Book Your Wedding with Historic John P Furber Farm - NEW BARN VENUE
A BARN IN TWIN CITIES AREA, MN
The Historic John P. Furber Farm is located in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, only minutes from the Twin Cities area. It's the ideal location for couples who want a rustic ceremony and reception. The barn was built in 1947 and originally used for milk cows. It has since been remodeled and used successfully as a ceremony and reception site for years. The bride and groom are welcome to call for a tour to see the available indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Barn. The only reception space on the property, the barn is able to welcome 500 of your friends and family members. When the weather isn't looking good, the space can also be used for a ceremony. Inside the barn, you'll discover sparkling chandeliers, a dance floor and a two-story silo bar. The second floor mezzanine provides an option for pictures and a unique look at the festivities below.
The Grounds. Couples can say their "I dos" under a decorative arch in the great outdoors in sunlight with a fresh country breeze. The ceremony site is a field with sunflowers with the valley as your backdrop. Because the site faces the west, you'll also enjoy beautiful sunsets. There are enough benches to accommodate 500 guests and the aisle measures 68 feet by 6 feet.
What You Should Know
The Historic John P. Furber Farm provides several services for its guests. The entire barn is heated and air-conditioned, making it available for celebrations all year long. It’s also handicap accessible, with attached bathrooms so guests won’t need to go outside or to another building to use the facilities. There are also two projector screens for displaying photos or sharing a prepared video. Although candles are not permitted, sparklers can be used outdoors.
The Historic John P. Furber Farm works exclusively with three local caterers, and each has a liquor license and can handle bar service for your reception. When it comes to the wedding cake, the bride and groom can use any company they wish, so long as the company has a valid license and insurance policy. As a result of city codes, all festivities must end by 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
To-be-weds will find the provided bridal suite hard to beat. It offers stunning views of the valley and has a kitchen with a full refrigerator. There's also a large bathroom, two closets, a vanity and a comfortable seating area. The room is located on the second floor of the barn and has a lockable door. The groom and his groomsmen also have a room to prepare for the wedding. The room is equipped with a pinball machine, poker table and a kitchen area with a mini-refrigerator and a built-in countertop. There's also a comfortable sofa and a closet.
Other extra perks include:
- 60″ round tables (each seats up to 8 guests)
- Chiavari chairs
- Outdoor and Indoor ceremony options
- Main level bathrooms in the barn
- Onsite parking lot
- Free wifi-ATM Machine
- Outdoor area treated to get rid of mosquitos
From the Vendor
Elegant Barn Venue- Must See
This is an elegant barn with an industrial chic vibe that is a MUST SEE on your Venue list! Our barn boasts beautiful chandeliers, a 2 story silo bar, second floor mezzanine for guest viewing, and rustic decor for your event. We have a spacious bridal suite overlooking the valley, to get our brides ready with plenty of room with a view! Don't worry gents, our generous sized grooms suite, equipped with poker table and pinball machine, won't disappoint. We host outdoor ceremonies normally, but with the size of our space, the option to move in the barn for inclement weather is provided. We also have on-site parking for 200 cars and attached restrooms so you don't have to rent them. We look forward to hosting your unforgettable event for you and your guests soon. Contact us to set up a tour.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Farm + Ranch, Barn, Estate, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Shuttle Service, Transportation
My daughter was married and had her reception at the Historic John P Furber Farm on 7/8/2017. From the first contact, Angi and Wayne were quick to respond and open and available to questions we had throughout the wedding process. They are very professional and great to work with- a really wonderful couple that made us feel like part of their family, they truly wanted the wedding day to be perfect for us! They have a list of preferred vendors, which was very helpful, the vendors we used all worked together and made everything look better than we could have imagined! On the day of the wedding, Wayne and Angi were both on site to check in throughout the day to make sure we knew the codes to the bridal suite, all questions were answered and to let us know how to contact them if we needed anything. At the end of the night, they helped us pull off a surprise fireworks display for the guests and helped us clean up and gather our things. All of our guests LOVED the venue, the perfect blend of rustic elegance with plenty of room for our 275 guests to move around inside and play yard games in the front yard. Not to mention how great it was to have a barn venue that was air conditioned and comfortable on a hot July day! The Bridal Suite is absolutely beautiful we used the kitchenette and full bathroom with shower- plenty of mirrors and comfortable couches which made for a relaxing start to the day for the bridal party! I would highly recommend the Historic John P Furber Farm venue and Wayne and Angi for the perfect wedding experience- we could not have been happier with everything!
