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?
What is included in the rental fee for THE EVENT BARN?
How long do I have the venue the day of my wedding?
What is required to book a date?
How do I schedule a time to come look at the venue?
Can I rent THE EVENT BARN for just one day instead of the four days that are offered?
What dates are available?
Please refer to the our events calendar on this website which provides open and booked dates for the coming years.
For availability for THE LOFT or THE ROUND BARN please call or email Molly Anderson at 574.360.3338 or email email@example.com
To check availability for THE STABLE please call or email Cathy Blum at 574.292.3748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How much is it to rent the various venues at St Joe Farm?
Can I rent the venue the day before my event?
Is the 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 which is anchored by a 100 year old American Elm Tree. You are free to host a cocktail party in this area weather permitting.
In addition, by June 2017 we hope to complete the Octagonal Barn which can be rented for cocktail parties, indoor ceremonies or other events.
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 as 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 BURNS RENT-ALL 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.
Is there a kitchen in the The EVENT BARN?
Yes there is a prep kitchen in THE EVENT BARN that is available for you to use on Thursday, Friday and Sunday if you are renting for the weekend. It has a refrigerator and prep space if you are doing your own floral, decor. We do ask that is is left clean for Navarre Catering group who will use it as well
How do I reserve a date?
You can reserve a date by calling or emailing Molly Anderson Event Barn Manager at email@example.com or 574.360.3338 and submitting a $300.00 security deposit check in 72 hours.
How can I pay the deposit?
You can mail your check to : St Joe Farm LLC c/o Cathy Blum 52682 Currant Road Granger, IN 46530
Credit Card payments are available via Square payments with a 3.5% fee
How can I submit the contract and does the security deposit apply towards the rental rate?
You will receive the contract from the venue’s event manager within two weeks of receiving your deposit. A contract will be sent to you via email to sign and print out and mail back to SJF ℅ Cathy Blum. You will then receive back a signed copy for your records. You can wait to send in your first 50% payment as long as it is received by the date listed on the contract. Your deposit does not go towards your rental fees… the check is cashed and is non refundable if you cancel before your event date.
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 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 $30.00 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.