You Can't Rent Our Venue

A question we’re commonly asked by our potential couples is, “How much does it cost to rent The Barn?” And the answer is, you can’t! That’s right, we don’t rent out The Barn. It’s not even an option. 

Are we crazy?! Well, maybe, but not for that reason. ;) We don’t offer a venue rental, because it’s super important to us that we provide EVERY service for our couples and completely eliminate every ounce of stress that typically goes along with planning a wedding. We believe in fully executed weddings where our couples don’t have to do a thing other than show up and have a perfect day. We are truly all-inclusive, meaning we take care of your flowers, decor, catering, entertainment, cake, planning, coordination, set-up, tear-down, and we’re even happy to help with stationery, favors, honeymoon planning, and literally ANY other thing you could need for the wedding. We hand-pick the best vendors that we know you can trust. You bring your dress, your photographer, your officiant, and your soon-to-be spouse (woot!), and we take care of the rest.  

Did you know that most similar wedding venues in our area start out at around $2,000 JUST for the venue rental, with most of them closer to the $3,500-$5,000 range?! That’s comparable to what our smaller full-blown weddings start at! Elopements are an even better deal, starting at $1,850. And our weddings include everything you could possibly need. Our all-inclusive collections save you from having to find great, affordable vendors, coordinate them all yourself, and all the other stressful, difficult, time consuming work that goes along with planning your own wedding. 

We love a DIY wedding as much as anyone, but we can’t imagine asking you to pay so much money for just a space to get married in, and then spend even more money on all of your vendors. That’s why we allow our couples to be as involved (or not) as they’d like to be. If DIY-ing some details is important to you, we’re all about it. We want your day to be exactly the way you’ve always dreamed it to be, but we want to make it as easy and stress-free as possible! 

The bottom line is, The Barn is more affordable overall than most other venues in our area. We offer full wedding collections for less than just the rental price of some other venues, and we do all the work for you! As a former Barn Bride who has done her research, I can tell you that you will save TONS of money by booking with The Barn instead of trying to do it all yourself. Holler at us, y’all! We can’t wait to plan your affordable, amazing dream wedding with you! 

Planning A Wedding With The Barn

You already know The Barn is all-inclusive, meaning we take care of all the important details of your wedding day. But you may be a little confused on how that all works and how involved you're expected to be with the planning process. The truth is, you can be as involved or as uninvolved as you'd like to be. We have brides who are very hands-on in planning their weddings, and we also have brides who say, "I like these colors and this style. Feel free to do what you want." Either way, your wedding will be amazing! If you'd like to be involved in the planning process, here is what we ask of you! And don't be scared... As a former Barn Bride who has been through the process, I can promise you it's easy and SUPER fun.

First things first, you've gotta get in touch with us to make sure we're the right fit with your budget. You can email us at barnattwinoaksranch {at} yahoo {dot} com, send us a Facebook message, or get in touch with us through the contact page. The next step: come check out The Barn! Send us an email or give us a call before you come, because you must have an appointment to come check us out. We'll show you around The Barn and all the prettiness surrounding it. If you choose to book with us, hooray! The fun begins!

Side note: if you can't meet with us before you book your wedding with us, that's totally okay! We book almost half of our weddings with clients who have never seen The Barn. They book based on real weddings they've seen in publications and based on our reputation. So if you can't make it out to see The Barn in person, don't worry. We promise it's just as gorgeous in real life as it is in photos, and you won't be disappointed! 

After booking your date, you'll be assigned to a planner, who you can feel free to contact anytime with ideas or questions. Our planners are incredibly helpful, sweet and fun to work with. They'll ask you to start researching ideas, working on defining your wedding style, and complete a questionnaire. If you haven't already, start pinning wedding inspiration on Pinterest. Read wedding blogs and magazines. Look through all the weddings on our Facebook and this little blog, and keep track of what you like. Keep searching for and collecting inspiration. You can even create a secret Pinterest board to share with us if you want your guests to be surprised when they show up to your wedding. 

A few months before your big day, our team will schedule an intense (but fun!) planning meeting with you, your fiancé, and whoever else you'd like to help you plan. This meeting usually lasts a couple hours, and it's when we plan ALL the details. It sounds pretty overwhelming, but our team makes it fun and exciting! Your planner will come prepared with images from your Pinterest board, so we'll all already have a feel for your color palette and overall theme. Where will you have your ceremony and reception? What flowers do you like? How should your bouquet look? What details do you want for your ceremony and reception sites? What menu items would you like to serve? These are just a few of the many, many details we plan on this day!

