The Celebration Barn…No More


I’ve received inquiries about the status of the Celebration Barn.

The Celebration Barn of Cumming, Iowa, is where daughter Katie and her husband Joe had their wedding reception in 2008. As the name implies, the Celebration Barn was an actual country-setting barn with a luxuriously rustic interior.

Because I was asked again today about the venue, I called the woman who was one of the owners at the time of Katie’s and Joe’s 2008 reception. The woman said that because of the downturn in the economy, she and her husband were “unable to go forward” with the barn. They honored all of their 2009 bookings, even though they had so many cancellations occur in December 2008 and January 2009. (Over 50% of their 2009 reservations were cancelled in those two months.) She and her husband didn’t want any of the brides and others involved with bookings to be unhappy, so they honored all of the 2009 reservations by keeping the barn open through 2009.

At the end of 2009, after the then owners had operated the Celebration Barn for 2 1/2 years (after someone else had previously operated it for ~6 years) the Celebration Barn was no longer available for bookings. With much sadness for the owners (because they truly enjoyed providing a beautiful setting for joyous occasions), the venue was eventually sold. At present, the Celebration Barn is not operational as a public venue.

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