The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Red Barn at Hampshire College is the ideal setting for a rustic, chic wedding located in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts. The expansive grounds offer multiple opportunities for memorable photos with the couple and invited guests. The Red Barn at Hampshire college was first constructed in 1820 and since then, the classic barn has undergone a series of renovations—each one completed with respect for maintaining its original charm. The barn still features its original wide-panel wooden floors, exposed posts and wooden beans. Special upgrades like heating and cooling ventilation ensure that you and your guests are comfortable throughout the seasons.
The quaint event space can host up to 120 of your closest family and friends in a reception set up to accommodate a dance floor. Couples looking for a unique, country-themed wedding complete with a classic barnyard feel—with a few modernized upgrades, of course—need to look no further.
Take advantage of the breathtaking mountainscape views seen from The Red Barn's large outdoor deck. Begin your day with an outdoor ceremony, then invite guests to begin the festivities on the deck with an outdoor cocktail hour while enjoying views of the Notch and Holyoke Mountain Range. The barn creates a cozy setting for some of the most romantic winter wedding celebrations in Massachusetts.
What You Should Know
Trust the experienced staff at The Red Barn at Hampshire College to put their award-winning skills to use in making your wedding day everything you've always envisioned. Event coordinators are available to offer step-by-step assistance when it comes to choosing vendors, planning photos and more.
Completing the farm feel of this venue, The Red Barn at Hampshire College commits to offering couples a farm-to-table wedding menu supplied by local farmers across Pioneer Valley. While it provides a tentative menu as an example of their culinary skills, it also offers custom menu pairings.
From formal plated meals to an informal backyard barbecue selection, your wish is its command. Couples typically take advantage of a plentiful buffet but your event coordinator can accommodate any style reception you wish. Wedding packages come with a few complimentary offerings including fresh baked artisan rolls with whipped butter, salad, and self-service coffee and tea.
Ask your event coordinator about any food and beverage minimums that may apply to your reservation. All menus must be finalized two months before your wedding. Meals served to children 12 and under are reduced and children three and under eat for free. The venue does allow for specially plated meals to appease guests with severe allergies, however these requests cannot exceed 5 percent of the total guest count. Credit card payments require an additional 3 percent fee and all packages or menu pricing will receive an 18 percent gratuity.
In addition to a diverse menu, The Red Barn at Hampshire College also provides an assortment of beverages for your guests. Basic beverage packages include soft drinks, juice, seltzer water, and spring water. For alcoholic selections, this venue requires at least one bartender for every 75 guests. Bartenders are not allowed to serve shots or shooters. The venue may decide to close the bar between your social cocktail hour and the dinner to assist with seating your guests. Outside alcohol cannot be brought to the property.
All wedding packages include:
- Full access to the venue for wedding photographs
- Cocktail hour on the 20-foot-by-60-foot outdoor deck
- Formal chinaware
- White or ivory floor-length linens
- A selection of over 30 different napkin colors
- 12, 60-inch round tables or 12, 8-foot banquet tables
- 120 white garden chairs
- Complimentary water station at the ceremony during the summer season
- Cake-cutting service
- Consultation from culinary team
Additionally, Hampshire College mandates a minimum of $1,000 general liability insurance for all events. Hampshire College must be named on the insurance policy and proof of insurance for the entire event must be provided before the wedding begins.
- On-site wedding coordinator
- Private hospitality room for the wedding couple or bridal party
- Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu items available
- Complimentary bartender for up to 75 guests
- Located near Interstate 91, with plenty of hotels within driving distance
- The Knot Best of Weddings 2016 award winner
- Wedding Wire Couple's Choice 2016 award winner
- Unique Venues Best Farm-to-Table Catering 2015 award winner
From the Vendor
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.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Barn, Loft, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
The Red Barn was everything I imagined and MORE! We were blessed with a beautiful, temperate, sunset wedding on 9/25/15. Barbara listened to my every wish, followed all of my direction and and put my wedding together better than I ever envisioned! I have NEVER had better food at a wedding! We had the most tender, juicy and perfectly done Filet Mignon and salmon, I have EVER had! Their catering company is worth every gosh-darn cent we paid, and then some! I've been to weddings at a few of the 'top notch' venue's in the area and they just can't compare to The Red Barn! This venue is truly top notch without the price tag! Thank you, Red Barn!