My daughter used the John P. Furber Farm for her wedding reception a couple of weeks ago. Everyone was in awe of this beautiful place. This barn offers everything a bride and party needs to make this day a success. The bridal suite is not only beautiful, but spacious enough for professionals to do hair an make up on-site. The barn is so stunning, you can save a few hundred dollars by not decorating since there really is no need. The barn was open to us all day which gave us plenty of time for set up and hair/make up. The barn owners, Wayne and Angi were so helpful, whenever we had questions or needed anything, they were right there to help. Our experience with them for the last year and a half has been nothing but perfection. The day of the wedding, there was some confusion with the bar service and for whatever reason, it didn't appear we would have any. Wayne and Angi took control and within 15 minutes they had resolved the confusion and our bar service was on it's way. This wasn't their role or responsibility at all, but they just jumped in and helped out. They also were really great about explaining things about the barn we could do to help keep it cool and thank God it was indeed cool and comfortable as a result. They checked in on us throughout the day to make sure everything was working properly for us and were so excited to see us enjoy the barn and have a great day. They really were the kindest people and I felt like they were just more friends sharing our day. Such a great experience and I'm hoping more people we know use the venue so we can spend more time there. I would recommend it to anyone. If there is such a thing as a perfect venue - this is it.
When I first started looking for a venue I was overwhelmed to say the least. After searching a few venues, my fiancé and I decided to "pop in" on the barn (we should of made an appointment but thats how we are). I was truly warmed when Angi introduced herself and gave me the best welcome. We got to talking and she ended up giving me the whole tour. After a few more visits to other places my heart was set on the barn! I am so enthusiastic to get married at this venue! After researching many venues in the area I found there were no barns that even compared to this beauty! The amount of work Wayne and Angi put into this beautiful establishment is amazing (and what bride isn't excited for AC in a barn in the middle of July?). I also was ecstatic to find an establishment that holds a large amount of guests who are all able to be a part of the wedding. It is TRULY breathtaking and I am so excited to share this place with the ones I care about most!!!
We just had our wedding here on August 12th and it was hands down the best day of our lives. Angi and Wayne were so easy to work with. We are so blessed that we got to get married at such a beautiful venue!
The John P Furber Farm does not disappoint! This venue is beyond gorgeous and the owners are amazing to work with, they were responsive and professional and worked with us on the details that we needed. My guests still continuously compliment the venue. We had about 200 people and there was so much room for people to mingle and enjoy the day. The Bridal quite was the perfect set up, we had three hair stylists and a make-up artist on site, and there was still plenty of room for people to hang out. The ceremony site was everything we needed, plenty of room for guests and everyone could see what was happening. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a rustic elegant wedding!
Unique venue with excellent service! We had a great experience!
AMAZING VENUE! It is very hard to find a "barn" venue like this. Not only does it have unique character and charm, but it also comes with amazing amenities. The bridal suite and groom's suite was such a great added touch and allowed everything to go so smoothly because we didn't have to travel between getting ready and the ceremony and the reception. Because it has the capacity to fit 500 people, it was a great option for us with our larger wedding. We had 325 attend, and we still felt that there was plenty of room for everyone to move around and dance. Wayne and Angie, the owners, are a pleasure to work with. They were extremely helpful and responsive with any questions we had, and they were there to help every step of the way whether it was questions regarding the venue itself or recommendations for other vendors.
Beautiful remodeled barn venue, that was large and well kept. We had a great time!
Beautiful remodeled barn venue, that was large and well kept. We had a great time!
Perfect for any wedding size and so beautiful you may not even want to decorate!! Angi and Wayne have done extensive work to the barn and made the rental and day of process easy.
John P Furber Farm is one of those locations that when you pull up, you actually lose your breath. This venue is absoutly spectacular! All your dreams can come true at this place. The venue has amazing room for dinning, an upstairs to accommodate more seating or a place to have card games going on(that's what we did for the older family members!) and of course the price is perfect. You get so much bang for your buck here!
