Watertown, NY Wedding Venue: Windmill Acres

If you’ve decided on an intimate wedding and you’re not sure where you’d like to have your ceremony and/or reception—I’ve gotchu. In this blog series, I’ll be talking about some of my favorite venues scattered around New York. To start this series with a bang, let me introduce Windmill Acres Barn.

Windmill Acres is a newer wedding venue that opened its doors officially in 2020 and offers couples so much space both inside the barn and out. The venue is right outside the city of Watertown making guest lodging, vendor finding, and travel to/from the venue hella easy. There’s a kitchen on site for caterers in addition to a bar, all of which offer a rustic, country vibe. The venue also offers its couples tables, seating for the ceremony (which can be held either indoors or outdoors), linens, an on-site officiant, and bartender if needed! I love that the venue also offers a gorgeous firepit which is the perfect location for meaningful conversations and s’mores while gathered around a fire.

For the couples who are wanting perfect portraits, time of day is of importance (as always!) when considering what time to have your ceremony—and this stands true for Windmill Acres. The barn is west-facing with an arbor set up for ceremonies on the backside of the venue (facing away from the venue—as the wedding party will emerge from the barn to walk down the aisle). This means afternoon and evening sun will be on the backs of your guests (which is nice!). If you decide to have a later ceremony (5-7p depending on time of year), you could potentially get some epic sunset glow over the barn. Remember, your intimate wedding doesn’t have to follow a “conventional” timeline. It’s your day, you call the shots and make the rules. If you want to do family/wedding party portraits before the ceremony, and then move into a sunset ceremony, you absolutely can. There’s seriously nothing stopping you.

Here’s an example timeline of an intimate wedding that I would love to document with Windmill Acres Barn as the venue!

4:00p—wedding party arrives at Windmill Acres Barn
4:30p—First Look near the cornfield
5:00p—Family/wedding party portraits
6:00p—intimate ceremony
6:30p—Cocktail Hour with bonfire while newlyweds have portraits taken
7:30p—Introduction, speeches, toasts
8:00p—dinner, cake cutting, first dance
9:00p—dancing, night portraits while gathered around the bonfire
10:30p—grand exit featuring flash lights or light sabers

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