A Bride’s Perspective


Sierra Thomas and Fiance Austin Tompkins

Wedding planning is such a fun season of life but can also become really stressful, really fast. When I got engaged last June, I thought 2 years would be plenty of time to plan a wedding. But with one year down and another to go I have found that there are still thing s that need to be done! The hardest part which delayed us was finding the perfect venue. Being the bride, I had a whole list of “wedding must haves” that the venue needed to have or I just wasn’t sold on it. So, to help out my fellow brides-to-be here is my list!

  1. Fit my theme – My theme is rustic but still romantic and whimsical. So when I went venue shopping I was looking for a nice barn, good land and a blank canvas where I could really add my touch.
  2. Quiet area – Let’s face it. No one wants to have every person that drives by checking out their wedding or have their guests straining to hear over the traffic noise as you say your vows.
  3. Options for rain – You can’t predict the weather months in advance, so you will need a backup plan. This way, you’ll be okay if Mother Nature decides she wants it to rain on your big day.
  4. A place to get ready close by – I know I didn’t want to get ready 30 minutes away from my venue. Also, if you’re drinking, you don’t want to have to travel very far after the wedding either.
  5. Hospitality and help for the elderly – You want to take care of your guests and make sure they are having a good time as well. Plus, Grandma and Grandpa may need some help getting around.

Coming from a soon-to-be bride herself, here is a venue that should so be on your list to check out! Hertzog Homestead checks off my “must have” list for any rustic dream wedding.

  1. Fit the theme – The historic barn is gorgeous. They have a beautiful limestone wall that I fell in love with. They have so much land you could married in so many different spots on the property. The hard part is picking one!
  2. Quiet Area – Their property is located on a very low traffic street. There are only occasional cars that pass by. Plus they own so much of the land on their road that you should have a wedding with no curious watchers.
  3. Options for rain – With all of the beautiful scenes to choose from, you will need a backup plan just in case rain shows up. Their barn comes with a collapsible stage that can be set up inside in case of rain and can be taken down for the reception.
  4. A place to get ready close by – One of the coolest things about Hertzog Homestead it is an award winning Bed & Breakfast! There is a spacious bridal lounge for you and your ladies to get ready in. There is also a romantic honeymoon suite, with gorgeous views and an outdoor hot tub! All located on the property!
  5. Hospitality and help for the Elderly – When it comes to hospitality, Scott and Kristen nail it! They are so kind, welcoming, understanding and funny! I love working with them! Along with that, they have special transportation for your elderly or handicapped guests, should you need it.

If you’re looking for a venue that is perfect for a rustic wedding, you have to check out Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast!

Sierra Thomas

Hospitality Development Coordinator



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  • Sara Colegrove
    March 19, 2017
    11:32 am

    Hi there. My boyfriend and I are looking to get married on either Sunday October 29th or Sunday November 5th. I was wondering if someone could contact me in regards to pricing and the other arrangements that go with it. Thanks so much!


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