Choosing a Farm Venue for your Wedding - Top Ten Considerations
Farm, barn and winery weddings have become very popular.
As a result new wedding venues are popping up at farms to
the demand. Some are better at it than others. Here's
what you need to know and considered before choosing a venue for
1. Can it handle your number of guests
No point in considering a farm or winery further if it simply
cannot handle the number of guests you expect. And keep in mind
that guest lists tend to grow as the date approaches.
- Appearance, Ambiance, Appeal
Do you like
it? This is about making memories, so it should match your
vision. Can you picture it with string lights around the barn
dance floor?. Are there scenic views, farm animals, paths for
guests to walk?
How many weddings have they
done? Size of them? Can you talk to some of the former
clients? If you are their first wedding.. it could be a
disaster... or you could negotiate a deep discount.
- Bathrooms, dressing rooms and other practicalities
No all farms have indoor plumbing. Will your guests be using
porta-potties? Is there a private enclosed, weather-proof
dressing area for bride and her party? The groom?
- Catering, Lighting, Sound and other services
No service, part service or full service? How much will
you need to arrange, organize and supply your self? Full service wedding venue
takes care of everything for you, but of course, you pay for it.
catering foods, DJ sound and music,
- Weather Preparations and Contingencies
You hope for a beautiful sunny day, but it could be freezing
cold, searing hot or windy pouring rain. How will the venue
handle these conditions? Will you and your guests be warm
enough, cool enough or dry?
- Overnight Accommodations
have wedding suites, guest houses and other accommodations.
If not, how far away are the overnight accommodations for you
and your guests?
- Operating hours
Zoning or farm
operations could conflict with your plans. Be sure to find out
the exact houirs the venue is yours.
- Mundane practicalities
Parking - enough
and good for your guests vehicles? If it rains, will it be
a muddy field? Allergies - is it near a field of goldenrod? Do
they have an adequete electrical power supply to power your DJ,
lighting and everything else? Do they have any rules or
restrictions that you cannot live with? Some of these come
from legal and safety requirements and can't be changed. Do you
have any handicapped guests and can the venue accomodate their
- Deposit and refund policies
How much of
a deposit is required, what is the fee, what is included and what
is the refund policy. You can also ask about discounts for less