The Venue at Rafter E Ranch

170 Side Saddle Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Venue at Rafter E Ranch

Rustic Elegance in the Texas Hill Country

Come on out to Rafter E Ranch to experience Texas charm at it’s finest! Our venue is quietly secluded amongst the Pedernales Valley, yet only six miles from Fredericksburg’s Historic District and the Wine Trails. With sprawling views of the Texas Hill Country, our rustic banquet hall rests amongst towering 100-year-old oaks, fields of wild flowers, and abundant wildlife. The Venue offers beautiful indoor and outdoor ceremony sites to create your dream setting. One of the largest venues in the area, we can accommodate 350+ guest effortlessly. In addition to a generous seating area, our 10,000 square foot barn has his/hers private suites with full baths as well as a spacious staging kitchen and bar area. The open design offers endless possibilities for your next event. The bridal suite has a 12' styling station, seperate vanities, mini-frig, soaking tub to relax, nine foot window providing an airy/natural lighting and a large private balcony overlooking the main event room. The groom's mancave suite has a private bar, flatscreen TV, walkin shower, mini-frig and is decorated with wildlife. If you are looking for a stunning view of the Texas Hill Country to wow your guests, we are the venue for you! We can’t wait to make your event the most remarkable day to remember.

Facilities and Capacity

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch features stunning rustic interior design. The openness of the 5,300 sq. ft. main event room allows for many layout options. Uniquely designed using rustic tin, virgin cedar and swamp pine from Louisiana This elegant lodge-style venue is complete with 7,500 square feet of temperature controlled space with another 3,000 square foot of covered porch that faces the southwest, allowing for cool evening breezes and breathtaking sunsets. The venue can accommodate up to 300 guests indoors and an additional 100 guests on the back veranda. The outside ceremony site features a cedar pergola and overlooks a beautiful valley and this area can accomodate 400+ guests.

Services Offered

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch offers many services to bring your wedding vision to life. There are several rentals companies available to create the atmosphere you have been dreaming of for your big day. Round, rectangle and cocktail tables, wood mahagony chairs are provided. We tastefully decorated the suites just for you! A preferred vendors list is provided to help your planning. Outside vendors and alcohol are allowed. The venue has ample, convenient, parking for 200 vehicles, is wheelchair accessible, and offers shuttle services. The Venue is perfect to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties, elopements, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, corporate events and fundraisers.

Additional wedding-related services/ammenities they provide for your special day:

  • Rental includes 15 hours 9 AM - 12 AM
  • Cleanup
  • Setup - optional
  • Break down of tables and chairs included
  • Event rentals
  • Two large private suites with baths and refrigerators
  • Sound system with Mics
  • Projector system
  • Large kitchen with commercial ice maker, refrigerator and freezer
  • Large bar with kegerator for 4 kegs
  • Outside alcohol allowed
  • Outside vendors allowed
  • WiFi and Dish
  • Heating and A/C
  • Assistant provided for Day of Event
  • Two hour photo shoot allowed on ranch

History

This family-owned company is run by 6th generation Texans who continue to carry on the tradition of farming and ranching at the Rafter E Ranch. "Planning a family wedding of our own inspired Brian and I to share our beautiful ranch with hill country brides. After months of planning, hard work, and dedication, our dreams have finally come true"!

Location

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch is conveniently located from Fredericksburg, vineyards and hundreds of lodging. Only minutes from lodging and the downtown historic district!

