Bluemstem Hall in Urbana is one of the newest, and coolest wedding venues in the Champaign-Urbana area! This venue housed in a renovated 1960’s farm shed and overlooks the 120 acre Barnhart Prairie Nature Preserve. Owner and designer, Abbie Frank, was kind enough to answer some of our much anticipated questions about the new wedding and event venue. Thanks Abbie!
Where are you located?
We are located on the Barnhart Prairie Nature Preserve in Southern Urbana.
What type of wedding does your venue work best for?
Honestly all types of weddings! We have a country setting with a farmstead history so those who love that style are happy here! At the same time though, we have treated the restoration of the building with a modern and minimal flair so we also attract couples who are looking for a more modern and industrial look!
Are you available year round for weddings?
Yes we are! We have heating and cooling.
What makes your venue awesome?
Our location is truly one of a kind! Overlooking the Barnhart Prairie is a stunning view and changes constantly throughout the year. The history of the family and building is also so special, the whole project has been a labor of love and I think that comes through to people.
What is the capacity of your venue?
Our max capacity is 300 for a seated event.
What are your catering guidelines?
We allow guests to bring in their caterer or restaurant of choice! The alcohol must be served by a licensed bartender however and that can be found either through the caterer or through an independent bar tending service.
Do you have a ceremony location?
Yes we do. We have guests that are choosing to be married outside in a grass area overlooking the prairie or inside with the beautiful interior and expansive glass wall as a backdrop.
What is your advice for couples planning their wedding?
Decide what is most stressful to you and get that done first! For example, if finding the dress is hard and choosing the florist and food sounds fun, get the dress done if you can and then enjoy the process of floral design and creating the menu!
What is included in your packages?
Our packages include tables and chairs (set up before your event), audio, heating or ac, and we do have a beautiful multi-use room that you can opt into for your caterers or even the bridal party to get ready in.
What is the price range of your venue?
Our price range goes from $3,200 to $6,800.
Who do you recommend for bands at the venue?
The space is neat acoustically and actually sounds amazing unplugged! That being said, music of all kinds work well here.
What else do you want couples to know about your venue?
We’re a small family business with a lot of heart! Every moment, every detail in Bluestem Hall (even the cedar siding that we hand-burned ourselves!) has a story to it 🙂