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Venues in Adel, IA,
(515) 360-9589
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3.6 out of 5
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  • 17 Reviews


    Mackenzie Leigh Foldes

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    5 out of 5
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  • The venue was perfect for our wedding day! It gave our guests the option of being indoors or outdoors (which is important during a pandemic!). This allowed our guests to do their own thing and enjoy themselves longer. The entire property was beautiful and picture-perfect, always something new to explore or see. Paula was great to work with as she acted as not only our venue coordinator but at times wedding planner. She had great recommendations and made sure everything was perfect for our wedding day.

    Emma Hollenbeck

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    5 out of 5
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  • Paula and the team at the Barnes Place were phenomenal to work with. We gave her only a month’s notice and literally every single detail fell into place. The option to have a venue that has virtually any decor item for use is something I would recommend to any Bride! I wasn’t saddled with hundreds of votives or thousands of flowers, which was a tremendous blessing!! The one thing to mind is bringing your own plates, flatware, and cups, but we didn’t have too much of any of that leftover! The option for choosing your own caterer, too, helped us save THOUSANDS compared to other venues. I recommend this venue beyond what all of this amounts to express!

    Emily Russell

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    5 out of 5
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  • Barnes’ Place is truly the most beautiful venue to hold your event. They are full service and you don’t have to worry about a thing. Our wedding was perfect!

    Anna

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    5 out of 5
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  • Extremely helpful with every aspect of the planning process. I loved that there were optional add ons to help our day go smoothly (ie decorator, cleaning). Very accommodating for the needs of the families and guests.

    Madison

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    5 out of 5
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  • This was the most amazing venue! It is absolutely stunning and it was everything I pictured. Our wedding was so seamless and everything happened as planned! Paula and her team had everything organized and put together as we arrived, and the day flowed beautifully. We had a small hiccup with our marriage license and that never even phased them. They helped us fix it like nothing even happened. The planning and final walk-through meetings made the day just as I wanted and everything I envisioned! Emilie’s decorations were top notch and she really understood my husband and I’s vision. We paid for the cleaning fee and decorator which 100% made our life easier. It was fabulous. Many many people said that was the best wedding and venue they had ever been to. It was just perfect! Paula is definitely a rules person but she’s not hard to work with. She sets the expectation for her property and she holds you to it, in our mind nothing wrong with that. If we were to do it again, we would 10... Read more

    Diana Hanson

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  • The staff and leadership at the Barnes place made our day perfect. We had a great time and didn’t worry about a thing. The vendor list was very helpful as well. Couldn’t have been a better day!

    Linda Hinderaker

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  • We were thrilled with Barnes Place and their staff! Would recommend highly.

    Betsy

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Barnes' Place was a picturesque location for both the ceremony and reception! We really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony! We absolutely loved that we could plan an outdoor ceremony, but didn't need to be stressed about inclement weather because they could easily accommodate the ceremony inside the barn too! The staff was extremely thoughtful, and we felt like they were always on our team/trying to make every bit of our dreams come true! Additionally, we really appreciated Paula's guidance throughout the planning process! She was always willing to offer advice and help us think through things we hadn't yet considered! Even in just the past week we have countless guests tell us how gorgeous they thought the venue was and how kind their staff was! We would certainly recommend Barnes' Place to EVERYONE!

    L L

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  • First of all, this is seriously the most beautiful venue you can come across. But it's totally not worth it. Paula, the owner, is a nightmare. She is so rude and has SO many rules. She shuts down your ideas, because she's done a million weddings and knows how they should go - it's just another production to her. No drinking before the ceremony, can't have both bars open at once (even though she has two), and she is a major stickler about reception drinking - she will cut your guests off when they don't need to be. They do everything for you, but honestly, it's kind of a rip off, because they charge for everything. Your bill will be exponential. She didn't respect our ideas and is not flexible at all. I could tell from day one that she's a bitch and you will notice it too. We actually hated Paula so much we switched to another venue 30 days out. I don't know what else to say, I would do anything to put her out of business. Brides and grooms do not go to Barnes Place!