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Beautiful Couple
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Arbor
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Maids
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Proud to announce.
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Your amazing venue.
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Breathtaking Ceremony Area.
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Majestic views
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Bride at the overlook
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Gorgeous backdrops!
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Richly done at the Venue.
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Front entry & close parking
Early spring wedding.
Early spring wedding.
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Winter sunsets
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First look
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Celebration Time
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Venue ideas
Elegantly, rustic event room.
Elegantly, rustic event room.
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Draped tulling with lights
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Beautiful bouquet
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Most beautiful Day!
Outside ceremony site
Outside ceremony site
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Boys being boys!
Spacious Bridal Suite
Spacious Bridal Suite
Amazing sunsets at The Venue!
Amazing sunsets at The Venue!
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Grand Exit!
Gorgeous Water area for photos
Gorgeous Water area for photos
Spacious, open layout
Spacious, open layout
Nothing like the country
Nothing like the country
Rustic and yet elegant
Rustic and yet elegant
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Happily Ever After
Accommodate 350+ guests
Accommodate 350+ guests
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South porch
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The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
Best Winter Wedding!
Best Winter Wedding!
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Welcome to our secluded ranch.
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Bridal shoot at the barns
Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding
Another awesome sunset!
Another awesome sunset!
Setup for 75 guests
Setup for 75 guests
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Sweetest moments.
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The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
West porch
West porch
Pathway to new beginnings
Pathway to new beginnings
Romance begins!
Romance begins!
Huge porch facing west.
Huge porch facing west.
Outside caterers allowed.
Outside caterers allowed.
Peaceful surroundings.
Peaceful surroundings.
Indoor ceremony setup
Indoor ceremony setup
Cedar and pine with elegance.
Cedar and pine with elegance.
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Christmas at The Venue
Photo shoot at our creek.
Photo shoot at our creek.
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The venue at rafter e ranch
Layout for 300
Layout for 300
Barn with an elegant touch!
Barn with an elegant touch!
Amazing 1st dance!
Amazing 1st dance!
Cedar and pine throughout
Cedar and pine throughout
5, 300 sq ft. with Open Design
5, 300 sq ft. with Open Design
Front entry
Front entry
God's creation.
God's creation.
Bear creek at the venue
Bear creek at the venue
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Spring time
Outside alcohol allowed.
Outside alcohol allowed.
Memories for life.
Memories for life.
Sunsets for a lifetime
Sunsets for a lifetime
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First hour as mr & mrs
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The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
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Venue entry
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The venue at rafter e ranch
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Smell the roses
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The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
The venue at rafter e ranch
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Happily ever after
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Celebration time
Hard to beat fresh florals
Hard to beat fresh florals
Heating and A/C provided.
Heating and A/C provided.
Rehearsal dinner at the venue
Rehearsal dinner at the venue
Unique interior design
Unique interior design
Spring wed
Spring wed
Million dollar views
Million dollar views
Huge Covered Porch.
Huge Covered Porch.
Best sunsets!
Best sunsets!
1st Dance
1st Dance
Only at The Venue
Only at The Venue
Rustic Wedding
Rustic Wedding
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Ceremony site
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Groom's suite
Groom's man cave
Groom's man cave
Large bridal suite
Large bridal suite
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Bride's full suite
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Bridal suite
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27 Reviews for The Venue at Rafter E Ranch

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Emily Simpson · Getting married on 05/02/2022

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Hill Country Gem

    We have had the pleasure of working with Mary at Venue at Rafter E on a couple occasions. The venue is beautiful, spacious, and well appointed. Mary was professional and helpful in every way. If you are looking for a rustic-chic Hill Country Gem- you found it!

    Sent on 06/03/2020

    The Venue at Rafter E Ranch's reply:

    Thank you Emily!
    We love working with you and hope to see you soon!
    Always a pleasure to have Cartewheels at the Venue.
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    Barbara Bond · Getting married on 12/10/2021

    5.0
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    Excellent Venue ---The Eckerts are extremely helpful and kind!

    The Venue at Rafter E Ranch met our expectations and more. The owner Mary and Brian Eckert were extremely helpful and gracious. The setting back in the hills of Fredericksburg and breathtaking and super close to town and the airport.

    Sent on 10/27/2020

    The Venue at Rafter E Ranch's reply:

    Thank you so much Barbara!
    It was a beautiful wedding and Carly was the prettiest bride. We hope to celebrate with them on their ten year anniversary!

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The Venue at Rafter E Ranch FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 6000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 4500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Lighting/Sound
    Parking
    Tables
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 5
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    400
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    25
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    3
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Barn
    Farm/Ranch
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Server(s)
    Stations
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Outside Alcohol
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Audio Equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    March
    April
    May
    June
    August
    September
    October
    November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    July
    December

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  • 170 Side Saddle Lane Fredericksburg, TX, 78624 See on map
    830-276-2581 (Phone number)
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