With a beautiful barn and inviting landscape we have labored lovingly to make the Rafter J Ranch Barn the dream venue for your special day.
Whether for your wedding, reception, corporate retreat, birthday or retirement party, you can rest assured we will do our utmost to make your event an unforgettable experience.
Please browse through our gallery and feel free to contact us to schedule a time to come and see the Rafter J Ranch Barn for a tour and visualize how beautiful your special day can be!
In this stunning 5,400 square foot venue surrounded by captivating views of a Florida ranch, you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere with a touch of southern charm. With enchanting lighting and a rustic feel, our Rafter J Ranch Barn will set the mood for a very memorable event.
Whether you’re planning a wedding or a corporate event, we know you’ll love inviting your friends, family and coworkers to our little piece of paradise.
Not Just A Barn
Rafter J Ranch Barn isn’t just a barn or a venue, it’s a place to make beautiful memories that you’ll never forget. With photographic opportunities around each corner, you and your guests will enjoy an evening at the farm. Don’t settle for just any venue – come to our barn and have the experience of a lifetime.
The rental price for the venue, tables, chairs, sheer curtains, lighting and the use of the other items described below is $4,000.00 plus sales tax.
Our barn rental package includes the use of our 5,400-square foot cypress barn, the area around the barn and much more.
The ceiling in the barn is covered in twinkle lights and there are several chandeliers in the barn. There are lots of café lights on both sides of the creek and by the bridge.
The barn has two large air-conditioned dressing rooms for the bridal party. The bride’s dressing room has an elegant chandelier, two hair and make-up stations and an adjoining restroom. The groom’s dressing room has a comfortable leather couch. Both rooms have large mirrors and plenty of chairs to relax in.
The ceremony is usually behind the barn by the creek with oak and pine trees and our cypress bridge in the background. You may use our wooden arch for your ceremony.
We include 60” round tables that seat 8 and white chairs. We can seat up to 200 people in the barn for the reception*. We also include wooden spools that can be placed around the barn on the grass for cocktail tables, 5 wine barrels, 3 wood ranch-style coolers, your choice of a unique chalk paint pedestal table or our new half circle table for a sweetheart table, plus several 6’ and 8’ tables . We have two wood high back chairs or white chairs for the bride and groom. We offer a white vanity and an antique drop-leaf table for your guestbook, gifts, card box or memory table. We can set up an attractive wine barrel bar for the wedding cake or other desserts. We also have an assortment of wood crates, cake stands, lanterns and signs you can use!
We include a 1-hour rehearsal at no extra charge at a mutually agreeable time.
We require that you hire one of our Approved Wedding Planners or Month of Coordinators. While a Planner will assist you through the entire planning process, many brides want to plan their own wedding. Planners and Coordinators usually meet with the bride early on to get an idea of what their vision is and can help with vendor selection and questions. Month of Coordinators work with the bride a month or so before the wedding to help with the timeline, floor plan and finalizing all of the details. Most Planners and Coordinators will bring an assistant or two to help them decorate the ceremony site and reception area, including the guest tables, head table or sweetheart table, cake or dessert table, guest book, gift & card table, and any additional tables or areas that the couple would like set-up or decorated. The Planner or Coordinator should run the rehearsal and be in charge the day of the wedding. She should make sure everyone is ready and in place for the ceremony and be the point of contact for all the vendors the day of the wedding so the bride can relax and enjoy this special day. If any issues arise, the Planner or Coordinator should handle them.
Since our barn is open and the sound carries out here in the country, we have to be considerate of our neighbors (even though they are not very close) and not allow the DJ to play the music too loud. Therefore, we require that you hire one of our Approved DJs. We do not allow bands because the live music carries for miles. The music must be turned off by 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights (9:00 p.m. all other nights). We allow an hour for the DJ to pack up and for everything to be cleaned up, so everyone should be off of the property by 11:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. (10:00 all other nights).
We have a list of Approved Caterers to choose from in various price ranges and with lots of menu options. We do not charge a “facility fee” like most venues. (This is a fee that is added on to the caterer’s bill. The caterer collects the money from whoever is paying their bill and pays it to the venue.) We require that you hire one of our Approved Caterers and have them provide full-service catering. They must follow CDC, State and County guidelines, clear tables, and stay until the guests have left to finish clearing tables. The caterer is also responsible for taking all of the garbage after everything has been cleaned up.
We allow beer (in cans), wine and champagne toast (not liquor) to be served by a licensed and insured bartender provided by one of our Approved Caterers or Bartending Services. Most of them allow you to purchase the alcohol, or have it supplied by the Caterer or Bartending Service. Most of our Approved Caterers have the proper license and insurance to take care of the bar. We also have a list of Approved Bartending Services you can hire. We require that you purchase or have the company handling the bar buy beer in cans or aluminum bottles rather than glass bottles or kegs.
We also require that you purchase Event Insurance for your wedding and reception with a minimum of $1 million liability coverage and $2 million aggregate coverage a few weeks before your wedding. We can provide you with a contact person/company for this. The policy should include host provided alcohol coverage, if applicable, and list the venue and its owners as additional insureds.
The venue owners will set up the venue’s larger items, such as the wooden arch and chairs for the ceremony. We will also hang our sheer curtains, set up the tables and chairs for the reception and set up the wine barrels in the barn. We can place wooden spools on the grass around the barn as well.
*We are required to follow National, State, Agritourism and County guidelines with regards to COVID19 or other restrictions.