How To Start and Run a Wedding Venue
in Your Own Backyard

Having an Additional Stream of Income is POSSIBLE!

For years I have been a stay at home mom to our 4 children. The strain on our family budget became very real, and the thought of retirement was completely out of the picture. With two children still at home, my husband Les and I knew we had to come up with a way to get back on top of our finances…

  • I knew I had strong organizational skills and felt I needed to work from home.
  • Two of our daughters had been married in our backyard so we figured if we could do it for our girls, we could also do it for others!
  • We decided to start a wedding venue in our own backyard and before we knew it, we were generating enough to put money down for our principal house payment!​

Denison Ridge just passed the six-year mark and we are still going strong!

How Did We Do it?

In time, I realized there were many people out there just like Les and I, looking for a way to help ends meet. We started a Wedding Venue in our backyard to have an additional stream of income and I’m here to tell you YOU CAN TOO! It doesn’t have to be Overwhelming because I’m here to guide you through the process and to tell you that if I was able to start and run a wedding venue, SO CAN YOU!

Running your own business is a lot of work and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed just thinking about all the parts that go into a business start-up.

There are state and local regulations and licenses, website creation and maintenance, printing needs, advertisement decisions, venue contract, venue showings, décor options, and so much more. It seems like there are so many details to take care of before you can even get started. 

Luckily, I decided to write out everything that Les and I have done since starting our Wedding Venue Business and share it with you in an eBook format. 

That’s how my e-book “How to Start and Run a Wedding Venue –In Your Own Backyard” was created!

This Ebook is Perfect For

  • Entrepreneurs • Land / Property Owners • Christmas Tree Farm Owners • Vineyard Owners • People who have inherited land / property • Retired people looking for an additional source of income • Event Planners… the list goes on!

How Our Wedding Venue Business Has Worked For Us

Improved Our Finances

What could you do with the extra income? Pay off debt, purchase braces or college for the children? How about pay your house mortgage off like we are doing?

We Get To Use Our Creativity

When you run a wedding venue there are so many ways that you can use your talents! Creating centerpieces, decor, indoor and outdoor photo areas, ceremony backdrops and caring for all the beautiful gardens.

Teaching Responsibility

Being able to teach our children from a young age good working habits has been priceless! Our children have been praised in the work force for dedication, being reliable and with great character.

Getting Involved in the Community

Owning your own business will keep you involved in the community. Networking is so important and something we should all be involved with.

Never Stop Learning

There is never a dull moment in this industry! There will be new challenges, adjustments that need to be made and social media changes all the time. This keeps us young and alert, it's a good thing.

Ownership and A Sense of Pride

You are the owner of a business, your business! Let this sink in... you make the schedule and call the shots. This takes responsibility and hard work but It is possible and so rewarding!

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What's in the Ebook?

Video – Why We Started The Venue

  • Parking Area
  • Ceremony Area
  • Reception Area
  • Bridal Room
  • Groom’s Room
  • Restrooms
  • Video – Venue Setup on Wedding Day
  • Reception Area
  • Other Thoughts on Setup
  • Linens
  • Take Down
  • Video – Storage Shed AKA Magic Shed
  • Bees
  • Deer
  • Turkeys
  • Weather
  • Video – Landscaping at Denison Ridge
  • Caring for the Lawn
  • Flower Beds
  • Bushes and Ornamental Grass
  • Trees
  • Planning your Lawn
  • Animals
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Time Limits
  • Security Deposits
  • How Can People Contact You
  • Tours
  • Safety Issues
  • Contract
  • Venue Coordination vs Wedding Coordination
  • Providing Help and Being Available
  • Printing Needs
  • Venue Photos
  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Finding Motivation
  • Confessions of a Venue Owner
  • Breakdown of Income vs Expenses Per Wedding
  • Center at the Ridge Event Agreement
  • Center at the Ridge Policies and Procedures
  • Denison Ridge Simply Wed Event Agreement
  • Denison Ridge Simply Wed Policies and Procedures
  • Denison Ridge Visitor Information Sheet
  • Get Acquainted Questions
  • Purchases – Chairs, Tables and Linens
  • One Year Venue Launch Date Plan
  • About the Authors

Check Out What Our Readers Have to Say!

