10 Minnesota Barn Venues That Aren't Boring
Mayowood Stone Barn
3385 Mayowood Road Southwest, Rochester; (507) 529-2900; MayowoodStoneBarn.com
The stunning white stone exterior of this European-style barn is sure to add a sophisticated twist to your rustic fete. Start your day in the unexpectedly beautiful original hay loft, which features vaulted ceilings, six oversize dormer windows and east and west doors that can be opened to let in plenty of light and a soft breeze. Use the 10 wooden pews for up to 70 of your friends and family, add chairs for up to 300 guests, or use the space for dancing later in the evening. Since the upstairs space isn't air-conditioned, you can also exchange vows outside next to the barn or under the romantic towering old oak tree during the hotter months. After the most important part of your day, head to the first floor of the barn—lovingly named Carriage Way based on the original flooring of the space—where up to 300 guests will enjoy dinner and dancing under the stone arches.
Rubies & Rust
23961 Kittson Blvd., Belle Plaine; RubiesAndRust.com
With towering ceilings, vintage chandeliers and a giant window, Rubies & Rust barn is the quintessential shabby-chic wedding venue. Whether you have your ceremony inside or outside, choose from the mismatched decor and vintage furniture—which all comes included—to add plenty of rustic charm to every space. Up to 150 guests can join you upstairs in the barn for dinner and dancing, and since they have an open catering and liquor policy, you can enjoy your favorite local cuisine for cocktail hour and dinner. Pro tip: Rubies & Rust doesn't take a percentage from the caterer, so be sure to mention it to get a lower price on food.
14150 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie; (952) 942-5220; GreenAcresEventCenter.com
Built in 1942, this redbrick and white-wood barn is the first event center in Eden Prairie. Don't worry: It has been renovated to include modern amenities, including heat, air-conditioning, bathrooms, an elevator, a sound system and even theatrical lighting. Have your ceremony and reception in the stunning loft space with Gothic-style ceilings, oversize crystal chandeliers and an extravagant Italian water fountain. There are also gorgeous side rooms including romantic fireplaces and vintage furniture lounges. The amazing staff will take care of flipping the room while you have cocktail hour in the downstairs foyer. Another bonus? Work with the highly experienced Sterling Catering & Events team to serve mouthwatering dishes that up to 225 guests will love.
Coop's Event Barn
65572 200th Ave., Dodge Center; (507) 696-3280; CoopsBarn.com
Personalization is key for the husband-and-wife duo who own Coop's Event Barn. Since they have only one wedding per weekend on their 10 acres and in the rustic red barn, you are sure to get their undivided attention for all your nuptial needs. They'll let you take as much time as you need for setup and teardown, even if that means days. Although there are lots of options outside for your ceremony and reception—especially with the lush prairies and towering trees—we're partial to the two-level barn. Have your ceremony on the first floor among the original wooden beams and plenty of natural light before heading to the upper level for dinner with up to 230 guests. For bigger events, use both the upper and lower levels for receptions, which can accommodate over 350 people, or set up a tent outside. The space was renovated last year, with permanent restrooms in a brand-new space that also includes a wedding party preparation lounge. Score!
Hope Glen Farm
10276 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove; (651) 459-4220; HopeGlenFarm.com
Located right outside the Twin Cities, Hope Glen Farm is perfect for those who want to get away without going too far. Have your wedding ceremony outside in a tree-lined pasture and make your grand entrance across a little wooden bridge for a romantic touch. In case of rain, you can use the 2,800-square-foot covered pavilion for up to 300 guests, which can also be used for receptions. Add a little history to your day with the original 1860 barn. It's perfect for cocktail hour and dancing—it's even air-conditioned—for up to 198 guests. And Hope Glen Farm takes all-inclusive to a new level by providing everything from chairs, decor and catering to lodging in their new honeymoon suite tree house. Yes, you can stay in a tree house for your first night as newlyweds!