Fall Wedding 2014Reviewed on 1/29/2015
The Red Barn was the first and only placed we viewed when looking for a venue for our wedding. We immediately fell in love with everything from the field with the beautiful oak tree to the rustic barn that brought such warmth with its antique floor and ceiling. Our coordinator, Samantha Coulter did a fantastic job and made the day a dream come true! The space was cozy and staff were flexible with accommodating any special requests. The food and drinks were delicious as well. Every last detail was perfect. We'd highly recommend it! =)
PERFECT venue!Reviewed on 10/30/2014 Rebecca A
I cannot believe how perfect this venue was for our wedding. From beginning to end, everyone at the Red Barn was absolutely amazing to work with. They were very flexible for special requests and specific needs. The food was great, the beverages amazing, and the ambience can't be beat. Whatever you want to do for your wedding, the Red Barn will make it work. We wanted string lights across the entire ceiling, and the Red Barn got us in the night before so we could set it up. It looked perfect. All night guests were telling us how amazing the venue was. Seriously, if you're considering this place- STOP LOOKING! You will never regret this choice! It was perfect in every way.
The Red Barn at Hampshire College was a fantastic venue. The setting is beautiful, the food is excellent, the staff is very helpful and organized. Everything went without a hitch and everyone had a great time. It was reasonably priced as well.
Our wedding was sept.22,16 we had the best day of our lives. Barbara our corodinator was so wonderful we didn't have to worry about a thing. The food was amazing!! The weather was perfect so we had our ceremony outside by the big oak tree overlooking the mountains! We couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Amazing venue! The venue coordinator Bridget H. Was absolutely amazing! I picked a date and everything else was handled! I enjoyed every moment at The Red Barn, all my guests loved the ceremony tree which was amazing! I traveled all the way from Brooklyn, NY and it was worth every moment! I recommend this venue for any event! I will be back in 10 years to renew our vows and do it all over again!
We absolutely loved the Red Barn for our Wedding!!! It was an amazing venue and Barbara, our coordinator, was super helpful, organized and very responsive. She really helped us organize a fantastic day. The venue is beautiful and the food was fantastic. We could not have chosen a better wedding venue.
I was absolutely in love with our reception at the Red Barn! It not only made my dream wedding come to life, the staff was amazing as well. I would highly recommend the Red Barn to anyone who is looking to have the most amazing wedding!
We had our wedding reception at the Red Barn at Hampshire College and it was excellent! During the planning process, the staff at the Red Barn and our reception coordinator (Mike) were quite helpful and responsive to our questions and ideas. We received thorough details on what was available for food, services and facilities, as well as all of the costs. The Red Barn has an extensive menu of great selections, and we enjoyed attending a delicious menu tasting with some friends. The Red Barn was also very accommodating for our guests with dietary restrictions, serving them their own meals that met their needs. The staff did a lovely job of preparing the room by setting up our decorations in addition to the tables with linens and dishes and silverware. The venue and grounds were beautiful; we took pictures outside by the big oak tree with views of the nearby hills, and our guests enjoyed the deck and lawn areas during the cocktail hour and throughout the evening. It was great to have the whole venue, including the scenic grounds, to ourselves and our guests for our wedding reception; we felt at home. We would absolutely recommend the Red Barn at Hampshire College for your wedding reception.
We had a beautiful wedding at the Red Barn. Our wedding coordinator was helpful and easy to work with, and last minute changes were no problem. Our guests loved being able to go outdoors and the food!
So Happy We Chose the Red Barn!Reviewed on 11/15/2015 Eliza B
I was on the hunt for the perfect barn location in the Pioneer Valley for our wedding and am so happy we chose The Red Barn at Hampshire College. The location was gorgeous, the food was excellent, but above all, the staff and service was absolutely exceptional. We had a smooth and positive experience, every step of the way. Everyone we worked with was extremely professional, prepared and accommodating to all our needs. Definitely recommend!
The Red Barn at Hampshire College was everything we wanted in a venue, and at a very affordable price. The interior held the rustic charm we wanted, and the uplighting gave it the romantic feel we wanted too. They were so open to us DIY-ing almost our entire wedding, and our coordinator Barbara was beyond helpful. She sat down and answered all 7 million bride questions I had, and let us wander and measure the venue months in advance so we could prep all of our decorations. She had a great creative eye, so I wasn't worried leaving my centerpieces in her hands to set up the day of. She was so quick with responses and was open to doing anything to keep me at ease about my wedding day. All of our guests were gushing about how amazing the food was, which is always an added bonus! My husband (now) and I have been on cloud nine from our wedding day for weeks now and its all because of the venue and the impeccable service we received at it. I would recommend this venue over and over to everyone! (although not my friends because I shamelessly want to be the only one who got married at this beautiful venue - haha) Thank you Red Barn for all you did for us to make our wedding day the best day of our life!
