Ok! We looked at two rustic barn wedding venues. It was an eye-opening experience learning about prices and all the details. Below is what we found and my opinions. Once again, I am calling on you bees for much-needed insight. Thanks in advance. help is needed.
1. Barn #1 in Long Eddy, NY
The grounds were expansive, flat, and pretty. Featured a renovated, cavernous barn and a full kitchen with commercial stove, prep area, fridge, etc. The owner gives us 3 days stay included in the farm house. Tables, chairs, bonfire, no issues with music/noise but after 10pm must adhere to some quiet policy. The base price was $14,000. We have to rent linens and tableware. We also need to pay and provide shuttle service for guests staying over. Parking can provide for 40 cars.
The cons I have are the location is in the middle of nowhere and zero cell phone service. This can be very problematic for guests and directions. There seriously wasn’t even a gas station that close. Accommodations for guests is also a pain as no hotels in sight and the coordinator stated some neighboring houses partner with her to accommodate up to 6 people for like 250-300 per night.
2. Rustic Barn 2 in Roxbury, NY
The grounds were more quaint, not as expansive and could pose a space issue for food trucks. The barn itself was nice but smaller which could pose a space issue; tentative guestlist is 75. The actual ceremony takes place in a beatiful pine forest with paths but it’s up on a hill so guests travel up & down. Golf carts available for $250.00. No overnight stay available, limited local accommodations that owner stated were pricey though less than 10 min. away. a bonfire costs an extra $500.00 and a fee of $20.00/guest “to offset varying guestlists at weddings” which I don’t get cuz this gets us nothing! Base price was $12,600. The location was not as middle of nowhere but again off the beaten path but a small town with some shops was close by but again, no cell phone service?! what to do an emergency? Barn had a landline to address the issue.
I’m thinking that these upstate venues have already been all day affairs just driving & touring. I doubt any rustic barn is going to have a prime, convenient location as these venues are non-traditional and generally off the beaten path. It seems if we do food trucks, then we have to have another expense of whom rents & sets up linens and tableware; if we also do appetizers I have a catering pal and I assume he would do the table setups? I know that is outside a food truck’s purview.
Thanks in advance for any help. Right now, I feel this is over my head despite me trying to glean as much information as possible.