Photo by Three Irish Girls Photography

We renovated our barn as a labor of love for our daughter’s wedding in 2012. Its 80 year-old patina is built of nothing less than the devotion, hard work, and tenacity of the Finns that settled our corner of the Wisconsin northwoods. We carry on that tradition by working as hard to make everyone’s wedding as special as our daughter’s was.

 
My wife fell in love with the place the minute we walked around. Jill is a wonderful person and great to work with. She has a passion for individualizing each wedding experience and cares about your experience as if you were her own son or daughter getting married. Her venue made our day was so romantic and amazing that we cannot say enough great things about Jill and The Brule River Barn.
— WeddingWire Review, 6/18/15
 

KICK BACK AND RELAX

We’re simple people that love simple things: digging our toes into the dirt in the garden, gliding along the Brule in a canoe, and finding that perfect piece of junk to adorn the mantel. We value drinking coffee with friends or family on a crisp fall morning more than all the luxury vacations in the world. We know that after all the stress of planning your wedding day, you want to simply enjoy being surrounded by the best people in the world as you celebrate. That’s why we make it easy for you.

Our Barn is full of so much character, the only thing you need to bring is table décor. Let your guests stroll through our gardens, or admire our painstakingly collected antiques. Spend time admiring the scenery instead of worrying about hanging banners or backdrops.

And don't worry; we've made a few modern improvements since the original Finnish settlers built the Barn. There's an open wifi network covering the whole grounds and satellite and Netflix in the House and Cottage. There's also very modern restrooms for all the guests at the Barn that even use sustainable practices, like using rainwater to flush the toilets.

I had so many compliments on the way that I decorated the barn and grounds, but those were the perks of having my wedding there—i didn’t have to do any of that! I loved being able to have a wedding with such simple decorations, because you honestly didn’t need anything to make the barn or grounds look any more stunning than it already was.
— WeddingWire Review, 8/17/14
 
 

The Full Wedding Experience

We say, why should you stop at just one wedding day? Rent our entire property for the whole weekend—from Friday to Sunday—and enjoy the company of your closest friends and family all weekend long. Take canoes down the Brule River before your rehearsal. Have a big picnic for your rehearsal dinner right on the grounds. Skip the traveling (and the leaving your flower girl’s dress behind). Take your time to set up what you want to the right way.

At the Brule River Barn, we give you the freedom and space to do what you want, when you want to better share the joy of the creation of your little family.

Included in the the full weekend experience is:

  • Use of the House, Barn, Cottage, Milkhouse, Summer Kitchen, and surrounding grounds from 3pm Friday to 11am Sunday

  • Twenty-five (25) eight foot rectangular tables, nine (9) six foot round tables, five (5) thirty inch round standing cocktail tables, and three-hundred (300) white folding chairs

  • Parking for you and all your guests

  • Wood and outdoor seating area for a bonfire

  • Use of a number of vintage items, such as washtubs, bins, and cupcake stands

  • Standing invitation to return for a mini-moon vacation in the Cottage*

*subject to rates and availability

 
My biggest regret ... is that we only rented the house/property for two nights. ... Everything was so much fun... so if I could do it all over again, I would like to have been on the property for several additional days. Your wedding event/weekend just flies by... and at least for me, it would have been cool to extend the event as long as possible and really soak it all in as it was such a great experience!
— WeddingWire Review, 7/12/16
 

Add to your weekend

At our daughter’s wedding, all the family (even the future in-laws) came early and went canoeing with us the day before rehearsal and all the craziness started. That day was almost as fun as the wedding itself, and we got to learn a lot about each other.

When you add a Thursday night stay to your weekend, the Brule River Canoe Rental will pick you up and drop you off directly from the House. Bond with your new family without worrying about logistics and carpools and getting lost. (canoe/kayak rentals not included)

 
Jill made me feel so calm and beautiful on the big day. About a year into our engagement, I visited the barn again because I was overwhelmed with all the planning. Being at the Brule River Barn Wedding and Event center can make anyone feel happy because the grounds are breathtaking.
— WeddingWire Review, 8/7/15
 

One-Day Wedding Experiences

A big weekend not your speed or not in your budget? Then our one-day wedding experience may be for you. Select weekends for 2020 are now open for the one-day wedding experience, including the weekends of June 5 and July 10. Contact us for further availability and pricing information.

The one-day wedding experience includes:

  • Use of the Barn, Cottage, Milkhouse, Summer Kitchen, and surrounding grounds for 12 hours (usually noon to midnight)

  • Optional overnight stay in the Cottage for the couple on the wedding night (for $50)

  • Twenty-five (25) eight foot rectangular tables, nine (9) six foot round tables, five (5) thirty inch round standing cocktail tables, and three-hundred (300) white folding chairs

  • Parking for you and all your guests

  • Wood and outdoor seating area for a bonfire

  • Use of a number of vintage items, such as washtubs, bins, and cupcake stands

  • Standing invitation to return for a mini-moon vacation in the Cottage*

*subject to rates and availability