If you are looking to plan your wedding with a rustic chic theme here in Oregon, the Central part of the state is where you want to come. The venues in Bend, Sunriver and Sisters mix country charm with class and elegance like no other place in the Oregon. Some other advantages include a very good chance the sun will be shining, and lots of photo opportunities with majestic mountain backdrops of the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack.
With the exception of a few indoor venues and churches, really all venues in Central Oregon could be considered rustic chic, but here are my top five from my own experiences playing weddings here in Bend and surrounding towns.
The only venue that blatantly markets themselves as “rustic chic” in their copywriting, you can be assured this theme will define your wedding with almost no effort at all. Sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains are almost blindingly gorgeous at sunset. The employees that work there seems infused with some kind of higher cause that they are serving, and their pride in their work comes through in every interaction. This kind of experience is going to cost you, but if you want to go big, a wedding at Brasada Ranch is as good as it gets.
One of the most popular destinations for weddings in all of Oregon, Sunriver has endless accommodations for you and your guests and recreational opportunities are literally right out the front door. The Great Room where wedding parties often choose to have dinner, is the definition of rustic chic: exposed beams of gigantic old growth Oregon trees, magnificent fireplaces, room for 300… what more could you ask for?
During one particularly elaborate wedding we played at Black Butte Ranch there were actually what appeared to be wild horses running through the meadows in the distance during the recessional. I never did find out if this was a set up, that might give you some idea of what kind of magic lies ahead at Black Butte. Yes, the accommodations may be a bit 80s, but there is a feel to this place that the generations of repeat guests bring to it summer after summer, which makes it feel like an American Classic… like you just stepped onto the set of Dirty Dancing… but in Oregon.
The newest addition to Oregon’s list of rustic chic wedding venues, Tetherow combines world-class golf with ranch-style elegance. It needs to get guenunily roughed up a bit to shed it’s “theme park” like rustic-ness, but this top end venue just minutes from downtown Bend is sure to rise to prominence and it can accommodate many of your guests on location. And if golfing is your family’s sport of choice, the David McLay Kidd course is quite possibly one of the best in Oregon.
A rustic check wedding venue for the rest of us. This cozy event hall lies at the northern tip of one of Bend’s most beautiful forest trail systems, Shevlin Park. If you have an active group of guests, this five mile loop could be a fun pre-ceremony walk lasting about and hour and forty-five minutes and showcasing some of the most intimate views of Tumalo Creek in Bend. The inside of the hall it self has a wood burning fireplace, but other than that is nothing to write home about. Aspen Hall’s magic is all about the natural beauty that surrounds, from the cute fishing pond off the back deck, to birch trees that line the walkways and paths around the property. At a little over for $1K a day, this is a by far the best bang for the buck in Central Oregon.