FAQ About The Barn

There's a whole long list of questions that couples ask us frequently, so we wanted to answer several of them in one place! If you have a question that we don't cover below, holler at us on Facebook or via the contact page listed above! xoxo

 Paxton Goates Photography, from  Jessica + Eli 's wedding

Paxton Goates Photography, from Jessica + Eli's wedding

Where are you located? Can I stop by to see The Barn? We are located right outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas, on over 35 acres of gorgeous land! Due to our very busy schedule, we do not allow drop-in visits. If you are interested in seeing The Barn, please contact us to set up a time! 

Do you have my date available? How far in advance should I book my date? Hopefully so! We book up way in advance for larger weddings, but since we can plan elopements so quickly, we can often book an elopement with only a few days’ notice. (Literally, as long as we have enough time to get your flowers in, we can pull off an elopement. We've put elopements together in as little as three days!) 2018 is almost completely full, and 2019 is filling up quickly. Our best advice... don't wait! If you think you want a date, go for it. :)

I’m interested in The Barn, and I have a wedding date chosen. I'm just not sure if The Barn is my final choice, so can you hold my date until I decide? Our dates are in very high demand, and for that reason, we do not hold dates. They are booked on a first come, first serve basis. If you think you want it, book it. That's our best advice. Many of our couples book The Barn without ever seeing it!

What is the fee for renting The Barn? This totally depends on the collection you choose. Our elopements start at $1,850. For larger weddings, we prefer not to list our pricing online, because every wedding is so drastically different. Contact us with your wedding needs, and we’ll be happy to give you a precise quote! And just an FYI, you can’t rent our venue! (This means we don't rent just the venue... it's all or nothing, y'all!)

What exactly does the price include? Every collection we offer is all-inclusive. For elopements, this means designer florals, ceremony decor (including a gorgeous altar), a cake and cake display are all included. For full-on weddings, this means designer florals, ceremony and reception details (including linens, dinnerware and all decor), an instrumentalist for your ceremony,  cake, catering, entertainment, a bar, and so much more. Each collection includes planning, coordination, set-up and tear-down. We are happy to add stationery, favors, and even honeymoon planning to your collection as well. We are truly a one stop shop! We offer just about everything but the dress. :)

What does The Barn not provide? You will need to bring your photographer and officiant, and we are happy to help you find the perfect ones! Check out our list of preferred photographers to find one that fits your budget and style.

What collections do you offer? Classic Elopements. Sip-Sip Celebrate Elopements. Simply Sweet. Rustic Chic. Pearl Snaps. Diamond Horseshoe. We offer a collection for everyone, and they are all completely customizable! Contact us for all the details!

How many people can The Barn hold? We can accommodate up to 200 folks!

How many hours will we get to be at The Barn? Couples who book our Classic Elopement collection get The Barn to themselves for two hours. For the Sip-Sip Celebrate elopements, it’s three hours. And our full-blown wedding collections allow for five to eight hours onsite, depending on the collection you choose. 

Where should our guests park? We have a large, grassy lot that’s just a short walk from The Barn. It’s marked with lots of cute signs, so your guests can’t miss it!

Do y'all do set up and tear down? Yes, for EVERY wedding! Having someone to set up and tear down your wedding decor is worth its weight in gold, if you ask us. 

Is there a back-up location if the weather is bad? Yep! We will move your ceremony inside The Barn if the weather doesn’t cooperate on your big day. It’ll be just as pretty and even more romantic and magical, promise!

If our ceremony and reception are held in the same area, how will you quickly transition the space with guests present? Unless the weather is just straight up crazy, we will ask your guests to go out on The Barn’s lawn or out to our covered patio while our team quickly and flawlessly transitions The Barn from a ceremony into a reception. Your guests can have a cocktail and maybe some hours d’oeuvres while they wait, and we promise it won’t take long! Our talented team has this process down to an art!

Is there a bridal suite or a groom's suite? Yes, we have both! Our Bridal Suite is the perfect place for a bride and her entourage to get ready for the big day. There are restrooms, mirrors for primping, a comfy chaise, a kitchen and plenty of seating inside. We even have a closet stocked with wedding day essentials and emergency items! Our Groom’s Room is such a fun hangout for the groom and his guys to have a couple drinks in while the ladies get ready. ;)

 BnBauman Photography, from  Alyssa + Matt 's wedding

BnBauman Photography, from Alyssa + Matt's wedding

Do you have a website?Yes, we sure do! We are also on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

Is there a charge to use The Barn for regular portrait sessions? We currently only allow Barn Couples to use The Barn for portrait sessions. 

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! 

Sip-Sip Celebrate Elopement Collection

This year has been our Elopement Year out at The Barn! They’ve sort of become our thing, and they’re currently what our staff is asked about more than anything else! We totally get it... many couples desire a low-key, intimate, truly stress-free day over a full-on wedding, which allows them to focus completely on their marriage (and maybe a few close friends and family, if they choose to invite anyone). Our Elopement Collection includes all the necessities - an amazing altar, gorgeous florals, a beautiful cake, and several other details. Our elopement couples often ask if this collection includes a cocktail hour, but our traditional Elopement Collection does not allow for alcohol on the property. BUT... 

We are truly thrilled to announce our newest elopement collection, the Sip-Sip Celebrate Collection! It’s just like the Elopement Collection you’ve come to know and love, but with cocktails! Yes, please!!! If you’re dreaming of a lovely little celebration that includes a pretty ceremony followed by an upscale ranch cocktail party with pretty drinks and a cute little cake, this is the collection for you! 

Here are are the details... the collection starts at $2,450 and allows for up to 35 guests. It includes everything that comes with the traditional Elopement Collection, plus several fabulous additions to create the prettiest little cocktail party ever. You bring your desired drinks - beer, wine, champagne or cocktails - and we’ll take care of the rest. Seriously, EVERYTHING you need will be taken care of by our team... bartender, barware and all the prettiest details!

  Lela & Lyla , from  Kassie + Adam 's wedding

Lela & Lyla, from Kassie + Adam's wedding

You can look through the beautiful elopements we’ve already blogged here, or read about the traditional Elopement Collection. If you aren’t 100% convinced about elopements, read our list of 10 Reasons to Elope at The Barn! Two more popular elopement posts: Barn Elopements Three Ways and Five Barn Elopements.

We are so thrilled about our new little Sip-Sip Celebrate Collection and can’t wait to plan the cutest cocktail parties ever! Yay!!

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. All of 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 with your planner 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, you guessed it... 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!

10 Reasons to Elope at The Barn

Our spring season has been full of elopements, and I can’t wait to share them all with you! 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 even if they truly want to elope, they have 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! Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider eloping. 

  Sterling Imageworks , from  Morgan + Wager 's completely ridiculously amazing elopement. They brought their pup, Mabel, along to watch them say I do... we loved it!

Sterling Imageworks, from Morgan + Wager's completely ridiculously amazing elopement. They brought their pup, Mabel, along to watch them say I do... we loved it!

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!). 

  Sterling Imageworks , from  Pam + Scott 's purple & turquoise elopement

Sterling Imageworks, from Pam + Scott's purple & turquoise elopement

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! 

  Elmer Escobar , from  Amanda + Brad 's shabby chic elopement

Elmer Escobar, from Amanda + Brad's shabby chic 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