HayLoft in the Grove

a wonderful way to combine casual chic with rustic elegance

About Us

HayLoft is the premier barn wedding destination in Western New York- we feature a meticulously restored 150 year old barn, 100 acres of beautifully landscaped property, a sunken pond, both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, bridal suite and grooms lounge, and more! Come and tour with us and experience the relaxing atmosphere we cultivate to make every wedding the perfect day for you and your guests. Our experience and resources will make your planning a smooth process from start to finish. We can't wait to make your barn wedding dreams come true!

Learn more about our 150 year old hayloft barn, and how owners Jason and Jeni took it from a falling down mess to the beautiful rustic venue you see today! The before and after photos are must see.

Want to stay up to date on all of the latest in wedding trends and news? Look no further than the HayLoft blog- where we share wedding planning advice, feature real HayLoft brides, and drool over gorgeous inspiration photos right along with you.

Have questions on how many guests we can accommodate, what amenities we offer, or other logistics? Here is the place to get all of the information you need to decide if HayLoft is the right venue for your wedding or event.

From humble begingings
1800's

A little background

HayLoft In The Grove is a historical barn built in the mid 1800's. It spent many years as part of a working dairy farm. The ground floor served as the livestock quarter and the original bullpen is still part of the structure. Although some additions, including the milk house and silos, no longer stand, the HayLoft itself still contains an operating "original" hay hook for the loading and unloading of loose hay. The original foundation still exists - built of stones and boulders gathered from this property. The frame of the building is held together by handmade wooden pegs and mortise and tenon joints.

2007

Purchased the property

We purchased the property in 2007 along with 100 acres of the original farm. The barn was truly showing its age. The roof was in a sad state with holes the size of a small tractor. The entire structure was starting to collapse under the weight of more than a century and a half of existence. Instead of tearing the barn down, we saw it was a true treasure.

2008

The hard work begins

In December of 2008, the barn started to be returned close to its former glory, Amish craftsmen started work on the barn, stripping the entire roof during a snow storm. The weather did not stop them over the next few months as they wielded the tools and skill required to restore and reconstruct the HayLoft. The hemlock wooden siding was harvested in the spring of 2009 specifically for this project. All windows have kept their original location and style, all being handmade by an Amish window restoration expert. Now the HayLoft is back with a clean, rustic, elegant appeal for you and your friends to enjoy.

2010

Back in one piece

After all the hard work, the HayLoft is now restored to it's former glory.  Ready to share it's beauty with others, we began booking for the 2011 season and we have been hosting weddings and events since that time.

Present

Restored and ready

What we are today

Testimonials

Katie & Rick

03 September, 2017

I had my wedding at the Hayloft in the Grove on September 3rd. It honestly was the most incredible day, and a huge part of that is due to Jeni and her incredible staff at the Hayloft. They were amazing to work with every step of the way and went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. They worked with us to bring together the day we always envisioned and beyond... They are also just incredible people, they were there with us all night to make sure everything ran smoothly. So many of our guests reached out to us after telling us just how amazed they were with the Hayloft. This is a beautiful rustic and romantic venue and was exactly what I've dreamed of. We also booked the cottage next door for the after party - which worked out perfectly! Jeni and her husband have put their hearts and souls into this beautiful place and it really shines through the amazing weddings they have there.

Patrick & Katie

09 September, 2017

We celebrated our wedding on Saturday 9/9/2017. I can not rave enough about this venue. Jeni & her crew are amazing to work with, I had a small hiccup a few days before the wedding and Jeni & Aubrey ensured me it is not a problem and not to stress. They took care of everything and I had no worries.
The grounds themselves they keep fabulous and the photo opportunities around there are just simply amazing. Thank you Hayloft for brining ALL my visions together. You guys are seriously so amazing!
Love, The McAnaney Crew.

Jessica & Joe

07 May, 2016

If I could add more stars to this review I would in a heartbeat. It was such a pleasure working with Jeni and Gabrielle from the moment we met to the day of our wedding and beyond. Jeni and her staff were on top of everything (and even sometimes a step ahead) which made for easy planning and a calm road towards the big day. We rented the house on the lot to get ready in the morning of and I'm so glad we did. The charm and warmth made me feel so happy and not to mention it looks stunning in the photos. The ease of being able to come into the space and plan everything out accordingly was amazing and no detail was left unturned. We're so happy that we chose Hayloft in the Grove for our wedding day and would recommend not to hesitate on having your special day here too. Thank you for everything!!!