Loved the venue... But didnt enjoy using Adajio. I ran into lots of frustration working with the company, but loved our dj. Some of the frustrations we had was when my make up company would send their liability insurance info. It took thw owner of the make up company getting involved to get the issue resolved. It also bugged us that the farm had various contracts saying and allowing different exceptions for the brides they were hosting. And what really bothered us was when we requested the ac be put on our request fell on deaf ears. Then when we addressed the issue with an email their reply made it seems like we were to blame. We made the day work although we were drenched in sweat. Our photographer had to touch our photos and it worked out in the end.
The best barn venue in all of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin!
all the good owner's disposition a bride can ask for! Everything was perfect
This venue is beautiful. I found out about it through a co-worker, went to the open house and fell in love! There were some bumps along the way but that was understandable due to the venue being so new and newly renovated. The owners were great to work with, always willing to work with my odd hours! If I were to do it again I would wouldn't choose another place!
I cannot express my gratitude and thanks towards Angi and Wayne for our amazing wedding day, and the experience leading up to it. They were so professional in all of their interactions, however wanted to also get to know us as a couple rather than all business. The venue is beautiful beyond words, and our guests have not stopped talking about how much they also loved it. The ceremony site outside and adjacent to the barn works so well to move directly inside for the reception. The decor is breathtaking, and therefore little to minimal decorations were needed which definitely helped our budget. We planned our wedding in just under 4 months, and it went so smoothly thanks to everyone involved.
I don't even know where to begin. This venue is like no other. Sean and I booked this venue when it was dirt. It literally looked like they just took the cows out of the barn. But if you knew Angie and Wayne you would understand why we could make that kind of gamble. This couple has transformed this beautiful barn into something so special and unique. They were so helpful on the wedding day and the days leading up to it. The venue is perfect for a big or small crowd. There is plenty of space and plenty of ways to tweak things and make it your own! It has been so fun to see what every bride does differently for their own day. I think my absolute favorite part is that the barn itself is enough. Decorations are great but not even needed here. Of course every bride wants to design their own center pieces and put their own taste to things but I would have been just as happy walking into this place without doing a thing. The barn is beautiful enough as is. My entire family was impressed with its beauty and I'm so excited to see pictures of many weddings to come in this place. God bless this couple, God bless this venue, and God bless the future couples to experience it.
PART 1 of 3 I am posting this here as the owners have not answered a single question in my response and have told countless lies about me and my wedding day. I hope this doesn't happen to any other bride... My response to the Butt's replies on a few reviews here: Hello Wayne and Angi, After taking some time to decompress, I feel I am now ready to write a response to you and your replies online. First of all, I see no need to edit your posts to mention us specifically by name and wedding date and I would kindly ask for you to take that down… but if you feel better by doing that, go for it. However, your replies have now left me speechless as you stated, Angi. Here are my thoughts to your response, Angi: I would sincerely like to know how I was a “very difficult bride?” What did I demand you do more of!? If you mean my “demand” about the café lights... Wayne offered to add more in the sections that I wanted. We rented our own café lights to do just that, but he offered. So blame him for that one. I asked you one simple question confirming that those would be up and you responded that I was “driving you crazy.” The screenshot of our conversation is attached. We rented 9 strands of lights and I needed to know if I should bring a ladder to put them up or not. As a business owner, if doesn’t matter if 100 people ask you the same question… you treat everyone with a smile on your face and answer the question. Am I supposed to know you had been “bombarded” with repeat questions? That shouldn’t matter. I asked you once. I deserve an apology for the way you spoke to me. If you mean my “demand” for letting us in the venue the day before… we are very appreciative of that and made that clear. But when we toured the venue a year and a half ago, we were told we could use the space the day before if there was no wedding then. You simply told us we needed to extend our wedding insurance, which we did. There was no wedding on that Friday, which means the venue would have been sitting empty anyway. If it was truly an inconvenience, you did not mention that or let that show. Angi, so much of your reply is a lie. The following are lies: 1)“I have not received an email from this bride in months.” False. We exchanged emails on: 7/14, 7/11, 7/6, 6/30, 6/20… I could go on and I could take screenshots of all of the emails if you need me to. If you did not like to be contacted via FB messenger, you should have told me you preferred email communication, instead of holding multiple conversations with me via FB. I figured FB was easier; my mistake. 