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Rustic Chic: The Perfect Wedding Venue 

The Perfect Choice: Rustic Chic Wedding Venue

“Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay forever.”

 — Unknown


A wedding is a magical event that symbolizes the union of two souls in love, and choosing the perfect wedding venue plays a vital role in making this special day truly unforgettable. The concept of a rustic-chic wedding venue has gained immense popularity in recent years, as it offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their love in a unique and picturesque setting. This blog explores the significance of a rustic-chic wedding venue as the most trending venue and discusses the factors to consider when making this important decision. 

Baqara is located in beautiful Runnells IA which is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Des Moines, and a free of gravel roads! Baqara is a perfect rustic chic wedding venue. Choosing a rustic-chic venue for a wedding has become increasingly popular among couples in recent years.This style combines elements of both rustic and elegant aesthetics, creating a charming and romantic atmosphere. There are several reasons why couples opt for Baqara:


  1. Natural Beauty: Rustic-chic venues are often set in picturesque locations, such as barns, farms or gardens. These venues offer a stunning backdrop of natural beauty, with lush landscapes, rolling hills, or rustic architecture. The organic and serene environment adds a touch of enchantment to the wedding, creating a magical ambiance for the couple and their guests.
  2. Unique and Quaint Charm: Rustic-chic venues exude a unique charm that sets them apart from traditional wedding venues. The vintage and rustic elements, such as exposed wooden beams, aged brick walls, or weathered barn doors, create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The venue’s character and history contribute to the overall appeal, allowing couples to celebrate their special day in a distinctive and memorable setting.
  3. Versatility and Flexibility: Rustic-chic venues often offer versatile spaces that can be transformed to suit various wedding styles and themes. Whether couples prefer a romantic and intimate affair or a grand celebration, these venues provide flexibility for customization. The open spaces allow for creative décor arrangements, personalized touches, and unique seating layouts, giving couples the freedom to design their dream wedding.
  4. Relaxed and Intimate Ambiance: Rustic-chic venues often provide a more relaxed and intimate setting compared to traditional ballrooms or banquet halls. The cozy and laid-back atmosphere creates a sense of familiarity and comfort, allowing guests to feel more at ease and enjoy the celebration. The natural surroundings and rustic charm contribute to a more intimate ambiance, fostering a stronger connection among family and friends.
  5. Blend of Elegance and Simplicity: The rustic-chic style seamlessly blends elegance with simplicity. The combination of refined details, such as delicate chandeliers, fine linens, or floral arrangements, with rustic elements, like wooden tables, burlap accents, or mason jar centerpieces, creates a harmonious balance. This fusion appeals to couples seeking a wedding that is both sophisticated and down-to-earth, with a touch of rustic charm.
  6. Photography Opportunities: Rustic-chic venues often offer a plethora of stunning backdrops for wedding photography. From sun-dappled fields to weathered barns or enchanting gardens, these venues provide numerous opportunities for capturing beautiful and memorable moments. The natural lighting and rustic elements add depth and character to the photographs, resulting in breathtaking imagery.

Conclusion: Couples choosing Baqara, a rustic-chic wedding venue feels exciting and made an important decision that significantly impacts the overall experience on their special day recently. From the captivating setting and intimate celebrations to the natural beauty, versatility, intimate ambiance, and blend of elegance and simplicity make this venue an appealing choice for couples seeking a wedding experience that is both romantic and unforgettable. After carefully considering the preferences and desires of the couple, along with the practical aspects of logistics and guest accommodation, a wedding venue can be transformed into a dreamlike location that leaves an indelible mark on everyone’s hearts. Ultimately, Baqara, a well-chosen rustic-chic wedding venue sets the stage for an enchanting celebration of love, creating cherished memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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Planning for Rain on Your Wedding Day

Isn’t it ironic…. Rain on your Wedding Day? Just a little too ironic. You Ms. Wizard cannot change the forecast, nor can you alter the weather during your wedding day. But what you can do is understand your options and discuss this with your vendors ahead of time. Experienced vendors have already discussed this with you and let you know what all of the “Plan B’s” are, but you don’t always know if your wedding vendor is who they advertise. 

