Many couples dream of a wedding that captures their countryside spirit, with a ceremony in a field, perhaps seating on hay bales, and a reception in a barn. Cincinnati has several venues to choose from, ranging from simple, affordable venues on active, working farms, to modern takes on the concept with purpose-built event barns.
Southwest Ohio Farm and Barn Reception Halls
Historic brick barn dating to 1899. On the grounds of the St. Clare Convent, which is also home to the beautiful St. Clare Chapel which can host wedding ceremonies. Just north of Cincinnati city limits.
Wedding venue on an 80 acre farm in Mount Orab, OH. Very popular venue with higher level of service. Wedding stage and a couple barn buildings in the property for the bridal suite, reception, and restrooms.
Large, historic wood barn in Beckett Park in West Chester. Affordable venue with a capacity of 220. A spring-fall venue, with no heating or air conditioning.
A purpose-built wedding and event barn outside Franklin, OH, about halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Beautiful, cathedral-like interior with many windows and heavy wood construction. Outside wedding ceremonies available at their Meadow.
Just outside New Richmond, OH, on a 47 acre horse farm, the ranch features a barn with simple steel exterior with attractive rustic touches like exposed wood and string lighting inside. A few outside wedding ceremony spots as well.
A modern wedding and event barn just outside Mount Orab. Newly built in 2017, located on the shore of Lake Grant. Purpose built for wedding receptions, it features beautiful finishes and modern amenities.
How do you choose a barn wedding venue?
Farm and barn weddings have in the past tended to be rustic, affordable affairs geared towards D.I.Y. couples, but in recent years more luxurious venues with higher levels of service have become very popular. So determining which is more or style – or budget – is key to narrowing down which type of spot you want to host your reception.
What should I consider when looking at barn reception options?
Many barns are historic structures, so you want to check if they offer heating or cooling, depending on the time of year you want to have your wedding. The number of guests is another major consideration. Each venue has a maximum capacity often determined by the fire marshal and these numbers cannot be exceeded. Some locations do have options to add an outside tent to expand capacity, which is not available for most other types of venues. Finally, how much work do you want to do, or have your family and friends do, on your wedding day. Most D.I.Y. venues require cleanup the night of the wedding, and of course setup earlier in the day, or sometimes the day before.
Do you have a list of farm venues in Northern Kentucky?
Yes, please our post on Northern KY barn wedding options.