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
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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Barn, Loft, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff