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12 Unique Spots to Tie the Knot

Yakima Area Arboretum. Photo courtesy Neil Bartow Photography

Maybe you’re planning a church wedding or have your heart set on a beautiful backyard ceremony. However, if you’re a bride in search of a distinctive venue for your special day, we’ve got some ideas for you.

Selecting a site is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make when planning your wedding. In the Yakima Valley, venues tend to book up about six to 12 months in advance, so don’t delay if you have a specific date in mind.

In December, Silver Lake Winery already had scheduled nine Saturday evening weddings for the summer of 2008. Bradley House has been holding a September reservation for nearly two years.

Before you select a venue for your special day, you and your intended first need to agree on a guest list. Do you envision an intimate ceremony with just your closest friends and family? Do your parents wish to invite any of their friends?

The number of guests you invite will need to reflect your budget, particularly if you plan a catered meal. Heavy hors d’oeuvres can be significantly more affordable than a sit-down meal, but in either case, each guest you add to your list will also add to your bottom line (as well as the amount of table space you’ll need at the reception).

Another important consideration is personal style. Will your wedding be formal or casual? Summer or winter? Cowboy or couture? Style preferences will guide your decisions as you continue to plot your path down the aisle.

Once you’ve narrowed down what you’re looking for, begin calling venues that interest you to schedule a tour and take a look around. Is there a dressing room? Where will the ceremony be held? Where will pictures be taken?

Try to think through all the day’s details — and ask questions. Some locations may not permit candles or kegs. Wineries don’t serve wine from other vendors; ask about their rules for beer and champagne.

If you’re getting married in August, check out whether the site has air conditioning. If your grandmother’s in a wheelchair, make sure the location will be accessible to her.

And, absolutely, ask each vendor to specify exactly what’s included in their rental fee: Who provides tables and chairs? How long will you have use of the facility? Are there any additional fees?

“Yakima’s small enough that everything’s a handshake,” says Donna Menard of Classic Events, a catering company. “Never be afraid to ask a question.”

Make sure you’re comfortable with the answers before signing a contract.

— Sara Bristol

AMERICAN HOMESTEAD Get hitched inside this 220-acre farm’s rustic event center, a photogenic barn remodeled with finished floors and architectural windows. Or, take your vows under the big blue with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Either way, take your time: The homestead specializes in family-reunion style weddings where guests are encouraged to stay for the weekend. Overnight accommodations include camp sites and a five-bedroom log cabin; additional fees apply. Event facilities accommodate up to 240 guests. Rental fee: $1,299 includes use of the event center on Saturday and Sunday; ask about longer stays. (American Homestead, Chinook Pass. 509.658.2514.)

BONAIR WINERY Tucked within acres of vineyards, this Rattlesnake Hills winery lends a European charm to intimate outdoor weddings. Ceremonies are held after 5 p.m. in the garden, which features a gazebo, arbor, waterfall and koi pond. On-site vineyards and a duck pond create a lovely setting for photographs. Guests are limited to 75. Rental fee: $500 for the evening. For winter weddings, a banquet room accommodates up to 45 guests; ask about fees. (Bonair Winery, 500 S. Bonair Road, Zillah. 509.829.6027. Toll-free: 800.882.8939. On the Web: bonairwine.com)

BRADLEY HOUSE An elegant Italian gate greets your guests and sets the stage for a storybook wedding at this tastefully remodeled 1911 Victorian home featuring a 110-foot wrap-around veranda. A stone waterfall and koi pond provide a beautiful backdrop for private outdoor ceremonies. By late spring, a planned expansion will provide additional space for indoor ceremonies and receptions. This bed and breakfast offers four guest rooms, including a charming bridal chamber with inlaid floors and a crystal chandelier. Rental fee: $3,800 package includes use of the site for the rehearsal and wedding day, 100 chairs, limousine ride and honeymoon suite with a four-course breakfast. Ask about other rental options. Catering available. On-site limousine service. (Bradley House, 1711 Birchfield Road, Yakima. 509.469.6401. On the Web: bradleyhouse.biz)

