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Wedding: 11/2/2013
Member Since: 7/12/2012
November wedding in western Massachusetts    posted 11/11/2013 (modified 11/12/2013)

The Red Barn is a unique and magical place to be wed. The setting is beautiful, the facility is down-home yet classy, the food is innovative, fresh and tasty and the staff is lovely, creative and a de-stresser. My wedding was at the start of November, which could mean anything from a blizzard to 70 degrees in Amherst. The Red Barn staff was flexible about where the ceremony and cocktails would take place up until an hour before we began. They wanted the best locations for each part of the celebration and were willing to wing it until the last minute. The Amherst/Northampton area is wondrous, and the Red Barn reflects and complements the landscape in its attitude of ease. The staff is highly competent and eager to help with anything they can handle on site or with a task that can be handled with a recommended subcontractor. I recommend the Red Barn as a facility, its staff and catering. I organized the wedding from New York City and it was not stressful at all. Thank you Red Barn for making our wedding day a day to remember.


Wedding: 8/3/2013
Member Since: 6/5/2012
Fall wedding at the Red Barn    posted 10/5/2013

My husband and I fell in love with the Red Barn when we first visited, and we knew it was exactly what we wanted for our wedding day. It was simple, yet had a rustic elegance. It was surrounded by all of nature and greenery, which was beautiful and perfect for the games that we set up and for the kids to play in. The venue brought us such a relaxed/laid-back and at home/backyard type of feeling that we knew this was it for us! We worked most closely with Zoe, who is so great and easy to work with, responsive to emails/calls, and very professional. Everyone we had worked with including Kate, Deanna, and other Red Barn staff were all great as well. Zoe and the Red Barn staff helped us to coordinate all the details the day of, which took much pressure and stress away from us. When we arrived at the RB on our wedding day, the barn was so beautifully decorated! The Red Barn also offered a barbecue dinner menu. We opted for pulled pork and chicken kabobs, which were delicious! Many of our guests mentioned they really enjoyed the venue and the food, and had a wonderful time. We did too, thanks to Zoe and the RB staff! It was perfect, and we're so glad we chose the Red Barn.


Wedding: 8/24/2014
Member Since: 3/2/2012
A non-traditional bride's dream.    posted 10/4/2013

Once upon a time I was a banquet server at a large wedding venue. Over the years, I began to realize that a 200 person wedding was not for me. I wanted something a lot more intimate and to not feel like my wedding was being churned out by a place that could spit out six weddings in a day. Tired of the paisley carpets and ugly floral valences, I set out to find a small facility that would give me the freedom to make my wedding my own, a blank slate. As I searched for places online, I immediately clicked on the Red Barn. It's rustic charm and beautiful view captured my attention. Not wanting to have my ceremony in a church, their ceremony tree was everything I could have hoped for in finding a relaxed and intimate ceremony site.
The event coordinators were extremely professional and responded very quickly any time I had questions. They gave great advice and were willing to accommodate me when I needed to stop in and make sure I was on the right track with my decorations. The event coordinator the day of my wedding did a fabulous job of overseeing the wedding as I spent my time with the photographers. I didn't have to worry that my guests were being well tended to and she was vital in helping us stick to our timeline.
My guests were blown away by the Red Barn and its service. They loved the back deck and still rave about the food (speaking of which, they use local produce!). The Red Barn truly made my day more than anything I could have dreamt it to be. I highly recommend that you take a drive on a nice sunny day and check it out.


Wedding: 7/20/2013
Member Since: 7/30/2012
Rustic, beautiful and quaint, with a beautiful outdoor space and excellent service    posted 10/3/2013

We really liked the idea of getting married outside and having our reception in an old New England barn, but what sold us on the Red Barn was that it had great personality AND air conditioning, which was important for our summer wedding! The location near Northampton made an awesome destination for our out-of-town guests, too.
The Red Barn staff were extremely helpful in planning the wedding. We sent them a lot of questions and they were always patient and more than willing to help with whatever we needed. We worked the most with Kate, and she was awesome.
We were quite happy with the food, as were our guests, and the bartenders and staff were all great.
The barn itself is a gorgeous venue. It is old and rustic, but it is also easy to add your own personal touches according to your taste. We also loved getting married under the big oak tree- it made for a gorgeous ceremony.
We ended up paying for a third entree menu as part of the buffet (we wanted to offer beef, chicken and a vegetarian option), and we went for the open bar for 5 hours. The total cost of the barn with food and beverages for about 65 guests was $10,000.
It was a beautiful venue and we are thrilled with our decision!


Wedding: 6/15/2013
Member Since: 7/19/2012
Perfect    posted 10/3/2013

We could not have been happier with our experience with The Red Barn. It's a beautiful venue, but still has a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, since it is a barn after all. It has a perfect balance between authentic feeling rustic-ness and modern comforts -- AC, full bathrooms, etc. We had our ceremony under the tree, which has a very romantic, spiritual feel, and the pictures we took by the tree and in the field came out really well. The staff was great and they took care of so much of the set-up on the wedding day that I didn't have to do a thing or burden my bridesmaids. The food was delicious and a great value. The space is small but was big enough for a great dance party, and it felt cozy and intimate without being cramped. The Red Barn gave us everything we had envisioned for our dream wedding, and we're so grateful to the staff there for making it happen.


