Recommended by 98%
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Mary Pat · Getting married on 09/19/2020
The Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens venue for our daughter's wedding was more than we could have dreamed of for her day. The grounds are pristinely kept and offer a variety of beautifully designed spaces for guests to enjoy. Having a wedding in their restored tobacco barn was a perfect venue for the romantic, rustic theme that my daughter wanted. It was decorated amazingly by their florist (Pearls and Petals.)Sent on 02/17/2018
The whole day went smoothly because of Dawn and Brian, the owners. We didn't have to worry about anything. You can trust their professionalism and years of experience to give you a day to remember! Family and friends are still talking about what a great day it was. And it was all because of this amazing venue and staff.
Emily Lehman · Getting married on 02/04/2020
10/10 would recommend!
Having our wedding at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens was a dream! The venue is absolutely beautiful and the people are great. They offer two barns to allow you to have both the ceremony and reception on one property. Both barns are simplistic and beautiful! The rest of the property offers so much space and gorgeous gardens. Our Day of Coordinator was Ginger and she went above and beyond every expectation. I didn't feel like I had to worry about a thing, because Ginger helped to execute our vision so perfectly. She was patient and was always making sure that we were enjoying the day. She was organized, attentive, and so kind. All of the staff at the Homestead are extremely organized and were always prepared to assist us in planning our wedding day. Dawn Waltman, the owner, is very responsive via email, making it easy to ask questions and get a response very quickly. All of our guests commented on the beauty of the venue, the organization of the staff, and the friendliness of all who worked there. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a simple, elegant barn venue!Sent on 06/03/2019
Steve Bennis · Married on 08/24/2019
Awesome Venue and People
Our daughter Jen was married at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens this past weekend and we were so pleased with Brian, Dawn and their team. They worked together seamlessly to make Jen’s wedding spectacular! During our Father-Daughter dance, when Jen said that “this day is perfect” and “this is the best day of my life”, I knew it was due in large part to the hard work behind the scenes by the SH&G team. Our venue coordinator, Pam, was magnificent! She allowed us to “live in the moment” and to not stress the details!Sent on 09/01/2019
The grounds are beautifully maintained and our guests loved the Wedding Barn, the Reception Barn, the Lounge, and the outdoor area where the hors d’oeuvres were served.
Thank you so much Brian & Dawn!!
Steve & Elaine
Sarah Toigo · Married on 06/09/2019
Incredible August Wedding
The reviews don't lie... Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens and their entire team, particularly Dawn and Brian, are incredible. From the second we visited their venue to our wedding 8 months later, Dawn and her team were responsive, professional, incredibly knowledgable, and supportive. 90% of our guests came from out of town and had never been to the area, and they won't stop raving about how beautiful the venue was. We were concerned about the heat in August, but it proved to not be an issue as a result of a casual dress code and cooling units (and an ice cream truck didn't hurt). We were also concerned about rain, and while it did rain for ~20 minutes it honestly enhanced the day. Dawn's husband Brian kept us in the loop on the weather schedule, and the beautiful sunny downpour (and rainbow) that followed made our day even more special. SHG is a well oiled machine, but they still work individually with each couple and work to make each wedding authentic to the couple. I could not recommend the venue highly enough, and we're so grateful to the SHG team for a wonderful, unforgettable experience.Sent on 09/12/2019
Olivia Shetrompf · Married on 06/01/2019
Very professional, personal, and willing to help me and my family. They put each families thoughts and opinions into all the small details and really make the day all about us. I couldn’t say more positive feedback for the entire team!Sent on 09/04/2019
Sarah Petersheim · Married on 04/27/2019
Fantastic coordination and beautiful details
I can't tell you how thrilled my husband and I were with our experience with The Homestead!Sent on 06/04/2019
The coordination that comes with all packages is out of this world! It made such a difference on our wedding day! We were relaxed, we actually ATE our food, enjoyed our guests, and could leave all the details in trusted hands. The recommended vendors they suggested were fantastic as well. The barns are beautiful and the flow of the venue gave our wedding the relaxed, communal, and intimate feel similar to a family gathering while still being elegant and organized. This was invaluable. People could dance, sit by the fire, play yard games, and chat under the pretty lights and still feel very much a part of the party!
