Post # 1
I am Maid/Matron of Honor for my niece who is planning her wedding. Her Dad owns a chicken farm out in the country and the grounds are gorgeous complete with a large barn with exposed beams. There are so many pros for htis plan – free venue with a structure there, gorgeous grounds with lots of trees, a pond with a fountain, plenty of parking, can bring in whatever catering we want, can purchse our own booze etc.. With a budget of $10k we could plan a gorgeous at home wedding completely with fancy trailer porta potties.
However there are some signifigant cons to this plan mainly the smell and potential for flies…. The chicken barn is on the opposite side of the property and there is a cow farm across the road… so depending which way the wind it blowing it could be really smelly. And farms = flies. Our worste nightmare is guests constantly waving their hand over their plates… It should also be said that while our side of hte family are country folk, the grooms side is mainly people from the city.
What do you think? We’re looking into way to repel flies, but the risk is still there..
Have any of you been to a wedding at a farm with animals?
Post # 2
Also I should clarify that the chicken barn is on the opposite side of the property from the barn we would be using for the reception. But if you’ve ever been to a chicken farm you know that depending on the wind, it could be a pretty overwhelming smell.
Post # 3
I love farm weddings. I think they are beautiful. But the risk of the smell would be too much of a chance to me.
I think you could keep the flies out by having those streamer type things in the doorway, but I’m not sure if there would be a way to deal with the smell.
Post # 4
Well I love rustic venues so I’d be all for it. However, I think there are some things to consider when planning that far out into the country.
There are many compaines, at least in my area, that spray the grass to help with flies/bugs. I had it done at my venue a couple weeks before my wedding and we had NO problems at all. For the reception, being inside, I would hang netting in the doorways – it would actually probably look cool and people wouldn’t even realize the real reason is to keep flies out.
The smell could certainly be a problem, and I know 1st hand how bad chicken farms can smell. I think her family would know better than anyone so it would probably be best to defer to them on it.
The only other big issue I could think of is driving. If you’re that far out of town, it’s obviously too far for people to call a cab once they’ve been drinking. If she does go that route, I think she should spend the money on a shuttle – even something as simple as a 16 passenger van w/ driver. Maybe have two area hotels part of a room block, and put it out there that shuttle service will be provided to/from those hotels.
All that being said, it sounds like a gorgeous venue. Shooting a barn wedding is on my bucket list!
Post # 6
Smell, bugs, and possible heat, since I doubt the barn is air conditioned or has sufficient fans, for guest comfort. We went to a barn wedding, at a day camp. The barn – where the meal was served – was stifling. None of the windows were open and there were no fans. I felt half sick. And the only toilets were 50 yards down a steep hill. I’ll say it again guest comfort!
Post # 7
Ya, I think we could probably minimize flies with mesh/tulle at the doorway along with using herbs in the decor, tiki torches and potentially spraying.
For the smell – we could probably see where the chickens are in their cycle.. I think the smell is less at the beiginning stage of development. We could also talk to the neighbour to see when he spread maneure on his feilds, ha. Do you think burning candles would also burn awy smell? this of course would only be inside the barn – outside the wind carries what it will carry…
As for heat – she want an outdoor wedding, so not matter what, heat will be a factor. We will have fans though esp set up at the doorway to repell flies from coming in. Apprently they can’t fly against wind?
Post # 8
I had a farm wedding but there are no animals right on the property I got married so I can’t speak to that. However, in my case anyways, saying this is a cheaper alternative is definitely not the case! You have to rent EVERYTHING!!! Chairs (maybe even ceremony and reception- we just had helpers move them), tables, linens, plates, utensils, multiple glasses (water, wine, cocktail, etc… we did plastic at night but still!) and the portapoties aren’t cheap either! It does really depend on how large of a wedding she wants because for each extra person there is a lot of extra costs. I also had a hard time finding a caterer that would do an outdoor venue, not something I thought would be a problem! Places that rent out outdoor spaces usually have a bunch of this stuff included, or at least a huge kitchen for the caterer and bathrooms for the guests. And if you want a tent for the ceremony that is even more money. We definitely saved money on the booze but that was about it.
I wouldn’t have done it any other way though, I loved getting married at my parent’s farm and they loved having it .That being said, it wasn’t cheaper and it was a lot of work! My mom spent so much time in her gardens and getting the place ready.
Oh and I’m sure you’ve cleared this with the owners but isn’t there some biosecurity risk with having that many people ‘near’ the chicken barn? I’m not sure how it works but I know where my parents’ barns are (they have pigs) no one unauthorized is allowed on the premises. However lots of people have barns at their house and people over so maybe it wouldn’t be a problem at all…
Post # 9
I LOVE barn weddings, but personally, I wouldn’t take the risk. I have smelled a chicken farm that was 2 MILES away from where I worked (WV) and it would nauseate me when I would walk to my car at the end of the day. As a guest I could pontentially leave early because of this factor.
Post # 10
Ya it is def a lot more work, however she is bent on an outdoor wedding, so either way we cut it, all that stuff will have to get rented or we have to pay a very high rental fee for a place that does outdoor weddings that has all that stuff. Her mom is a caterer so having her do the food is a HUGE savings.. and with a lot of wedding venues you can’t bring outside caterers. Plus with the farm the only tent we would need is perhaps a small one for the buffet, but I think everything can fit in the barn already there. With any other outdoor venue we have to rent a tent, which as you say, is very expensive.
For the bio hazard – I know for sure no one can go in the chicken barn, but i think on the property is fine.
The smell is really the concern… does your nose adjust though? I know mine does but maybe im just used to it..