Brett's Team Says:
"251 Greely Rd, North Yarmouth has terrific appeal as a Barn Wedding Venue and the market for this type of event in Maine is hot right now. Great curb appeal, excellent barn, plenty of room out back. Come take a look and have a chat at the town office. Could be a winner."
Considering converting a rural property into a Barn Wedding Venue? Keep these essential components in mind!
1) A Barn! Size and location of the barn will be essential to the venue success. Consider 60-80 people per 1000 square to be a comfortable basis to evaluate a property. In general, depending on layout, size of dance floor and decor for each party, 2000 square feet is a good place to start to ensure you can serve a broad range of potential clients.
2) Privacy for the Wedding Party and Overnight Accommodations: Onsite accommodation for separate preparation of bride and groom and their maids and groomsmen is a must. Also ideal, but not required, is space for at least the bride and groom to stay over night. An onsite wedding suit is a terrific, romantic selling point. At the very least, proximity to hotels, B&B's and Air BnB's should be considered for out of town, out of State wedding guests. A great location will include places to stay that are convenient to your venue and easy to book.
3) Catering Space: An open concept kitchen, connected efficiently to the barn is essential to seamless organization of the event, whether you are doing it yourself, or allowing the wedding party to hire their own service. Plan on upgrades to most properties to make this a central highlight of your venue.
4) PARKING! many venue development plans stop here, as most towns have specific code requirements for public parking lots and you'll need to comply. As an 100 guests equals 50 parking spaces. Your venue may hold 200 guests, but if you can't park them all, the party might be over. Additional acreage and road frontage to accommodate access are key.
5) Permitted Use and Town Approval: Keep in mind that these are two separate issues. The location you are considering may qualify as a wedding venue by ordinance (permitted use), but you will still need to apply for town approval. Most towns code offices will be happy to discuss your idea prior to purchase to help you decide but actual approval will only happen at a scheduled town meeting. Get to know the neighborhood, plan ahead and be ready to address objections in advance.