THE CAPITOL THEATRE Be the star of the show when you exchange vows on this downtown stage. There’s no center aisle, but the Grand Dame does have a disco ball, dressing rooms and plenty of seating (for your 1,500 dearest friends and family). For a dramatic entrance, the bridal party can rise up from the orchestra pit. Or, forget the theatrics and rent the downstairs Robertson Room for the ceremony and/or reception; the rental fee is $480 for the first five hours. The room holds 120 guests for open seating, or about 60 for a sit-down dinner. For use of the entire theater, the daily fee is $1,100 plus labor. The stage seats 200 guests for dinner and dancing. (The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima. 509.853.8000. On the Web: capitoltheatre.org)

CASCADE GARDEN Kiss the bride in this private garden, where a three-tiered waterfall sets a lovely scene for photographs. Ceremonies are held on a brick courtyard, which doubles as a dance floor. Lay out the buffet inside the 2,500-square-foot mountain lodge featuring a handsome fireplace. The garden accommodates up to 300 guests; the lodge is suitable for 80-160 guests, depending on seating arrangements. Rental fee: $1,200-$2,800 daily, depending on the date. In winter, the lodge rents by the day or hour. (Cascade Garden, 5704 W. Washington Ave., Yakima. 509.966.3744. On the Web: cascade-garden.com)

DESERT WIND WINERY. Sitting on a bluff over the Yakima River, this Southwest-style building was designed for entertaining (and celebrated its grand opening in February 2007). Plan an intimate party inside the La Mesa restaurant, or host a larger gathering on the Riverview Courtyard. An in-house event coordinator will help personalize your event; on-site catering is required with all facility rentals. Fees vary; details are available on the winery’s Web site. Also, four handsome fireplace suites rent for $175-$300 nightly, including a welcome bottle of wine and breakfast basket. (Desert Wind Winery, 2258 Wine Country Road, Prosser. 509.786.7277. Toll-free: 866.921.7277. On the Web: desertwindwinery.com)

MAIR FARM-TAKI Trade a walk down the aisle for a walk across the bridge to an island gazebo in the center of a picturesque pond. That’s where most ceremonies are held at the Taki family’s outdoor venue, which also offers an indoor reception hall (capacity 150) and bridal chamber. The lawn accommodates up to 450 guests. Rental fee: $2,300 daily. (Mair Farm-Taki, 330 Mellis Road, Wapato. 509.877.4051. On the Web: mairtaki.com)

THE SEASONS Style is high inside this former church-turned-performance hall. Picture yourself exchanging rings under a remarkable domed ceiling, surrounded by stained glass windows, inside this Italian Renaissance-style building renowned for amazing acoustics. Accommodates 300 guests on the main floor, another 150 in the balcony. Rental fee: $750 daily. A reception hall in the back seats up to 130 for dinner; rental fee is $350. Rates negotiable for smaller groups. (Seasons Music Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima. 509.453.1888. On the Web: theseasonsyakima.com)

SILVER LAKE WINERY Offer a toast to the newlyweds from the deck of this hilltop winery with an expansive view of the Zillah wine country and Mount Adams. Ceremonies typically take place after hours on a lawn overlooking vineyards. Receptions spread out on the patio, deck and attractive indoor tasting room, with more indoor space available if needed to mitigate weather. Accommodates up to 300 guests. Rental fee: $1,200 for a weekend evening. (Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills, 1500 Vintage Road, Zillah. 509.829.6235. On the Web: silverlakewinery.com)

WHISTLIN’ JACK LODGE Bring little more than a smile when you wed under the pines at this full-service site, which handles all the day’s needs — from catering to clean-up. Outdoor ceremonies are held on a rustic brick patio overlooking the Naches River. The banquet room provides extra space for the reception or a cozy venue for winter ceremonies. Accommodates up to 100 guests with the patio, or 50 guests for an indoor ceremony. Rental fee: Varies with number of guests and catering needs. Private cottages and riverfront lodge units are perfect for honeymooners or out-of-town guests. (Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, Hwy. 410 Chinook Pass, 38 miles from Yakima. 509.658.2433. Toll-free: 800.827.2299. On the Web: whistlinjacklodge.com)

WOMAN’S CENTURY CLUB Say “I do” inside this historic Craftsman’s upstairs ballroom, featuring antique lighting and hardwood floors. On the main floor, a stylish salon and wrap-around porch provide ample reception space for dining and dancing. Also known as the Donald House, this century-old home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accommodates up to 200 guests. Rental fee: $300-$1,000, depending on number of guests. (Woman’s Century Club, 304 N. Second St., Yakima. 509.453.3921.)