    Maggie Crane

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  • My husband and I fell in love with Barnes Place as soon as we saw it the first time. Paula's (the owner) husband showed us the venue and he was so delightful and helpful in answering any questions we had. We dreamed of an outdoor venue such as this and we were so excited to have found it. For much of the planning process, everything seemed fine and Paula seemed to be very organized. She was quite pushy at times when it came to planning details. Her own opinions on how the day should be run were very well known. I tried to shrug them off since I was so excited for our wedding, but it was bothersome. Then the day of the wedding came..... There were so many things that went wrong the day of the wedding. So many things that still irritate me so much. My friends and family have told me countless small details about the rude, insensitive, owner of Barnes Place that left them feeling uneasy. I'll just share a few of the unfortunate experiences to give you a taste. First of all, one of m... Read more

    Lane

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    1.1 out of 5
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  • I normally don't write online reviews but our experience with this venue has been bad enough I hope to save another couple from unnecessary stress & advise them to spend their money elsewhere. The venue is definately beautiful. Unfortunately Paula, the owner, is absolutely horrible to work with. Durring our few months of working with her we had to deal with very slow email responses & multiple mischeduled appointments. She had even messed up our initial reservation which was for the entire weekend only to find out a couple months later that she had actually written us down for Saturday only. Lucky enough for us the whole weekend was still available but still very frusterating. In addition to her poor scheduling abilities, she tried to pressure/guilt us into spending money on all of the extras such as her decorators, multiple bartenders, & cleaning. This was a huge deal, but she comes across as a terrible salesperson that puts her interests first. Finally, she likes to tell ... Read more

    Kara

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    1.6 out of 5
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  • This venue is gorgeous, there is no argument in that. But the owner is very hard to work with and created a lot of unneeded stress, especially for a bride. We had our final walk thru a month before our wedding, and went over exactly all of the specifications on the set up (they do not allow you to move any of the tables or anything yourself, the staff has to do it) however when we arrived the day before the wedding the set up was completely different than discussed and didn't even have enough seats for our guest count that was confirmed the day before. When you have a seating chart, a layout needs to be accurate. Instead of spending the day that we paid $1000 extra for to decorate, we spent it figuring out how we were going to make the layout work. We also hired a decorator through the Barnes Place, only to find out that she was a high schooler that wouldn't be available during any of the times that we would be out there (our wedding was a Friday). When I brought this up with the owner... Read more

    User6353113

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    0.8 out of 5
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  • This venue was sold to us as a great value to hold our wedding and reception. It was neither. Their was NO flexibility at all at this venue. They were totally unprofessional and did not know what they were doing. When we indicated that we were thinking of hiring a wedding planner, they indicated they didn't like to work with planners.....now I know why because a wedding planner would have laughed at how badly the owner was at planning herself. She didn't even want our pastor to hold a rehearsal, so our wedding day was a mess. Don't even think about booking this venue.

    User3881251

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  • Such a beautiful venue and Patti was very welcoming to the Barn! Can't wait to get married there!

    Olivia

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    2.5 out of 5
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  • The venue is undeniably beautiful, which is the main reason why my husband and I chose this location for our wedding. And we did have a beautiful wedding that we'll remember forever. Our guests enjoyed themselves tremendously and it ended up a wonderful day. ​However, they were not as accommodating nor as friendly as other reviews​ have mentioned. The owner, Paula, made us feel like we were inconveniencing her for being there, and she was frankly rude to us and our guests much of the time we were at the barn. It rained the day before and the day and since their driveway and entrance are dirt with very small rock, it was extremely muddy. They also started construction the day before our rehearsal, even though rain was in the forecast for a week prior. Instead of apologizing for the mud pit that our guests had to walk across, we were made to feel like we were in the wrong for being upset. We spoke to her husband, Ernie, who did apologize and quickly laid some carpet and flagstone ... Read more

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