Let me start by saying that in the end, my daughter’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! And though Harn Homestead provided the background, that’s pretty much it. The staff is merely a presence and they will stand and watch, while you work. Yes,...
the Harn Homestead is the most “affordable” of the wedding barns but given how little they provide, it’s not really any more affordable than other wedding barns that provide more and give assistance.
I would also suggest having your wedding on a Saturday. My daughter was set on a Friday wedding and since there was a field trip that morning, we could not set up until 1:00. Keep in mind for a 7:00 wedding you will probably start pictures at 3:30 so that’s 2 1/2 hours to set up. Thanks to our fabulous “I Do” crew, set up was accomplished in time. Don’t arrive early though. Our crew arrived 15 minutes early and the Harn staff greeted them with rudeness and irritation. All our team was asking was for the back gate to be opened so they could meet behind the barn to make a plan.
In addition to set up and decorating, our crew had to do property work: nail loose planks on the dance floor (which we had requested be repaired months before), sweep the barn, take out wasp nests around the Harn House, clean all the provided tables and chairs (cause they were filthy) and “clean” the Harn house.
Speaking of the Harn House, this is where the so-called bridal suite is. It is so small and dirty, there’s hardly room for the bride and her dress, much less the bridesmaids. Plus the air conditioning was inadequate and despite our best attempts to kill all the wasps, they still managed to get in the bridal suite. We rented an air bnb a few blocks ago to use as a bridal suite. One of the smartest decisions we made!
I should also mention that half of the barn had no power-no lights, no fans. There were also no lights behind the barn for the post sunset tear down and the loading pad had a huge drop off causing cars and trucks to bottom out.
The Harn Homestead did meet the space needs of this large wedding and like I said, it was gorgeous. A wedding day can be stressful and we felt that everything we dealt with at Harn, just added to the stress.
I just wanted to be sure anyone who might read this, knows what you’re getting in to. We understand that the Harn Homestead is a historical venue but if it’s going to be so difficult to have events there, maybe they should get out of the wedding business. Good luck.