Announcing Available Dates!

Check out our Event Calendar page to see the weekend dates we still have available for this year and next.  Everything still open is in red.  You can still have your dream wedding at the Legacy Barn!!

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield

It was a Disney spectacular wedding at the Legacy Barn this past weekend.  Alycia LOVES everything Disney and it showed, complete with the Grape soda bottled cap from UP on the Groom’s Boutonniere.  The vendors were Shoup’s Catering, Extreme Sound Mobile DJs, and The Groom’s mom made the cake.  This couple was a lot of fun and that was evident by their decor and family partying the night away.  Congrats and thanks for honoring us with your wedding at the Legacy Barn!

 

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. King!

Dana and Andrew had a beautiful wedding last week.  The rain stayed away and the sun was shinning!  Thanks to the great vendors: The Local BBQ, Carita Davoli Photography, and Nate Davoli DJ.  The couple chose a cookie buffet instead of a traditional wedding cake & the Local BBQ provided a delicious buffet as well as loaded nachos and cinnamon rolls as a late night snack.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day!

What NOT to do as a Bride

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Congratulations!  He popped the question and you said YES.  For some women, at the very moment he slips that ring on her finger, they turn into a nervous, stressed, and sometimes, mean person who their family & friends have never seen before.

Why does this happen?

If you consider that most women have dreamt of this moment since they were 5 years old, you come to realize that a lot of time, planning and emotion have already been spent trying to make this moment perfect.  Wedding Planning often makes laid-back and usually easy-going women crazy and neurotic.

So, how do you get through one of the most incredible, but often overwhelming, times in your life, while keeping your family & friends?  By NOT doing the following things:

1. Do NOT be mean or rude – This is should be very obvious, but unfortunately it is not. Stress can make you turn ugly and trust me, no one likes a stressed Bride.  Remember, no matter what happens, at the end of the day, you will be married to the love of your life.  It doesn’t matter if it rains, the cake wasn’t what you expected, or your weird Uncle Eddy got drunk and hit on every girl above 20.  YOU WILL BE MARRIED!

2. Do NOT emulate Bridezillas – Seriously.  If you fancy yourself a Bridezilla, you have to stop and reevaluate your attitude.  Most Bridezillas (in my humble opinion) need a spanking & then therapy – a lot of therapy.  Why do some Brides feel it is their right to be an adult toddler just because it is their wedding?  I haven’t figured that out, but I have seen it and it is NOT PRETTY.

3. Do NOT assume the wedding is all about you – of course it isn’t! Remember that really cute guy who gave you that ring?  Its about him too!  Oh, and your families who helped you get where you are.  Look, a wedding is about love and the joining of families.  To think it is all about the Bride is arrogant and just plain wrong.

4. Do NOT pick dresses that are outrageously expensive or that don’t look good on every body type – Your Bridesmaids will most likely never wear this dress again.  BE KIND.  Not just to their pocket book, but to their body type. If I had to wear a dress that was made for a 5’9 model who only eats broccoli, I would be screwed. Give them options.  Get a dress that comes in several different styles.  Let them add sleeves if you want.  Honestly, the focus will not be on them (unless you make it so by putting a 5’3, 200 lb woman in a dress made for Angelina Jolie).  Also, choose a color shoe & let them get their own.  They will be more comfortable & they will love you for it.

5. Do NOT abuse your vendors – This is a big one.  Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on their part & if you are a personality type who LOVES to worry & stress, don’t expect the vendors to react well to that.  We event professionals LOVE to help you have a beautiful wedding.  Most of us are very good at it. We are not out to make millions off of you.  We like to make enough to feed our families, pay for school books, or maybe take a vacation once every 5 years.  Please speak nicely to us, don’t patronize us & for the love of God, do not try to do our jobs. Our goal is to exceed your expectation, but if you are constantly changing those, it’s really hard to hit a moving target.  Do your research, hire good, reputable vendors and you will be great.

6.  Do NOT try to ruin a vendors career if they didn’t provide the services you paid for – If you are unhappy, talk to them.  Perfection is rarely attained.  Mistakes happen, but that is just what they are – MISTAKES.  If you cannot get rectification by working with the vendor, go to the BBB or take them to court.  Remember, while you may be angry – it is not right to slander anyone on social media.  That is all too common these days and it is so wrong.  Not only that, you could be sued and you will most likely lose.  Be an adult and try to get it corrected yourself.  If that doesn’t work – take them to court.

