Top 6 Tips for Planning Your Northwest Wedding
The Northwest is home to thousands of ideal locations to have your wedding, including Sunriver, Oregon. Whether you're a long-time local, you have family in the area or are planning the perfect destination wedding, Sunriver Resort is a magical location to host you and your loved ones on that special day. Sunriver Resort's wedding planner, Sheila Shelton, shares her top 6 tips for planning your Northwest wedding.
Keep everyone close
Having your wedding somewhere like Sunriver Resort where you all of your guests can stay close by creates an easygoing and fun atmosphere where everyone can mingle and attend events with ease. From hotel rooms and suites, condominiums to cabins and private homes that can sleep up to 16, we have accommodations for everyone in your wedding party and all of your guests to spend time together.
Natural Décor Elements
Incorporating natural elements (think rocks, pinecones and branches) into your décor is a great way to save on your decorations while paying tribute to the rustic beauty of your Northwest surroundings. A few Sunriver-inspired nature ideas: pine cones in boutonnieres and bouquets, a pine cone lined aisle, river rocks in clear cylinder vases with water and floating candles as aisle décor or centerpieces, a birch branch chuppa, or centerpieces of vases with rocks, moss, pine cones and ferns to bring the outdoor elements inside a rustic indoor venue like our Great Hall with its log beams and elegant stone fireplace.
Our brides and grooms are as active as any good Oregonian, and they want their wedding guests to experience the best that Oregon’s outdoors have to offer. We love helping wedding parties and their guests plan mountain or leisure biking around Sunriver, a private outdoor yoga class on the morning of their wedding, golfing, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, stand up paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, exploring nearby caves, horseback riding – the recreation opportunities in Sunriver and Central Oregon are nearly endless.
Relax, Pamper and Primp
Brides, maids and moms alike love indulging in some pampering at our Sage Springs Spa. With massages, body and facial treatments, nail and hair services all offered on-site there is something for everyone. Brides love our unique signature treatments like the Oregon Lavender & Sage Sugar Scrub. Stick around after your treatment to unwind in the steam room or soak in the hot tub which features a rock waterfall and fiber optic lights that make you feel like you are basking in the Northwest twilight.
Go Northwest with your beverages
Hard ciders are the latest microbrew trend to hit Oregon and the Northwest, and there are great local offerings thanks to the abundance of apples and fruit grown here! Serve a cider from Oregon favorites 2 Towns or Atlas Cider Co. to give your guests a refreshing and fun twist alongside beer offerings. To infuse Northwest flavor into your signature cocktail, incorporate a local fruit spirit like Wild Roots Northwest raspberry or Oregon marionberry infused vodkas that use over a pound of Oregon grown berries in every bottle, or a Hood River grown pear brandy by Clear Creek Distillery, who actually grow a pear in each bottle!
Showcase your interests
What do you love as a couple? The idea is to incorporate your passions into your event and have your guests come away from your wedding saying “that was so them!” Beer fans can offer guests beer tastings of their favorite Oregon craft brews or wine lovers can incorporate a tasting of their favorite Northwest wines into cocktail hour, game lovers can offer fun lawn games for guests like bocce ball, trivia fans might offer a pub-style quiz, and karaoke fanatics can even have a karaoke band or DJ for guests to sing along with.