By the way, all of these things can be changed. Nothing is set in stone until after your 30-day planning meeting, which takes place roughly a month before your wedding. During the time between your first planning meeting and your 30-day planning meeting, we encourage you to contact your planner as much as you need to. They're always there to answer your questions and calm any worries you may have! Their job is to make your planning process completely stress-free and fun.  

At the 30-day meeting, we'll see if any of your wants, needs, wishes and details have changed from your last planning meeting. We'll finalize all the major details. This is usually the day that you have your cake tasting at theCakePlace, which was maybe my favorite part of wedding planning! ;) No really, it's a ton of fun. You get to eat a bunch of delish cakes, fillings and frostings and plan the details of your cake!

The day before your wedding, you'll get to come out to The Barn for a rehearsal with your bridal party and officiant. Your planner will run through the ceremony and reception with you, so you can be comfortable with everything that'll happen the next day. And then on your WEDDING DAY (!!!), show up to The Barn, sip champagne with your girls, put on your gorgeous dress, marry the love of your life, and have the most fun of your life partying with your loved ones! It is really that easy. We expect nothing of you on your wedding day! Enjoy the best day of your life, and we'll take care of all the details!

Keep in mind, our team is flexible. If this timeline doesn't work for you, we'll make sure we can work something out. If you're planning your wedding long-distance, we can totally plan with you over Skype! Our team has done that before, and it's an exciting challenge! I promise you, even if you never see The Barn and meet our team in person until the day of your wedding, it's still going to be incredible. 

If you have any questions about our planning process, our collections, or if you'd like to book your dream wedding with us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We can't wait to hear from you!

How To Deal With Guests Who Don't RSVP

One of our couples' most common questions is what to do if their guests don't RSVP. Since I know our upcoming brides will soon be looking for their RSVPs in the mail, it's time to address this topic again. There really is no perfect way to deal with this problem (and trust me - it can be a BIG problem), but here are my suggestions for how to deal with guests who don't RSVP!

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A while back, I wrote a mini series all about invitations. (You can read all three posts here.) We talked about choosing a design, invitation etiquette and how to save big on your invitations. Today, I want to address a common question that many of our brides at The Barn have. How do I deal with guests who don't RSVP?

Erika Dotson Photography , from  Anita + Wesley 's elegant turquoise and coral wedding

Erika Dotson Photography, from Anita + Wesley's elegant turquoise and coral wedding

My best advice is to give the guests you haven't heard from a phone call about a week before your final head count is due to ask whether or not they're coming. If they haven't decided, allow them a couple of days to decide. Make sure they understand why you need to know whether or not they're coming: because you need to know how much food to order, how many seats you will need, and how to arrange your seating chart. 

The Barn's Instagram , from  Amanda + Tyler 's stunning wedding

The Barn's Instagram, from Amanda + Tyler's stunning wedding

Still, you may not hear back from everyone. In that case:

If your wedding is more on the formal side, with assigned seating at the reception, unexpected guests could cause a huge amount of stress. One idea to deal with unexpected guests is to have someone at the reception let them know that they're welcome to have a seat and eat dinner if some of your guests who did RSVP don't show up. They can hang out at the bar until after dinner and then join in for the rest of the festivities. Another option is to have an extra table with no assigned seating and order extra food. 

If your wedding is informal (with a buffet, or without assigned seating), it is always a good idea to overestimate by a little bit. Etiquette experts say to provide 25% more food than what you think you will need, in case any extra guests show up unexpectedly. Same goes with seating; you should have several more seats available than you expect to need.

Shingleur Photography , from  Brittany + Jacob 's gorgeous blue and coral wedding

Shingleur Photography, from Brittany + Jacob's gorgeous blue and coral wedding

A note to those who have been invited to an upcoming wedding: Please, please, please RSVP. I know firsthand how stressful it is to deal with guests who don't send back RSVP cards (or return your phone calls). When you send your RSVP back, stay with your answer! If you say you're coming, show up. And if you say you're not coming, don't come (unless, of course, you speak with the bride and groom and they say it's fine for you to come). 

