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This Gorgeous North Dakota Wedding Venue Provides a Full Weekend of Festivities! (Hankinson)

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Introducing Lake Elsie Wedding Barn in Hankinson, ND

If you’re looking for a stunning barn venue with a beautiful lake view, take this journey with us as we write about Lake Elsie Wedding Barn in Hankinson, ND. They have so much to offer, prepare to be impressed!

We Like to Describe this Venue As:

A Gorgeous, Secluded Outdoor Wedding Barn Venue: Blending Rustic, Rural Charm with Contemporary Elegance

Our Thoughts:

We work hard to bring you the best and most gorgeous wedding venues in the US, and we are so excited to be sharing this beautiful North Dakota venue. With a stunning property, onsite lodging, stellar reviews and owners who have put their hearts and souls into the venue… we are beyond impressed with Lake Elsie Wedding Barn.

If your Pinterest boards are full of rustic inspiration with hints of contemporary elegance, you’re going to fall in love with this venue just as much as we have!

Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is a historic barn bursting at the seams with character, just 50 minutes south of Fargo and 10 minutes from Dakota Magic Casino.

The barn is absolutely breathtaking inside and out. We are head over heels for the cathedral ceiling hayloft with a fully restored lower level. (Just wait until you see the beautiful lighting!)

This venue is on 5 private acres of wedding splendor, offering the perfect mixture of beautiful landscapes, rustic charm, and a deep sense of history in a private lake setting for the enjoyment of your guests.

Let’s Get Started Exploring this Beautiful Venue in Hankinson, North Dakota!


The Property & Grounds

We want to start off by showing you the gorgeous property and grounds. With such beautiful landscapes and views, you will have unlimited opportunities for your photographer to capture beautiful photos at any angle! With 5 acres, your wedding will feel very private and peaceful, which is an absolute luxury!

The Beautiful Barn

We are so in love with the barn, it has so much history and is absolutely gorgeous! The owners know how to do a setup that feels like it came straight from Pinterest when it comes to your ceremony and reception. Here are a few looks at the barn! We are swooning for the beautiful lighting, chandeliers and draping… it sets such a romantic mood!


Getting Ready!

Spacious Bridal Suite

Now, when it comes time to prepare for the big event, no worries because Lake Elsie Wedding Barn has you covered. With a charming bridal suite and plenty of space, you and your bridesmaids can make wonderful memories while getting dolled up!

Fun for the Groom, Too!

There is plenty of space for the groom as well. Just check out this amazing lakeside patio. It is a 25 by 40-foot stamped concrete floor with a surrounding stone wall. It features outside the fireplace and kitchen and can accommodate up to 50 guests – a great place for a Groom’s Dinner!

Walking Down the Aisle

It’s time to walk down the aisle and say your vows!

The Ceremony

When it comes to your ceremony at Lake Elsie Wedding Barn, don’t expect anything short of fabulous! That’s right, you have more than one option so you can pick the setting that is perfect to you, making your wedding unique. You can choose to marry your soulmate outdoors surrounded by mother nature, by the beautiful lake. We think this setup is absolutely dazzling. Take a look for yourself at this lakeside ceremony setup:

Option 2

If you prefer (or if the weather calls for it!) you can have your ceremony inside the beautiful, historic barn which is absolutely stunning and beyond romantic. The choice is yours!

The Reception

Once the ceremony is over, it’s time for you and your guest to enjoy a magnificent cocktail hour or head straight to the reception. You can choose to have your reception in the magnificent barn, or the newly built Pavilion. They are both gorgeous and you can rent elegant-meets-rustic inspired décor from the venue to decorate!

Outdoor Pavilion

Just look at this beautiful and NEW outdoor pavilion! You’re protected from the weather elements, while still being surrounded by lots of fresh air!


The Perfect Way to End the Night or Start the Wedding Weekend

One of our most favorite things about Lake Elsie Wedding Barn, is that they offer incredible accommodations onsite! Imagine dancing the night away with the love of your life and being swept off of your feet to stay the rest of the evening at the Lady on the Lake Bed & Breakfast!

Want to spread your wedding festivities out over a weekend instead of rushing them all into one day? You can stay Friday through Sunday for a full weekend wedding experience!

What is the Lady on the Lake Bed & Breakfast?

Colonel Hankinson’s 19th Century Mansion. Refurbished to reflect its original elegance, Lady on the Lake Bed & Breakfast offers couples a blend of history, romance, and charm. Each of our 4 luxury guest rooms has a view of Lake Elsie. All include private bathrooms; 3 feature jetted Jacuzzis. The grounds are meticulously maintained with lots of blooming flowers, and trees providing shade. Inside, the interior is beautifully decorated with parquet floors and unique touches, with comfortable common rooms and beautiful lakeside views.

Lady on the Lake Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast offers brides luxury accommodations for the wedding couple and six other guests.

Hankinson Inn

If you have other guests staying from out of town, your guest can check into the conveniently located area hotel, Hankinson Inn! The venue also offers a round trip shuttle for convenience and safety.

The rooms are rich in history, beauty and romance. Check them out here.

Activities on the Property

There are many exciting activities you can take part in on the property, making this venue an even bigger win-win!

The Lady on the Lake Bed & Breakfast has 463 feet of private shoreline with fishing, boating, kayaks, canoes, hiking trails, bike trails, and a beach patio with a fireplace. There are also other activities nearby the venue, so you can make even more memories! From the local casino to wine tastings and other local accommodations, there is something for everyone.

Lake Elsie Wedding Barn: More Offers & Perks

  • Climate controlled barn with air conditioning and heat.

  • Handicap accessible ramp and chairlift to hayloft.

  • Indoor women’s and men’s restrooms that are ADA compliant.

  • Golf Cart to transport for special needs.

  • Fully equipped kitchen for private use.

  • Free WIFI.

  • Portable sound system (Bluetooth compatible) with a microphone.

  • Soaring arched ceiling in the hayloft with elegant chandeliers.

  • Tulle draped ceilings with soft café lighting on both hayloft and lower level.

  • Built-in stage in hayloft:

  • Four 110-volt and one 220-volt electrical outlet.

  • Dimensions are 11 foot by 11 foot square with a 9-inch step-up dance floor.

  • Patios:

  • One on the Wedding Barn north side with the view of Grass Lake.

  • Additional patio on Lake Elsie shoreline with a fireplace and outdoor kitchen. This is an ideal place for a groom’s dinner. It will accommodate 50 guests.

  • Outside designated smoking area

Capacities: Upper venue hayloft: 230, Lower Level Venue 100, and new pavilion 300

In Conclusion? We think Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is an absolutely breathtaking wedding venue. In our opinion, it would be a dream come true to get married here. We would absolutely stay the weekend, enjoying our time with outdoor activities, making memories with family and friends… and of course staying in the beautiful Bed & Breakfast!


For more detailed information about what all they offer, get in touch!

Lake Elsie Wedding Barn


16602 94th St SE, Hankinson, ND 58041

Lady on Lake Bed & Breakfast Website

Hankinson Inn Website



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