Natural floral arrangements at the Art Barn at the Hill in Hudson. Photo by Jesse Turnquist
Photography: Barn weddings offer amazing
Guests mingle at a post-reception bonfire at the Art Barn at the Hill in Hudson. Photo by Hillary Harvey.
photo opportunities, but weather plays a big role in making those shots unforgettable. Sure, rain can put a damper on things, but so can heat. So if you’re planning on getting hitched during the hottest part of the summer, don’t hesitate to ask about alternative locations for photo opportunities just in case the lawn isn’t at its greenest.
Power and Bathrooms: When you’re saying “I
do” in a banquet hall, it’s understood that you’ll have everything you need: enough electrical power, plenty of restrooms, and an ample kitchen. But out on the farm, things don’t come as easily. Some barns have built-in restrooms, but one bathroom won’t accommodate 200 guests. A general rule of thumb is one restroom per 35 guests. Turned off by Porta Potties? Instead, consider renting modern, elegant, heated restroom trailers.
Reception stragglers at Apple Barn Farm in Germantown. Photo by Jesse Turnquist
Cooking: The caterer can make or break a wedding. Some barns include working kitchens, but caterers also often bring their own catering tents or trailers. Figure out in advance where the caterer can get water and store ice. The caterer should also know when to bring out the cake, which could melt in the summer heat. And a buffet meal should only be presented when guests are ready to eat; otherwise, insects could get to it first. WINTER 2015