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Stein-Boozier Barn: rustic elegance without breaking the bank.



SUBMITTED PHOTO - The historic Stein-Boozier Barn, built in 1901, has skyrocketed in popularity due to its list of amenities and affordable price point.

Planning a wedding is often difficult and expensive. Plain and simple. There are dozens of intricate and pricy details with the most expensive and usually most frustrating one being finding a venue. For those looking to book a beautiful, mid-sized wedding or reception venue in Wilsonville or the surrounding area, the pickings are slim and the struggle to find an affordable space is real. Here enters the historic Stein-Boozier Barn.

Nestled into Memorial Park at the Murase Plaza, the historic Stein-Boozier Barn, built in 1901, is quickly becoming a destination for a myriad of events. Available April-October, the 96-guest venue’s rustic charm is hard to beat. Equipped with pre-strung lights, tables and chairs, refrigeration, sink for catering and preparation, outdoor basalt stone seating, a play structure and indoor restrooms feet away, free parking and a pet-inclusive policy, the venue has drawn renters from and beyond the WIlsonville area.

For West Linn residents Kate and Mike Schlippert, the search for a local barn venue that wasn’t going to break the bank was proving to be a near impossible task. Despite having started planning for her wedding since she was very young, Kate Schlippert ended up becoming exhausted and exasperated with her options.

“I was raised around horses and from the time I was raised I have wanted to do a barn wedding,” said Schlippert. “And in order to get married at a barn around here, you are looking at spending a minimum of $3,500 to be sitting naked in a room with nothing in it.”

On top of the base fee, Schlippert said that prospective couples also are also usually responsible for contracting or personally providing bathrooms, tables, chairs, mood lighting and even parking fees. But even without selecting a barn and opting for a cheaper venue, the Schlipperts found that the price could still escalate quickly.

“It was possible to get a $800 venue, but then you are bringing a tent and a dancefloor and everything else, then all of a sudden, that $800 place is costing $7,500.”

At the Stein-Boozier Barn, those amenities aren’t add-ons and the only cost the Schlipperts $1,795 to rent — which includes and half-day before the event and a half-day after the event for setup and teardown. “For example, if you have a Saturday wedding or other event, you may start setting up at 12:00 p.m. on Friday and have up until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday to cleanup,” said Ahsamon Ante-Marandi, the administrative assistant II and mistress of Stein-Boozier Barn rentals for Wilsonville Parks and Recreation. For weekday events, renters have from open to close, or 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. day of.

With the average cost national cost of a wedding in 2015 being more than $32,000 according to TheKnot.com and the average cost of a wedding in Oregon racking up nearly $26,000 according to ValuePenguin.com, the Schlipperts’ $12,000 in total event was a steal. But they haven’t been the only happy clients renting the space.

As of 2016, the venue’s popularity has skyrocketed, more thanSUBMITTED PHOTO: TOUCH OF HEART PHOTOGRAPHY - Kate and Mike Schlippert were thrilled with their rustic July nuptials at the Stein-Boozier Barn. doubling in rentals from 2014 and since 2012 nearly quadrupling. Given the price is $1,500-$2,000 on a weekend and $450-$600 on a weekday, the venue gives renters the most bang for their buck in the area.

However, prospective renters for the 2016 calendar year are out of luck if they’re interested in a weekend event and the 2017 calendar is beginning to fill as well, according to the Wilsonville Parks and Rec. Another thing to bear in mind is that since the barn is a historic wooden structure, open flames — with the exception of gas-powered barbecue grills — are prohibited. So for those who want candle light, inflatables, dunk tanks, water balloons, water slides, egg toss or hard liquor at their event, the venue may lose its appeal. But for any looking for an airy rustic vibe, a capped guest list and you want to “avert the crisis of social darwinism” from guests drinking hard liquor, Schlippert said that the barn is the way to go.

“The whole thing was totally seamless,” said Schlippert. “The place was perfect.”

Contact Claire Colby at 503-636-1281 ext. 113 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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