Frequently Asked Questions
What are your rates, and what is your capacity?
What is included in the facility rental?
What are your hours of use?
What is your alcohol service policy?
How many tables and chairs do you have, and what are the dimensions of your tables?
Do you have table linens?
What is your policy with dogs?
Do you have on site camping?
Are we required to choose from a list of pre-approved caterers?
We are hoping to have a band. What is your policy?
Do you have a place for the bride to get ready?
What if there is rain?
Are we required to have insurance?
Q: What are your rates, and what is your capacity?
A: Our facility is suitable for groups of up to 120 people. The following schedule is for a gathering up to that size.
||July and August
||Remainder of Season
*Discount offered to groups of 50 or fewer people during the months of May and June and after the second week in September. Please Inquire.
**Discount offered to groups of 50 or fewer people May thru the second weekend in October. Please Inquire.
Q: What is included in the facility rental?
A: Included in the use of the facility are ceremony chairs, reception tables and chairs, firewood, and a PA system.
Q: What are your hours of use?
A: On Saturday the facility is available from 9AM until 11PM and on Sunday from 10AM until 11PM.
Q: What is your alcohol service policy?
A: Alcohol service requires a banquet permit which can be purchased for $10 online from the
Washington State Liquor Control Board.
All alcohol service requires a server. No self service. Service of hard alcohol requires a bartender with MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Servers Training), Beer and Wine service does not require such a server, but it is encouraged. A list of suitable servers is being compiled; caterers often have one on staff. We are happy to provide assistance with securing a server.
Tables and Chairs
Q: How many tables and chairs do you have, and what are the dimensions of your tables?
A: We have 120 white folding chairs for the ceremony, and 120+ dining chairs. There are 28, 6 foot molded plastic tables. They are 30 inches wide and seat up to 6 people each. There are also 2, 47 inch round tables.
Q: Do you have table linens?
A: We do not have table linens, but there are a number of party rental businesses that have them. Please see the links page on our website for a listing. Also, some caterers have them.
Additionally there are companies such as Special Event Linens that offer very reasonable prices on new linens in lots of colors.
Q: What is your policy with dogs?
A: We allow well behaved dogs that belong to the wedding couple, and will sometimes make exceptions for other dogs, but otherwise discourage dogs and request that permission is granted prior to bringing any dogs to an event. If a dog is found to be disturbing any guests or our livestock then we may request that dog be kept on a leash or put in the car.
Q: Do you have on site camping?
A: We don’t offer on site camping but there is a lovely county campground about 3 miles from here at Silver Lake Park.
They also have rustic cabins on the lake and one campsite with a bunk house. Showers are available for campers.
Food Service / Catering
Q: Are we required to choose from a list of pre-approved caterers?
A: No, however we do have recommendations.
Red Door Catering
Memorable Events Catering: Delicious food beautifully prepared and served by warm and thoughtful staff.
Q: We are hoping to have a band. What is your policy?
A: Small Bands of four or fewer members are welcome. The volume is subject to our approval and must conclude by 10PM.
A favorite of ours is High Wide and Handsome.
DJ Services: Our preferred is Evergreen Entertainment .
Please inquire about others.
We also have a PA system (Yamaha Stagepas 500) which is available for plugging in an iPod or another device.
Q: Do you have a place for the bride to get ready?
A: We do not have any dressing rooms on site. What families typically do is line up one of the many vacation rentals in the area.
Mt Baker Lodging offers the most rentals, many of them right next to each other.
Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center can sleep up to 20 people.
See our Links page on our website for other vacation rental businesses.
In Case of Rain
Q: What if there is rain?
A: It is uncommon for there to be rain on a wedding here as most of our weddings are scheduled during the dry season. In the event of rain we have a 20 x 20 tent which is then set up adjacent to our party shelter providing more covered space during the reception. This tent can also be used for a ceremony in the case of a smaller wedding of 50 or fewer people.
Q: Are we required to have insurance?
A: Yes, our insurance requires that our renters also have insurance. This obligation may be met by either extending liability coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.00 to Gary and Ellen Gehling on the renter’s or their parents’ homeowners policy for the day of the wedding, or by purchasing insurance through our insurance carrier or one of the on line event insurance companies such as The Event Helper.
Many insurance companies extend event coverage through their homeowner’s policies at no or little charge.