Cottonwood Studios Worldwide , from  Ally + Tyler' s beautiful blue and pink wedding

Cottonwood Studios Worldwide, from Ally + Tyler's beautiful blue and pink wedding



10 Reasons to Elope at The Barn

One of the most popular topics readers of The Barn Blog ask me about is our elopement collection. I think a lot of our couples and readers are torn on whether or not eloping is a good idea, and sometimes even if they truly want to elope, they end up having a "real" wedding and reception instead. Eloping is definitely not for everyone, but there are a few reasons you may want to consider eloping! Many people think elopements are only for pregnant brides or couples that have been in previous marriages. That is so not the case, y'all! Elopements are romantic, intimate, and at The Barn, they are just as stunning and amazing as other weddings! Seriously, our elopements basically always break the internet. Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider eloping. 

1. You want a beautiful wedding, but without having to plan anything yourself. With elopements, we ask our couples to give us an overall color palette and theme that they love, and then we get creative and come up with a unique, beautiful masterpiece! Elopements are even less hands-on for our couples than our weddings... Which is pretty crazy, because even our most over-the-top weddings require very little effort from the bride and groom! If you want to do literally NO work in coming up with decor ideas, an elopement may be for you! You can literally show up in your dress, marry your love, take a bunch of photos, cut the cake and GO!

2. You want gorgeous wedding photos, but without everything that goes along with a big wedding. Some couples just aren't into everything that goes along with a big wedding, but it's also important to them to have stunning photos to look back on for their entire lives. This is where elopements come in! Your photos will be gorgeous, guaranteed (if you choose a professional photographer, that is!). 

3. You're super romantic. There is nothing as romantic as running away to get married and then surprising all your family and friends with the big news! Morgan + Wager posted a "just eloped" photo to Facebook after their elopement to share their news... How fun is that!

4. Your family is crazy. Some of us just have totally cray-cray families who may or may not make a wedding a little (or a lot!) stressful, dramatic or awkward. Lord love 'em. Families can make weddings SUPER insane (we've seen it... eek!). If you're pretty sure your family is going to put a damper on your big day, an elopement miiiight be the way to go. 

5. You want to get married, like NOW. We can plan elopements super fast. As long as we've got time to get the flowers and cake in, we've got time to plan an unforgettable elopement! We planned one of our most gorgeous (in my opinion) elopements in FOUR days. If you just can't wait any longer to tie the knot, call us up! 

Sterling Imageworks , from  Pam + Scott 's elopement

6. You want a fairy tale wedding, but you're low on funds. Elopements are less expensive than weddings, obviously, because there are fewer guests and only a cake cutting instead of a full-on reception. It is not realistic for everyone to be able to spend tons of money on their wedding day. The Barn's elopements are proof that you can have an utterly stunning wedding on a budget! (I just want to add that ALL of our all-inclusive wedding collections are lower than national and state wedding cost averages. You can read more about that here.)

7. You don't like having all the attention on you. Elopements are simple and intimate, and that's perfect if one of you is super shy... It can be just the two of you (plus your officiant and photographer), or you can invite up to 25 guests. Way less overwhelming than the amount of guests at a traditional wedding! If the thought of saying your I do's and sharing your first dance in front of loads of people terrified you, consider eloping!

Lela & Lyla , from  Jamie + Mitch 's sweet, intimate elopement

Lela & Lyla, from Jamie + Mitch's sweet, intimate elopement

8. Your honeymoon is equally (or more) important to you as your wedding. Weddings are expensive. Honeymoons are expensive. If you want to have an amazing wedding, but you also want to go on the trip of a lifetime, an elopement could be your answer. Our elopement packages are inexpensive, but gorgeous... You're not sacrificing style when you elope! And you're also not spending so much that you can't afford to go on a killer honeymoon. It's a win-win situation!

9. You want to be surrounded by your closest friends and family in an intimate, low key setting. If your mom is pressuring you into inviting 80 people you don't even know, tell her you've decided to elope and are keeping the guest list under 25. She'll be thrilled. ;) Sharing your best day ever with only those closest to you is SO intimate and romantic and meaningful. It's also totally chic and trendy!

10. You want a sweet, meaningful vow renewal with your spouse. You can have an "elopement" at The Barn even if you're already married! Our elopement collection is perfect for vow renewals. That's totally my plan for in a few years, if I can get my sweet husband on board!

