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Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm (Peabody Historical Society)

Peabody , MA

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Peabody, MA US

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Sarah
Wedding:
11/2/2013
4.8/5.0
Great place to have a wedding. Tammy was a pleasure to work with. The barn was so picturesque for my November 2013 wedding. We had the ceremony on site as well, which was a nice backdrop. Tammy and her team were very helpful and great with answering all my questions. Everyone mentions that she doesn't have email, but it's a dead zone in that area, so that's why. I am so happy I booked this for my wedding.
Great place to have a wedding. Tammy was a pleasure to work with. The barn was so picturesque for my November 2013 Read more...
Great place to have a wedding. Tammy was a pleasure to work with. The barn was so picturesque for my November 2013 wedding. We had the ceremony on site as well, which was a nice backdrop. Tammy and her team were very helpful and great with answering all my questions. Everyone mentions that she doesn't have email, but it's a dead zone in that area, so that's why. I am so happy I booked this for my wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
The bottom line is that all of our guests raved about our venue and we couldn't have imagined the day anywhere else. It is totally picturesque while being very convenient to the Boston area. Tammy was easy to reach when we had questions, and on the big day she made sure everything went off without a hitch in a friendly and pleasant manner. The only downsides are a few restrictions that naturally come with being a historic barn (i.e., no sparklers/open flames) as well as the lack of open bar options (we did open bar, but simply paid the bar tab at the end of the night). However, those are totally worth it to get all of the positive aspects of this amazing venue!
The bottom line is that all of our guests raved about our venue and we couldn't have imagined the day anywhere else. It is Read more...
The bottom line is that all of our guests raved about our venue and we couldn't have imagined the day anywhere else. It is totally picturesque while being very convenient to the Boston area. Tammy was easy to reach when we had questions, and on the big day she made sure everything went off without a hitch in a friendly and pleasant manner. The only downsides are a few restrictions that naturally come with being a historic barn (i.e., no sparklers/open flames) as well as the lack of open bar options (we did open bar, but simply paid the bar tab at the end of the night). However, those are totally worth it to get all of the positive aspects of this amazing venue! Read less
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Erika B.
Wedding:
6/21/2013
4.8/5.0
We had our June 21st wedding at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Massachusetts. Tammy was our contact and, although she does not use email, she was extremely responsive with phone calls and always called me back same-day. We planned our wedding from out of state and booked Brooksby Farm without seeing it in person. We trusted the opinions of our families and were reassured by Tammy that everything would run smoothly. We also googled the venue and were able to review wedding photos on photographer websites and that gave us a better idea of the space, as the Brooksby Farm website does not have many photos. When we did finally see the venue in person, we fell in love with the setting. We were married behind the Felton house and our reception was held in Smith Barn. While waiting for the ceremony to start, we waited in the Felton House and Tammy was there to help us with last minute details and with any mishaps - she even ran over to get safety pins from our bathroom baskets when I got lipstick on my wedding dress! One thing to keep in mind is that there is no air conditioning in the barn. Our wedding day was a hot day and although there were fans and windows, it did get hot before the sun went down. Luckily, Smith Barn has a few wood tables outside and some of our guests were able to stay out there for dinner. Another thing to keep in mind is the bar does not have a credit card machine. The day before the wedding, we chose to have an open bar, however were unable to have just beer and wine. So, after talking about the options with Tammy, we did remove top shelf and chose to have no shots and no martinis. This kept our cost down but still gave our guests variety! All in all, Brooksby Farm was an amazing venue and we were very happy with our choice!
We had our June 21st wedding at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Massachusetts. Tammy was our contact and, although she does not Read more...
We had our June 21st wedding at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Massachusetts. Tammy was our contact and, although she does not use email, she was extremely responsive with phone calls and always called me back same-day. We planned our wedding from out of state and booked Brooksby Farm without seeing it in person. We trusted the opinions of our families and were reassured by Tammy that everything would run smoothly. We also googled the venue and were able to review wedding photos on photographer websites and that gave us a better idea of the space, as the Brooksby Farm website does not have many photos. When we did finally see the venue in person, we fell in love with the setting. We were married behind the Felton house and our reception was held in Smith Barn. While waiting for the ceremony to start, we waited in the Felton House and Tammy was there to help us with last minute details and with any mishaps - she even ran over to get safety pins from our bathroom baskets when I got lipstick on my wedding dress! One thing to keep in mind is that there is no air conditioning in the barn. Our wedding day was a hot day and although there were fans and windows, it did get hot before the sun went down. Luckily, Smith Barn has a few wood tables outside and some of our guests were able to stay out there for dinner. Another thing to keep in mind is the bar does not have a credit card machine. The day before the wedding, we chose to have an open bar, however were unable to have just beer and wine. So, after talking about the options with Tammy, we did remove top shelf and chose to have no shots and no martinis. This kept our cost down but still gave our guests variety! All in all, Brooksby Farm was an amazing venue and we were very happy with our choice! Read less
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Dani
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
I got married and had my reception at Smith Barn and it was absolutely stunning. Tammy is so helpful and really works hard to help with everything. It's a magical place. If you're thinking about having a reception here, book now as they are very popular!
