Lake Elsie Wedding Barn

Built in the 1950s, Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is one of only 4 surviving Gothic Arch barns in North Dakota. Its unique architecture—a soaring, 30-foot high hayloft arch and two full levels totaling 5,000 square feet meant that Sandy and Marshall Meyer couldn’t help but appreciate its potential. Built and used as a dairy barn until 1989, it needed more than a facelift in 2010 when the Meyers purchased the property; it needed a major makeover. And that’s exactly what she got. Resurrecting from the rubble, Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is more striking than ever—blending rustic, rural charm with contemporary elegance.

Upgrades include:

  •  All new floors, including a dancefloor in the hayloft.

  •  AC and heat.

  •  Handicap accessibility to the hayloft.

  •  Two full-service bars, one on each level.

  •  Full kitchen.

  •  Indoor restrooms, ADA compliant.

  •  Changing rooms for brides, grooms and their attendants.

  •  French doors.

  •  Lakeview patio.

  •  WIFI.

  •  Portable sound system [Blue Tooth compatible] with microphones and stand.

  •  Tulle-draped ceilings with soft café lighting on both levels; in addition, chandeliers in hayloft.

  •  Built-in elevated stage in hayloft:

o Four 110 V and one 220 V electric outlets.
o Dimensions: 11-foot by 11-foot square, with a 9-inch step-up from dance floor.

  • White rectangular and round tables with chairs to seat 325 guests.

​The barn hosted its first wedding in August of 2017. For the past two seasons, over 30 weddings have been
scheduled. Voted WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for both 2018 and 2019, Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is more
than an historic building; it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Contact Sandy; come see if Lake Elsie Wedding Barn
is a good match for you.

Please note: Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is available for weddings May 1 - October 31.

The Owners

Sandy and Marshall Meyer know something about wedded bliss; they celebrated their
45 th wedding anniversary in September of 2019. The secret, they would both tell you, is
that a successful marriage requires a loving and equal partnership. “We work as a
team,” Sandy says. “Everything we do here reflects our common goals.” While other
couples are winding down during their retirement years, Sandy and Marshall are revving up.

Hard work comes naturally to the Meyers. Marshall owned and operated a dairy and
grain farm for decades, before retiring and devoting himself fulltime to Lake Elsie
Wedding Barn. Sandy owned and operated a greenhouse business before moving on
to hospitality two decades ago, when she opened the Hankinson Inn and, years later,
Lady on the Lake B&B, both of which she still operates. Lake Elsie Wedding Barn
[formerly Colonel Hankinson’s Barn] opened in 2017 and is a natural extension of their
hospitality interests.

“Other people like to travel, that’s their thing, but we see the world through the
relationships we build right here with our guests.” Building relationships with and being a
part of the bride and groom’s family and friends on their momentous day is why Sandy
and Marshall do what they do. And why they love it. “We have a passion for making
others happy.” And it makes a difference. Sandy continues to hear from former brides
that her and Marshall’s support leading up to and during the wedding is what brides and
grooms remember and appreciate. Yes, we have a beautiful place,” Sandy says, “but
the human touch is what we are known for.”


Bringing Rustic Charm to Your Wedding Day

 This place was perfect for our wedding, beautiful venue, and the people help with anything you may need!

- Chelsea Carlson -

Contact Sandy to Start Planning Your Wedding Day

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16602 94 th Street SE Hankinson, ND 58041

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Sandy & Marshall Meyer
701 242 7520
16602 94th Street SE | Hankinson, ND 58041