Our venue (also affectionately called the "barn") was designed and built specifically with weddings and receptions in mind. We studied other venues and listened closely to feedback from brides, wedding planners, bridal parties and caterers.
When you come visit us, we hope you'll experience for yourself the detail we put into creating this special venue which in turn will help YOU create and deliver the most memorable and worry-free event possible.
We can nicely accommodate up to 300 guests in the main area of the barn, which boasts 6,500 square feet of meeting space. On the other hand, the venue was created to feel cozy whether hosting a large or small group of guests.
Thinking of a winter wedding? You'll love our massive, stone fireplace that serves as one of the main, architectural features of the barn...warming the hearts and the hands of your guests as they arrive for your magical evening of celebration and fun.
The full-length bar we've carefully designed serves as an initial gathering and greeting place for your guests when they come into the venue. We know how important first impressions are and we want all of your guests to feel welcome and part of the family so the evening is truly one of fellowship and fun. You will have complete flexibility and control over the beverages you choose to bring in and serve your guests.
Two spacious suites with full-length mirrors and large vanities provide a family-like, secluded atmosphere for members of the bridal party to get ready, and to have a place to store their belongings throughout the event. We have a suite on the main floor as well as one on the mezzanine level.
Oh...that's right...we forgot to tell you about our 2,000 square foot mezzanine level! This unique feature of the barn will allow you to be even more creative with how you design your wedding and reception timeline and events. For instance, we have two places on the mezzanine level where you may want to have your DJ or band play.
Perhaps you'd like to host your appetizers and cocktails upstairs...and you'll plan to have your wedding party introduced as they come down the stairs into the main area of the barn where your beautifully decorated tables are set. How about throwing the garter and bouquet off the mezzanine level to the eager bachelors and bachelorettes on the dance floor below!?
We've made a very large investment in comfortable chairs as well as both round and rectangular tables because we know this is one less worry for brides and wedding planners. Working with our Banquet Sales Manager you may design the exact configuration of tables and chairs you desire for your wedding and reception...and we'll have them set up when you arrive.
Because each bride and groom has their own tastes in linen fabrics and colors, we do not carry linens in-house. However, once you select your desired linen colors and fabrics, we are glad to coordinate with you the number and size of linens needed as per your table diagram.
Our barn is equipped with the latest high-tech components to ensure that your communication needs are met. The in-house audio system has wireless microphones and can accommodate a variety of mobile devices for playing or streaming music. Need to show a memory video or slideshow of the bride and groom? Our HD video projector and 14x12 foot screen will bring your movies, slides and presentations to life. The barn may be rustic, but the amenities are modern.
We've been told that a majority of brides and wedding planners prefer an open food and beverage policy, as compared to having to contract solely with the facility to provide in-house food and beverages. Consequently, we have decided to concentrate our efforts in providing a beautiful setting, wonderful facilities and plenty of amenities...and leave food and beverage up to you.
This open policy allows brides and grooms who are working with more of a restricted budget to bring in their own choice of food and beverages...and to ask relatives to oversee their own selection and purchasing of food, beverages and disposables as well as asking relatives and friends to coordinate set-up, serving, clean-up, removing of left-over items, etc. We do provide large coffee makers and cold beverage containers as part of our rental agreement, as well as trash cans, liners and a large outside dumpster.
What about alcohol? The great State of Texas enables us to obtain a permit allowing alcoholic beverages on the premises. A simple renter's policy may be required as it covers any alcohol related incidents. Don't worry, we make the process easy by providing a list of insurance brokers we do business with, or you may use your own agent.
Whether you handle the food yourself, or you decide to leave food and beverage up to a caterer, all will love Doodley Dee's kitchen. Keep in mind...we're a family farm. So, when we designed the kitchen we thought about all of the big family dinners we've enjoyed over the years-and how important it is that hot food is served hot and cold food served cold-and in a timely manner.
Unlike other event venues, we didn't skimp on our commercial kitchen that includes two gas burning stoves as well as two refrigerators and an ice maker. We've included plenty of space for your kitchen helpers, or your catering company of choice, to prepare and serve the level of food quality you and your guests deserve.
As you may know, we're both a new venue as well as the largest aquaponic produce farm for many miles around. The produce we grow is even purer than organic...as all our plants are grown in water in controlled greenhouses, which you will see make up part of large portion of Doodley Dee's Farm. We would love it if you or your caterer were eager to incorporate our fresher-than-fresh produce into your menu. How many other brides and grooms can boast that the produce they are serving their guests was literally grown and then harvested 200 feet away one hour before the reception?!
For those couples who wish to have both their wedding ceremony and reception at The Venue at Doodley Dee's Farm, we've created several outdoor spaces for you to hold the wedding ceremony, weather permitting. Or, there are a number of configuration options for the ceremony to take place comfortably inside the venue.
Over the past year or two we've been busy not only designing and constructing the many buildings you'll see on the Farm, but also adding in wonderful landscaping elements that further enhance the beauty and uniqueness of the grounds.
Can you imagine your wedding photos being taken next to one of five water wheels that are both ornamental and functional for the water canal that surrounds a food forest island? Or, catch your special day atop the bridge spanning over to the island!
We're new...and we're learning as we go. Our new landscaping isn't as mature as it will be in a few years...and there's still a bit of construction going on here and there. Please don't let this deter you, however, from coming out and taking a look. We know you'll like what you see in The Venue at Doodley Dee's Farm...and that you'll sense this IS the place for YOUR wedding and reception!
Be one of the first to venture away from the same ole' wedding venues that everybody else has booked over the years...and make your special day one not only you but your guests will always fondly remember. The Venue at Doodley Dee's Farm.
We hope to see you soon!