YAKIMA AREA ARBORETUM. For brides who dream of an outdoor wedding, this gorgeous tree park offers sunlit ceremonies near the Japanese Garden’s ornamental pond and teahouse. The reception is just a short walk to the Jewett Center, featuring a flowing glass atrium and courtyard patio. The building accommodates 130-150 guests, depending on seating arrangements. Or, the courtyard seats up to 200 for dinner and dancing. Rental fee: $1,895 for all-day Saturday package, including set up, take down, seating and table service for 125 guests. Rates vary for other dates or needs. (Yakima Area Arboretum, off Nob Hill Boulevard just east of the I-82 Interchange, Yakima. 509.248.7337. On the Web: ahtrees.org)

Ceremony and Reception Sites

Name Event* Venue Capacity Site Fee Catering Comments
Adeline’s Acres
20 Red Apple Lane, Wapato
See ad on page 41
C/R Outdoor Max. 300 $1,000 to $2,000 Off-site; kitchen available Country setting with view of Mount Adams, surrounded by apple orchard.
Ahtanum Youth Park
1000 Ahtanum Road, Union Gap
C/R Indoor, Outdoor 225–300 Starting at $500 Off-site; kitchen available Secluded, quiet and semiprivate.
Akin Center Theatre
2610–A W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima
C/R Indoor Max. 120 Variable Off-site Theater-in-the round seating; theater lighting and sound system; intimate setting.
American Homestead
5872 State Route 410, Naches
Chinook Pass
C/R Indoor, Outdoor Max. 250 $1,899 Off-site Weekend rental includes use of rustic event center. Camp sites and log cabin also available.
Apple Tree Resort
8804 Occidental Avenue, Yakima
See ad on page 33
C/R Indoor, Outdoor 75-120 indoor; outdoor unlimited $1,000 to $3,500; call for details. On-site Manicured golf course; clubhouse features picture windows and deck.
Bradley House
1711 Birchfield Road, Yakima
C/R Indoor, Outdoor 200+ Variable On-site Off-site Remodeled Victorian bed and breakfast; landscaped garden with stone waterfall.
The Capitol Theatre
19 S. Third Street, Yakima
C/R Indoor 120–250 reception; Max. 1,500 audience in theatre. Starting at $480 On-site Off-site Elegant banquet room; landmark theater rental available. 4th Street Theatre also available. Call for details.
Cascade Garden
5704 W. Washington Ave., Yakima
See ad on back cover.
C/R Indoor, Outdoor Indoor: Seated 95, Standing 140

Outdoor: 300+$900 to $3,500Off-site; serving kitchen availablePrivate garden setting; beautiful lodge and dressing room; lots of shade; cozy lodge for fall/winter.Celebration Hall
1212 W. Lincoln Avenue, Yakima
chyakima.comC/RIndoorMax. 280$1,395Off-site; kitchen availableConvenient, central location; completely remodeled; plenty of parking; Dancing allowed until 2 a.m.Chandler Reach Vineyards
9506 West Chandler Road, Benton City
chandlerreach.comC/RIndoor, Outdoor50–150$2,250 to $4,500Preferred caterersTuscan-style villa overlooking vineyards.Clarion Hotel &
Conference Center
1507 N. First Street, Yakima
yakimaclarion.comC/RIndoor, Outdoor60–400$350 to $1,050On-siteSeveral ballrooms; outdoor Vineyards Courtyard.Ellensburg Quality Inn &
Conference Center
1700 Canyon Road, Ellensburg
qualityinn.comC/RIndoor150–300Starting at $500On-siteVarious spaces available; small and large receptions; on-site equipment available, champagne fountains, cake service; full-service venue.Fontaine Estates Winery
141 Rowe Hill Drive, Naches
fontaineestateswinery.comC/RIndoor, Outdoor100–250$150/hr or $2,600Off-siteGorgeous view of vineyard and Naches Heights; rural setting, just 5 miles from Yakima.Fruitvale Grange
2908 Castlevale Road, Yakima
509-452-8804C/RIndoor, Outdoor130-150VariableOff-site, kitchen availableAccessible, one-story building with adjacent park; no alcohol; flexible
decorating and clean-up schedule.Gardner Hall
(Chelminar Grotto)
204 S. 46th Avenue, Yakima
509-965-9839C/RIndoorMax. 120$475Off-site, full kitchenConvenient, affordable location; easy to decorate; wet bar and fireplace.Gemstones Leisure Hall
801 Grandridge Road, Grandview
509-882-3450C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 250Starting at $1,200Off-site; kitchen availableNewly remodeled, elegantly decorated facility with controlled lighting; beautiful landscaping; ample parking. Full-service packages available.Harman Center
101 N. 65th Avenue, Yakima
509-575-6166C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 225$1,200Off-site; kitchen availableResidential neighborhood; beautiful lobby with fireplace; plenty of parking.Harvest Hall
915 Wisconsin Avenue, Tieton
mightytieton.comC/RIndoor, OutdoorWhite tables and chairs for 100; Max. 110$500Off-site; warming kitchenWarm, refurbished church in harvest hues; large deck; dressing room; disabled accessible; dance floor.Hilton Garden Inn
401 E. Yakima Avenue, Yakima
yakima.stayhgi.comC/RIndoorMax. 200Full-service site; $30–$50 per personOn-siteFull-service site, includes wedding planning. New meeting room (Rainier Room) can hold up to 60 people in rounds.Holiday Inn
802 E. Yakima Avenue, Yakima