2)“I never told her that I blocked her because I couldn’t deal with her anymore.” False. You told me straight to my face the night of my wedding when I asked you if you blocked me on FB messenger that you blocked me because “you needed a break.” Attached is a screenshot showing that you blocked me when I tried to reach out to you about the alarm. 3)“Nor did I say the bride is “driving me crazy.”” False. Again, please see the screenshots attached. You mentioned “You guys are driving me crazy with these lights.” You guys = me as one of them. As a wedding venue owner, you must realize that brides will be checking in with you constantly about their upcoming wedding. We are spending thousands of dollars for one day. We have the right to confirm information with you. You state, “Don’t worry, we got this.” Well yes, a bride will worry, and has every right to. PLEASE READ PART 2 & 3
Wayne and Angi are the most hospitable people I have ever met and I have known them for 20+ years! They would go above and beyond to make everyone happy at any length (outside of breaking the law)! I have worked in this business for ever and I encountered a wedding party very much like this one! It was a huge wedding that served their guests a plated lunch and they had steak & lobster for their set down dinner, I am sure it was close to a $100,000 wedding! They also had free alcohol for the entire day, to make a long story short the wedding needed to be shut down and the police were called in because the bride & groom as well as the majority of the guests turned a beautiful wedding into a drunken brawl! I personal was not at the event that was held at the Furber Farm, but I do know first hand that when alcohol takes over often times things can get very out of hand and sometimes very dangerous! I guess if I was a Bride & Groom considering this Venue I would be very excited to know that the owners care enough about their clients to make sure nothing like that was ever to happen at their venue!! If one negative review affects your decision to use this venue then that is very unfortunate! Please contact Wayne & Angi if you have any doubts about what happened that night at their venue! Don't let one unhappy customer spoil your chance at the most beautiful and accommodating venue in the Twin Cities! Debbie Baker
I saw this barn go from an unused dairy barn to a well planned and perfectly executed wedding venue. Wayne and Angie spared no expense in creating a memorable and unique place for couples to celebrate their new life together. Wayne and Angie have a true passion for making your celebration a success. Old Cottage Grove has seen nothing but smiling faces and happy couples at the venue. I have plenty of wedding reception experience in past employment. There will always be "Bridezillas", drunk and belligerent "Uncle Joe" and other people that demand more than they agreed to in the reception contract. They won't be happy no matter what you do for them. So if you read comments that sound out of place with the majority. Just discard them as people that can't behave themselves at a terrific party. We have all seen them. Wayne and Angie are wonderful, kind hearted people with plenty of experience and are passionate about making your day, memorable. Gary Eddy
Gorgeous, family-owned, classic wedding venue! I coordinate a network of hundreds of business professionals and the very first referral I pass for an event venue is the John P. Furber Farm. The grounds and amenities are second to none and are always beautifully presented. Angi and Wayne go to great lengths to accommodate all requests and are genuinely invested in your special day with you. I highly recommend touring the facility or calling with any questions you may have. I would also encourage you to give little weight to the handful of "nameless" negative reviews below stemming from one obstinate family. I've heard nothing but great things and will happily continue to refer business to the John P. Furber Farm!
Wayne and Angi are just the best. There are events there that honor the Military and I am so grateful for that! Every detail is thought out and the venue is perfect. To those that would treat Wayne and Angi and their staff with such disrespect, I am praying for you. Alcohol is no excuse to treat someone so badly, which was witnessed by a number of people. I really hope a video emerges of this so people will know the truth.
