The barn can be rented from April through July for weekend weddings.
No. Our sunflower field, corn maze and pumpkin patch are open August - October. The barn is rented for maze related parties at that time. We can’t provide a private environment for weddings when we are open to the public.
The maximum seating capacity is 250.
A current price sheet with package options is available upon request.
The fee includes use of the barn, barn lot and parking lot: the day before the event for set up (8 am – 10pm), the day of the wedding (8 am – midnight), and the day after for tear down (8am –Noon). Use of existing fans, folding tables and chairs (seating for up to 250) are included. An on site supervisor will be available to review barn policies and help with deliveries that require a forklift. A dumpster is also included for trash disposal.
We require a barn rental deposit of $400 and a refundable damage deposit of $200 to reserve a date. A signed rental agreement is also required. Refunds will be paid according to the cancellation terms in the rental agreement. We accept cash, credit cards and checks.
The rental balance for the barn and all extras must be paid three weeks prior to the wedding date. An electronic invoice will be emailed and partial payments may be paid at anytime, prior to the balance due date.
The ground level of the barn is accessible. The loft areas are not.
No. Outdoor weddings are available for a fee and include bench seating for up to 250.
Yes. The country store is available for $250. It includes a room with a full height mirror and clothes rack. It also has an attached warming kitchen with hot and cold water.
Rehearsals must be done by 10 pm on Friday evening.
Yes. We charge $100. If the barn is not vacated by 10 pm Friday night, there will be an additional $50 fee for each hour. All trash and food must be removed from the barn at the end of the evening.
The renter must plan on using the barn in the event of adverse weather conditions or provide a tent at their expense. We do not refund the rental fee for ceremonies that have already been staged in the outdoors.
Yes. We charge $100 per hour.
Yes. We provide every renter a barn policy document. In general, the existing barn may not be defaced or damaged by using nails, staples or paint. Fabric, lights and other accessories are allowed as long as they are hung with twine, wire or fishing line. Tape is not allowed on walls.
No. We have installed outlets for light strands if you want to wrap beams and posts. You must purchase your own lights.
Yes. Candles must be used in enclosed containers like ball jars or on stands with glass chimneys, to protect the flames from wind, and accidently igniting combustible materials.
Vendors may set up any time after 8 am on Friday or Saturday. If a vendor wants to set up earlier, they must make special arrangements with Exploration Acres and pay a $100 early set up fee.
Deliveries may be made on Thursday or Friday, prior to the wedding. Exploration Acres must be notified of deliveries in advance.
We will provide forklift assistance moving crates and pallets. Ladders are also available at no charge. It is the renter’s responsibility to provide labor during set up and tear down. The renter must dispose of all trash in the dumpster, sweep the floors and mop up all spills. The full damage deposit may not be refunded if the barn is not clean when vacated.
A vented heater can be rented to warm the barn during the spring. We do not allow the barn to be air conditioned because of the difficulty running and concealing flexible tubing. Also, closed doors are a violation of the fire code.
The barn is the only building that we rent for that purpose.
We do not have an in-house caterer. We do have a list of suggested vendors that have been to our venue posted on Pinterest. You are welcome to work with a caterer of your choice.
No. You may use any cake maker of your choice. We do have a suggested list of vendors that are familiar with our venue.
No. Ask your cake maker if they can provide them.
Yes, but you will need to apply and pay for a one day beer and wine permit. Visit the Indiana State Website for instructions on how to obtain a permit.
Yes, but you must hire a licensed bartender or caterer that has the proper permits. We require copies of their licenses.
We carry liability insurance for agritourism, not weddings. We require all renters to purchase a one-day special event liability policy protecting them for their wedding. Exploration Acres must be listed as an additional insured. The amount of coverage should be one million dollars.
Yes. We have a dedicated space with separate outlets available. We do not have our own speaker system.
Yes. It is only available for meetings or vendor use. A guest login is available upon request.
The venue must be vacated by midnight. The DJ or band must end their session with enough time to tear down their equipment by midnight. We charge a $100 fee for every hour past midnight.
Yes. We have space for 900 cars.
Yes. Several local hotels can arrange shuttle service if you book a block of rooms. There are also local vendors that can provide a shuttle service for a fee.
No. We are renting the venue to you for your private event.
Yes. We are always making improvements to the structures and property. We schedule construction outside of our wedding and corn maze season.
We have climate controlled, modern, restrooms for men and women inside grain bins that are adjacent to the wedding barn. The restrooms have several stalls with flushing toilets, sinks with hot and cold water. They are
No. We do not provide that service. We do have a list of wedding planners and coordinators who have been to our venue.
We have a warming kitchen that is not designed for food preparation. It may be rented if you need access to hot and cold water or refrigeration. It is also equipped with a couple microwaves that can be used for reheating.
Yes. We have a hydrant near the barn that may be used by you and vendors. Potable water is available in our warming kitchen.
Yes. You will need to run extension cords from a source near the woods.
We do not allow smoking in the barn or surrounding property. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot. You may want to consider putting a pop up tent with some chairs, in the parking lot, for guests who need to smoke.
The barn has a maintenance closet with brooms, a mop, a blower, a shop vacuum, trash bags and miscellaneous supplies. You are encouraged to use them.