Trust Dawn and all the staff at Homestead, you will be in good hands!
Maxine · Married on 04/26/2019
Incredible Care and Attention
We had the most special wedding day at Stoltzfus. There is something truly unique about this venue and the staff here. They take care of every single detail and I felt genuinely cared for. Even in the midst of a rain storm our day was absolutely perfect and our pictures came out stunning. This place is truly set apart thanks to Dawn, Brian and their team. A special shout-out to Courtney, my day of coordinator who went above and beyond on this day. I couldn't imagine our day anywhere else. We will be telling everyone to check out this place for their wedding. Love you all and thank you!Sent on 04/30/2019
Margaret Hartman · Married on 11/17/2018
We held my daughter and son in laws wedding at Stoltzfus on Nov 17, 2018. It was just a magical evening and the Stoltzfus team is why. they helped us through all the preparation and were on top of everything. Dawn, Courtney and the team made their day the fabulous day that it was.Sent on 11/27/2018
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Margaret, your family was just amazing! Yes, we care about the bride and groom on wedding day, but we care about the family as well, particularly the mommas. What a delight it was to work with such a great group of people who were all on board and working towards the same goal - celebrating a special wedding day! You are right, t was a magical evening! All the best to you and your family dear friend!
Niki · Married on 10/12/2018
Amazing Site with Even Better People!
I cannot say enough about our decision to have our wedding at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens. Working with Dawn to plan and get everything set up was very helpful, and she removed a ton of the stress associated with planning a wedding. Dawn was more than willing to work with us while we were planning a wedding from the other side of the country, 3 time zones away. Dawn and Brian were very patient and helped us to work through all of the planning and scheduling. Our day of coordinator Ginger was also incredibly helpful and very knowledgeable. She was on top of our timeline and understood our wants and needs. The venue was incredible, the people was amazing and helpful, and it all helped to make our wedding the day of our dreams.Sent on 03/02/2019
Jamie Hennigan · Married on 10/07/2018
Fairy tale wedding
My husband got married on October 7th of this year and it was the best day of our lives. We continue to talk about our wedding day and it’s almost a month later! Dawn and Brian were amazing through everything. Every detail was taken care of and we didn’t have to worry about ANYTHING! We can honestly say we remember everything about our wedding day and will remember it for years to come!!!!Sent on 10/28/2018
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Look at you Jamie! You even posted a photo!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. What a fun day! What a celebration! We just love reflecting back on your wedding day. I love all of the ideas you had and how they all came together. Thank you for the honor of walking with you and Chris through the planning process. We wish you all the best as husband and wife!!!
Carli · Married on 09/15/2018
I cannot sing enough praises about SHG!! Every person we came into contact with at the venue was amazing! Dawn and Brian are very easy to get a hold of and we’re very helpful in guiding us though planning our big day. Liz and Charlie were our day of coordinators and they worked really hard to keep my mind at ease all weekend. We had our dog as or flower girl and then we sent her off with Micah to spend the night with the Waltmans! If we had to do it all again, I would still chose SHG and our guest would agree. Everyone cannot stop talking about how great the staff was and how beautiful the venue was. I highly recommend Stoltzfus Homestead and GardensSent on 09/29/2018
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Jennifer · Married on 08/31/2018
Best Day of My Life
I had my wedding here this past weekend and loved every minute of it. The staff was EXCELLENT from day 1, and every single person went above and beyond to make sure the day was smooth, safe, and exactly how I envisioned. The grounds are incredibly beautiful, and I loved that I didn’t need to add much to it to make it picturesque.Sent on 08/31/2019
I can’t begin to recommend this venue enough. They provide just the right balance of structure and flexibility, and everything was clear, organized, and detail-oriented. The staff knew exactly what they were doing, and I cannot thank them enough.
As a bride, of course I tried to plan “the perfect day.” This venue allowed that to come to fruition, and I would not have changed a single thing. And I can’t even count the number of guests who said this was the most beautiful venue they’ve ever been to, and raved about not only the views, but also all the preferred vendors and competency of the staff. This was TRULY the perfect day. Thank you for EVERYTHING!!!
