There’s a TON of new additions and inclusions that we now offer (for free) that aren’t on our website yet, and we’d love to take a minute to tell you all of the new exciting things coming! And don’t be surprised if there’s even more by the time you contact us with your wedding inquiry. Anything we add between now and your wedding date (new inventory, buildings, etc) will not change your venue fee, it will be locked in at the time you reserve your date ?
The venue fee +gst and we try to include absolutely everything we can! This will include tables and chairs, tons of centerpiece décor options, candy bar & popcorn buffet dishes! These are all free for you to use, we simply take a separate deposit to ensure no damage occurs.
Another new feature is our ‘in house’ bar tender! Of course, you can’t have a bar tender without a fabulous bar...so we’re building one! I’m so excited! It’s being added onto the barn as we speak. We are also adding on a huge catering prep area for your fabulous caterers. We asked all of our caterers this year what they’d like us to have for them, and we’re very excited to be putting it in. It was supposed to be ready for 2018 but we just couldn’t wait, lol. It’ll be ready in just a few months.
The other exciting addition we just had put in is power, yaaa! On our website you might have seen that couples were asked to bring a generator for their DJ and any power requirements they might have (outside of the lights, as we provide the power for those of course), but that will no longer be needed of course.
Also, in the pictures you’ll see that the barn has a partial back wall, but this winter we are completing the wall as a full wall. And just to make this even more exciting...we’re building HUGE sliding barn doors that will be going on the 2 large opens ends of the barn, yaaa! Our ceremony site is designed to have the bride make her grand entrance through the barn, and now she’ll get to do so as we slide open 2 massive barn doors ❤ Speaking of ceremony site, this year we had a beautiful white arbor with white doors and some lovely accents. We are actually going to be taking that all down and replacing it with a much more rustic/chic style arbor! It’s going to be a stunning post and beam style arbor (similar to the wood used in the wedding barn), the designs I’ve seen are gorgeous! We’re just trying to choose which style to go with (as we have 3 lovely options) and will be putting it up for this coming spring.
LOTS of new stuff coming! ? This is what happens when you live on site...we just can’t stop ourselves from adding more and more!
The wedding barn is over 5000 sq ft. It features a head table/stage that is nearly 32 ft long and 8 ft deep, a large dance floor, amazing warm white lights throughout as well as an open rafter design. You are welcome to decorate as you like, we absolutely allow the use of tacks into the wood to hang decorations.
We always try and include everything we can as a venue to help make your weekend amazing:
The ranch is held private for your weekend event, including our exclusive campground for your wonderful guests
This includes your ceremony and reception of course
The shower house is available to your guests during their entire stay (for free)
The Bridal Dressing Suite is available to you and your girls on the morning of your wedding
And of course we are here for you during your entire weekend. We take care of everything behind the scenes (garbage, recycling, making sure your vendors are cared for, etc).
Here are some more details about us as a venue…
• We easily allow for early set up and late take down. The Ranch books out for weekend events, which means if your wedding is on a Saturday, you are more than welcome to start setting up on Friday, guests can also start to arrive on Friday (staying on Friday and Saturday night, departing on Sunday). We don’t have ‘check-in/out’ times, you’re guests are absolutely welcome to arrive as early as they like on Friday morning, and stay as late as they like on Sunday.
• Weddings include all camping fees so none of your guests have to pay to camp, you can even include it on your wedding invitations that the bride and groom have taken care of everything and the guests are welcome to camp for free! (guests really love that feature)
• Hotels in Salmon Arm and Vernon are just 20-25 minutes away, so guests have a pretty quick travel time. Sometimes it can take that long (or longer) to get from the wedding venue to their hotel even when the wedding takes place in the city where guests are staying because of your regular in-town traffic, but because the ranch is an easy HWY drive from both places, it's a fast commute with little to no traffic.
• We have 1 cabin on site currently and are also expecting to have another cabin or two available for 2017 (and more for 2018)! This cabin is included in your venue fee for a 2 nights stay (Friday and Saturday nights) absolutely free! Usually the bride and groom will take it, but if you have other accommodations you’d like to use then you’re welcome to assign it your bridal party, family members, whoever you like.
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask, we’re always here to help ?