Choosing a wedding venue is the most important decision you’ll make.

Most brides select their wedding dress first, and their venue second. It’s that important. Before you select your wedding venue, be sure it is the right fit for you and your special day. From size and location to catering and bar services, there are many things to think about before you make this very important choice.

Use this Wedding Venue Checklist to help navigate your most important decision. We hope you’ll choose Pronghorn Resort for your dream Central Oregon venue!

1. check the venue’s size and capacity. 

Before you select your wedding venue, you should have a clear idea of how large your guest list will be. Are you having a large wedding with every cousin and high school friend in attendance? Or will it be smaller and more intimate? Maybe you’re contemplating an elopement with just the two of you or a group of ten of your closest friends and family.

Pronghorn Resort has several indoor and outdoor wedding venues that cater to a wide variety of wedding sizes.

The Event Island is one of our most popular outdoor venue options.

This private island is located just steps from the Clubhouse. With 360-degree panoramic views of the Clubhouse, the Cascade Mountains and our Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course, Event Island sets the stage for a gorgeous wedding ceremony. The 7,000-square-foot private island offers seating for up to 300 guests on the lawn. There is nothing more romantic than a bride’s dramatic walk over the bridge to Event Island.

Our indoor venue options cater to a wide-range of wedding sizes.

Inside the Clubhouse you will find a newly renovated event space, Chanterelle, that accommodates up to 250-300 people. This light and bright venue is perfect for winter and fall wedding receptions. Choose from several luxurious indoor spaces in the Clubhouse or the expansive outdoor event lawn.

If you are hosting a more intimate event or elopement, Pronghorn Resort will help you select an incredible space for your wedding day.

2. make sure you have a plan B for your outdoor ceremony and reception.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you want to be sure your venue has as an indoor option as well. A backup plan for inclement weather is always a good idea. A tented outdoor reception can also make your wedding day less stressful.

Pronghorn Resort has several indoor and outdoor wedding venue options to choose from. Our professional wedding and event coordinators will help you select the venues that best accommodate you and your budget.


3. review all of the wedding party photo shoot locations and backdrops.

When you visit possible wedding venue locations, be sure to think about your wedding day photography.

If you love outdoor photos, be sure there are backdrops in the landscape that are special enough to remember forever.

If you prefer indoor photography, make certain the space is both beautiful and romantic.

Look through some wedding photographers’ portfolios to see how they’ve captured couples at your top wedding venue choice.

At Pronghorn Resort, you’ll find gorgeous backdrops at every turn. From the iconic lava cave and stunning golf course sunsets to the romantic hallways of the Clubhouse and modern high desert feel of the Huntington Lodge, memories of your wedding venue will be cherished for generations to come.

4. review menus and taste dishes, cocktails and wines.

Food and drinks are very important to your reception, especially if you are a foodie couple. Pronghorn Resort’s award-winning executive chef and culinary team will create the wedding menu of your dreams. From beautiful appetizers and your signature cocktails to the main dish and perfectly paired wines, your guests will be satisfied and incredibly impressed.

Our in-house team will make sure your food is beautiful, delicious and enjoyed by each and every guest.

4. meet your wedding day dream team.

Your wedding day should be perfect. And you shouldn’t have to worry about every little detail.

When you meet with a venue’s coordinator, you should feel cared for and confident that he or she will make sure everything runs just as planned. The event team at Pronghorn Resort is top-notch and we pride ourselves on giving brides and grooms the finest, most personal service we can offer. Let’s work together to make your dream day everything you want and more.

Also, be sure to consider our list of Preferred Wedding Partners to make sure you are choosing the best wedding professionals the area has to offer.

5. review lodging options for your guests.

Will your guests be traveling from out of town? Make sure they have a relaxing and luxurious place to stay.

The Huntington Lodge at Pronghorn Resort is the perfect home base for all of your wedding guests. The 104-room Lodge offers luxurious, high desert accommodations and amenities just steps from your ceremony and reception. Invite your guests to stay a few days before and after your wedding.

With access to our award-winning golf course, pool, spa and proximity to the outdoor adventure of Bend, Oregon, an extended stay will turn your wedding into a memorable vacation for your guests.

6. pay attention to the architecture and style of the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Your wedding venue is a canvas. Come wedding day, it will be transformed into your dream event.

Take a look at the architecture and interior design of your venue and imagine what your floral arrangements, lighting, cake and other accents will look like. Pronghorn Resort’s Tuscan architecture and interior design is classic, romantic and photographs beautifully.

The modern, high desert design of the Huntington Lodge is also a favorite with brides and their photographers. The clean lines and aesthetic of this modern guest lodge complements many wedding palettes, and you will love the look and feel of Central Oregon’s newest hotel.

All of the luxurious details at Pronghorn Resort, from your getting-ready photos to your formal wedding portraits, will portray your wedding story as the true fairytale it is. 

Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

Let Pronghorn Resort help cross your t’s and dot your i’s. From the moment you arrive for pre-wedding celebrations and last-minute details to the moment you depart with your newly beloved, we will make sure every moment is as magical and memorable as you always dreamed it would be!

Please contact us to discuss the possibilities at Pronghorn Resort.