Q: What is included in the facility rental?
A: Included in the use of the facility are ceremony chairs, reception tables and chairs, flatware and stemless wineglasses, firewood, and 2 PA systems.
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. For Saturday weddings parties are welcome to have rehearsals from 2-5 on the previous Friday. Sunday wedding rehearsals by arrangement.
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 with MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Servers Training). No self service. 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 7 bistro tables and chairs for the patio with umbrellas. There is also one 47 inch round table.
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: What is your policy on music?
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. Barb’s Bed and Breakfast is just up the road.
See our Links page on our website for other vacation rental businesses.
In Case of Rain
Q: What if there is rain?
A: Though most of our weddings are scheduled during the dryer 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 online event insurance companies such as The Event Helper.
Many insurance companies extend event coverage through their homeowner’s policies at no or little charge.