FAQs

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We know you have questions.  Below are some of our more frequently asked questions.  If you have additional questions that we can help to answer please don’t hesitiate to reach out to us.
What is the maximum capacity at your venue?

We can seat 275 inside THE EVENT BARN. This typically includes room for 25-30 guest tables, a dessert display, three rustic bars, gift table, 6 whiskey barrels, and space for dancing.

What is included in the rental fee for THE EVENT BARN?

We include seating for 275 people using a combination of handmade Amish farm tables (12 units that are 10×4 ) and 60 inch round tables (10). We also include 200 white rustic wooden folding chairs with the option to rent an additional 90 for $2.00 per chair. We have 6 whiskey barrels and several other special tables for you to use for a variety of uses.

How long do I have the venue the day of my wedding?

You and your vendors will have access to the Event Barn beginning at 9 am the day of your event. Events must end by 11 pm (est).

What is required to book a date?

In order to secure a date at St. Joe Farm, $2,500 is due to reserve the space with a signed contract, this is non-refundable. 30 days after signing the contract, a $4,000 deposit is due. 50% of the estimated bill is due 90 days in advance. 25% of the estimated bill for the event is due 30 days prior to the event. These amounts are non-refundable.

How do I schedule a time to come look at the venue?
All tours are by appointment only. Please either call or email us to set up a time to visit us. Keep in mind weekends are difficult for us to host tours due to events taking place.
What dates are available?

Please refer to our events calendar on this website which provides open and booked dates for the coming years.

For availability for THE EVENT BARN or THE ROUND BARN please call or email us at events@stjoefarm.com or call Navarre Hospitality Group at (574) 217-8359.

To check availability for BLUMS BARN LOFT please call or email Cathy Blum at (574) 292-3748 or cathy@stjoefarm.com

How much is it to rent the various venues at St Joe Farm?
Under each venue on the website www.stjoefarm.com we have listed the standard rental fee and the timeframe that is included in the rental which is unique to each venue. Taxes are not included in the prices listed. There are also cleaning charges assigned to each venue with the exception of THE EVENT BARN. These prices do not include decor and linens… we do have options and can assist in those rentals.
Is there a location on site where I can hold a ceremony?

We include in the rental fee for the EVENT BARN access to both the front lawn (next to the new railings) and the side lawn which is called CLOVER FIELD. CLOVER FIELD is a beautiful natural setting that is anchored by a 100-year-old American Elm Tree. You are free to host a cocktail party in this area weather permitting.

Are chairs available to rent for outdoor ceremonies in CLOVER FIELD or events in THE ROUND BARN?
You will need to rent chairs for events outside in CLOVER FIELD or  in  THE ROUND BARN.  Our wooden chairs are not permitted to be used outside.   Whiskey barrels are permitted to used outside for decor or decorations but they must be covered and returned to the barn at the end of your event or moving charges will apply.
Is your barn heated and/or air conditioned?
YES! Our barn has recently added and cooling system which is included in the venue rental for day of event only.  If you would like to have the barn cooled during your set up days the cost is $250.00 per day and can be requested.  Heating is also available, but may need to be supplemented by the guests.
Do you have a preferred caterer or do we hire our own?

We are very excited to have formed a partnership with Navarre Catering and Events who will oversee all your catering and bar service needs at THE EVENT BARN. Navarre Catering and Events has a designated staff person who will work with you to see that your event needs are met in every way.  They can prepare everything from heavy hors d’oeuvres to the most elaborate plated meal and then cap the night off with snacks of sliders or pulled pork sandwiches.  Once you sign your contract at SJF, we will connect you with the representative from NHG who is hands-on throughout the entire process and will provide menus, tastings, and consultations.

Can I bring in my own alcohol and/or bartenders?
No, we do not allow you to bring in your own alcohol and/or bartenders. Navarre Catering and Events will handle all beverage services throughout your event at THE EVENT BARN or THE ROUND BARN
Do you have linens, plates, silverware, glasses, sound system, microphones, podium, TV’s, projectors, etc?

We do not provide any of these items but rather have an amazing team of Partners like AAYS EVENT RENTALS and NAVARRE CATERING AND EVENTS  that can assist you with these requests. In addition, please refer to our PREFERRED VENDOR LIST  to see the names of decorators, floral specialists, lighting, and mulit-media resources that can provide you with anything you should need to make our event amazing and unique.   

Can I hire my own DJ?
Yes.  You are welcome to hire any band or DJ service as long as they can provide SJF with a copy of their liability  insurance.  We do offer you a list of a few preferred providers on our website under Wddings/Partnering Vendors.  We will need to consult with large bands regarding restrictions on our power supply so spider boxes are sometimes required at the renter’s expense.
How do I reserve a date?

You can reserve a date by calling or emailing Christine DellaNeva Flint at (574) 217-8359 or events@stjoefarm.com.

How can I pay the deposit?

You can mail your check to:
St Joe Farm LLC
c/o Christine DellaNeva Flint

272 S Eddy St.,
South Bend, IN 46615

Credit Card payments are available via Square payments with a 3.5% fee.

Where do guests park for the event and do you provide parking attendants?

There is a very large field to the East of THE EVENT BARN that is used and it is more than enough space. Tour busses are welcome and we offer parking options for them as well.  Parking attendants are not provided by SJF.  The County Police officer that is assigned to work our events will usually assist in parking assistance if asked.  

Is a security guard required and what is the cost?

We do require that a Police Officer be hired for all events at the barn where alcohol is being served at a $35.00 per hour charge. We will coordinate the hiring of the officer for you.  You can not hire your own or use a “friend”.  You will be responsible for paying the officer in advance through the Event Director prior to the start of your event.

About St Joe Farm

Choosing a venue is one of the first decisions you'll make in planning your wedding or special event. Unforgettable – our Event Barn and the surrounding venues create the perfect destination for a lifetime of unique, unforgettable memories. The St. Joe Farm has been making history since 1852. Let us help you create your own chapter.

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