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The Perfect Setting for Your Wedding

Location

Californian Chelsea Harding knew exactly what she wanted when it came to planning her wedding. “Location was everything,” she says. “My future husband and I wanted a rural setting hopefully with a mountain backdrop. Wherever we held the wedding, the location had to be not only spectacular but also easy for all our relatives and friends to come to from across the country.”

After an exploratory trip to Central Oregon, Harding found herself in a quandary. “I came looking for a ranch or farm and found all sorts of other spectacular possibilities from destination resorts, to wooded and mountainous places that unexpectedly made my final decision very difficult.”

The sunset over the Cascade Mountain Range - View from Black Butte Ranch
The sunset at Black Butte Ranch makes a perfect backdrop for any wedding.

Finding the perfect place for a wedding party’s needs can be challenging in Central Oregon because of the many gorgeous settings — the embarrassment of riches.

Looking back on her wedding at Black Butte Ranch with full views of Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters, Californian Chelsea Harding says wistfully, “It was so perfect. Our guests loved the resort and the setting. It certainly made saying ‘I do’ so memorable.”

Convenience

Bend native Janet Breyer moved to Denver after college to start her career in telecommunications. There she met her husband-to-be, and once engaged, began planning a June wedding in Bend.

“I settled on the back garden at McMenamins Old St. Francis School because several of my family and local relatives had attended the former school which had been turned into a brewpub and hotel,” notes Breyer. “It was so easy to house people traveling to the wedding in the hotel and cottages. It’s location in downtown Bend made it easy for our guests to explore Bend.”

O'kanes Bar at McMenamins in Downtown Bend
O’Kanes Bar at McMenamins Old St Francis School offers outdoor space perfect for a wedding.

Resource Guide

Still haven’t decided on your wedding venue? Celebrations Wedding & Event Resource Guide is a comprehensive local resource to help you plan that perfect day. From settings and resorts to photographers and musicians and restaurants and caterers, Celebrations is the perfect wedding planning guide for your big day in Central Oregon. Go to centraloregonevents.net to find everything you need.

Central Oregon Visitors Association
Central Oregon Visitors Association
The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) is the "Official" Tourism Information Resource for Central Oregon, including the communities of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, Culver and Black Butte Ranch. Most of the stories posted online can be found in the Official Central Oregon Visitors Guide.