggest that you keep shopping around, just to compare and see what’s most important to you! 

Post # 3
2133 posts
Buzzing bee

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carolinagirl1217 :  how many people are you having? Does it include catering and alcohol? 

My venue for 135 guests was 10,500 with food, alcoho (they had a special going on for a discounted alcohol rate)l, and appetizers. This was a cheaper venue too. 

Post # 4
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I don’t know too much about this, but I was in a wedding recently where the bride and groom paid that same price for their barn. It did not include anything – tables, chairs, china, catering, etc. $8,000 was strictly for the structure and grounds.

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee

I also agree it just depends on location and services they provide. Is this just the venue cost or is this all inclusive (cocktail hour, flowers, wedding coordinator, food, dj, cake, etc.). If this is just the venue cost then I’d say it’s a little pricey for my taste. However, I’m from a southern state where barn weddings are a dime a dozen. If there is one barn venue too pricey then there are five others nearby who are cheaper or offer more for the same price. I’d say barn venue’s should cost between 3 & 5 grand without including everything I listed above.

The average cost I found was around 3 grand for just the venue. 

The average cost I found for all inclusive venue’s is around 8-15 grand. Seems like a shock but it’s completely worth it if it means you don’t have to worry about coordinating flowers, food, decor, and a million other things. 

Post # 6
727 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

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carolinagirl1217 :  I think it all depends on the area in which you live. Our venue is located in Monroe, NC and it is a farm venue as well. We are getting access to the venue the day of the wedding. It includes the following;

Outdoor ceremony space

Fire pit

Photobooth in reception area

General store

1800s train car

An original soda shop

Farm animals

Pond to fish

Corn hole

Tables, chairs, linens, bathrooms, bride and groom suite. We rented our venue for $3,600.00 It’s a splurge for us.

Post # 7
13 posts

Definitely depends where you’re located. We booked an industrial type venue and it was $7700 for just the venue, no food or anything. Rustic weddings are super popular now. In my area I found the price of barns/rustic/industrial type venues has been going up a lot. And now some of the more plain country clubs are a bit cheaper. But do some research on caterers, sometimes you can find good deals on them to kind of even the cost back out. 

Post # 9
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

It depends. What are you getting for $8k? Tables? Chairs? Linens? What other amenities? For reference, I was married in a barn in Midwest Michigan and we paid $3500 to rent two barns for 4 hours that included 4 hours if set up and/or rehearsal time. We had to pay an extra $150/hour after that for rental. I want to say our venue was $4k. Our entire wedding was about $30k for 200ish people including venue, caterer, bar, staff, vendors, rentals. 

In order to determine if it’s worth it, you have to see what’s included and determine a budget. 

Post # 10
386 posts
Helper bee

That’s outrageous to me, but it does depend on your location. I also think the fad of rustic, barn weddings are causing them to be more pricey – simply because people will pay for that “look” or feel of their wedding being in a beautiful barn. 

There’s a nice barn venue down the road from where I live and packages start at $3500 and I think cap out at around $5000? It has about a 200 person capacity and I think you have to use their caterer and have to be out by a certain time due to city regulations on like music volume and stuff. 

That’s outrageous for me, we’re hoping to keep our wedding at under $8000 including my dress, possibly the honeymoon and thats with 350 guests.

Post # 11
3140 posts
Sugar bee

Depending on what is included and how long your rental lasts (ie, 24 hrs vs 6 hrs), as well as if you’re on a high cost of living area, it might not be too abnormal.  Is the venue also something high-demand? If people will pay the prices because it’s the coolest/prettiest/whatever venue in the area, they’ll charge whatever they can get away with!

For perspective, most of the venues we were looking at (for an estimated guestlist of around 150) were around $6-10k for the venue. Some included chairs/tables, others didn’t.  We wound up going with one that’s $4500.  My budget appreciates this, but the main reason why is that we both had this incredible emotional reaction to the venue and it just felt right and “us”.  Really glad we didn’t have that reaction to one of the $10k venues!

The time of year and even day of the week can also be a factor.  For example, the venue we chose is almost $1000 more expensive on Saturdays.  

Post # 12
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

A mostly inclusive barn venue in Ashville was 38,000. It was not even in downtown Ashville. So we were like, next venue…. I could not swallow the price for the place. We liked the other venue we chose. 

Post # 14
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think it’s a little high, but if it includes as much stuff as you have listed, and possibly more (a coordinator, perhaps linens, sound system, etc.) it may be worth it as other places would not have those. To rent my barn was $5000. My sister just rented a similar barn for her wedding and it was $3500, but she is quickly realizing how much it will cost to upgrade the included items to what she wants. Her venue has very ugly chairs indoors, and no chairs outdoors. So she will have to rent outdoor chairs and either rent separate ones indoors, or cover, which is not a look she likes, and costs several dollars per chair. At 200 guests this really adds up. Ballroom chairs to rent cost about $7 per chair, garden chairs for outdoors at least $4-$5. So, potentially $2400 on CHAIRS. Just things to consider when looking at the real cost of a venue.

Post # 15
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Honestly, that seems on the lower end to me. 

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