Post # 17
We almost did this.
I think the venue fee was like 4,000 (but included restrooms), with an extra fee for the ceremony on site (1,500? Not including tent rental) the per-person cap was 80. The venue required you to use their caterer, and their pricing was about 12,000 for 70 people, plus tax and gratuity.
We said, OK we can do this.
THEN, they dropped the ball on us. Suddenly, we were responsible for all rentals, even though we had been told (in writing) that tables, chairs, dishes, glasses, etc. were included. Not only were we suddenly expected to rent that, but also were expected to rent and provide the serving dishes for the caterer. It would have added thousands to our costs.
We said, OK we’re out, thanks for trying to rip us off.
So we passed on the barn and are in this totally cool clubhouse that is closer to home, super nice to us, and includes everything – they even give us our choice of card boxes and table numbers, free of charge!
The real dealbraker for us was watching our budget multiplying twice, then thrice because of all the other things needed for that barn wedding that cost. money. We started to give up on the little details that we wanted, and we became unhappy.
Now we’re in a place that comes in below our budget but exceeds our expectaions, and we have wiggle room in our spending with other vendors. We’re so happy with this desicion!
Post # 18
ya that is just waaaaay too much for just the space. Have you checked out other unique venues in the area? Perhaps a pioneer village, museum, art gallery, industial space… or other venues that are not marketed as “wedding” venues but could accomodate?
Post # 20
I got married in a freakin private castle for less than that. that price is outrageus.
Post # 21
Yikes that seems pretty high! Not sure where you are located though… I’m in Southern California and our outdoor venue is $7500 for the space. It’s not a barn but when that was an option for us it seemed like most I looked at online in our area were around 5,000. We get our venue all day until 10pm and includes all of our dishes, flatware, glassware and then we have to pay extra for our additional rentals such as tables, linens, etc. And this price is what we paid for a Saturday in Septmeber. Can you negotiate? Doesn’t hurt to ask..Maybe offer to pay them in cash? We saved a ton of money by doing this. If it’s really important to you and you haven’t set a final date yet maybe choose a less expensive time of year.
Post # 22
Thanks for all of the comments and feedback!!
@Kate0558, thanks for looking those up, unfortunately those barns are both roughly 1 hr 15 mins from the church. I’ve realized that a lot of these rustice places that i really LOVE will say that they are “Pittsburgh Venues,” but they are actually located in the Laural Highlands, etc. which is over an hour away from me and even more from the city.
Post # 23
- Wedding: September 2014 - Blue Horse Farm
I think 10K for just the space is way too much! We also ran into that problem with expensive barns in our area, but found one and booked or next year that is 2k for the space which is a lot more reasonable. Sorry I can’t help you out with locations as I am not familiar with PA at all!
Post # 24
- Wedding: September 2014 - Blue Horse Farm
@SOONTOBEMRS_Z: Where did you book!? I’m wondering if we booked the same venue 🙂
Post # 25
I booked at On Twin Lakes in Birchwood, WI. I also looked at Hunt Hill in Sarona, Blue Horse Farm in New Richmond, and of course the Enchanted Barn. Where in WI are you looking? I’m thrilled to meet another WI bride going for the rustic barn theme!
Post # 26
That’s crazy! I live in Illinois so for us barn venues are a dime a dozen which makes them quite affordable. With the high demand for that type of venue right in the middle of the rustic wedding craze they obviously know they’re sitting on wedding venue gold and are going to charge accordingly.
Post # 27
Our venue hire is $3.5k and it includes tables, chairs, rest rooms, etc… And I thought we were paying a lot!
Post # 28
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Can you maybe change your date to 2015 and book the other barn? I know that sucks but that’s what we had to do to get our rustic lodge for our wedding. They book out 2 years in advance and we had to push the wedding back until Sept 2014.
Post # 29
Date twin!! We’ve booked a converted cow shed that has the ‘barn’ feel for £1500 for the venue only. Keep looking I’d say!
Post # 30
@MrsBob2Be: that’s an insane amount just to use the space! We are renting a rustic barn venue and have to cater in, rent chairs, tables, etc…but we’re only paying $1,000 to use our space. BUT I guess it depends our you have the money and can justify spending it to have the wedding you want.
Post # 31
We were looking into The Hayloft in Rockwood, PA, but fell in love with another venue that worked a little better for us. You might want to check them out, the place looks gorgeous and seems pretty reasonably priced.