Meagan · Married on 08/18/2018
Wonderful doesn't even begin to cover this venue and their staff.Sent on 09/12/2018
Dawn, Brian, Megan and the other staff at the Homestead were a pleasure to work with. Every question was answered quickly. They all made sure the day went as smooth as possible. I cannot begin to thank them all enough for their help and support leading up to and including the day of the wedding. Our coordinator Ginger Glass was just as pleasant to work with and helped ease some of the stress.
I would recommend this venue in a heartbeat. The venue is straight out of a rustic fairy tale and you are treated like family not just another bride.
Sydni · Married on 08/11/2018
Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens is the BEST venue you could ever go with! Where to even begin... First, my family and I are located in Maryland. I had to be married in front of a weeping willow tree, so the hunt was on! We visited 4-5 venues within Maryland, but there was always an issue. From not enough room for our guests, to not being able to get married by the Willow tree. So I decided to venture out. Thanks to WeddingWire, Stoltzfus came across my screen. The reviews were great, and I noticed right away that there were Weeping Willows on the property. When I emailed Stoltzfus, Dawn (owner) responded within a day. She was excited to tell me all about their venue, what they offered and how they had multiple weeping willows for me to choose from. She even sent me pictures of them all! When my mom, and my fiancé Joey headed up to see the property (3 1/2 hour drive), Dawn was SO flexible when it came to a time, especially knowing we were coming from so far away. INSTANTLY we were blown away by their venue. The grounds themselves were breathtaking. I loved how they had two barns, one for the reception, and one for the ceremony (if it rained and you couldn't get married outside). Everything was just beautiful. We walked around the property checking out all the weeping willows, there were a bunch! Leaving, we knew they were the venue we had been looking for. We didn't decide on the marriage spot until about a month before the wedding since I wanted to see the trees in full bloom. Throughout the entire process, Dawn and her team made EVERYTHING go as smoothly as possible, communication was constant, and I never felt like I didn't know what was going on. She had answers to everything. being a "destination" wedding, I was really feeling the pressure, but Dawn made me feel so comfortable. I loved how the florist (Petals & pearls, Megan, Dawns daughter) and the bar tenders (Brian Waltman, Dawns Husband), were onsite. We took a few trips back up over the course of the year before the wedding to get details together. I was always able to coordinate with them as well, so that we all were meeting at the same time, and not making extra trips. Dawn and her team made sure that the spot I chose by the willow tree was PERFECT. They did everything in their power to make sure that the area itself was perfect. The grass was beautiful, the trees and shrubs were green and Brian himself even took out some dead shrubs so that it all flowed so nicely for my big day!! On my wedding day, they always say that no day goes perfectly, but I am here to tell you MINE DID!!! Dawn and her team made sure of that!!!! When we woke up the morning of my big day, it was sprinkling, and the forecast showed afternoon showers. Dawn and Brian both assured me that everything was going to be okay. Brian waited until the last possible second before setting up our benches, which luckily the rain completely held off until dinner!!! From that very morning, till our night was over, everything was perfect. They never made it feel rushed, Dawn and Brian were there to support us, and our guests on our big day. They made you feel like you were family. This venue and their staff is absolutely the most kind hearted and giving people you will meet. You would not be disappointed in choosing them to be your venue!!!!Sent on 12/12/2018
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Syni and Joey, you guys are just awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review. It is helpful to couples who are checking out venues. You guys were just spectacular to work with. Kind, gracious, funny - We love that you both LOVED your day. That's why I often cry at the end of the day. I am sad to see my sweet couples leave after such a long time of having the privilege of working with them, but my heart is also so full when their day is everything they ever dreamed. We will miss you guys terribly!!!! Make sure you stay in touch dear bride!
