In August we had the opportunity to tour the Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch, a new venue located near Marengo, Iowa. General Manager Katie reached out to us to come take a look and we loved what we saw! The venue certainly is a "different kind of rustic" (as Katie describes it) and focuses on bringing a little bit of Colorado to Eastern Iowa, and it definitely has a mountain lodge feel. If you're looking for a great location that can accommodate a large guest list and is full of great photo opportunities complete with multiple ceremony locations, a beautiful white tent and a stage then you've certainly found it! Pine Creek Ranch sits on 300 acres and includes transportation between the many sites on the property. They've also got two spacious getting ready areas so you can get ready in comfort! This place has it all, but don't just take our word for it, you'll have to see this place for yourself! Contact Katie today to schedule your tour!
How would you describe The Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch? The Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch is a little bit of Colorado in Iowa. Originally from the Marengo area, the owner, Jeff moved to Colorado where he raised his family with his wife Lori. Before it was a wedding venue it was a hunting lodge. We wanted to bring some Colorado feels in and turn it into a wedding venue. We are calling it “a different kind of rustic” because it isn’t your traditional barn with burlap country venue.
What is some advice you would give potential clients as they search for their venue? While searching for a venue, be open to dates. Finding the perfect place and then picking a date is much easier than picking a date and hoping your favorite venue has it available.
What inspired you to make the venue a reality? Jeff, our owner has always wanted to make the Red Barn a venue but didn’t think it was possible. Then his son, started dating are now, General Manager, Katie. Katie plans weddings and in the early days of Jake and Katie’s relationship they tossed around a few ideas but nothing ever came of it. It wasn’t until Jake and Katie got engaged that the Red Barn really became a possibility. Having no luck finding a venue that had character and could fit their guest count, they decided to start construction on the Red Barn. That was in November 2017. Fast forward to May 2018 the Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch is open for business. Although a few spaces are still under construction, we are going to be completely finished by wedding season 2019.
How many guests are you able to accommodate? We have seating for up to 300 guests!
What types of things do you offer in your packages? We don’t really have a package. We are an all or nothing venue. We want our couples to enjoy wedding planning and so we take the stress out but giving them all we have in the cost. The base facility includes tables, chairs, choice of linen (black, white, or ivory), choice of ceremony site, 9’ wood farm-style tables, grooms loft, bridal cabin, lawn games, set-up, and much more!
How does your venue work with your clients' other vendors? We want to customize our clients day to their visions AND their budgets. So, we have an open vendor policy. No outside vendor fees, service fees, it is up to our clients who they want to use!
Do you offer the venue for events other than weddings/do you plan to in the future? We are open to any type of events! Whatever our clients want!
What is your favorite part of the venue? I love how private our venue is. It is on 300 acres, so it is up to our clients how they want to structure the day. We have so much character and so many places for photo ops, the possibilities are endless! Our ceremony sites are pretty incredible too!
What are you most excited for in the coming years? We are excited to be apart of our clients big days. It is one of the biggest days in a person’s life and we LOVE that we are able to share in, even if it just a small portion of it!
What is the best way for potential clients to reach you? Email or text is the quickest way to get a hold of us! Phone is also great but it may take us a day or two to get back to you!
Address: 1404 G Ave. Marengo, IA 52301, USA