(Closed) Looking for some advice on my farm wedding!

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

bathroom facilities.  i think that will be the biggest hurdle for you.


are you planning on renting some porta potties?  really, other than the bathroom issue (and parking issues can get to be a drag somewhere that doesn’t have a proper parking lot) I think it should go fine.


Post # 5
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i’m not helpful but I just wanted to say I live in Syracuse, NY and this sounds amazing!

Post # 6
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I got married on our family farm. It was lovely. No issues at all. Just choose your shoes carefully. The heels will quickly sink into the mud. I probably would have chosen flats if I could do that over. 

Post # 7
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Electricity.  Where is it coming from?  You might want to consider some generators (there is a Honda2000 something or other that is super duper quiet that we used) as cables can only hold so much power before they blow. Also, catering facilities.  Will you have a grill set up?  Will they need refrigeration?

Sounds exciting!!  🙂

Post # 9
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

farm weddings are very common around here, and i think the biggest concerns are always bathrooms. my cousin got married last summer though and there was both a male and female porta-potty and also a hand-washing station and they were very clean so it wasnt so bad. another concern is always heating/cooling. i had another cousin get married in september and it was absolutely freezing by dinner time. it could also be very hot where you live and i’ve seen problems with flies all over the food before.

Post # 10
8676 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You say it is a diary farm so that means cows. The smell at some diary farms can be bad and you will also need to find out if they will be clearing the area of the cow pats as well. You don’t want guests walking in that.

Is the barn(or whatever you are using) water tight? Rain wont just be a problem with mud but a leaking roof as well.

I would also check out/clean the cooler. If they have been storing uncooked meat in there you don’t want to be putting your guests food/drinks in there without a proper clean out.

Post # 12
8676 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@winkyfish:  I would also check out the surrounding farms. If they have smelly animals (pig/cows) the smell can carry along way especially on a windy day. Just something to consider as you may need to ask them to use different paddocks for the day of and before.

Post # 13
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Issues I have encountered:

  • bathrooms  (need to put someone on cleanup duty as porta potties can go downhill fast. Twice hourly check will suffice.)


  • electricity (you need a way to keep food hot. a backup generator is nice as I have seen one fail before.)


  • rain (make sure they have several round bales of hay available to spread for a path if things get real soupy.)


  • heat (make sure you have several ice filled wheelbarrows or galvanized tubs filled with ice water and maybe purchase/make some paper fans.)


  • sun (make sure you ceremony doesn’t take place in front of a setting sun lol, also depending on time of day have sunscreen handy.)


  • flies (I have heard that soaking a sponge in pinesol and placing in a bowl acts as a flie repellant. Never tried it though.)


  • fleas (I have been to weddings on farms and been eaten up by fleas. Scatter Diataneous (sp?) earth on all surrounding area. Safe and rids area of fleas.)


  • wind (secure tent well in case of freak storm)


  • cold (shouldn’t happen but if forcast looks ominous those propane heat lamps work well.)


  • parking (the only issue I have seen is with really low slung cars. A seperate flatter area can be designated for sports cars.)


  • bats (check barn and area for bats.)


  • mosquitoes (if they are prevalent there you may want to treat the area and provide off wipes.)

Sounds like fun! Any issue can be worked around with a little pre-planning
-From a fellow dairy farmer 😉

Post # 14
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would look into getting the portable washrooms that are in a trailer (usually 2-3 stalls plus sink) rather than just portapotties. Although more expensive they are much nicer and are more like a ‘real’ washroom (on wheels) and do not have the smell of the portapotties.

Another thing you need to think about is lighting (which means electricity for this too not just the music!). If you are out in a field at night it will be quite dark (this is coming from a farm girl so I know! lol). You will not only need lighting for the tent but for any walkways and parking area as well.

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