Planning Your Barn Wedding

Here’s what to expect when planning your big day at our barn wedding venue Friedman Farms!

Scheduling a tour

If you are reading this, you have either booked or are thinking about booking Friedman Farms for your big day!

If you have booked, you met Nicole – our Day of Coordinator – as she schedules and gives tours of the barn and property. Lucky for you, you have the best person for the job on your side! If you have not yet toured – give her a call or shoot her a text at 570-371-2591.

By day Nicole is a dental hygienist – by weekend she is Coordinator Extraordinare. She has been with Friedman Farms for the last three years. Her duties as wedding coordinator are to oversee the execution of all your wedding plans on the big day. She manages vendors when they arrive on location, oversees the final walkthrough of the venue, and manages the wedding timeline. She is great at overcoming any last-minute challenges that arise during the festivities.

Nicole’s attention to detail helps alleviate and avoid any issues on the day of your wedding. Her goal is to make sure the plans you made are carried out to your expectations.

First Step to Booking our Barn Wedding Venue

Check our website under availability to make sure your date is available. If you have any questions about availability or a Friday or Sunday wedding, please call Linda (our Office Manager) at 570-822-2992 ext. 2, and she can help you with anything related to pricing, dates and other questions.

Next, you will need to fill out the Barn Rental Contract. It can be located on the drop down menu of our website under Availability. You will also need to sign a Barn Activity Release and Hold Harmless Agreement. Lastly in these first steps of booking, you will need to visit www.wedsafe.com to purchase a day-of wedding insurance policy. It helps protect you against financial loss which could result from a wedding mishap or vendor incident. Wedding Liability Insurance is now required by many wedding venues. Better safe than sorry!

Next….

Hurry up and wait. Well, not wait, but get busy planning your wedding! Do ALL THINGS WEDDING!

Vendors

Perhaps you are cool as a cucumber and hands on for everything, or maybe you would like a little help in planning. If it’s the latter – check out our suggested Wedding Planners.

We suggest looking into and hiring a caterer first. Do you want a plated dinner? Family Style? Buffet? Get on that, the good ones book up quick. See the link on our website under Planning Your Wedding for our house caterers.

While you are busy choosing flowers, gowns, caterers, DJ/Band and all of the other glorious details, think about what kind of ambience you want your day to be like at the barn.

DIY?

While our barn wedding venue is gorgeous in it’s simplicity (lights in the willow trees, breathtaking chandeliers) you can also choose to “Do It Up”! After all – it’s really a DIY project! Keep in mind, you can visit the barn at any time for planning purposes with advance notice. Make sure to check out the “stash” in the corner of the back room. There are all sorts of knick knacks available for you to borrow.

Maybe you envision a vintage seating area tucked away in one of the nooks. Or vintage glassware, china and flatware for your tablescape. Chippy White Table in Tunkhannock is AMAZING at this. They book up quick, so we recommend consulting them early.

Laid Back

One great thing about the laid back vibes of the barn is you don’t have to “go big or go home”. Want to grab some wildflowers from a local farmers market and put them in Mason Jars? Great! Fall wedding? Snag some mums from a local nursery. Save yourself some money!

Want to have a pig roast? Also great! Perfect for a relaxed barn wedding venue. Our sister restaurant Grico’s Restaurant and Catering (one of our house caterers) can set you up.

The fun thing about choosing Friedman Farms is, unlike many other barn venues, you get access to the barn the Tuesday before your wedding! Yes, you heard that right. So you can hang out all week with your family and friends and decorate, bring some lunch in, and get your DIY vibes going. Think of it as a destination wedding on a budget! Just turn off the lights and lock up before you leave. You can have an informal rehearsal dinner the night before if you wish. (You would have to clean up before the next day however!)

Wine & Spirits!

Another great thing about the Barn is you can purchase your own alcohol, (huge money saver) drop it off and have the catering bartenders ice down and set up the day of. Make sure to think about what kind of tasty signature drink you would like them to prepare!

Fun & Games

Do you want your guests to enjoy a round of cornhole during cocktail hour or after dinner? Pack it up – we have plenty of space in the fields. Smores? No problem. We’ve got the firepit! Do you have a fur baby that you want to include in your big day? Yay! We love dogs!

Timeline…

Think of your timeline. The time allotment is five hours for the reception (not including ceremony). If you would like to go an extra hour, just let Linda know and she will take it from there. Typically, most couples start their cocktail hour at 5PM. That means dinner would be around 6:15PM, and the reception would end at 10PM. So if you are having a quick ceremony, take that into consideration so your guests are not waiting around for the bar to open or Hors d’oeuvres to start.

Are you going to be out in the field with your newly wedded and/or bridal party having pictures taken? Let the caterer know so they can bring you a beverage and something to nibble on during cocktail hour while your guests are inside.

Dessert (Yum!)

We have noticed over the years that gone are the days of the traditional huge wedding cake. Many couples are doing a Bride and Groom cake with a sheet cake to be cut and served by the caterer or just a dessert display. Cupcakes, mini desserts, donut walls, candy jars, even pies. Pack some dessert to-go bags….many folks are full after dinner and like to enjoy at a later time.

All-Inclusive Pricing

Included in the rental price of our barn wedding venue are tables (both banquet and farm – you can choose one or the other or mix and match. Linens are not included for banquet tables, but our house caterers can help you with that.) There is also a floorplan on our website to help you figure out seating. Also included are brand new white washed Chiavari chairs with ivory cushions (Swoon), dance floor, portable bar for the deck if needed, ceremony chairs for outside, sound equipment for your ceremony, backdrops for ceremony, and a renovated Bridal Suite.