Therefore, here is a list of options for you if your outdoor
wedding does not go as planned:

1) Have an indoor space on reserve and make the decision to move it. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how long you stare at the radar, that rain just won’t stop. A lot of the decision comes
down to timing though. Some venues require a decision to be made days before on an indoor vs outdoor wedding due to setup of chairs and spaces. Therefore, this needs to be discussed with
your venue in advance to determine available spaces, requirements, and flexibility.

2) Wait out the storm and make a last-minute decision. Some venues can audible quickly and can wait until the last minute for a decision to be made on an outdoor wedding. If things are moved indoor last minute, guests will most likely sit at their tables during the ceremony and the ceremony may be held on the dance floor, in front of the head table, in an open space available in a larger venue, etc. If things can happen outside last minute because there is a break in the weather, staff will need time to dry off chairs, set any décor or floral, and ensure a safe, non-slick walk path for guests.

3) Move your ceremony time. Maybe there is a break in the weather at 7:00pm and it will continue to rain through the scheduled ceremony time of 5:00pm. An experienced and easy-
going wedding coordinator can arrange this with the DJ, photographer, and caterer by doing a“soon to be Mr. and Mrs.” grand entrance and go right into dinner. Then you might be able to go from dinner and drinks to a ceremony, followed by speeches and special dances. This takes coordination but it can be done and everything feels planned and accounted for, regardless what some vendors may thing of the idea. Working outside of the norms does tend to freak some people out so just make sure you trust your coordinator fully.

4) Buy 200 cheap umbrellas and let’s do this thang!!! 

Regardless the situation with weather, keep calm and enjoy the day. Rain happens and all you can do is go with the flow at that point. No stress drinking, no yelling, and no crying over Mother Nature. She is an unpredictable force regardless of what those overpaid weather-men tell us.

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“If you want me to take a dump in a box, and mark it guaranteed I will… I’ve got spare time”. – Tommy Boy

A wise man once asked a wise question: “How do you know the guaranteed fairy isn’t some crazy glue sniffer?” – Tommy Boy…. again. Now lets dial down the abstract and get to the point. In product lines and advertising, a product is only as good as those that create it. A good marketer can sell you a bill of goods but they could also only be interested in their bottom line; which is making the sale.

When choosing your wedding vendors, take special care in not getting caught up in the “guarantees” of the service. One such “guarantee” is in the form of an assumption. That being the higher the price, the better the service. A $500 DJ and a $2,500 DJ should both make you question their value. What is the difference between a $1,500 photographer and a $3,500 photographer? Most likely experience. What’s the difference between a $3,500 photographer and a $8,000 photographer? An ego? Now I’m not saying this is the case across the board. I’m just saying that one needs to be sure to see a wedding vendor through a lens of value, service, product, and QUALITY. Not just quality.

As a newly engaged couple, you of course want the wedding of you dreams. So you look for all of the right vendors that best fit your personality and have the exact place, skill, and product possible. The only problem is that, most of the time, this is the only time you have ever planned a wedding. You have no comparison and therefore, have no basis for quality. You rely on what the vendors tell you and rely on your instinct. Instinctually, we believe that a $20,000 price tag on a venue surpasses a $8,000 venue. But by stripping away the layers, you see that the services, the staff, and the product all are better at the latter.

Some words of advice to all of the newly engaged couples when it comes to filtering your vendors:

  1. Meet all vendors in person. Only exception I have personally is with a select few caterers that multiple friends and family members have given high marks on. Use your first instincts and look for those vendors that sound, entertaining, and energetic. Just being nice doesn’t cut it in a crowded field of professionals.
  2. Do online research for average prices in each of the vendor fields you have interest in. Budget for the mid-high end of the average. Discard the outliers on the low and high end.
  3. Other than marrying the love of your life and enjoying your wedding day, what are your wedding day priorities? In other words, what is most important when weighing your budget constraints:
    1. Venue services
    2. Photographer style
    3. DJ/MC personality
    4. Florist creativity
    5. Caterers food quality
    6. Videographer style

One last note for you wedding couples, don’t feel like you have to over extend yourself to have a great day. Talk with a wedding professional you trust to set you on the right path. Research, research, research before making a decision on your vendors. If you are looking for more advice or want to see what a service-focused wedding venue really looks like, check out Baqara Reclaimed. As with all of our articles, I hope this serves as an informational and hopeful outlook on your wedding planning needs.