Volusia County Rural Barns and Event Centers Are Shut Down
As of two weeks ago all rural wedding and event barns in Volusia County have been officially shut down.
This is due to operating (both known and unknown) illegally in Volusia county. Unfortunately the brides who have booked theses barns (sometimes two or more years in advance) have now lost their venue and have nowhere to host their wedding.
Many of the Barns were unaware of the rules and regulations that they had to follow in order to be able to host large events, but unfortunately it is the Bride that has suffered.
As you can imagine with all other venues being booked out a year or more in advance it has been a bit of a nightmare.
We are extending a special rate and are opening up dates for couples who have lost their venue
Our heart is broken for these brides and because of this we are extending a bit of relief to these couples by opening up wedding dates and offering a special rate for those who have been canceled by their previous barn and performance venue.
For the last 18 months we have worked closely with both County and City planning boards to make sure we are completely compliant in all areas with all current and future land and building codes to ensure that we will never be shut down.
It is a large investment on the front end but it gives us and YOU complete peace of mind that you will not be scrambling to salvage your wedding date or left without one.
This includes putting in:
- Water sprinklers
- Air Conditioning and Heat
- Becoming completely ADA compliant with handicap needs
- Complete parking compliance
- And more! We have gone above and beyond in our compliance requirements.
When booking your venue, here are some ways to avoid booking a barn that is operating illegally.
Ask for these items:
1) Ensure the Barn/Event Venue has their Full Special Exception approval. Just operating as a rural event center is not compliant within Volusia County.
2) Ensure they have a proper sprinkling system in place that has been inspected and approved by the County - this is what has shut down all the barns this week.
3) Ensure they have adequate AC and heat in place (the comfort of your guests should come before all else, especially in Florida)
4) Ensure they are completely ADA compliant and passed inspection (including ramps, door sizes, bathrooms and more)
5) Ensure they are zoned properly and show you a Certificate of Occupancy (which means they have been inspected by the city for the safety of your guests)
Avoid The Temptation
It is tempting to book with a barn for a reduced price and gloss over the fact that they do not have these things in place but you run a very high risk of putting your guests in danger. What is even more probable is that that county shuts down the barn and you lose your venue all together and end up having to push back or cancel your wedding altogether.
We are here to help and can answer any questions.
Please reach out to
Shauna at 386-295-0911 (texting is great) or
firstname.lastname@example.org for special pricing for those who have lost their venue and we will do all we can to fit you in.