Bev · Married on 06/14/2018
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens was a perfect setting for my daughter's wedding reception. The highly professional staff stepped us through all of the planning details and made sure nothing was left hanging. They were very helpful in recommending vendors to provide catering, flowers, and music. Every stage of the reception, from the lovely outdoor cocktail party, to "First Look", to the meal and all the speeches and toasts, all of it went off without a hitch. I can highly recommend this venue with no hesitation!Sent on 07/21/2018
Dana · Married on 06/08/2018
My husband and I got married at the Stoltzfus Homestead in June 2018 and it was truly the best day of our lives. The Homestead was the first and only venue we looked at and from the moment we stepped on the property we knew it was the one! There are two great, beautiful barns and the lawns are gorgeous and well cared for. We loved the idea of having lawn games, a fire pit, Adirondack chairs, etc. to offer something besides the usual dancing at a wedding. It really allowed for our guests (and us!) to relax and enjoy the time. We received so many compliments after the wedding that it was “the best wedding they had ever been to”. We can’t tell you how amazing that felt to hear! Part of what made the whole wedding planning process easier at the Stoltzfus Homestead was that they work with various partner vendors. It really gave us a great platform to make our wedding day our own without starting from square - one less stress we had to worry about! Dawn was the absolute best to work with – always responding to my many emails with kindness and promptness. Brian, Liz and Charlie were also so supportive and worked so hard to make sure our day was everything we wanted and more. My husband and I wish we could relive that day over and over again – all thanks to the wonderful people at the Stoltzfus Homestead! Thank you for allowing us to have the most magical day!!!Sent on 07/17/2018
Ashley · Married on 05/12/2018
My husband and I married at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens in May 2018 and it was truly the best day we could have ever imagined. The grounds are beautiful and impeccably cared for. The barns are uniquely stunning and have so much character. Over a month later, we still continue to receive compliments from our guests on how much they loved the venue.Sent on 06/25/2018
We could not have planned a more perfect day without our coordinator, Dawn, who helped us every step of the way (from our very first visit in early 2017). Dawn was responsive, honest, and truly cared about making the experience as stress free as possible. No matter how many times I emailed, I always received a swift and gracious reply,
Her and Brian, the property manager, made our wedding so memorable and special. They are truly the nicest people, and their #1 priority is making the day special, enjoyable, and 100% stress-free for the bride and groom. If you have any qualms or nerves about anything (weather, family, last minute changes, etc.), they will put you at ease and make sure you have nothing to worry about! Any couple that chooses to marry at Stoltzfus is in AMAZING hands. We will miss working with them!
All in all, we can't speak more positively about our wedding experience and wish we could re-live it all over again. This place is truly a gem in every way!
Carrie · Married on 05/11/2018
I cannot begin to express my appreciation and satisfaction with this venue! Dawn and her team were absolutely amazing! They answered my questions promptly, remembered my name and story each time I dropped in, and continually helped me have the wedding I was dreaming of! They also orchestrated a special surprise from my new husband to me during our ceremony! The venue itself was gorgeous and everything ran so smoothly. Our guests are STILL talking (weeks later) about how much fun they had!! I couldn't have been happier and I really cannot say enough about how much I absolutely LOVED every moment of my day!! Thank you, Dawn, Megan, Pam... and staff!!!!Sent on 05/26/2018
Lindsay · Married on 04/28/2018
What an incredible venue and team of folks that run the Homestead. We just got married at the end of April and it was absolutely wonderful! I was nervous at first to choose a location where you needed to obtain your vendors, BUT do not fear - Dawn the Wedding Consultant makes life beyond easy. Every vendor they recommended was not only kind they were also cost-efficient! Everyone told me how stressful it would be planning a wedding and getting everyone on the same page on the day-of but it was truly a stress-free experience. The vendors all know Dawn and Brian and they work together like a well-oiled machine! You should definitely book here, my friends.Sent on 05/24/2018
Beth · Married on 01/06/2018
My son just got married at Stoltzfus Homestead and it was a picture perfect day. The venue is gorgeous. Not just the Grand Barn but the entire property from the ceremony site, the bride's suite, the corn crib, and the lawn where we had our hors d'oeuvre hour. The reception was well received because the guests were able to dance, sit at the bon fire, play lawn games or sit in the barn. Having so many options kept everyone entertained The entire staff was a breeze to work with from start to finish. If you need a venue for any event I highly recommend Stoltfuz!Sent on 09/12/2015
Danette · Married on 11/12/2017
Oh the Homestead! The most beautiful and perfect venue for our fall wedding! My fiancé and I got engaged in July of 2017 and immediately began looking for the perfect venue in Lancaster. We found Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens online and knew we needed to schedule a visit (as the pictures online were amazing). Dawn Waltman replied to our email very promptly and was so flexible in scheduling a day and time to show us the venue. When we arrived to the Homestead, we immediately fell in love with the beauty of the preserved barns, silo, flowers/plants, pond and corn crib! When we left the Homestead, we knew this was the place where we wanted to get married. We were sold on its beauty immediately!!Sent on 11/24/2017
We worked with Dawn Waltman, who is the absolute definition of AMAZING! She listened to us and respected all of our wants and desires for our wedding and made it happen! We were at ease on our wedding day because we knew Dawn had everything under control! There was no stress and we could actually enjoy our special day! Hooray! Such a blessing!
