(Closed) Calling all Bees: Rustic barn wedding costs, booze, live music, permits, etc.

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
4249 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My biggest recommendation with any venue is find one that is all-inclusive where they provide decor, catering, chairs and tables, linens, etc.  The price of renting these things is SKY high but when the venue takes care of it, it’s so much easier to plan.  I know you talked earlier in this thread about “price gouging” but actually my experience was the complete opposite.  My venue provided catering and it was delicious and affordable (think $35 per plate).  Granted I am in the Midwest as well so that probably has a factor.  You don’t want to get yourself into a DIY nightmare where you have to provide and purchase all the decor and everything.

Post # 20
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Congrats! The detail planning portion is so much fun! We especially enjoyed the tastings. 🙂

Post # 21
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Happy that you found a venue you love!

I don’t know if this matters anymore, but cost was a much more significant figure for us. We found a lovely Amish barn converted into a restaurant. It was in a small town, too. The hall fee was 1,500. But since it was a restaurant, they included china, glassware, linens, table lamps, tulle and globe light decorations. All of the food and beverages had to be catered through them, but we got a super reasonable price for that as well. Having an all-inclusive venue for us was HUGE because I am a full-time grad student and the only one who is local.

So, if you’re still not 100% sold, I’m sure you could find a similar venue. There were many refurbished barns I looked into (that were probably a little more stylish and shabby-chic). But they were easily 3-5x the cost of our venue. And the headache of coordinating every single rental was so not worth it, to me.

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