"Hi Teri! WOW!! You put in a LOT of work into your eBook (digital download), so impressed! Great job, I like that each chapter provided a page to work through. With the questions provided the reader doesn’t need to decipher how they would write the question they need to answer. I really liked that you included so many resources at the end of the eBook like the sample contract. Really a nice guide that will answer so many questions, help the reader stay focused and think about some things they may not have realized they need to know."
Erik Elsasser Erik and Alicia Photography
Readers
"I’ve been combing through your book slowly and discussing it all with my husband. You give so many details, it’s great! We recently have been blessed with the opportunity to take over the family ranch. …I’m so thankful I ran across your website (on Pinterest). Thankfully we are not new to the wedding world as we’ve both been a part of all the behind the scenes work (coordinating, set-up, decorating, flowers). We know it’s a lot of work! However, “venue owner” is very new to us… Thank you!"
Ashley
Reader
"Hi Teri, Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for your ebook! We have a choose & cut Christmas tree farm… I've been spending tons of time online researching various aspects of operating a venue. When I came across your e-book, I thought "Perfect! An explanation of starting a venue from square one; that's what I need." You really gave me lots of helpful tips... God bless you and your family!"
Leigh Ann
Christmas Tree Farm Owner
"Hi Teri, I just downloaded your eBook and I wanted to thank you!! My husband and I have had the idea of starting a wedding venue in the next few years and I have been looking for a guide just like yours! I am excited to read my way through it and hopefully have a semi-smooth transition when the time comes. So thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with others, it is so very helpful! Blessings"
Abby
Reader
"Hi Teri, I just downloaded your ebook and I wanted to thank you!! My husband and I have had the idea of starting a wedding venue in the next few years and I have been looking for a guide just like yours! I am excited to read my way through it and hopefully have a semi-smooth transition when the time comes. So thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with others, it is so very helpful! UPDATE: We finished your ebook! Wow, you poured out so much knowledge, thank you! It definitely prints a clearer picture for where to begin and how to begin, and what steps to take along the way. Very well written! Blessings"
Abigail
Reader from California
"Hi, I very much enjoyed your ebook and found it very helpful. We have not yet purchased land or gotten started in any way - but I felt this would be a valuable resource. Thank you for sharing your information!
Elaine
Reader from Georgia
"We are loving your book. I read it on my work computer on my breaks and every chance I get from my phone. I have a better to do list from the information you have shared… Thanks you for the sample contract. That was one of our biggest hurdles."
Tamie and Kyle
Reader
"Thanks Teri! We are contemplating starting a venue - it may be a 3 yr plan - your info has been very informative! thanks!"
JT
Reader from Ohio
"Hi Teri! I bought your book and have started looking through it. What a great resource! My fiance and I are looking into the feasibility of starting our own venue and I really appreciate all your helpful tips... Thanks again for your great book!... What an undertaking!"
Erica
Reader from Minnesota
"Hi Teri, Thank you for writing your E-Book. I purchased it today and read it in its entirety. It was full of things that I hadn’t thought of, so thanks for the tips. Sincerely"
Jean
Reader
"Hi Teri, Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for your ebook! We have a choose & cut Christmas tree farm... I've been spending tons of time online researching various aspects of operating a venue. When I came across your e-book, I thought "Perfect! An explanation of starting a venue from square one; that's what I need." You really gave me lots of helpful tips. Even for things we'll do differently, it's a good springboard to get me thinking about what we will do.Thanks again for your insights! God bless you and your family!"
Leigh
Reader from Texas
"Just a thank you for having created a way to share this type of helpful information…. I’m a mom & grandmother like you, so I find your place in life at this stage confirming & encouraging : )"
Gayle
Reader
"Hi Teri, My daughter and I have started a wedding planning business and having a venue also has always been in our plan. Your book is very helpful. Thank you. We are slowly getting things together. Of course as you know this does take time. We are excited to add this to our business. Thank you again for such a wonderful resource."
Ronda
Reader from Washington
"Harmony: "Hello - I was curious how long it takes to get your book? Thanks!" Teri: "Hello Harmony! You received a download link with your confirmation order. It's an eBook so nothing is mailed to you. You have it right now. Please check your spam folder if you didn't receive it." Harmony: "I GOT IT!!!! Yay! I am SO EXCITED!!!!! This is a dream of mine and I found your book on pinterest last night!!!!" Teri: "I'm so Excited for you Harmony!! You go girl." Harmony: "YOU ARE A DREAM!!!!!!! 🙂 I've already read the first 50 pages!!! Thankfully I don't think turkeys will be a problem but I hadn't thought of that!" Teri: "LOL!"
Harmony
Reader from Ohio

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