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Laura
Devoted June 2022 Ontario

Barn Wedding Questions

Laura, on March 6, 2020 at 07:55 Posted in Plan a wedding 1 9
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Hi everyone! We’re going to look at venues today, one of which is a dreamy barn with acreage that I have my heart set on. For those who have had a rural wedding, or attended one, what sort of questions should we make sure we cover with the venue?

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Latest activity by Alannah Saccone, on January 31, 2021 at 20:13
  • Alannah Saccone
    Newbie July 2022 Ontario
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    A little late to this thread but Climate control is my question. Anyone rent fans/ AC units to help with this ? My worry is it will be extremely hot. Smiley sad
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    Questions about parking, food, bar and table setting are good to ask so you know what to expect included in the package or need to rent. Its important to know what you will get and what packages pricing can give you the best buck for the deal. Back up plan in the case of the weather turning is an option if needed.
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  • Laura
    Devoted June 2022 Ontario
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    Thanks everyone for your advice! So many things I didn’t even think about!
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  • Amelia
    Super September 2020 Ontario
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    Keep accessibility in mind if you have any guests with mobility issues. Steep hills, stairs, etc aren't ideal in that case.

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  • Ashley
    VIP August 2020 Ontario
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    Parking make sure theres parking. also ask if you can have open flames (in case your decor will be candles) umm is there electricity? how many people can the barn hold? can there be tables in the barn? is it cold in the barn? or is there heat

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  • Michelle
    Expert October 2021 Nova Scotia
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    Check if there's power outlets in the barn, washrooms nearby that aren't porta-potties, a kitchen for food prep and accommodations nearby for guests if the barn is farther out of the city.

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  • Amelia
    Master October 2020 New Brunswick
    Amelia ·
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    I would ask about parking, shuttle companies or recommended taxis for guests who shouldn't drive home, nearby accomodations they recommend, and then the usual venue questions like what is and isn't included.


    From my experience at a barn wedding pack bug spray and sunscreen and assign someone to make sure you are wearing some on the big day. I watched a bride get eatten by blackflies during her ceremony, she didn't want to get bug spray on the dress but regretted the decision later.
    If your ceremony is outside provide some shade for guests and the bridal party to rest in, especially during photos when you won't need everyone. Even a few big umbrellas can be a lifesaver.
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  • Tay
    Frequent user July 2021 Ontario
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    I'm planning to get married in June 2021 also! Hoping to have a barn/rustic wedding and am currently looking at venues! As Shayla said, washrooms is a big one. How many, what type, are they easily accessible from the venue, accessibility washrooms? Weather contingency plan if you're having an outside ceremony. Does the barn have their municipal permit? (wouldn't want your wedding to get shut down). Any on site bridal suite options? Any weather related questions as there will probably be no a.c or heat. Any restrictions with regards to the grounds, decorations, photography. One of the places i will be looking at have a no stiletto policy.

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  • Shayla
    Beginner June 2023 Alberta
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    Parking is a big one! I've attended a few rural weddings, so making sure that adequate parking is available will go a long way especially if it's a big wedding. Also washrooms - is there a designated wash house or is it porta-potties?
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