Brides & Weddings July 2016

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barn weddings— c o n t i n u e d will be able to provide references for rentals – from the reception basics to HVAC systems and mobile lounges. And if you’re going this route, hiring a seasoned event planner to coordinate all of these parts is a wise investment. Another area of consideration is guest parking. Event centers and wineries have adjacent parking lots. With an individual property, parking may be in a nearby field. Will you need a valet to park your guests’ cars? Will there be access to either the venue or transportation (think golf cart) for those who cannot make the trek from the field to the barn? When looking for a caterer for your barn wedding, seek out professionals who have either worked the property or have experience setting up and serving in a similar environment. Often pop-up kitchens need to be erected the day of the event. Will a generator be required or can the caterer access the electric at the property? Barn weddings are beautiful in large part because the venue is surrounded by nature. Individuals who rent their properties for weddings are usually working the land as well. Please be respectful of the fields and livestock. The farm is not a petting zoo for your young guests. There may be sights, sounds – and smells – that are not part of the typical wedding reception. If you plan thoroughly, think of the comfort of your guests, and work with knowledgeable professionals, your barn wedding will go off without a hitch – go enjoy that hayride and bonfire with your family and friends!

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