I got married and had my reception at Smith Barn and it was absolutely stunning. Tammy is so helpful and really works hard Read more...
I got married and had my reception at Smith Barn and it was absolutely stunning. Tammy is so helpful and really works hard to help with everything. It's a magical place. If you're thinking about having a reception here, book now as they are very popular! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.3/5.0
Brooksby is beautiful, and there are so many amazing photographic hot spots here. Tammy, their function coordinator did a great job and talked me off several cliffs during my planning freak-outs. But that arbor in the ceremony site... There are three arbors in the garden. One of the white ones is in disrepair. It's not falling down, but it's clearly broken, and it doesn't look good. With the rates they charge and number of weddings they hold at Brooksby, that arbor could have been repaired several times over and maintained so that it didn't break again. Also, I understand the rules about no confetti of any kind, with it getting stuck in the old barn floor boards, no open flames, but I also wasn't allowed to have my bridesmaids dress in the bridal room with me. I was told it was extremely tiny, so they should come dressed. That room could have been a perfect size for dressing if they had a privacy sign to hang on the door while the girls change into dresses (not a space for hair or makeup, but for dressing, the size is just fine, unless you have a ridiculously large wedding party). The landscape at Brooksby is perfect, and the barn was absolutely lovely. I love that the white lights are up all the time, they were beautiful. All in all I loved it, but I should have kept the barn doors open during the reception. It was warm enough, but I was too busy to think to ask for it at the time.
Brooksby is beautiful, and there are so many amazing photographic hot spots here. Tammy, their function coordinator did a Read more...
Brooksby is beautiful, and there are so many amazing photographic hot spots here. Tammy, their function coordinator did a great job and talked me off several cliffs during my planning freak-outs. But that arbor in the ceremony site... There are three arbors in the garden. One of the white ones is in disrepair. It's not falling down, but it's clearly broken, and it doesn't look good. With the rates they charge and number of weddings they hold at Brooksby, that arbor could have been repaired several times over and maintained so that it didn't break again. Also, I understand the rules about no confetti of any kind, with it getting stuck in the old barn floor boards, no open flames, but I also wasn't allowed to have my bridesmaids dress in the bridal room with me. I was told it was extremely tiny, so they should come dressed. That room could have been a perfect size for dressing if they had a privacy sign to hang on the door while the girls change into dresses (not a space for hair or makeup, but for dressing, the size is just fine, unless you have a ridiculously large wedding party). The landscape at Brooksby is perfect, and the barn was absolutely lovely. I love that the white lights are up all the time, they were beautiful. All in all I loved it, but I should have kept the barn doors open during the reception. It was warm enough, but I was too busy to think to ask for it at the time. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
5/23/2013
4.7/5.0
Beautiful site. Tammy the coordinator was AMAZING. Everyone can't stop talking about how wonderful our wedding was :-)
Beautiful site. Tammy the coordinator was AMAZING. Everyone can't stop talking about how wonderful our wedding was :-)
Beautiful site. Tammy the coordinator was AMAZING. Everyone can't stop talking about how wonderful our wedding was :-) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were MORE than pleased with the total venue and especially Tammy's responsiveness to our requests and her readiness to be of service in a timely and professional manner. The venue was beautiful, clean, well maintained and the grounds simply beautiful. Our guests commented on what a fabulous time they had from the food to the lovely setting. Our only regret was the the weather was a bit warmer than we would have liked but it seems that was the ONLY thing Tammy has no influence over! :) The bartenders and waitstaff were friendly and professional, always serving our guests with a smile. We have had several friends who are seeking a wedding venue ask of our experience at Smith Barn and the reply is always the same....BOOK IT NOW! Thank you again for assisting us in making some beautiful memories for our family!
The Unis Family
We were MORE than pleased with the total venue and especially Tammy's responsiveness to our requests and her readiness to Read more...
We were MORE than pleased with the total venue and especially Tammy's responsiveness to our requests and her readiness to be of service in a timely and professional manner. The venue was beautiful, clean, well maintained and the grounds simply beautiful. Our guests commented on what a fabulous time they had from the food to the lovely setting. Our only regret was the the weather was a bit warmer than we would have liked but it seems that was the ONLY thing Tammy has no influence over! :) The bartenders and waitstaff were friendly and professional, always serving our guests with a smile. We have had several friends who are seeking a wedding venue ask of our experience at Smith Barn and the reply is always the same....BOOK IT NOW! Thank you again for assisting us in making some beautiful memories for our family!