7.  Don’t get drunk – Seriously, hard to find something any more unattractive than a Bride that is wasted.  It might be funny for a few minutes, but that gets old – and embarrassing quick. Trust me, you don’t want that to be what everyone remembers from your wedding.

8.  Do NOT forget to be grateful – Everyone works hard putting a wedding together.  Make sure you let your family know how grateful you are for their help, financial contribution and support.  It takes a village to raise a child – so thank them!!

A wedding is a joyous thing.  Forget about the small things.  They are nice, but not the focus of the day.  Who cares if your pinterest idea fell apart?  Trust me, no one else does.  They are there to celebrate the beginning of your new life.  Enjoy that.  Soak it all in and you will have memories that last a lifetime.

 

Introducing “The Local BBQ!”

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The Legacy Barn is pleased to announce that is is partnering with The Local BBQ, Kokomo’s first & only Food Truck.  However, that’s not what makes them so awesome.  They are a local Farm to Fork caterer and their food is to DIE FOR!

Proprietors are Matt & Mary Kate Wyatt and this is their passion.  You can tell in every bite.  Let Me say, Colin & I have tasted pulled pork and lots of it!  Everyone locally does a great job at it.  But let me tell you – this pork is the bomb.  They offer several different sandwiches, loaded mac and cheese, cole slaw, potato salad (my favorite), sweet potato casserole and the Legacy roll, a 5 generation cinnamon roll recipe with candied bacon on top.  Getting hungry????

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Chad, taking one for the team….

What I think is really cool about this is that they can serve out of the food truck onsite or do traditional catering.  Something unique which is very popular for weddings these days.

We are thrilled at the Legacy Barn to be able to offer our clients this unique option. Feel free to get in touch with them or check them out when they are “out & about” Kokomo (Thursdays through Sundays and at all major Kokomo Festivals). Check out their website for more information www.TheLocalBBQ.com .  They are also available on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and snapchat all under THE LOCAL BBQ.

SUMMER IS HERE!!!!

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Now Introducing our Weekday Wedding Package!

The Legacy Barn is proud to announce our brand new “Weekday Wedding Package.”

This package is designed for couples who have more flexibility and choose to hold their wedding between Monday and Thursday during the week.

The following is what is included in the package:

  • 3 hours the day before (Monday – Thursday) for decorating and a rehearsal.
  • Arrive as early as 8:00 am on your wedding day.
  • Guests leave by 11:00 pm.
  • The services of Blissfully Simple Events for a “Day Of Directing” wedding planning/coordination package.  Set up and tear down all done for you! See package details HERE

You get all of the amenities, services and accommadations as with the Signature Barn Experience Package. 

The cost for this package is just $3,250!

We are thrilled to be able to offer this package.  Let us know if you are interested and we can schedule a tour!

765-863-1222; legacybarn@gmail.com

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN CRAIG!!!!

A very happy birthday to our fearless leader, COLIN CRAIG!!!  Without him and his incredible vision, we would not have this wonderful Legacy Barn to share with others.  Help us wish him a happy birthday to him on Facebook.  Let him know how much we appreciate him.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN!!!!

Your loving staff, family, & friends

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Who to Invite to the Rehearsal Dinner

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So, what is the rehearsal dinner?

It is basically, it is the dinner you have right after your rehearsal.  Easy right?

Not necessarily.

Generally, (not all the time), the rehearsal dinner is paid and hosted by the Groom’s parents.  With today’s Brides & Grooms marrying later, often they pay for it.  Ultimately, it isn’t important who pays for it, however, there are some important things to remember so you don’t offend or leave anyone out.

First, this dinner DOES NOT need to be formal!  It can be pizza at someone’s house, lasagna made by mom, or catered by a company that drops off.  Don’t think that t has to be very fancy, at a banquet hall or a swanky restaurant.  It doesn’t.  It literally needs to feed the people who were at the rehearsal dinner.  It is also the last time you get to be with each other before the formality of the next day.  It should be as early as possible so people can get a good night’s sleep and keep the alcohol to a minimum.

