What does the name "Baqara" mean?
A name has unique qualities to that specific owner. A name can spark one's imagination, can bring up a memory, or can ignite one's curiosity. It can also develop a reputation and play with one's emotions. Along with our service, the Baqara brand was created with meaning. The name "Baqara" came from a flower. The Black Baccara is the darkest rose of them all with a very dark burgundy color. It's beauty and long lasting life are a symbol of the memories created here at Baqara.
How many guests can Baqara accommodate?
We can hold up to 275 seated with a dance floor area. No need to remove tables during the reception.
Can I hold my ceremony here, too? Is there an additional charge? Is the ceremony site close to the reception site?
Yes! We have a large, gorgeous outdoor space available for your ceremony if you choose. Your guests will love our unique, one of a kind pavilion! Located just north of the building, this makes your day easy and convenient for you and your guests. A completely paved area makes easy access for all!
Cost is $750 (plus tax). In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside according to the plan we establish with you during the planning process.
You will need sound equipment to be provided by your DJ. Power is accessible for this. Your DJ will need to provide 100ft of extension cord. We do provide a 6ft table and black linen for your DJ outside and inside.
The ceremony can also be held inside with people seated at their seats with no extra moving of tables and chairs. This is no extra charge.
If you would prefer to do an inside ceremony with chairs in rows and flipped quickly after, the charge is $3 per guest chair.
Why is the Runnells venue called "Baqara Reclaimed"?
So much of what makes Baqara unique is in the details. The Baqara Reclaimed has incorporated rural Iowa into its unique features. Some of Iowa's hidden gems have been salvaged from rural barns and buildings and given a second life as decorative focal points in the venue. The Baqara owners and their family have salvaged these hidden gems for many years and have now had the chance to share their beauty with others. Everything at Baqara Reclaimed has a story.
- Barn Doors - Our two unique barn doors are each 8' high by 6' wide and offer an amazing back drop for a wedding ceremony. The Baqara family built these doors out of Douglas Fir timbers that they salvaged from an early to mid-1900's grain elevator located in Boone, Iowa. This elevator stayed functional until the 1970's.
- Structural Timbers - These large timbers are also Douglas Fir but were salvaged from the demolition of a building at the John Deere facility in Ankeny, Iowa. The existing building was built in the 1940's as an ammunition plant. It was built using what the land had available for lumber, which happened to be trees large enough to produce 11"x7" timbers. These timbers range from 14' to 24' in length.
- Bar - This one of a kind bar is the focal point as soon as guests enter the venue. You will first notice Kentucky whiskey barrels separated by a stone wall. The barrels sit on a base made from red oak salvaged from a barn that the Baqara family took down in Orilla, Iowa. This barn was built before the turn of the century. As you come closer, a 13.5' long black walnut slab appears on top of the bar. The glassy finish brings out the natural beauty of this once massive walnut tree.
- Restroom Stalls - Let's not forget about the one necessity in any business, the restrooms. The trim, the stalls and the stall doors are made from barn siding. The women's restroom uses siding taken from a early 1900's barn located just south of Knoxville, IA while the men's restroom incorporates lumber taken off a mid-1900's building south of Ankeny, IA.
- Accessories - While dismantling a barn, some of the gems come in forms other than lumber. Without the use of large tools and power equipment, barns were built using a system of pulleys, rope, and horses. To make the barn functional the crown jewel of every early American barn was installed at the peak. This barn trolley would slide along a track system, typically to move hay bales from outside the barn into the loft. The trolley centered above the walnut bar top is a sentimental token of a once standing Baqara family farm.
Is there a changing area for the bridal party?
Yes! We have a large, beautiful and functional Tower Suite for primping and relaxing.
Also, we have created a Dungeon Suite for getting ready and relaxing as well.
The wedding party has access to these all day up until the reception begins.
****Please note that the suites are a private area for the bridal party only while prepping for the day, up until the start of the reception. Personal items will need to be removed prior to reception start as the doors will be locked for security measures and there will be no access to them***
Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes, or do I have to leave everything as is? Are there decoration guidelines/restrictions? Can I use real candles? Glitter or confetti?
Most items stay where they are, however, tables and chairs can be arranged however you'd like. No items can be removed from the walls.
There are to be no staples, pins or anything that will leave damage or any marking on any surface.
Enclosed candles are allowed.
Absolutely no loose glitter or confetti is allowed. NO exceptions.
Only real petals can be used outside. These can be purchased from Baqara Floral, along with your wedding day fresh or silk floral needs.
Our two unique barn doors are each 8' high by 6' wide and offer an amazing back drop for a wedding ceremony. The Baqara family built these doors out of Douglas Fir timbers that they salvaged from an early to mid-1900's grain elevator located in Boone, Iowa. This elevator stayed functional until the 1970's.
What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding? Does the venue provide assistance getting gifts or décor back to a designated car after the event has concluded?
Vendors can arrive as early as 8 a.m.
Baqara Reclaimed staff is available to help load up personal items the night of the reception or the next morning by 10am.
Is there an outdoor space where my guests can mingle? Is there a separate indoor “socializing” space?
