Spring and summer don’t just herald in the busy Real Estate or pool season, there’s another BIG industry that hustles and bustles as soon as the weather turns fair and that's Wedding Season!
Brides are always looking for that personalized touch of something extra-specially her. Barns fit the ever growing trend of matching the high-end with the eclectic, and it really works with a lot of people no matter their budget. Not to mention making a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos! And, there’s no shortage of weddings to accommodate. Come Spring, every place known to man is booked until the fall!
Gone are the days where couples follow strict tradition. The bride’s parents don’t always pay for the wedding, the bridesmaid dresses are no longer uncomfortable to look at, and the 90s ballroom reception is so out (although some kind of dance floor is always recommended)!
These are two different Barn Wedding venues right here in Virginia!
Barn venues allow the bride and groom to personalize the quaint, rural setting in any way they please. Whether the bride and groom want to wear cowboy boots or find the daintiest glassware to juxtapose the rustic wood, barns can be as high fashion as they are low maintenance. Barn Venues for weddings are also customizable in the way that the owner doesn’t necessarily have to provide the catering, ABC license, or even the tables and chairs!
It not only fits the wedding party’s budget, but the Barn Venue owner can customize their service to any level they feel comfortable! Some venues provide commercial kitchens, others see more value in adding a cabin for the groomsmen and suite for the bride to be. The more amenities you provide, the more you can charge.
According to Modern Farmer
, the average cost of weddings in the U.S. is $28,000, so what can you charge? Wedding lifestyle photographer Emily Walen says, "I have been seeing farm wedding venues consistently book their locations for an average of $2500-4,000 plus per event all across the country. There’s definitely money to be made." A venue like this is attractive to young couples because they’re not forced to hire an expensive caterer that comes along with the venue— EVERYTHING is customizable.
Further, she adds that, "Another benefit is the added exposure for the farm. Depending on the type of farm there may be great opportunity to use that exposure to advocate for other farm offerings. Maybe you cater the wedding meals using food grown on your farm, maybe you have summer programs for kids that you can actively market to your wedding couples and guests, maybe you have a CSA that will naturally find more members as guests learn about your farm."
Having your barn set up for hosting a wedding lends itself to other events as well. Retreats, anniversaries, agritourism, guided hunts, a bed and breakfast, your imagination is the limit!
As a barn venue owner, adding wedding parties to your entrepreneurial bucket list is extra cash in your pocket! It helps with slow seasons, fills your home with joy, and you’ll only get better at it with time.
WandaFears, Realtor ABR CRS GRI WCR
Richmond, Va. Long and Foster Realtors