(Closed) Farm Wedding – Good idea or Bad?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is a farm wedding a good idea all things considered?

    Yes! Go fot it

    No! The risks are too high... the flies and smell could potentially RUIN the wedding!


  • Post # 3
    1334 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    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
    7358 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    stargurl101:  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!

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    Post # 5
    9575 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    You had me until smell. 

    Post # 6
    4038 posts
    Honey bee

    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 # 8
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    stargurl101:  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
    205 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    stargurl101:  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.

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