General Questions

Where would everybody stay?

We have so many great overnight accommodations nearby for you, your wedding party, family, and guests to stay which are close to the venue. Area resorts with golf and casino amenities, beautiful Airbnb's on the waterfront and campgrounds for tent or RV camping. We have had brides from all over the United States that have chosen to have Grand Pend Oreille Weddings as their venue!

What is your maximum capacity?

We can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests (151+ guest count is subject to $500 additional).

Will there be another wedding the same day?

It is your day only!  We work extremely hard to make sure that your day is reserved for you alone. 

What about additional visits to the venue?

Brides and grooms are able to bring bridesmaids, family, or your wedding planners to the venue during our monthly confirmation sessions to plan and finalize the details for your big day! Please schedule your visit on our online reservation portal.  

How does your booking process work?

Choose your date, choose your experience (Traditional, Micro-Wedding or Elopement) and any additional services. We will then email your agreement for your signature.  Once the deposit and contract are submitted, your date is officially reserved! Final payment is due six months before the date of your event.  

What is your payment process?

Great question! You have your choice of how to make your deposit to secure your date: $2,000 or $1,000 followed by two $600 monthly payments. Your second installment of $1,000 is due four months after the date of booking. The remaining balance is due six months before the date of your event.  

If we have to cancel, can we get a refund?

In these uncertain times it is great to know our policy upfront. Though we understand there are many variables that may require a cancelation, we also have to keep in mind that we won't be able to rebook canceled dates since brides often book their wedding up to a year in advance. We are happy to work with you to reschedule and the amount paid up to that point will be applied to an available future booking date. We highly encourage the purchase of cancelation and liability insurance for your event to help cover this and many other 'what-if' scenarios. 

How many cars can your parking lot accommodate?

We can comfortably accommodate up to 100 cars in our parking lot, with some overflow parking. 

What happens in case of rain?

We've got you covered! We always encourage our guests to have a backup plan (tents) just in case it does rain. No tent? No problem! Our Waterfront Barn location then becomes your ceremony and reception location. With a little help, it can quickly be turned over from ceremony seating to reception while your guests enjoy the covered patio. 

Do you include a wedding coordinator?

Included in your experience is venue coordination; working behind the scenes to make sure you and your vendors are taken care of.  To ensure your experience is the best it can be, we do require a day-of wedding coordinator.  That can be a family member, close friend or professional or of course, we do offer day-of ceremony coordination as an additional service.

Is there a play area for children? 

It is very important that all children be very well supervised at all times! Though the river may seem slow moving from the shore, the current is quite quick.  Children and guests are not allowed beyond the designated locations that have been reserved and must never go beyond the shoreline or to the dock. 

Catering Questions

What are your catering options?

We do not have requirements for catering but if you need help finding someone, we have some great vendors who we have worked with!

Do you have a kitchen / catering prep area? 

Yes! Located in the Waterfront Barn your vendors will find prep tables, countertop, a sink, a commercial fridge and a chest freezer. 

Planning Questions

How will tables and chairs be arranged for my event?

During your confirmation session(s) you will be able to envision your big day! We have several templates to help you as a guide and will work with you to finalize the details. Head count and layout arrangements are finalized at the confirmation meeting in the month prior to your event - any changes (other than those due to rain) will incur an additional fee. 

If we have a Saturday or Sunday wedding, will we be able to access the property early for a rehearsal? . Prior to your wedding, all booked brides/grooms can schedule a time to come plan and finalize the details during our monthly confirmation Bride's Day sessions via our online reservation portal. We will help you with your rehearsal walk through during a consultation the month before your wedding date. 

What time does the music need to end?

Per our County Ordinance and out of respect for our neighbors, music must end at 10:00pm. This is also the time where all clean up should be completed, and all guests, family, wedding party, and vendors leaving the venue.

We are using a rental company. Can they get access to the property before or after our reserved time?

Your time is reserved for you and your vendors. Out of respect for other guests having tours, confirmation sessions etc. we cannot allow anybody to access the property outside of their designated venue rental time frames. 

How far in advance do you need a final head count and final layout details?

These details need to be finalized in the month prior to your wedding day during the scheduled monthly confirmation meeting. Please schedule your time via our online reservation portal.

How do I obtain a marriage license? 

Click here  for all the information you need on obtaining a marriage license in Washington State. 

Set Up and Day-Of Questions

Do we have access to all areas on the property? 

You have access to the locations designated in your contract only. For photo opportunities, the Bride & Groom only, have access to the entire property. Please let us know what areas you believe you'll want to utilize specifically that are outside of your designated locations so that we can ensure it is completely ready for you! 

Can we come early to decorate?

Out of respect for other guests having tours, confirmation sessions etc. we cannot allow anybody to access the property outside of their designated venue rental time frames. 

What is the event clean up process?  

You can expect Grand Pend Oreille staff to be ensuring garbage be adequately taken care of throughout your event. At the end of the evening, you will need to take any/all personal belongings, decor etc. that you brought with you. The rest of the clean up will be provided by our staff. 

Can we take photos on the dock?

This is a great question! The answer, is a bit tricky. Because the water level is constantly changing and it depends entirely on the snowpack from the previous winter, we cannot guarantee the opportunity to take photos on the dock. However, the water levels are somewhat predictable. Early spring runoff can often send the water levels soaring over the boardwalk so unless you want a brisk swim, that would not be the time for dock photos. June is usually the best time for a perfect water level because the delta we are situated on is usually completely covered with water and access to the dock from the boardwalk is good. Like clockwork every year, after July 4th the water level starts dropping rapidly. By August, the dock nearly sits on the delta itself making it difficult to go beyond the boardwalk for photos. While we make every effort to make sure you get the most epic pictures available for your special day, the dock is available for photos based on the water level.