The Must Have “Barn Wedding” Checklist

Barns are the latest trend and rage these days for romantic, intimate weddings!  However, they come with their own set of challenges.  Unlike the standard banquet room, barns do have special opportunities and limitations.  Here are some things you might want to check out:

The Must Have “Barn Wedding” Checklist

  • How many guests can the barn comfortably accommodate?
  • What does the rental fee cover?  Some barn venues provide only the space.  Some provide tables, chairs, linens, and more.)  Be sure to ask.
  • Are there restrooms on site?  Are there enough to accommodate all your guests.  Where are they located.
  • Is the barn equipped with electricity or do you need to bring in a generator?
  • If there a plan for excessive heat or cold to keep your guests comfortable?
  • Is there get ready space for the wedding party.   If not, is there a hotel close by?
  • Does the venue have a liquor license?
  • What are the additional fees?
  • Does the venue have a list of preferred vendors?  Can you choose others that may not be on their list.
  • When can the vendors set up?  Can décor and rentals be picked up the next day. 
  • Is there an on-site wedding coordinator?
  • Is the barn rain-proof?  If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, is there a plan for weather contingencies.
  • Is there enough onsite parking space?  Can guests easily walk to the event area for the parking lot?
  • Is there room to play outdoor games?
  •  Are there great areas for scenic photography?
  • What other options are there such as bonfire, hay wagon, etc.?

Today weddings in a barn offer the bride and groom a chance to hold their wedding in a very personable and unique location. A barn wedding can be dressed up or dressed down to match the style and decor of your wedding and offer endless charm.

Photography compliments of J. Graeler Photography and Patrick Pope Photography.

Your St. Louis Area Guide to Barn Weddings – Get That Country Feeling and Loving!

One of the strongest trends in our area is the barn wedding – brides are looking for that vintage, rustic inspired, down-home country feeling and atmosphere.  It also gives couples the opportunity of adding a lot of fun to the day with features such as a barbecue pits (roast that pig), fire pits for S’mores, and grassy area for yard games.   The romance and feeling of being outdoors and having a wonderful time is a strong appeal.  And being out in the country provides plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photos and a lot of homespun details, including family heirlooms, for the décor.   In fact, Pinterest has tons of ideas that you can incorporate into your reception and ceremony site.  Just search “barn weddings” and you will be flooded with ideas.

Barn weddings do have their challenges.   While fields and pastures are beautiful, can Grandma and Grandpa navigate the terrain?  And what happens if it rains just prior to your wedding…will you have a field of mud.   And anytime you are outdoors, you have to think about bugs and the weather – will it be too hot or too cold.

Here are some locations and venues that you might want to consider if you decide a barn wedding might be just the perfect option for you.

Haue Valley, Pacific MO (hauevalleyweddings.com)

Haue Valley has a large patio overlooking the property’s three lakes.  A rustic building with beautiful concrete floors and cedar wood beams.  They do provide tables and white wedding chairs and have indoor bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible.   Prices begin at $4500.  They do have exclusive caterers from which you must choose.

Rocking J Ranch, High Ridge, MO (www.stlouisbarnwedding.com)

Rocking J Ranch offers both an all-inclusive and a DIY package for weddings on a budget.  The all-inclusive is $55/person (minimums apply) and the DIY package starts at $4500.  The barn has a dirt floor except for a small dance area, and there is a lovely area set up for the ceremony just outside the barn with a small pond.  They usually release the horses in the pasture behind the ceremony area during the ceremony.  The farm house is provided as a bride’s get ready area.

Seven T Farms, Sullivan, MO (seventfarms.com)

Seven T Farms is a 400 acre venue that offers a large reception room, patio and an indoor/outdoor bar, stone fireplace, and a stunning view overlooking the farm.   Rentals start at $3750 and can accommodate up to 450 seated guests.  Russo catering is their exclusive catering company.

 

 Lake Creek Winery, Marthasville, MO (www.lakecreekwinery.com)

Lake Creek Winery is an 1860’s farmhouse, covered deck & patio area with spectacular views.  While not actually a “barn” wedding, the historic house adds that farm, vintage feel to any wedding.   There is an old barn that makes a great picturesque backdrop for your photos.  They can accommodate up to 250 people.

Sweet Clover Farm Events, Hermann, MO (sweetcloverfarmevents.com)

Sweet Clover Farms has a newly remodeled reception building that has a barn feel with wagon wheel chandeliers and white round tables and chairs.  They can accommodate up to 200 guests.  The Bride’s Cottage is included in the rental for the bride preparation prior to her day.  They allow you to choose your own vendors for catering, music, officiant and other.  One other note is that they do not supply alcohol and bartenders are not provided.  Prices begin at $2400 for a Saturday ceremony and reception,

Dodson Orchards, Fredericktown,  MO  (www.dodsonorchards.com)

Dodson offers an authentic old barn which is spacious and can accommodate up to 250 comfortably.  The old timbers and tin roof were put together around 1900.  Combine this with the vintage chandelier and string light and you have a stunning venue.  They also offer an outdoor garden chapel and a bridal cottage.  They offer both an all-inclusive with many additional options available such as ungraded china, S’more bar and more.   A venue only option is available only for off-peak dates.

Valley Farms, Foristell, MO  (www.valleyfarms.us)

Valley Farms is one of the newest BARN venues and is located in Foristell, MO. A beautiful NEW barn with concrete floors.  They offer lots of options including bonfire, hayride, S’more bar, and drone footage on your wedding.  You can also use one of the remote areas of the 20 acre farm to tie the knot.  Prices begin at around $3000 and you have flexible options for catering and other vendors.  They will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  Be sure to come out and see this beautiful venue.

Illinois Barn Weddings (Calhoun County Illinois) (www.barnweddingsillinois.com)

 

Host a breathtaking country wedding at either the beautifully restored 150-year-old Mount Hope Barn, located on 250 acres or perhaps you would prefer the White Tales Lodge nested on 5 acres.   Packages stat at $2500 for the Lodge and $3500 for the Mount Hope Barn.  They offer many different packages so be sure to give them a call for more specific details.

The Pour Vineyard, Red Bud, Illinois (www.thepourvineyard.com)

The Pour Vineyard is one of Illinois newest wedding destinations and offers a rustic barn, large lake and over six acres of vineyards.    They offer many ceremony locations and they allow you to choose your own vendors.   Pour Vineyards can accommodate 200 for a barn ceremony, and about 225 for a vineyard or lake ceremony/reception.