We strongly encourage you to check out Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens for your wedding, family gathering, company picnic, etc.! The staff are amazing to work with and so, so, SO good at what they do!
Thank you Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens for making our dream wedding come true!
Jason & Danette Parker
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Danette and Jason, it was an absolute pleasure working through the planning process with you! I feel like we became true friends as we celebrated your wedding day. Thank you so much for staying in touch. You guys are truly an amazing couple and it was an honor to be a part of your day!
Katie · Married on 11/03/2017
When we started looking for a venue, we were so excited that Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens had our date available! From the very beginning Dawn was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable in what they’ve seen that works and things that don’t. They have a list of vendors that they work with on a regular basis and we found that very helpful! We chose all of our vendors from that list and could not be happier! Our wedding day was perfect and stress free! Their coordinators are so detailed and organized that we didn’t have to worry about anything. The tobacco barn and grand barn are absolutely beautiful. We are so happy that we chose Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens for our wedding day, could not be happier!Sent on 11/19/2017
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Katie, you are such a gem! Sweet to the very core, but when you get on the dance floor, look out because you are full of energy. What a beautiful day to share with family and friends. Thank you so much for allowing us to host your wedding day!
Kirstin · Married on 10/01/2017
My husband and I chose Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens, because it fit exactly what we were looking for. The rustic barns, and the country backdrop was everything that we could ever ask for. Dawn & Brian Waltman, the owners, were very flexible and were very helpful. There wasn't one thing that was out of place, or that we were not happy with. We would definitely recommend them to another couple!Sent on 10/17/2017
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Frank · Married on 09/03/2017
Everything about this venue and the people who run it was top notch. Being the father of the bride, I had a very critical eye on everything because it was arguably the best day in my daughter's life and the venue and people surrounding and supporting her amazing day were a big part of making it so special. I look forward to any opportunity to recommend Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens because everything about our experience there was absolutely incredible.Sent on 09/07/2017
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Frank it was such an honor to work with your family! As the father of the bride, thank you for taking the time to share a review. We just loved the relationships that we saw all throughout the day on your daughter's wedding day. Longtime friends connecting, new friendships being formed - it was a delight. We loved the vision your daughter had for her day and we are thrilled beyond words that it was a magical day for everyone. May God's blessings be on your growing family!
Gretchen · Married on 09/03/2017
From the moment we stepped onto the beautiful Homestead property and met Brian and Dawn we knew that we would be totally taken care before, during and after my daughter's wedding. They were supportive, responsive and patient with our many questions and open to all ideas in making her vision for the day come to fruition. Our "day of" coordinator was amazing and took great care to make sure that every detail was as it should be. She had a happy and calming demeanor that radiated to all of us. We used several of the suggested vendors on their list with confidence as the Homestead has such a high standard and only recommends the best. Our family received many comments and texts the following day from guests saying they had never been to such an amazing wedding or venue. I highly recommend Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens!Sent on 09/10/2017
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens's reply:Your family will always be in our hearts! It was just a beautiful day in every way. So rich and full of life and joy with everyone celebrating together. Your have an incredible daughter with a heart of gold and we can see that it was nurtured by you as her mother. Blessings to all of you and all the best!