DIY WEDDINGS at RIVER RIDGE RANCH

 

Our wedding venue is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and provides a superb backdrop for an outdoor wedding. The wedding can be anything from a country theme  to a traditional or even very formal outdoor wedding. Take this opportunity to design your personalized and unique Sierra wedding!!

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River Ridge Wedding Ranch is a unique combination of working cattle ranch, recreation and education guest ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The environmentally-conscious 722-acre ranch includes the Tule River and borders the 323,000 acre Giant Sequoia National Monument.

River Ridge Wedding Ranch is a fully-protected ecological reserve. We are about three hours from L.A. and less than five hours from San Francisco.  We only host folks who are nature-oriented and ecologically-minded and follow our ‘Less is More’, ‘Just Enough’ approach.  This is not the place for a rave party in which someone happens to get married.

Invite up to 50 guests. We’ll provide the ranch, neat and clean, and you’ll have the use of our river barn for your ceremony. We have the chairs and arch – you set them up to your design. Or, pick your own spot.

Our 2,000 sq. ft. round pavilion is the ideal spot for a reception with ample 6-top tables, plenty of chairs, electricity, great lighting, and a dance floor.

Use our Cottonwood Cabin and Rustic Cabin as changing rooms.

Our Compound Kitchen has a full-size commercial refrigerator, chest freezer, a 3-burner cook top, propane barbecue, microwave, countertop toaster/broiler oven, 42-cup and 60-cup coffee urns, air pots for hot beverages, cold beverage dispensers, pots, pans, silverware, prep counters, hot water washup commercial sink, dish towels, hot mitts, miscellaneous paper towels, trash bags, etc. Just bring your food and drink.

Also in our Compound is our 10-foot diameter river rock custom fire pit that is surrounded by five 10’ benches, seating 30 easily. Firewood is available for purchase or bring your own.

Five toilets, clean and ready.

Our Grape Arbor, between the kitchen and the pavilion, has four 10’ rustic wood buffet tables can be used for buffet style food service or potlucks that cut down on hassle, trash, and waste, and seats 30 comfortably.

Our events manager Jose will be available to assist you.

Here’s an idea that works very well: Invite guests to ‘host a table’. They bring a covered bin with tablecloth, dishes and glassware and utensils for 6. They decorate a table and sit at it. Afterward, they can scrape and return items to the bin or do the washing behind the kitchen. This will create a gorgeous, free, decorated reception and it will generate no trash. Most importantly, you won’t need to do anything but admire their creativity. Folks love contributing in this way.

One day wedding packages feature use of the compound’s 5 acres and facilities from 10am to 11pm.

Overnight packages also include use of all camp sites and cabins on all 722 acres from 10am until noon the following day.

All packages require:

$500 deposit and signed contract to guarantee your date

$500 refundable cleaning and damage deposit. Return the ranch to us in the condition you received it. We’ll handle recycling, trash and raking the grounds.

Balance due three weeks before your wedding day.

Any amplified sound must end at 10 PM.