There are sooooo many other wonderful, totally legit reasons to elope! Elopements at The Barn  = No stress. Gorgeous wedding. Beautiful florals and other details. Tons of romance. Delicious cake. What could be better?  You can read more about what our elopement collection includes here

Denim & Diamonds

The second annual Denim & Diamonds, a fundraising event for Community Christian School is happening at The Barn one month from today, and we are so excited to host this fun event again this year! Last year’s event was a HUGE success - we helped CCS raise $40,000 for their new school - and we’re honored to be a part of their fundraising campaign again. This year’s theme is Bayou at The Barn, and the event will include a dinner (with a bayou theme, the food is obviously gonna be AMAZING), live music by Nik & Sam, and a silent auction. It’s all going down on April 27 from 6-10 pm out here at The Barn, and trust us, you want to be there! If you’ve ever wanted to attend an event at The Barn, this is a great one to make plans for, and you’ll be involved in raising money for such a good cause, too! You can learn more about Denim & Diamonds and purchase tickets here.

You can read all about last year’s event, as well as what CCS is raising money for below in this post from last year! Also be sure to check out the following video for photos from last year’s event and a little bit more info on the upcoming event.

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This past April, The Barn hosted a fundraising event for Community Christian School, a local non-denominational Christian private school in our area. It is always such a pleasure for our team to plan, coordinate, design and host fun events for nonprofits in our area! We love contributing in our own way to a worthy cause, and we love to make sure that guests at these events have a great time while supporting groups in our community! 

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Denim & Diamonds took place on April 21 and included a barbecue dinner, musical entertainment, and an auction. The event featured a private concert by Heath Sanders, as well as a performance by The Beards and The Bees. There was also a silent auction where guests were able to bid on items donated by local businesses. 

Special thanks to Whitney Debord for these photos from the event!

Special thanks to Whitney Debord for these photos from the event!

The purpose of the event was to begin raising funds to build a new school for CCS, and the plans for the new campus were unveiled during the evening. Brooks Russell, the Administrator of Business Development and Operations at CCS, described the event as the start of "a capital campaign to build a new Christian private school in the River Valley." 

“We are in the process of trying to raise money for a new campus,” Brooks said. “We are currently in a facility that is not ours.” Brooks said the number of enrolled students has grown exponentially in the last five years, causing a great need for a new, larger campus.

CCS recently purchased a piece of property on the east side of Russellville, which will be the home of the future 16-acre campus. There will be an education building, which will house students in pre-K to 12th grade, as well as a gymnasium. Brooks said the gym will also be used as an "all-purpose building," serving as a venue for school plays and other school events. There will also be a baseball field and a football field. 

The plans for Community Christian School's future 16 acre campus

The plans for Community Christian School's future 16 acre campus

The initial fundraising goal for Denim & Diamonds was set at $20,000, but the goal was doubled and the event ended up raising $40,000. “The Denim and Diamonds event was a huge success, far exceeding our goal of $20,000," Brooks said. "The success was achieved because of how well the community embraced this event and for that we are grateful for all our sponsors including The Barn."

Brooks said the total cost of the new campus is around $5 million. "We need to raise half of that in order to begin construction,” he said. He added that administrators and supporters of CCS are hopeful that the new campus will be completed and opened in 2020.

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When our team planned and designed the details for this event, we wanted the decor to match the event’s name... so we went a little bit rustic and little bit sparkly! There were rustic touches (like denim, wood, and burlap) and also some diamond-inspired details, including the glittery table runners. The florals were super simple and gorgeous, with white roses and greenery. Two of my favorite details were the custom wood signs... one displayed the event’s dinner menu and the other included a Bible verse that fit perfectly with the event’s purpose (Matthew 7:24-25).

Sponsors and supporters of the event included Beason Roofing Solutions, Beacon Tire, Bank of the Ozarks, Crow Construction, Fast Glass Service, American Outdoor Sports, Williamson Construction, Scott and Pam Van Horn, Millard-Henry Clinic Pediatrics, Beason Masonry, Sorrells Body Shop, The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Russellville First Assembly, Centennial Bank, Clarksville Insurance Agency, Carr's Chain Reaction, Miller Roofing CompanyQuiznos, Old Post Barbecue, and Posey Printing Company.

Brooks added that there are many ways for the community to support the new CCS campus. "Because we are a 501c3 nonprofit, there are many ways you can partner with us in our capital campaign," he said. For more information, please contact Brooks Russell at brussell@russellvilleccs.com. Go ahead and mark your calendar for next year’s Denim & Diamonds on April 27, 2019!