Wedding: 8/4/2013
Member Since: 4/22/2013
Could not have asked for anything more!    posted 8/28/2013

My husband and I planned our wedding in just 3 months and confirmed the Red Barn as our vendor about 2 months before the big day. The event staff there did not bat an eye. They answered every single question we had (and there were quite a lot), they found a way to accommodate every request we had, which sometimes required creativity on their end, and they never said no to us. They even organized a special tasting for us since we missed their regular tasting event and were on such a tight planning schedule.

On the day of, they made sure things went seemlessly. All of our vendors told us how wonderful Samantha, Zoe and the day-of event staff were to work with. The space was absolutely beautiful, the food was delicious, and I never had to worry about a thing that day.

Our guests cannot stop complimenting the food that we served (we had a delicious salmon dish and butternut squash ravioli along with some tasty passed appetizers). It surpassed our expectations.

This venue was truly everything we were looking for - with such a short timeline, we didn't want to deal with too many different vendors, but we wanted a barn setting and we got it all with the Red Barn: a beautiful old barn (with A/C!) surrounded by green, rolling hills and complete with a "ceremony tree", and old beautiful oak; on site catering; tables, chairs, glassware, silverware and linens (your choice of colors!) all included and everything at an extremely reasonable price. We were able to stay within our wedding budget with nearly 100 guests.

I would absolutely recommend this venue to anyone looking for a rustic and beautiful wedding venue that is also extremely affordable.


Wedding: 8/17/2013
Member Since: 5/15/2012
Perfect Location!    posted 8/28/2013

Couldn't have asked for a better location, it had everything we wanted, rustic with a great outdoor space! Great staff that is easy to work with too.


Wedding: 6/14/2013
Member Since: 10/28/2012
My dream wedding!    posted 7/23/2013 (modified 7/23/2013)

The Red Barn was the perfect choice for us and I would highly recommend it to other brides who are looking for excellent service, stunning scenery, and a relaxed vibe. We knew that we wanted onsite catering and all the amenities of a typical wedding venue, but we also wanted a rustic aesthetic and outdoor accessibility. This combination wasn't as easy to find as we thought it would be in the Pioneer Valley, so when we visited the Red Barn it was a no-brainer. My husband and I are Hampshire College alumni so it was extra special to have our ceremony and reception at the place where we first met.

I was a very detail-oriented and organized bride with a specific vision. The staff of the Red Barn, especially our event coordinator Kate, worked with me to make our dream of an un-fussy, relaxed, rustic, elegant, and fun wedding come true. I can honestly say that in the end, our day was exactly how I had envisioned it during the many months of planning.

Being relatively young, I haven't attended many weddings in my adult life and so I had lots of questions which Kate answered immediately and thoroughly. Kate deserves extra kudos for her patience and helpfulness throughout all the planning and including the day-of. We had a last minute family emergency that required making changes onsite, which Kate was happy to help with.

The ceremony was amazing - out in front of the most beautiful oak tree, the cocktail hour with our specialty drink was a hit, the food was delicious, and all of the transitions made by the staff throughout the night were smooth and seamless.

Guests have told my parents that it was one of the most fun and enjoyable weddings they've ever attended, and well, I agree. :) You should check out the Red Barn for your special day!


Wedding: 7/9/2011
Member Since: 7/3/2010
Beautiful location for service and reception!    posted 7/20/2013 (modified 7/20/2013)

We got married here in July 2011. The staff at the Red Barn were very helpful and responsive to any questions we had. The interior of the barn was beautiful and required very little extra decoration. The food was really good and the prices here are VERY reasonable! It's not high end, but we really wanted something simple. The Red Barn really let us do a nice mix of DIY, while taking care of food/drinks and the setup.

My only issue here was that we had to clean up and be out that night--we were not able to do that the following day. This was a bit annoying and meant that I needed to recruit friends and family to take everything down and load it into our parent's cars after the party.


Wedding: 9/9/2009
Member Since: 2/22/2009
Red barn    posted 7/11/2013

We had an amazing wedding. Great food, great set up, very rustic feel. The only thing as a bride that was super stressful was trying to set up for the event the same day as the wedding (ie specific decorations I wanted)


Wedding: 9/10/2011
Member Since: 5/29/2008
saw my vision and helped it come true!    posted 7/10/2013

We used The Red Barn for our ceremony and reception. I had a ton of ideas/questions and they worked with me on every single one without making me feel needy! They were open to try anything and were very helpful in finding me fun items (ie. a popcorn machine for the reception). I would highly recommend using this vendor!!


Wedding: 3/26/2011
Member Since: 9/27/2010
Laid back, very fun wedding...    posted 7/10/2013

I was very happy with my overall experience. They did forget to put candles out on the tables and cleared drink glasses to early before they were finished, but overall I was very happy. It's not a huge space, 120 fills it pretty well. It's really pretty at night. Food was good, nice to be able to have time to decorate. Some aesthetics could be improved, but the price was more than right and I had no regrets and everyone had a really great time.

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Rustic yet elegant venue in the Pioneer Valley!

The Red Barn was originally built in 1820 and was acquired when Hampshire College opened in the Fall of 1970. The post and beam space has been the preferred space for Hampshire College events for the past 40 years and a well known wedding destination at the base of the Mount Holyoke range.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
  • Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
  • Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
  • On the Water: No
  • Tented Area: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Onsite Catering: Yes
  • Outside Caterers Allowed: No
  • Kosher Available: No
  • Liquor License: Yes
  • Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Valet Parking: No
  • Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
  • Liability Insurance: No
  • Site Fee: Yes
  • Capacity: Up to 150
  • Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Barn/Farm, Loft/Raw Space, Unusual/Alternative

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