Rustic, Winter Wonderland Awaits in Bend, Oregon

Bend is a little gem of a city located in central Oregon along with the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountain range. The Deschutes River flows right through this picturesque city and the photo opportunities are limitless. Winter is a special time in Bend and the perfect place to hold a winter wedding. Bend weddings can best be described as 'rustic elegance'. The wide-open, panoramic viewsThe mountains, the National Forests, high desert all coupled with world class resorts. 

Like many Western resort towns, Bend is easily accessible from many major markets with direct service from San Francisco International (SFO) on United Airlines. Other airlines to service Bend are Horizon Air, Delta and Allegiant Air. 

Winter brings a multitude of activities enabling your bridal party and guests to be thoroughly entertained in and around the time of your big event. The weather in Bend is quite temperate during the winter months, with the eastern side of the city receiving very little snowfall during winter. It is not uncommon for one to be able to golf and ski in the same day...body willing! 

Beer Town USA

The Pacific Northwest, from Northern California up to Seattle, is known for an abundance of craft breweries. Bend, OR is no exception. Bend is in fact a premier destination for beer lovers with 14 craft breweries; 10 of them on their very own Ale Trail. Pub crawler can navigate as much or all of the Ale Trail on multiple forms of transportation: by bicycle, by bus, by trolley, by horse drawn carriage...there's even a smartphone app! Enjoy. 

Be sure to take along your Coolaz Koozies drink insulators. Quality beers such as the ones served on the Ale Trail are too fine to be compromised if consumed at the wrong temperature. Be sure to read this report outlining the practical benefits of beer koozies. They really do work! 

Wedding Party Planning

In addition to its great beer heritage, Bend is an ideal location to host a winter wedding. Bend is a lively town of about 82,000 people so it has the small town charm without being completely remote. Downtown Bend provides an outstanding dining and shopping experience.

The Old Mill District is a chic entertainment district set amongst buildings once used during Central Oregon's prominence as a logging region. Set along the banks of the Deschutes River, it offers a wonderful mix of new architecture and housing art galleries, boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants. 

Bend's selection of fine and casual dining options provide for an excellent choice for the rehearsal dinner party. In addition, downtown Bend is a great option for a night on the town with live music in many of the clubs and bars. Extend the bachelor/bachelorette ski or spa day to a wild night out on the town. 

Coolaz Koozies supplies a wide range of custom koozies for bachelor and bachelorette party favors. 

Outdoor Activities

Some of the best Skiing in the Cascade mountain range can be found just 20 miles west of Bend at Mt. Bachelor. Mt. Bachelor? How fitting! See, this place was meant to for weddings. Since Mt. Bachelor is located on the eastern flank of the Cascades, it receives plenty of nice dry snow; here snowfall is measured in feet, not inches!

Believe it or not, the eastern reaches of Bend and Deschutes County are fairly temperate, in some cases 10 degrees warmer than that in Bend during the winter. This enables some of the golf courses, such as the one at Brasada Ranch, to remain open 365 days a year. Bend is a bachelor partiers dream, golf and skiing all in the same day...or maybe successive days to fully enjoy the slopes and the golf. 

Horseback Riding
Resorts such as Seventh Mountain and Brasada Ranch offer equestrian centers for a breathtaking horseback ride through scented juniper trees on snow dusted trails.

Lava Caves
The Cascade Mountain range contains several extent volcanos including the majestic Mt. Hood in Northern Oregon. When the lava flowed from the volcanos, a crust was formed around the flow's exterior as it cooled leaving a molten center of oozing lava. The molten lava eventually flowed out of these tubes leaving a vast network of lava caves. These caves can be explored through various tour operators. 

Accommodation and Reception Options

A handful of world-class resorts in and around Bend are well-equipped, offering 5-star services. Guests at these resorts will be pampered with complete Spa and Salon service, heated swimming and top-notch dining in restaurants operated by executive chefs. Downtown Bend also has numerous lodging options in addition to the resort options. 

Wedding services can be held in their large banquet facilities and, weather permitting, held outdoors so everyone can bask in the glory of the snow covered Cascades as they witness your beautiful ceremony. 

Concierge services, sporting activities, large open fire pits to gather around during the crisp evenings with a drink and perhaps a BBQ. Bend is the ideal location for you and guests to come together and celebrate the bond of bride and groom. 

Don't forget, Coolaz Koozies supplies premium drink insulators for engagement parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, wedding receptions and more.