Post # 1
We just got engaged in December of 2011 and are not getting married until September 2013 but I am starting to feel the stress of not finding a venue.
Our theme is a rustic/country/vintage so I initially was looking for an old barn but if you know of a unique location you think we may like, please do share!
Our location is Howell, Michigan and we are willing to drive around 2 hours away. My ideal venue will allow us to stay until at least 12:00 am (a lot of places I have found want you out by 10pm). If anyone knows of a family member or friend who is willing to rent our their property that would be amazing! Our budget is anything under $3500 and alcohol is a must 🙂
I have already checked out:
Blue dress barn
Post family farm
And the country mill
Post # 3
Hi! I’m getting married in September of next year as well, my Fiance and I looked all over for a barn that lets you stay later than 10 pm, and we found out that the reason they want you out that early is due to the noise ordinances is most counties. It kinda sucks, we have to leave our venue by 11 pm.
There is also a barn in Allegan MI, called the silo, its a lot prettier in person than on the website. Sherman lake YMCA also has a beautiful barn but no alcohol is allowed :(. Another place, which may be too far, is the Dhaselleer events barn in Charlevoix which looks pretty on the outsite, but i’m not sure about the inside. We ended up not having a barn for our reception hall and opted for an outdoor location instead.
Good luck finding your reception venue 🙂
Post # 4
Hello, I’m not too far from you! I looked and looked and LOOKED for months and months for a venue like you’re describing, and came up with nothing. 🙁 It’s really quite sad that there is so much farm country in MI and yet no beautiful barns to host weddings in! WHAT THE HECK?!
One thing I ended up doing was finding privately owned farms that are still opened to the public (to buy things and what not) and emailed them telling them my idea. A couple sounded pretty open to the idea of opening up their property (and basically their home) to us..but in the end, it just seemed like it was so much work and stress to try to make it happen.
Best of luck! You still have time so hopefully you’ll be able to find something!! 🙂
Post # 5
Hi, have you looked at the Lazy J Ranch in Milford, MI? I am getting married there this June. The website is lazyjranchmilford.com
They have 2 barns on site, one old and one newer so it gives you an option for what you are looking for.
Post # 6
@MellyBee891: thank you so much for your help, for some reason the website is not forwarding me the replys to my post so I couldn’t see them. But anyhow, yes the no ordinores ordeal is probably our biggest problem. That, and the fact that the barns I do find seem to notquit large enough for us. I’ll have to look into the Silo and the YMCA, I love the idea of the Silo! Do you mind me asking where you and your fiancé decided to have your wedding?
Thanks again for your help and good luck with your planning!
Post # 7
@apoli8339: I have looked at the lazy j thank you! And it may actually end up being a contender for us 🙂
Post # 8
@xlittlemissbridex: Omgosh I totally agree! There is so much farm land yet not one decent venue to use! It’s very disappointing. If we don’t find a barn we have decided to settle with a tent but since we still have over a year until our date I’m just going to look look look! 🙂
Do you mind me asking where you wedding is going to be held this year? At this point I am open to anything. Thank you and good luck with your special day!
Post # 9
@HLEMBF2006: We decided to get married at Riverside Receptions in Centreville, MI. It’s pretty far south, almost to Indiana 🙂
Post # 10
I’m getting married at indian springs metropark in white lake… gorgeous for a rustic type venue and VERY unique! You should look it up
Post # 11
I was totally in the same boat as you last year.. we ended up not finding anything. Two barns that we checked out that you didn’t were Lazy J’s and Wolcott Orchard. We didn’t get a good vibe from either. The lady at Wolcott’s was kind of sketchy and skirted around a lot of my questions, plus the original pricing they quoted me on the phone changed once we toured (i.e. suddenly a charge per table and chair when there hadn’t been a few days prior). The guy at Lazy J’s was just kind of a tool. There are two barns in close proximity, so there is the possibility of having two weddings on the same night, which we weren’t comfortable with. In addition the larger barn has (ugly) plastic picnic tables and he acted like I was crazy when I asked if we could bring in other tables or something. I was dead set on a barn when I started wedding planning and it just didn’t work out :/ We had a pretty awesome reception at an event hall owned by a Catholic church (we’re not Catholic) in Fenton, MI, for a decent price, so I’d be happy to pass along the info if anyone wants. It looks like your basic hotel ballroom/banquet room, more or less.
By the way, I just started another thread– the hubs and I are talking about building a barn just for this purpose, since obviously the options in our area are limited. Feel free to weigh in with suggestions if you have them!
Post # 12
Hi there. I just booked my venue in Melvin, MI a barn called “good tymes” barn it is absolutely beautiful. The pictures online don’t do it justice, you have to visit, and it’s very inexpensive.
Post # 13
If you go there please, tell them that Megan sent you lol we might both get a discount 😉
Post # 14
Wollcotts orchard in Clio, I think they quoted us 1200-1400 for rental
Post # 15
@meggers22: I’m just found this barn online. If you don’t mind, about how much did it cost?
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
It’s a lot more “commercial”, but you should look into Double J Ranch. (http://www.doublejj.com/)
We did vacation there once as a family and it was a lot of fun.