The Red Barn made my wedding perfectReviewed on 10/19/2015
Every detail was as I had hoped it would be. Sam and her assistant were professional, kind and helpful. The food, atmosphere, and staff were flawless. Sam was so sweet and supportive of me and our friends. Every detail was elegant, simple and reasonably priced. I wish I could have made it a whole weekend event!
The Red Barn was the perfect venue for our wedding. We got married on a rainy chilly October day, Mike McKenna and his team at the Red Barn pulled out all the stops to make sure that while it wasn't the wedding day we originally envisioned, that it was still the wedding day of our dreams. They really worked hard to ensure that my husband and I were just as over the moon with getting married inside the barn instead of outside under the tree and they succeeded. The barn, the deck, the food, the service, the staff, the decor and so much more were superb. The venue is everything you see in photos, on the onsite tour and more, but what really made the day was the service of The Red Barn staff, especially Mike. I don't know what we would have done without them. I could not recommend a more beautiful and perfect venue.
Our daughter's wedding at the Red Barn at Hampshire College, October 11, 2015 could not have been more perfect -- beautiful -- with amazing food (best ever at any wedding we've ever been to! -- fairy tale like experience! Absolutely recommend it!
We had our wedding at the Red Barn at the end of July 2015 in Amherst, MA. It was a wonderful experience! The venue is gorgeous! The weather worked out just perfectly, and we had the ceremony by the tree, cocktail hour on the deck, and dinner and dancing inside the barn. We worked with Mike McKenna as our wedding coordinator, and he was an absolute professional, answering every possible question we had and working with us to set up the perfect day. He helped us troubleshoot a few challenging logistics, and was able to accommodate our every need. We met with him in person at the tasting and again the day before the wedding to run through the layout and plan for the day. Mike also helped us come up with a rainy-day plan as well (but the weather held up!). The staff was wonderful, very kind, unobtrusive, and quick to ask if they could get us anything. We were able to start setting up early in the day, and had friends and family stop by and help out. The food was great as well! We had the mushrooms/polenta and the flank steak with gorgonzola cheese as our mains. All of our guests said wonderful things about the experience. We cannot recommend the Red Barn enough!
The Red Barn is an amazing venue with great service and great people. Barbara and her team did an amazing job of working with us and understanding what we wanted in a wedding and executed every detail to perfection. Not only were we 100% satisfied, our guests were as well. We received so many comments about how beautiful the venue was, how amazing the food was, and the staff acted with the utmost professionalism. I wish we could go back and experience this night again but if you are looking for a truly amazing wedding night, you should not pass up the opportunity to experience The Red Barn.
We couldn't have chosen a better place for our special day. The venue was beautiful, the service was great and our coordinator Samantha did an amazing job for us. She was accommodating and professional throughout the whole process and the day of she made the day stress free for everyone. She was so easy to work with and so helpful. I will definitely use this venue again for my next wedding :) haha...
After searching places after places I knew the red barn was going to be our 1 # choice. My husband and i just fell in love with it,from the fields of tall grass the mountains and that stunning oak tree to the inside of the barn, wow absolutely gorgeous!! We are completely happy we got married there and if we had to do it again we would because the place is absolutely romantic. We just got married on July 19 ,2015 ❤ PS: not were we the only ones happy with the place but our family and friends loved it too and had a blast. Thank you!! Mr & Mrs Morse
My husband and I were married at the Red Barn this past Saturday, and I just don't feel like there's enough space to write everything I want to about this venue! To keep it simple, if you're looking to have a simple, beautiful, rustic wedding and be surrounded by people who really know what they're doing, this venue is for you. I had a very short amount of time to plan and execute this wedding due to conflicts in work schedules and a relocation that needed to happen quickly, and it was very apparent to me from the get go that the staff at the Red Barn would do whatever they could to make the process smooth and devoid of stress. Mike was my wedding coordinator and without him, I would have never been able to pull this off. He worked with me tirelessly on every little detail and was available to chat at the drop of a hat. He was incredibly thorough and was super flexible throughout the whole planning period. On the day of, he was present and very involved. As weddings will never go exactly as you plan them to, he was better at "rolling with the punches" so to speak than anyone I have ever seen. He was willing to do whatever we needed, from grabbing family or friends I needed to see, to pushing the play button on our music, to making announcements, to staying all night with us if we needed him to. He asked me questions but never made me feel overwhelmed. It's easy to tell he loves what he does, and I am so grateful I got to work with him. The beauty of the venue and the surrounding area speaks for itself. The tree was just the perfect location for our ceremony and embodied everything I wanted in my wedding. We had about 60 guests, so everyone was comfortable and had plenty of space outside, on the deck, and inside the barn (which is also just gorgeous). All in all, I'm still reeling from this wedding. It was better than I could have ever imagined; an absolutely perfect day. I would recommend this venue to anyone; it's every bit worth it.