The large outdoor patio is included in your rental fee and for your use all day with seating and room for your outdoor games like bags and giant Jenga.
There is a soft seating area in the entrance available for you and your guests use for the duration of your event.
Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers? Do I have the option of using an outside caterer instead? If I hire my own caterer, are kitchen facilities available for them and will we be charged any extra for not using any of your preferred caterers?
We do have a list of preferred caterers for your event. They are found on our website under "Vendors you will love" These are businesses that are trusted and have a history of being dependable and love what they do. However, you are not required to use them.
The one stipulation is that the caterer be licensed and insured. Proof will need to be sent to Baqara a month before if not on our preferred caterer list. There is no additional charge for you to use an outside caterer. There is a kitchen with a sink and counter space available. No food may be cooked here. All food should be brought in ready to consume and in warmers.
If the food is to be dropped off and needs to be set up, served, replenished and taken down, Baqara staff can take care of that for an extra charge of $400.
Can I hire my own vendors ( DJ, caterer,photographer, etc.), or must I select from a list of preferred vendors? Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
We do have trusted vendors under our "Vendors you will love" page that we know you will be satisfied with.
You are however, free to choose on your own.
Do you have central air and heating? Are you located off any gravel?
Yes, we do! Comfortable temperatures for you and your guests is very important.
We are located off pavement. No gravel travel for you or any of your guests.
Are tables, linens, chairs, silverware, plates and glassware provided, or will I have to rent them myself or get them through my caterer?
Tables, chairs and linens are provided in your rental fee. You have a choice of black or white linens.
Colored linens available for an upgrade.
The caterer provides the flatware or you are welcome to as well. We do have china available at $1 per dinner plate.
We can provide a formal setting of a napkin, charger, mismatched china dinner plate, mismatched china dessert plate, silverware and water glass for an additional $1 per item, per person.
What is the food & beverage cost on a per-person basis? Who will pick up the plates and trash?
We charge no extra for your guests.
We do take care of the clearing of plates and trash if the caterer does not.
Can I bring my own home made cake? Is there a cake-cutting fee? Do you provide special cake-cutting utensils?
All cakes or desserts can be brought in by whomever you trust. You are responsible for your own flatware and utensils for the cake or dessert to be served with. We do not provide them. If none are provided the day of, Baqara will provide them at a $50 charge to be paid at the conclusion of your event.
Cake cutting and serving is provided by Baqara staff if needed.
We have many cake cutting sets and cake stands available for your use included in your rental.
Can I bring my own wine, beer, liquor or champagne? Can I bring in any other alcohol or drinks for the reception?
No. All beverages including alcohol is to be provided by Baqara only. Any brought in will be confiscated immediately.
We will gladly make arrangements for any custom beverages you would like available for your event ahead of time.
All other drinks such as pop, lemonade and tea must be supplied by Baqara. $1 per serving.
Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? How is the alcohol priced? Are there additional charges for bar staff? Is there a bar minimum that must be met before the conclusion of the event? When is last call?
Yes, we have our liquor license and all required items to serve alcohol.
The bar staff and service is provided in your rental fee at no additional charge.
The only minimum is that a cash bar be available for your guest. No dry weddings.
Kegs are $250 and wine/champagne is $20 per bottle. Craft kegs available at $350 for most.
Is there parking on site? If so, is it complimentary?
The entire lot is available for parking, as well as the lot across the street at the school. Yes, all the parking is free and very close. No long walks, meters or parking garages.
Do you offer on-site coordination? If so, what services are included and is there an additional charge for them? How much assistance can I get with the setup/décor?
We provide the set-up, clean up and tear down for your event. We do the decorating for you as we have planned with you. You also get your own planning software site to help keep everything organized and clear to determine details. Baqara staff will be on the premises during your event to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Does the venue have liability insurance? Are your health department certificates up to date? Do I need to provide any kind of insurance? Security?
Yes, we do have liability insurance.
Yes, our health department certificates are up to date.
Yes, you do need to provide liability insurance per your contract outline.
No, you do not need to provide security.
How much is the retainer to book my date? Is it refundable? How does paying the balance work?
$750 is the retainer. Must be made by cash, check or money order. It is NON-REFUNDABLE. No exceptions. The deposit is NON-TRANSFERABLE.
Half of the venue balance is due 9 months prior and the remainder of the venue balance due 90 days prior to your event.
All add-on items and final balance are due at the final meeting, usually 3 weeks prior to your event.
What is the nearest hotel to the venue?
The nearest hotel, Sleep Inn, is located in Pleasant Hill, just 10 minutes from Baqara. Another 10 minutes and you can choose any of the hotels in Altoona such as Prairie Meadows and Adventureland Inn.
Do you have signage or other aids to direct guests to my event?
There are signs to direct your guests on the highways to Runnells. We also put out 2 parking signs for the lots across the street.
Can my pet be the ring bearer in my ceremony?
Yes, this is allowed! Pets can be brought on the premises, outside only. However, your pet must be up to date on all vaccinations (must submit paperwork the week before) and all responsibility is on you for the safety of you, your guests and all Baqara staff.