Outdoor wedding at FivePine Lodge and Conference Center. Photo by Jay Eads Photography
A venue for every taste and budget
So far no one has been married riding a Hummer or a pink Cadillac down Cascade Avenue. Sisters does not tout a little white wedding chapel or a Wayfarer's glass chapel, but with its breathtaking mountain backdrop, the rushing waters of the Metolius River and Whychus Creek and its Western theme, Sisters Country is gaining a reputation as a romantic and intimate wedding destination.
Recently a California couple transformed the FivePine Conference Center into their perfect wedding setting.
FivePine is one of several facilities in the Sisters area (The Lodge at Suttle Lake, Black Butte Ranch, and Lake Creek Lodge are others) that offer not only wedding and/or reception venues but also lodging facilities for the bride and groom, the wedding party and even guests.
Sisters' facilities are somewhat unique in their ability to turn their entire complexes over to a wedding party.
"We're small enough that people have rented out the whole complex (32 cottage and lodge rooms) for an inclusive little wedding village," said FivePine events manager Kendra Littrell. Suttle Lake offers the same booking opportunity with 24 different accommodation sites.
Black Butte Ranch, through its rental pool and those of Sisters Realtors Ponderosa Properties, LLC and R.A. (Dick) Howells Co. offers condominiums and private homes with almost unlimited lodging possibilities. Other vacation rental companies include Cascade Vacation Rentals and Sisters Vacation Rentals. For a complete list of lodging and activities in the Sisters Country visit the Sisters Oregon Guide.
When it comes to the number of wedding guests, FivePine can manage about 240, whereas Suttle Lake prefers a maximum of around 200. Black Butte Ranch is comfortable with 150 or less. The lodge at Aspen Lakes Golf Course can accommodate in the neighborhood of 200 guests for a wedding and reception. A tent can also be erected on the driving range for larger groups up to 500 or more.
Sisters Country is home to many artists and musicians, and creativity abounds. There is no limit to what you can do to have the wedding that is unique to you. The city famous for its rodeo has seen many a cowboy wedding too, with nothing more formal than denim and boots. Whatever your venue, whatever your style, your wedding is sure to be a memorable event, sprinkled with the magic of beautiful Sisters Country.
For those who prefer a traditional church setting Camp Sherman's Chapel in the Pines is perfect. The tiny, historic church nestled in the giant ponderosas "is for those who want a small and comfortable wedding," said Pastor Ed Beacham. Couples may use their own pastor or one provided by the chapel. Call 541-549-9971 for more information or visit www.metoliusriver.com.
Click here for a complete list of Sisters Country churches.
Sisters' city parks and sites on the Metolius River and Whychus Creek offer beautiful, serene settings that are very affordable. In some instances the wedding party may simply show up to use these venues. In others permits are required.
"If it is a large event (50 people or more), you do need to let the city know in advance," said city recorder Kathy Nelson.
"The reason people reserve (Sisters city parks) is because the city will make sure that it is freshly mowed and that the sprinklers aren't going to come on in the middle of your ceremony," she added.
For information contact the city by telephone at 541-323-5220 or by email to Nicole Montalvo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Deschutes or Jefferson counties for usage and permit information about public sites located within their jurisdictions.
• Click here to visit our directory of Sisters Country Wedding Venues.