Welcome to The Blue Dress Barn

The Blue Dress Barn introduced the “Wedding Barn” concept to the public in 2003.   Making it the first Wedding Barn nationwide. This 2019 season will be the 17th year hosting weddings in the barn!    

The Owners Amelia & Kirby Briske are visionaries, cutting-edge designers & fine artists who met in Chicago where they were both influenced by the city's art and culture. 

Blue Dress Barn is an accomplished & refined wedding barn with generations of history which paves the way for an exceptional experience on your special day. The barn is open seasonally May thru October and offers a timeless white-washed wood exterior along with a vast Gambrel roof for up to 250 people. This venue is noted as being the largest and most comfortable wedding barn in Michigan. 

The Blue Dress Barn features two ceremony sites from which to choose. The first is a traditional and well-loved site between two historic 40' silos where ceremonies have taken place for the past 16 years. The second site is a prairie setting that sits upon a bed of grasslands and features handcrafted birch pergola and bench seating.

The gardens around the barn are mature and the walking paths are well worn from the love of brides and grooms and their family and friends.  You and your guests will remember the heartfelt treasure of The Blue Dress Barn for years to come.

Reservations Available:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
May – October

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2021 Event Pricing

Prices are subject to change at anytime and a reservation is not complete until a signed rental agreement has been submitted with a non-refundable deposit of $850.00.     Visit our What's Included section to learn more. 

Friday Pricing

Event Fee: $4,200.00

Ceremony Fee: $500.00

Total: $4,700.00

Saturday Pricing

Event Fee: $5,500.00

Ceremony Fee: $500.00

Total: $of 6,000.00

Sunday Pricing*

Event Fee: $4000.00

No Ceremony Fee: complimentary

Total: $4000.00

*Saturday pricing will apply to any Sunday that falls on a holiday or precedes a holiday.


Included with Venue Fee (seats up to 250 people)

This list represents what is available to any client, not necessarily what a particular client will use. Visit our pricing section to see costs. 

  • 12-hour rental of the barn (Noon – Midnight)

  • 30 - 60” dia. round tables (seats 8 – 9)

  • 250 - Walnut Chiavari dining chairs

  • 4 - 8' Head tables (wood harvest or standard tables)

  • 12 - 6' Buffet tables (as needed)

  • Vintage cake table

  • Gift table & place card table (vintage piano)

  • Vintage coffee table

  • Vintage guest book podium

  • 4 - 30” dia. high-top tables

  • DJ table & stage (plenty of electric for a band)

  • Walnut dance floor

  • Handcrafted wood bar

  • Ice bins, freezer, galvanized bins & Kegerator

  • Indoor gorgeous bathrooms (handicap accessible)

  • Draped twinkle lights

  • Outdoor veranda & patio

  • Cocktail-hour area with hand built outdoor bar

  • 3 - chalkboards

  • Horseshoe game

  • Fire pit

  • Set up tables and chairs

  • Take down tables and chairs

  • Staff for maintenance, janitorial duties and emergencies

  • Plenty of free parking onsite (165 spots)

  • Handicap accessible

  • 1-hour on-site scheduled consultation

Included with Additional Ceremony Fee

This list represents what is available to any client, not necessarily what a particular client will use. Visit our pricing section to see costs.

  • Bridal studio (with A/C & heat)

  • Man camp (with A/C & heat)

  • Unity table

  • One-hour complimentary rehearsal (see FAQs for rehearsal schedule)

  • 250 chairs (white with padded seat)

  • Setup & breakdown of ceremony chairs

  • Handcrafted arbor


3893 Territorial Rd.
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022

Just 15 minutes from the beautiful Saint Joseph Beaches & Restored Benton Harbor.  We are half way between Chicago and Detroit making it a wonderful central location for your guests. 

GPS Coordinates:
N42 07.608 W86 21.906


Southwest Michigan is known for its fantastic tourist attractions including local wineries, breweries, beaches and apple, peach, cherry & blueberry picking. Jollay Orchards is a nearby and popular destination for seasonal events and orchard picking for all ages. 

The beaches along Lake Michigan are some of the finest in the world. The most notable are Silver Beach, Tiscornia, Rocky Gap, Jean Klock Park and Weko Beach but the list goes on and on.

Someone say Vineyard? Berrien County is long known for it's vineyards and first-class wine grapes. Visit 21 wineries on The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.

Artisan breweries are popping up all over Southwest Michigan. Check out the Beer-illiant Brewery Tour which is sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Tourism Council.

Looking for more local information?  visit  Southwest Michigan Tourism Council — their website is an awesome resource for local event listings, lodging and all sorts of other great stuff! 

The Blue Dress Barn is less than 15 minutes east of the Benton Harbor Arts District and beautiful downtown St. Joseph where you'll find a wide-array of boutiques, restaurants, museums, hotels, beach rentals and seasonal events.


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Thanks for stopping by! Please use the form below to inquire about tour dates, available event dates, pricing or anything else that comes to mind.

If you haven't heard from us within 48 hours please resend your email to ameliabriske@earthlink.net.

If you have time, please visit our winning sister venues — The MillCreek Wilde and Sundance & The Secret Garden. 

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