Rolling Ridge Wedding & Event Center
31101 County Road 133, St. Joseph; (320) 257-7755; RollingRidgeEvents.com
Sometimes classic is the best way to go, and Rolling Ridge Wedding & Event Center is just that. With a timeless red barn from the 1800s, this venue is the quintessential rustic haven. The barn was restored in 2015 to add modern amenities—LED lights, crystal chandeliers, heating and cooling—while maintaining the hand-carved tamarack logs, towering 25-foot ceilings and secluded haylofts, perfect for a moment alone as newlyweds. If nature is more your thing, exchange vows on the 14-acre property under towering oak trees, next to babbling creeks or among the well-kept gardens with up to 300 guests. Let the on-site wedding coordinator take care of all the wedding day details, and work with the renowned catering team at Custom Catering to cross a few things off your to-do list.
Five Lakes Resort
34665 Camp Cherith Road, Frazee; (800) 323-2849; FiveLakesResort.com
You can choose from four spaces for your wedding ceremony at Five Lakes Resort: the lush green lawn next to the barn (also ideal for a tented reception), a stunning lakefront space that's perfect for photo ops, under a romantic 200-year-old oak tree across from the barn and inside the barn. The cathedral-like arched ceilings are decorated with charming string lights, and there is even a large deck off the north side so you can gaze at the night stars. With 2,450 square feet to work with, it's perfect for a ceremony for up to 300 guests or dinner for up to 200 guests. Don't want to flip the space? Use the lower level, with its stunning white oak detailing, for up to 75 guests for dinner and no space limit for a cocktail hour. Want your wedding to be an entire weekend getaway? Rent up to 11 cabins, from one to three bedrooms, which can host up to 84 overnight guests.
Berry Hill Farm
6510 185th Ave. NW, Anoka; (763) 753-5891; BerryHillFarm.com
This red tin barn (with its all-green roof) is the epitome of rustic charm. Inside, the unfinished wood and standard-height ceilings add a little intimacy to your wedding, even though up to 200 guests can comfortably join you for dinner. Have your ceremony outside in the lush pasture before heading inside, and take advantage of wagons pulled by tractors, petting zoos and even the 100-acre farm, which produces strawberries, pumpkins, raspberries rhubarb and more. Perfect for photo ops!
Rum River Barn & Vineyard
16892 220th St., Milaca; (612) 801-0546; RumRiverBarn.com
What's a better mix than a rustic white barn among vineyard vines? We don't know either, which is why we love Rum River Barn & Vineyard. The White Barn Loft, a wooden barn with a forest-green-tile roof, has stunning vaulted ceilings and glamorous chandeliers that create a totally shabby-chic feel. Use the downstairs space for cocktail hour complete with high-top tables, low lighting and a full bar. Enjoy the rustic flair the barn has to offer for both your ceremony for up to 250 guests and reception for up to 200 guests. If you want to have a larger event, work with the owners to pitch a tent outside. You can even have your whole day with the barn merely as the backdrop and exchange vows in the grassy fields, which boast 22 cold hardy grape varieties, including 4 specifically developed by the University of Minnesota.
Hidden Meadow and Barn
W9602 Balsam Lane, Pepin, WI; (715) 448-0326; HiddenMeadowAndBarn.com
Although this barn isn't technically in Minnesota, it's a 90-minute scenic drive from the Twin Cities, and the Hidden Meadow and Barn is just too cool not to include. The husband-and-wife team, Angela and Adam, renovated the site in 2015 to create a stunning ceremony space with six 12-foot vintage stained glass windows (saved from an old church) that are gorgeously displayed in the middle of a lush pasture and rolling hills. And don't even get us started on the overhaul of one of the Midwest's largest octagonal barns, two quaint outbuildings and a honeymoon suite and bathrooms. Have your reception with up to 150 guests inside one of the white wooden barns, or combine the space with a clear-top tent, which you can rent from the venue, to cover the connected brick patio for up to 250 guests. Since Angela is a professional wedding photographer by trade, you can bet she has vision to ensure your day is absolutely flawless. Pro tip: Use her as your photographer and get a discount on the venue.