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Click below to see the beautiful barn and grounds at HayLoft in the Grove- we pride ourselves in the smallest details with the biggest impact!

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Weddings & Events

We're more than just a wedding venue!
We listen, collaborate and discuss all of your idea's so we can customize your vison and bring it to life.

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Meet the Team

We can’t wait to show you the HayLoft, and hope you love it as much as we do. We enjoy getting to know our clients and their guests while sharing the rich history of the barn. We collaborate with local vendors to make your experience here unique and memorable. Our style is in the extra details. We have a reputation for delivering creative and unique events. We’re sure you will enjoy the relaxed elegance of the HayLoft and working with our amazing team.

Jeni & Jason Burford

OWNERS

With four years of experience owning her own wedding planning business, Liane comes to us with the experience and skills to make your wedding day everything you've imagined. She spends a lot of time getting to know her clients and she enjoys customizing every aspect of your event.

Liane Roy

EVENT PLANNER

Aubrey will assist you in creating the perfect layout for your wedding, from the ceremony to dinner, and the reception to follow. When it comes to both space planning and logistics she’s always up for the task and will make it work. Aubrey also assists with vendor correspondence, and event coordination.

Aubrey Richter

EVENT & LAYOUT COORDINATOR

Say Hello

11736 Big Tree Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052 Phone: (716) 714-5784.
Questions about availability?
Click on the Event Calendar link below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of events can be held at the HayLoft?
The HayLoft is a destination venue that can support many events from ceremonies, wedding receptions, anniversary parties, showers (bridal, baby), fund raisers, art and craft shows, fashion shows, book clubs, garden clubs, photo shoots, small corporate events, wine tastings and so much more.

2. Where are you located?
Our street address is 11736 Big Tree Road (Route 20A), East Aurora, NY 14052. We are physically located in the Town of Wales – 5 miles east of East Aurora.

3. Do you offer planning or coordination services?
We sure do. Come take a seat in our Inspiration Boutique and share with us your ideas. We can help you bring them to life. Our “day of” or “full service” coordination will help your day run smooth so you can sit back and enjoy your event.

4. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash or Check.

5. Do we need to sign a contract?
Yes. A Barn Rental Agreement (contract). We will send that to you as soon as we receive your initial deposit.

6. What is your reservation policy?
A $500 Rental Fee Deposit is due at the time of booking your event. The HayLoft will send a Barn Agreement (contract) for signature(s). At that time you will need to provide a non-refundable 50% rental facility deposit within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of the Barn Agreement.

If the HayLoft has not received the 50%
Rental facility deposit and the signed
Barn Agreement within ten (10) calendar days,
the date will be released and the $500 Rental
Fee Deposit will be non-refundable.

7. Do I have to provide any insurance coverage for the event?
Yes. You will need to provide special event insurance for the entire period you and your guests will be on HayLoft premises. Proof of insurance will be required 30 calendar days before your event. Ask the HayLoft for the special event insurance details (www.theeventhelper.com). It is easy, we have a link set up with them that you can use.

8. Do you have a preferred caterer list?
HayLoft does not provide, handle, serve or clean-up any food and/or beverages.
The caterers and/or bar service have full responsibility for food/beverages on site.
We have a recommended list of caterers. Let us know if you would like to see the extensive list with a wide range of price points.

You can also use your own caterer. If you use your own caterer, we’ll meet with them here at the HayLoft for a walk-thru before your event to make sure things run smooth. A Catering Agreement will need to be signed by your Caterer.

9. Can there be alcohol at my event?
Yes, there can be adult beverages at your event. Please contact us for details regarding liquor rules from NYS Liquor Authority.

10. Do you have heat or air conditioning in the barn?
We have both. For those nice days we keep the large barn doors open for a cool cross breeze. We also have a HUGE 18’ ceiling fan along with mounted oscillating fans. On those hot/humid days we have air conditioning in the Cellar for dining. It’s wonderful! For the cool Falls days we have propane heaters on both levels to keep you warm and cozy.

