By Walt Hickey Liking Numlock? Forward today’s email to a friend you think may enjoy it and might subscribe. Barns for Weddings Barn weddings are so hot right now — The Knot reported 15 percent of American couples got hitched in a barn or farm in 2017, up from 2 percent in 2009 — and banquet halls are now actually worried. Banquet halls saw their share of the wedding cake fall from 27 percent to 17 percent according to the same set of surveys. Now, banquet halls are making some noise in places like Wisconsin, arguing for heavier regulation of former agricultural establishments re-branded as hosting sites. There’s solid money on the line: an average Wisconsin wedding cost $26,000, $12,000 of which went to the venue.