Second, who do you invite?  This tends to be the most contested question when discussed among the families.  So here is your answer:

  • Immediate family (Grandparents, parents, siblings and their families)
  • Anyone involved in the ceremony (Bridal Party, ushers, readers, singers, pastor, Flower Girl & Ring Bearer).  The only exception to this is if they are paid vendors such as musicians, videographer, photographer if they are there.  It is still nice to always invite the Pastor & spouse if there is one.
  • Any family or friends who may have traveled a very long distance or you haven’t seen them in years.  It is a nice gesture to invite them as well.  They may not come, but invite them still.  Again, this is optional.

Third, do you need to provide alcohol?  Absolutely not.  Just like at your wedding, you are under no obligation to provide alcohol to your guests.  Besides, you do not want to be drinking too much the night before.

Fourth, it is generally when you present gifts to your Bridal Party.  Since there are fewer people at this dinner, it makes it easier to take this opportunity to thank them graciously for their help and participation.

The rehearsal dinner should not go late into the night.  The next day is very long & stressful and you want to make sure you get a good night’s rest.  There will always be last-minute details to take care of that night and you don’t want to feel rushed.  This dinner is the last chance you have to spend with your closest family & friends before the craziness of your wedding day.  Don’t over-think it and certainly don’t over-do it.  This is when the official wedding festivities start.  Make it fun for everyone!

Eat Drink & be Married

Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.

 

Announcing Our Graduation Open House Package!!

Believe it or not, Graduation time is just around the corner!  We would LOVE to celebrate such a momentous occasion with your family, so we have created a very special package for our graduates:

Sunday afternoons only!

$250 for 2 hours, plus each additional hour at $25!

So for a 4 hour event, it would only be $300:

  • All the chairs and tables included
  • Plenty of bathrooms
  • Parking for over 200 people
  • Gorgeous outdoor deck
  • Beautiful picture options
  • You can bring in your own food

You can’t get a beautiful barn on 8.5 acres of gorgeousness with all the amenities above anywhere else!

Call us to reserve your date asap.  They are going fast!

765-863-1222 or legacybarn@gmail.com

You’re Engaged – Now What?

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Congratulations!!  You are marrying the love of your life and now you get to plan the wedding of the century.

Now what?

Wedding planning can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! The Bliss Method™ is a 4-phased system that walks you through the planning, delegation, coordination and direction of your wedding.  The free timelines you see online are out-dated and just do not work anymore.  This method will help you whether you are planning in 2 years or 2 weeks. Let me show you how easy it can be.

Think of your planning as if you were building a house:

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Phase 1: “Pure Bliss” – This is when you should pick out a plot for your house. So with a wedding, you need to do your guest list FIRST.  You need to know how big it will be before you “build” your wedding.  This is also the time you set your budget, talk about who is paying what, date, and overall theme of the wedding.

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Phase 2: “Overwhelming Bliss” – The framing of your house.  This is where you book all of your vendors (caterers, venue, photographer, etc…).  Start looking at wedding gowns (they take 6-8 months generally), confirm the budget and send out save the date cards if applicable.

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Chris Moncus Photography

Phase 3: “Express Your Bliss” – This is the fun part!  Decorations and making it yours!  Unfortunately, Brides want to start here and that is what causes problems.  This is where you do decorations, themes, favors, invitations – all of the creative bits that people will remember.  But you shouldn’t do this until the other phases are complete. Pinterest becomes your friend in this phase :0)

Phase 4: “Countdown to Bliss” – No one is in bliss anymore at this point.  They want in the “house” already but lots of details need to be taken care of first.  This is where you are getting all the tiny details in place, like who has the marriage license, how is everyone getting to and from the church, who is taking stuff from the church to the reception, how are the Bride & Groom getting to the bridal suite….  Things that can get you stressed and overwhelmed.

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These phases all work together to help you plan your wedding “Blissfully Simple™”.  Sometimes you can get too bogged down in what you read on the internet.  Don’t let that overwhelm you.  Stick to the 4 phases in order and it will not only be easy, but make total sense.

Weddings are meant to be savored. Don’t get caught up in what you see on TV or in movies.  This is the day you marry your soul mate.  Don’t lose sight of that.

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Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.
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