The barn is beautiful and redone very nicely. However, the owners need to take a class on how to treat people who are paying them thousands of dollars. I am a bride coming this October and if my venue talked and treated me the way the Butt's did I would be appalled. Wyane is very accommodating and is very helpful. Angi on the other hand seems to not handle the stress of questions or concerns very well. As she tells brides they are "driving her nuts". When I saw that message from my friend I was more upset than she was. Again, if my venue pulled that kind of bull I would raise hell. Not only would I be upset at that but to also block the bride from they way they have been communicating the whole time the DAY before the wedding...and her response was "I needed a break". Are you kidding me?!?!? Are you seriously kidding me. Yuck. I cannot even imagine running a business that way. And I am going to school to be a business owner myself. I am glad they have been great to other brides in the past but I am first to say my friend was not a difficult bride as Angi has said. I would be just as upset as the bride and groom and their families. Venues should be accommodating and respectful to those who are using their venue. You are making so much money from one weekend, how can you act so ungrateful and treat people with no respect? I just don't understand. When a bride sends a message simply confirming something your response should not be you are driving me nuts. I am now getting upset again thinking about that night all over again. I have emailed and called my vendors multiple times and have never felt like a "problem" to them. Overall, I am disgusted with mostly everything these owners have pulled. I will never recommend this venue to any upcoming bride and groom. I wouldn't have given a start at all but I am required to unfortunately.
Though a gorgeous venue and outdoor ceremony, the managers of Historic John P. Furber Farm, Wayne and Angi Butt, truly put a damper on the bride and groom's enjoyment of planning a wedding, as well as enjoying their big day. I have three instances I would like to share that I think capture the unprofessional, undeserved customer service that the bride and groom received during their wedding planning and day of. About 3 days before the wedding, I was with the bride when she sent a simple, polite, confirmation email about to Angi regarding the lighting. In a matter of seconds, she received reply that the bride was "driving me crazy," but proceeded to answer her initial question. No bride or groom should ever receive such an unprofessional, rude reply from a business that is not only hosting their big day, but that is also receiving likely a large payment from the bride and groom. Of course the marrying couple will have many questions to ensure their day is exactly how they want it to be, so I was shocked at how inappropriate Angi's response was. A second instance of where I have witnessed unprofessional customer service at Historic John P. Furber Farm that was toward the bride happened the day before the wedding, as we were there to set up and decorate. When we entered just after 11am, the alarm on the barn went off, so we needed to contact someone to help us reset it. When the bride attempted to contact Angi over Facebook Messenger, the app would not allow her to send a message (it said "this person isn't receiving messages from you right now"). When we went through the groom's Facebook Messenger, there was no problem contacting her. Because of this, we suspected she blocked the bride from contacting her. Then, at the end of the wedding the next day, Angi told the bride that she, in fact, did block her because "she couldn't deal with her anymore." To me, this is such a major disappointment for an establishment to be represented by such poor customer service, let alone be a dark cloud over someone's happiest day. What business condones representatives the option of "not dealing" with people? Wedding venues need people for business. These actions were totally inappropriate and unprofessional. I also witnessed some extremely unprofessional behavior on the part of the owners during the close out of the event. While hurriedly packing up food, decorations, and belongs, as we knew we were on a timeline to get out by midnight, unprofessional language and gestures were used. The bride was reduced to tears on her wedding night. No newly wedded couple or guest should leave their happiest day totally offended, upset, and disappointed by the wedding vendor. Granted, I only know a side of this story through what I have heard from the bride and groom, and from what I witnessed the week before and day of the wedding, but it is enough for me to never give them my business and discourage others to give them theirs. Though I've seen mostly positive reviews of this venue (as it is in a beautiful setting), I believe these instances represent totally unacceptable customer service for me to ever consider giving them business for my wedding, and I highly recommend future marrying couples to cautiously consider the Historic John P. Furber Farm for future weddings.
Angi and Wayne were wonderful to work with! They were very flexible and very responsive to all of our questions. This venue was truly amazing. Everyday I get people messaging me about how enchanting and incredible the venue is. I'm so happy I chose to have my wedding at the Furber Farm!! :)
Meet The Owner
Wayne and Angela Butt
Wayne and I purchased our historical property in 2010 so that Wayne could build his model train layout in the barn and to fix up the 1850's Italianate style home. God sometimes has other plans for us so we ended up fixing up the barn instead! Our new plan is to have weddings in the barn and on the property to raise money to fix up the historic home, take it back to 1850, and incorporate it into the venue. Now we have the honor and privilege of creating so many happy memories for so many people!