See ad on page 9C/RIndoor, Outdoor10–120 indoor; Max. 60, outdoor.Full-service site; $25-$45 per personOn-siteNewest full-service hotel in Yakima; convenient downtown location; secured parking.Howard Johnson Plaza
9 N. Ninth Street, Yakima
hojo.comC/RIndoorMax. 300Full-service site; $20–$40 per personOn-siteNo-hassle planning; two beautiful ballrooms; honeymoon suite with Jacuzzi tub.Hyatt Vineyards Winery
2020 Gilbert Road, Zillah
hyattvineyards.comC/ROutdoorMax. 300$1,200Off-sitePicturesque wine country setting.Kittitas Valley Event Center
www.co.kittitas.wa.us/kvecC/RIndoor150–350Up to $300 dailyOff-site14 buildings, including popular Teanaway Hall with built-in sound system, commercial kitchen and pond for photos; ample parking.Le Château
15 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima
See ad on page 35C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 350$600 to $1,500On-site; Off-siteElegant, spacious setting with garden courtyard.Le Jardin
3301 Lucy Lane, Zillah
See ad on page 49C/ROutdoorMax. 700$1,600 and upOff-siteView of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. Features pathways and water features. Ample parking.Lower Naches Grange
1800 Old Naches Highway, Naches
509-969-8987C/RIndoorMax. 366$550 to $750Off-site; kitchen availableTwo-story building next to Gleed Park; hardwood dance floor; tables and chairs included.Mair Farm-Taki
330 Mellis Road, Wapato
mairtaki.comC/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 350$2,300Off-siteScenic setting; pond with island gazebo.Maison de Padgett Winery
2231 Rosa Drive, Zillah
maisondepadgettwinery.comC/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 400$3,800Off-siteElegant setting; European-style gardens; bridal cottage available.Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale
maryhillmuseum.orgC/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 150VariableOff-siteA gem on the banks of the Gorge; romantic chateau and gardens.Mighty Tieton Warehouse
608 Wisconsin Avenue, Tieton
See ad on page 27C/RIndoor200–450$1,300 to $1,800Off-site; warming kitchenTwo large rooms feature high ceilings, excellent for staging; good acoustics; lots of dance space and parking; free time the day before for decorating and set-up.Raspberry Hills Event & Wedding Center
48th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima
See ad on page 22C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 150$1,500-$1,900; $6,000 inclusive packageOn-site; Off-side; kitchen availableNewly remodeled event facility with hardwood ballroom, crystal chandeliers; safe location, ample parking.Red Lion Hotel
Yakima Center
607 E. Yakima Avenue, Yakima
See ad on page 55C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 240VariableOn-siteBeautiful sun room; full restaurant.River Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant
295 Golf Course Loop, Selah

See ad on page 47C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 106, indoor; 250, outdoor.VariableOn-site cateringBeautiful facility, surrounded by greenery; handsome wood bar; easy planning.St. Joseph Mission at Ahtanum
17740 Ahtanum Road, Yakima
509-966-0865C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 64 inside, unlimited outside$500Off-site, outdoor kitchenMust be Catholic to marry in historic chapel; park weddings open to the public.Sawyer House