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Mark
Wedding:
9/7/2012
5.0/5.0
My wife and i were married here a little under a month ago and we still cant believe how smooth and amazing everything was. Tammy was an absolute pleasure to deal with and also made some great suggestions as to who the rest of our wedding " team" should be. The venue was beautiful and with an outdoor "patio" gave us a few different places to take the wedding. Nora and troy our photographers were great as well. Extremely easy to work with and incredibly efficient. We had very little to no time wasted setting up or getting people in order so to speak. I would like to send a special shout out to Penny from Cloverleaf, our caterer. She made us feel so at home and was such a pleasant person to do business with. I will be calling ALL of them again!
My wife and i were married here a little under a month ago and we still cant believe how smooth and amazing everything Read more...
My wife and i were married here a little under a month ago and we still cant believe how smooth and amazing everything was. Tammy was an absolute pleasure to deal with and also made some great suggestions as to who the rest of our wedding " team" should be. The venue was beautiful and with an outdoor "patio" gave us a few different places to take the wedding. Nora and troy our photographers were great as well. Extremely easy to work with and incredibly efficient. We had very little to no time wasted setting up or getting people in order so to speak. I would like to send a special shout out to Penny from Cloverleaf, our caterer. She made us feel so at home and was such a pleasant person to do business with. I will be calling ALL of them again! Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
8/25/2012
4.8/5.0
So my fiance and I knew we didn't want the same old hotel venue with scary carpets and awful curtains. Having said that, we wanted a place that was equally as unique as it was gorgeous. Let me say unequivocally that the Smith Barn more than fits the bill. The inside of the barn is beautiful and cozy and the surrounding grounds are great too. Tammy is quick to return all phone calls and answer any questions. If you are looking for someone to "plan" your wedding, that isn't her, but then again that's not her job. Being a historical society property there are some restrictions (no balloons, confetti, open flame, etc), but these were not a problem for us. We used LED tea lights on the tables and you really couldn't tell the difference. The bar is either all cash or consumption, based on how much your guests drink. You can set a limit however and once it reaches that amount it can switch to cash bar. It also helps to take out all top shelf liquors (which still leaves many high ends and a great variety) and shots, which stretches your dollar farther. They also allow, which I recommend, having your caterer serve sparkling cider for the "champagne" toast. That saves you big on something that often times just gets dumped out anyways. I don't even think anyone noticed either!! We had a beautiful day at the end of August with perfect weather. The barn doesn't have AC so plan your date accordingly if possible. I can see it getting pretty hot in there, but it was great for us! Our guests are still raving about the venue and how unique and amazing it was. If your looking for something different and beautiful, the Smith Barn really is it!!
So my fiance and I knew we didn't want the same old hotel venue with scary carpets and awful curtains. Having said that, Read more...
So my fiance and I knew we didn't want the same old hotel venue with scary carpets and awful curtains. Having said that, we wanted a place that was equally as unique as it was gorgeous. Let me say unequivocally that the Smith Barn more than fits the bill. The inside of the barn is beautiful and cozy and the surrounding grounds are great too. Tammy is quick to return all phone calls and answer any questions. If you are looking for someone to "plan" your wedding, that isn't her, but then again that's not her job. Being a historical society property there are some restrictions (no balloons, confetti, open flame, etc), but these were not a problem for us. We used LED tea lights on the tables and you really couldn't tell the difference. The bar is either all cash or consumption, based on how much your guests drink. You can set a limit however and once it reaches that amount it can switch to cash bar. It also helps to take out all top shelf liquors (which still leaves many high ends and a great variety) and shots, which stretches your dollar farther. They also allow, which I recommend, having your caterer serve sparkling cider for the "champagne" toast. That saves you big on something that often times just gets dumped out anyways. I don't even think anyone noticed either!! We had a beautiful day at the end of August with perfect weather. The barn doesn't have AC so plan your date accordingly if possible. I can see it getting pretty hot in there, but it was great for us! Our guests are still raving about the venue and how unique and amazing it was. If your looking for something different and beautiful, the Smith Barn really is it!! Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
This was the PERFECT reception venue. My husband and I knew it was for us as soon as we laid eyes on it. It turned out to exceed all of our expectations! The fact that Tammy does not use email was not a problem for us at all, she answered any question I had, returned all my phone calls the same day, and was very helpful the day of the wedding - always making sure my husband and I had whatever we needed. I would choose this venue time and time again, our night was absolutely perfect and our guests have not stopped talking about how beautiful and unique it was. Love, love, love the Smith Barn!
This was the PERFECT reception venue. My husband and I knew it was for us as soon as we laid eyes on it. It turned out to Read more...
This was the PERFECT reception venue. My husband and I knew it was for us as soon as we laid eyes on it. It turned out to exceed all of our expectations! The fact that Tammy does not use email was not a problem for us at all, she answered any question I had, returned all my phone calls the same day, and was very helpful the day of the wedding - always making sure my husband and I had whatever we needed. I would choose this venue time and time again, our night was absolutely perfect and our guests have not stopped talking about how beautiful and unique it was. Love, love, love the Smith Barn! Read less
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