We loved our wedding at the Red Barn at Hampshire College. The grounds and the barn are beautiful and getting married under an old oak tree was just perfect. Mike and his team made everything about the day easy for us. They were flexible, easy to work with and made the wedding and reception flawless and fun for everyone there (including us!) So many of our guests commented on the quality of the food and we agree that it was even better than expected, and we expected a lot. There is nothing we would change about our wedding day, and I think a big part of that is due to how great our experience with the Red Barn was. We would recommend this venue to anyone.
Red BarnReviewed on 10/29/2014 heather m
My Husband and I were beyond happy with our wedding at the Red Barn. The venue is amazing, the food is good and our coordinator, Samantha is wonderful and made the whole process smooth. We knew the place was beautiful but that was probably the number one compliment we heard all night. The venue is not the largest, we were worried there wouldn't be enough room but it was perfect for our guests. Go with the Red Barn...You won't regret it!
Red Barn Wedding ReviewReviewed on 10/19/2014 Liz K
The Red Barn was an excellent venue for our wedding. All of the personnel from the event planner, to the catering staff were courteous, professional, and worked hard to make sure that our wedding day went as flawless as possible. This venue is an excellent value for the quality of venue, food, and staff assistance. I would recommend this venue to all of my friends.
The Red Barn Was Amazing!Reviewed on 9/28/2014 Amanda J
Almost everything about our day was perfect, the lone exception being the weather. We planned our wedding at the Red Barn all the way from North Carolina, and while any wedding is stressful, the staff made it as easy as possible. From day one they were very completely accommodating. We wanted a more laid back atmosphere, and were allowed to shape the barn and the events of the day to meet what we had in mind. We made our own floor plan and hung our own drapery from the beams. It looked great! Our ceremony took place after the cocktail hour which allowed us to mingle with all of our guests. Although the weather didn't allow us to have the ceremony outside, having it inside the barn may have even turned out better. We wanted the ceremony to be short, sweet, and intimate, and that is what we got. The bridal party walked up walked up from downstairs, and we stood in front of the head table to exchange our vows. The food was delicious, and abundant. Our entrees were buffet style, while the sides were family style on each table. There was plenty of food for everyone to have more than enough. The caterers came by frequently to make sure everyone had everything they needed it. We had the salmon and the prime rib, both were really delicious. We tried to save a little money, so we used an Ipod for our playlists instead of having a dj. We rented out the speakers through the Red Barn and they were more than sufficient. Also the staff helped us out by starting and stopping specific playlists throughout the day when prompted. Everything went great all night. When the time had come from the dancing to wrap up, and for us to break down, the staff was a huge help. Everyone pitched in, and clean-up was fast and we went on to our after party. A big thank you to Mike, Kayla, Katie and the entire Red Barn staff for making our day perfect!
Beautiful Red Barn WeddingReviewed on 9/15/2014 Lisa S
The Red Barn helped make our wedding day personalized, memorable and fun! From the very start, the Red Barn was very accommodating to our wants and needs. The food was great and they were able to work with us with food choices that were not on their typical menu. We chose a BBQ theme to fit the outdoor, laid-back landscape. They have lots of food and beverages choices (including a Barn Brew, which our guests raved about). Our coordinator was at our beck and call and always did so with a smile. It was very helpful and stress relieving as a bride to have someone to go to and ask questions about anything and everything. What I find very special about this place is they approach your wedding day as it should be - it's a special day for friends and family to celebrate and they want to help make it into all you've ever dreamed about. With all of these great features, the price is also very affordable. I did a lot of research when first looking for venues, and this one was by far the best bang for your buck. In summary, the Red Barn was fabulous and I would highly recommend this to all the brides and grooms out there.