Rustic Outdoor Wedding Venues

American River Resort has a unique and rustic location that’s immediately warm and inviting.

Throughout the year here, the Resort hosts weddings, receptions, banquets, retreats, reunions, workshops and other gatherings. For overnight or late night events, or for out-of-town wedding guests, remember, we have 6 cabins and ample camping space!


Call us at 530-622-6700 and talk with us. We will answer all your questions and set up an appointment for you to come tour the resort.

Once you’ve decided to have your ceremony and reception at American River Resort, we’ll provide a contract for you to sign which will include all agreed-upon details such as dates, amenities required, number of guests and so forth. We require a 50% deposit at that time.


Please contact our reservation office for availability on your desired date. Depending on individual circumstances it’s possible to host more than one wedding event on the same day at American River Resort.

Outdoor Wedding Venue Rates

Rates for outdoor ceremonies and receptions vary according to location and number of guests. You will need to rent tables, chairs and other furnishings or equipment. The best way to determine costs is to come for a visit. Share with us your vision and we’ll help you create a list of everything you’ll need so you can plan your budget.

Setup and Takedown

We don’t rush you at the American River Resort. We’ll give you the time you need for setup and takedown. Your vendors will enjoy our cooperation. Our many years of experience with weddings and receptions helps us anticipate your requirements. Just put your planner and vendors in touch with us if questions arise.

Guest Lodging

Your guests will find plenty of accommodation options here. American River Resort has six River Cabins that sleep up to 4 adults each, River Platform Cabin Tents, a variety of campsites, and RV sites with full hook-ups. There’s plenty to do nearby, exploring the American River, Marshall Gold Discovery Site, and local wineries. It’s also wonderful in the evenings here. After your eventful day, guests can relax around a campfire and visit. There are several restaurants nearby in the town of Coloma-Lotus and in the town of Placerville.

Wedding theme ideas

Make your dream wedding come true at American River Resort…. From a traditional wedding to a theme wedding, our 30 acre property allows your fantasy to become a reality.  Our private, gated river front resort provides the dreamy and picturesque setting any bride would gush over.  We have plenty of parking for your guests and tons of lodging options, including our luxury cabins that are equipped with full kitchens, bathrooms and patio decks for grilling or socializing.  We offer a meadow venue, a pond venue, and a river side venue for weddings of all types and sizes.  

We have enjoyed seeing couples seal their commitment to each other on the resort grounds in the heart of Gold Country.  Some of our most memorable weddings ceremonies include the vintage carnival theme wedding held at our meadow venue, the fairytale wedding complete with horse and carriage held at our pond venue and our classical and elegant river side wedding featuring a string quartet.  Whatever your dream wedding ideas are, we are certain that your wedding at the American River Resort will be memorable for you and your partner as well as all your family and guests.  

The nearest major city is Sacramento, the Capital of California; a city known for its hip metropolitan urbanization and neighboring agricultural towns which have allowed a new wave of eclectic economic industry that incorporates upcycling, interior design, farm to fork dining and catering. Another huge trend in Sacramento is the food truck business, which is a service many events and wedding parties have hired to cater their events at our Resort.  You can find a local Sacramento Food Truck for all tastes, from kale wraps, vegan food, gluten free, raw food, lobster and fish, specialty ice-cream, Boba, burgers, burritos to gyros.  Whatever you desire for your dream wedding it’s sure to be found locally, saving you both time and money.  


If you are still pondering ideas for your wedding, here are several great theme ideas to get your creativity flowing:

For star-crossed darlings take to the heavens with an Astronomy Theme wedding celebration.   Plan your ceremony around celestial events such as meteor showers, constellation phases or eclipses.  Our open and dark night skies create the perfect viewing atmosphere for stargazing.  Your guests and all the stars can witness you say “I do”, or, “I love you to the moon and back. “    

You know you and your love “dig” each other, but does farming or country culture bring you two even closer?  If you love rolling up your sleeves and playing in the dirt together, here are some wonderful Farm/Farmers Market/Country wedding ideas that will clean up nice, just like you. During the Fall Season you can enjoy the changing colors of oak leaves on our property, which would perfectly compliment a wedding cider bar, hay bale seating arrangements and your cowboy (or cowgirl) boots. The abundance of local, wineries, Pumpkin Farms and Apple Farms can help provide decorations or food for your rustic, country or farm themed wedding.  

Do you and your honey have a common love of adventure? Perhaps you met at a crowded airport during an unexpected layover or during a destination vacation. If so you may enjoy an  Air Travel/Adventure/Destination themed wedding. Passport pages on tables used as seating assignments, vintage suitcases stacked next to the alter, invites printed on maps and airplane or boat bottle openers as guest mementos…. It’s time to embark on the adventure of love and commitment, let’s go!   

For the love that’s out of this world, enjoy Fantasy or Fairytale themed weddings, such as a Lord of The Rings Wedding. Our Resort grounds look like The Shire but watch out for hobbits or other mischievous beings. Divide your seats up for the Battle of Middle Earth and watch for Gollum, we hear he is very fond of rings. Another option for wizards and muggles alike is a Harry Potter Wedding.  

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life… love gives us a fairytale.”