WandaFearsBlog: Added Value for Farms is Building a Barn Wedding Venue

Added Value for Farms is Building a Barn Wedding Venue

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




Comment balloon 3 commentsWanda Fears • June 16 2016 08:17AM


What an amazing idea and valuable extra source of income for local farmers, Wanda Fears  ... one I can only imagine brides would love to hear about!  I'm sharing on Pinterest with that thought in mind.

The Richmond area would make for fantastic photos!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 2 years ago

Thank for the comments.    

Very true.


Posted by Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR (Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia) over 2 years ago

The great thing about booking a barn wedding venue with accommodation is that it eliminates much hassle in ensuring that all attendees, including the bride and groom, will arrive promptly and in their relaxed and brilliant best.
But, still there are some venue like The Addison which is a breathtaking venue which will revived and restored, and many felt it was a miracle that so much of its original beauty had survived. It also offers many unique features, from its historic architecture and world-class cuisine to a courtyard featuring 100 year old Banyan Trees and a cascading fountain.

Posted by Susie Thole (catering in Boca Raton) about 1 year ago

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