Unveiling The Cost Of A Barn Wedding

A barn wedding is one of the most beautiful ways to celebrate your union with your special one. And it’s not hard to see why barn weddings are increasingly becoming popular. From a barn’s high ceilings to its rustic theme, they offer a distinct charm and atmosphere that can’t be matched.

If you are considering a barn wedding for your special day it’s essential to take the time to consider the cost. To help make your wedding planning process a little easier, we created a quick guide to help you in your barn wedding venue search.

Why Choose a Barn Venue for Your Wedding

In planning your big day, you and your partner will need to decide what style or theme you want your wedding to be. Some wedding themes can include modern, vintage, garden, bohemian, or art deco for a few examples. If you’re leaning toward a more rustic feel, a barn wedding might be for you.

However, just because you want a barn wedding doesn’t mean that you want it to be casual. You can have a rustic barn wedding while also being elegant, modern and refined. It’s just a matter of finding the right space to fit your vision.

Barn Wedding Cost

Not every barn wedding venue has the same modern accommodations of a new venue. Some barn venues are just that, a barn. They may not have restrooms, a place for your wedding party to get ready, electricity to support a band or DJ, air conditioning in the summer or heat during the winter. This is where a barn wedding can get spendy. Depending on what your barn venue has for amenities, you may need to rent out the rest to ensure your guests are well taken care of during your wedding day. Renting portable restrooms, a generator and an additional location for your wedding party to get ready, can add up fast. Be sure to ask venues what amenities are included in their rental prices.

Essentials of Having a Great Barn Wedding in Minnesota

Deciding on the essentials that you and your partner want in a barn venue will help narrow down your options and help you find an affordable rustic venue that also caters to your needs. Below is a list of items you may want to ensure your barn venue offers:

  • Hospitality Suite
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Electric Capabilities
  • Air-Conditioning/Heating
  • Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony Space
  • Handicap Accessible Entrance/Elevator
  • On-site Parking
  • Room Flip Plan
  • Outdoor Patio
  • On-site Venue Manager

Other Factors Affecting Barn Wedding Cost

Depending on the venue, you’ll have to increase or decrease your budget to accommodate the cost of the additional rentals needed to make your guests most comfortable. After you rent the essentials such as the restrooms and generator, think of the additional items you’ll need for the ceremony, reception and décor. If you have chosen a more basic barn wedding venue, you may need to buy and rent all the tables, chairs, lighting, drapery, and décor you envision to create the perfect backdrop for your wedding. When searching for the right barn wedding venue, make sure to ask whether they have:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • Unique Lighting
  • Décor
  • Sound System

Inclusive Vs. a La-Carte Pricing

The type of pricing model can significantly affect the price of your barn wedding: inclusive vs a-la-carte.

The a-la-carte wedding barn pricing model refers to a style of pricing that lets you start with a low base price of the rental of the space, and then the cost increases as you add in features you need. While a-la-carte pricing might help you reduce wedding costs by having a bare-bones celebration, you may end up needing more additions than you originally planned for.

With all-inclusive pricing, you know exactly how much the venue cost will be, and you don’t have to worry about additional charges. The all-inclusive pricing may include most if not everything you may need for the wedding of your dreams. This could include tables and chairs, lighting, and décor in addition to the rental of the space.

Your Perfect Wedding Destination in Eden Prairie

If you have been searching for the perfect rustic yet modern, elegant wedding destination, Green Acres Event Center is your ideal venue for your wedding day. With our fully temperature-controlled barn, large dance floor, AV, a handicap accessible elevator, restroom facilities, hospitality suite, on-site parking, experienced catering teams, to stunning chandelier lighting, you can count on us to deliver a personalized and customized experience during your wedding day. Contact us today to inquire more about our wedding package!


Photographer Credit: Penny Photographics

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