11. Do you have restrooms?
Yes. We have upscale restrooms that are situated just outside the barn. Our guests love them – and yes, they are VERY clean. We have a wheel chair accessible restroom that can be made available for your event (please let us know at time of booking so we can make sure it is available for you). A restroom trailer is included in your barn rental. For photos and more details go to www.rent-a-restroom.com.

12. Will someone be on site to clean and maintain the restrooms?
Yes. A HayLoft restroom attendant will be on site during your entire event.

If you have a question not covered, send us an email and we’ll reply ASAP. Thank you for considering HayLoft In The Grove for your special event. Call us today for more information at (716) 714-5784.

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Weddings

The HayLoft in the Grove is a chic and historical wedding venue just outside of beautiful East Aurora, Southeast of Buffalo. It is the perfect venue for couples who want the outdoor experience. We offer a variety of packages to fit your wedding size- from our petite weddings for under 75 guests, up to our heifer package for 200 guests!

Our wedding packages include so much more than a space to have your reception! We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor ceremony locations on the property, decor items for your ceremony site, tables and chairs, lovely and comfortable patio seating, yard games, and many other things. We encourage all of our prospective couples to make an appointment to tour the barn and grounds so you can truly get a feel for what a HayLoft wedding is like.

Please fill out the contact form or give us a call for more details and an information packet.

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Corporate Events

We would love to host your next company picnic, team building day or other event. There are many activities on the property, and even hayrides! Our facilities include free wifi, a projector with pull down screen for presentations, cable hook ups, seating for over 200 and more!

We offer a variety of packages to fit your events needs. Please fill out the contact form or give us a call for more details and an information packet.

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Event Coordination

Let’s face it- there is always something that will not go as planned on your wedding day. When that happens, let us take care of it! You and your guests shouldn't have to run around worrying about vendors or details- we want you to be relaxed! Our goal is for you and your guests to truly enjoy every moment of the day.

We offer two levels of coordination for weddings- day of coordination and full service coordination. Day of provides you with a HayLoft event planner the day of your wedding to care for all of the details. We will run your ceremony, keep everyone on schedule, and be your point of contact for all of your vendors throughout the day.

Full service coordination gets you all of the above, and more! We will care for all of your wedding day needs, as well as do all of your decor set up the day before the wedding, and guide you through the entire planning process. From obtaining quotes from potential vendors, to designing your centerpieces, we are available for whatever you may need!

Not having a wedding? That's works for us too!
We coordinate all types of events held here at the HayLoft, from anniversary parites to corporate events. The HayLoft has you covered!

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Accommodations

Our beautifully restored Hayloft cottage is available for rental. It is nestled right behind the barn on property. Reserve our cottage for your bridal party, family, and out of town guests today!

$375* per night- security deposit is required.

Our charming farmhouse has been fully renovated with the latest amenities ...but don’t worry we have kept all the charm!

sleeps 8-10, fully equipped kitchen, 2 ½ baths, central air & heat, dining room, free wi-fiand cable, flat screen tv’s, laundry room, front porch w/furniture, back porch w/furniture, fresh linens provided

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Rentals

Looking for inspiration or have an idea in mind but don't know where to find that cute sign or specific cake stand? We've got the solution for you! Our 'Inspiration Boutique' is full of unique and creative decor items that are available to rent for use at your wedding. Contact us to schedule a tour and start exploring!

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Parties

HayLoft isn't just a wedding venue! Whether your event is large or small, we can accommodate your needs. Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Graduation parties - Whatever the occasion, add that special touch by booking the HayLoft today!

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Rent-A-Restroom (included with all onsite events)

Rent-a-Restroom provides portable restrooms as an affordable and practical solution for the "going needs" of your special event.

When choosing products and services for your special events you want nothing but the best: the best in reliability, service, and cleanliness. Our portable restroom trailer is engineered for heavy use while providing optimum comfort for the people attending your event.

Visit our website to learn more!

Click the link below for more pictures and info!
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Photo Destination

Come explore the HayLoft's beautiful grounds and discover the perfect spot for your engagement pictures, senior portraits or a photo shoot. Our extensive grounds will be give your photos that special touch.

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