Our Planning Guide

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to consider a historic barn as the site for your special celebration. Our barn certainly offers a unique and unforgettable venue. You found us because you are looking for someplace special.

We are frequently asked “So, other than the location, how is a barn wedding different from weddings at a more traditional venue?”. Unless you are working with a wedding planner the difference is three additional phone calls.

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Your first call will be to select a caterer. Unlike your experience with a traditional wedding venue, renting our barn gives you the opportunity to select from a wide variety of food providers. As you probably know the Traverse City area is recognized as a “foodie destination”. Many of our restaurants and caterers offer unmatched quality and selection. We have the added advantage of a vibrant, local agricultural community providing local foods to discriminating vendors. Review our recommended catering vendors.

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The second call you need to make is for the rental of tables, chairs, linens, and perhaps a tent. Again, the Traverse City area has a number of businesses that specialize in providing these services. You have a great selection of vendors and products. They will set up according to your individual plan and take down after the event. See our recommended vendors.

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The third call you will have to make is for portable toilet facilities. (Barns don’t have bathrooms) Modern portable toilet facilities can be as fancy as any you would find in a fine hotel. Some trailer facilities come with flushing china toilets, hot and cold running water, music, air conditioning and hardwood cabinetry and doors. Even basic facilities have lighting and running water.

So, with a few extra phone calls you have exactly what you want….your way! We can promise you that for a little extra effort you will have an amazing wedding that no one will forget. If you have more questions please read our FAQs page or give us a call.