160 Lombard Loop Road,
Parker Heights



See ad on page 45C/RIndoor, OutdoorUp to 400+Variable; up to $3800Off-site; full kitchen availableCharming and elegant 1930s home with gorgeous interiors and grand piano; Beautiful, private gardens and patio; expansive lawn; indoor & outdoor fireplaces & bars. Includes tables, chairs, insurance & security.The Seasons Performance Hall
101 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima

See ad on page 29C/RIndoorMax. 450 for ceremony; 100 for sit-down dinner$1,000-$1,500, includes tables, chairsOff-site; kitchen/ warming area available.Church-like facility with
stunning architecture and acoustics. New renovations to backstage reception room.Selah Civic Center
216 S. First Street, Selah
509–698–7300C/RIndoorMax. 350VariableOff-site; kitchen availableLarge facility with plenty of parking.Silver Lake Winery at
Roza Hills
1500 Vintage Road, Zillah
silverlakewinery.comC/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 50, indoor; 300, outdoor.$2,000Off-site, On-siteGorgeous view; voted one of the most romantic venues in Washington.Springwood Ranch
Party Barn, Thorp
springwoodranch.comC/RIndoor, Outdoor250 inside, Max. 400$29.95 per person, includes catering; 100 minimum On-site, open-pit barbecue with choice of entree Beautiful, casual ranch setting, open May-October; rustic semi-open barn with dance floor.Spring Creek Homestead
3209 Tacoma St., Union Gap
509-469-0493 springcreekhomestead.com springcreekhome@aol.comC/RIndoor, Outdoor150 barn, 500 more outdoor, 250 reception in barn, 500 outdoor reception$1,500 – $2,550, without or including tables and chairsOn-site, off-siteBeautiful historic country setting with tree-lined creek and vast lawns. Complete package with wedding consultant. Opens June 1, 2011 (reservations open Jan 4.)State Fair Park
1301 S. Fair Avenue, Yakima
statefairpark.orgC/RIndoor, Outdoor150–3,000Starting at $1,200On-site, Off-siteVariety of settings; plenty of parking.Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard
34715 N. DeMoss Road, Benton City
terrablanca.comC/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 300VariableOff-site; preferred caterersBeautiful facility with vaulted ceilings, natural stone, arched windows; landscaped lawns set amidst vineyards; dedicated coordinator.Terrace Heights
Civic Center Social Hall
4011 Commonwealth Rd., Yakima


See ad on page 53C/RIndoorMax. 150$70–$600Off-site; kitchen availableRenovated building with hardwood floors; beautiful views; convenient location with on-site parking.Terrace Heights Grange
3701 W. Birchfield Road, Yakima
509-945-2209C/RIndoorMax. 200$700 (variable to event)Off-site, kitchen availableOne-story building; stage, hardwood dance floor; tables and chairs included.VineHeart Winery
44209 McDonald Road, Prosser
vineheart.comROutdoorMax. 100Wine purchaseOff-siteGlorious view of the Yakima Valley.Whistlin’ Jack Lodge
Chinook Pass
whistlinjacklodge.comC/RIndoor, Outdoor30–120$2,500 to $5,000, depending on cateringOn-site, no food option.Riverside patio; beautiful forest setting along the Naches River.Woman’s Century Club
304 N. Second Street, Yakima

See ad on page 19C/RIndoor, OutdoorMax. 200Starting at $135Off-site; kitchen availableHistoric Craftsman home; wrap-around porch; upstairs ballroom; hardwood floors.Yakima Area Arboretum
1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima

See ad on page 8C/RIndoor, Outdoor80–250$325 to $1,895Off-site; kitchen availablePark-like setting with water features, nice courtyard; rose gardens, Japanese gardens, waterfall, pond with 30’ fountain.Yakima Convention Center
10 N. Eighth Street, Yakima
yakimacenter.comC/RIndoor (Outdoor available in October)12–1,300$225 to $5,200On-siteGreat customer service; large facility with ample free parking.Yakima Valley Museum
2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima
yakimavalleymuseum.orgC/RIndoor112-136$1,000VariableBeautiful art deco–style room.Yakima Valley Sportsmen Association
(Pomona Gun Club)
441 Pomona Road, Yakima
509–453–1872C/RIndoorMax. 400$650, plus deposit.Off-site, kitchen availablePrivate location with easy access; large open room can be divided; ample parking.

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