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The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens is a rustic garden wedding venue located in Princeton, Illinois. The botanical gardens and arboretum on this property offer a memorable backdrop for wedding festivities. Originally established in 1987 as a destination garden center, the venue spans a total of 40 acres. Over the years, a number of weddings were held here, leading the team to construct event-specific structures to accommodate these occasions. With a sense of tranquility brimming throughout, this venue provides a refuge from busy everyday life.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 350 wedding guests at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens. The Barn is set with wood ceilings, several windows overlooking the grounds, and an outdoor patio ideal for your cocktail hour. It is a four-season event center and offers an ambience of sophistication for events. With climate control, it is also a comfortable space for wedding attendees to enjoy the event. Ceremonies can take place in the gardens, among the lush plant life.

Services Offered
The dedicated staff at this venue are eager to help you create your dream wedding celebration. They offer planning services to make organizing the momentous occasion straightforward. In addition, they can provide altars, arches, tables, chairs, barware, and places to park. The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens can also provide access to get-ready suites along with setup and cleanup for your convenience. Other event rentals are available as well, along with lighting and sound solutions. The staff aims to go above and beyond for each nearly wed pair.

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Banquet Hall

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Jennifer Married on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

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This place was a BEAUTIFUL place! Even the guest were talking about how beautiful it is!! My husband and I loved everything about it. It is more than what we wanted and more! The workers were more an helpful and went above and beyond with everything. Lindsay is a professional, and made me feel at ease the day of the wedding, and she even answered all of my crazy questions! I would recommend this place!
Andrew R. Married on 03/18/2023
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Simply Amazing!

Lindsay and the entire staff at the Barn via Hornbaker Gardens did such an amazing job with our special day! We did not have to worry about anything in terms of random issues due to their flawless efforts to manage everything efficiently and effectively. Making the decision to utilize this venue and team will forever stand as a heartwarming memory as we remember this day for the rest of our lives!
Mallory H. Married on 01/21/2023
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We were so happy we chose The Barn!

We got married at the The Barn in January of 2023 and could not have asked for a more perfect venue for both our wedding and reception. While the grounds are absolutely beautiful regardless of the time of year, one of the main selling points for us was working with Lindsay. The first time we visited and met her I knew she would be incredibly helpful through all the phases of planning and the day of our wedding - and she did not disappoint! From her recommendations on vendors, quick turnaround time on any and all questions, and her willingness to jump in and take care of whatever was needed the day of, she was an integral part of our wedding! The rest of the staff at The Barn is top notch, too! Since we had both our ceremony and reception in the main room, they had to convert the space immediately following the ceremony and they had it done in no time. Lindsay assured us it would be quick and painless, but they far surpassed our expectations! If you are looking for a wedding venue, I could not begin to recommend The Barn enough. We received so many compliments from our guests!
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This is a beautiful space for an event. Our client was thrilled with their result and we enjoyed performing there.

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I had the pleasure of working with Tara and the staff at Hornbaker this past weekend. Not only is the venue itself beautiful, but I've worked countless events at various venues and this staff was one of the very best. Working with Tara was a breeze and the night went off without a hitch. Bride and Groom were very happy throughout the night, which makes all of our jobs easier. Thanks again!

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Excellent Venue! We have been to Hornbaker Gardens quite a bit and it's a great experience every time. Such a beautiful room on an amazing property makes for the perfect location for a Ceremony and Reception. We frequently set up cafe lighting in this venue as well as provide DJ service and the staff is always quick to respond so we can coordinate setup and tear down times. They are always friendly and happy to help however they can. Finding a venue that truly cares about their clients and coordinates well with other vendors is harder to find than you might think. Hornbaker Gardens is truly a gem among the many wedding venue choices! Highly Recommend!


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