The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
River Rock Event Center, located in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is a special event venue featuring classic, Tuscan-inspired villas and sweeping grounds. Nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country, it provides a quiet, rustic environment making guests forget they are just a short drive away from San Antonio.
River Rock Event Center offers unique indoor and outdoor settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions and is ideal for accommodating small to medium-sized wedding parties.
The Great Room. The Great Room, which has a total area of 1,700 square feet, is large enough to comfortably seat up to 250 guests and serves as the main event space. The room is arrayed with limestone walls, massive solid oak doors and an impressive wrought iron chandelier. This chandelier is the main source of lighting for the room, with wall sconce lights providing soft supplementary tones and creating a warm atmosphere. The room includes a dance floor and can accommodate a DJ table or small live band.
The Courtyard. With its sweeping views of the property, The Courtyard is an ideal space for an outdoor ceremony or a cocktail-style reception. Surrounded by flowering plants during the spring and summer, this space is large enough to accommodate about 90 guests for a seated ceremony or 100 guests for a standing reception.
The Fireplace Room. The Fireplace Room is a smaller event space accented by a large stone fireplace, taking up much of the back wall. Like The Great Room, it also accented by a wrought iron chandelier and has low-level lighting creating an inviting ambiance. This space is large enough to comfortably seat around 100 guests.
What You Should Know
River Rock Event Center provides on-site accommodations for out-of-town guests or newly married couples interested in staying the night. There are two historical houses along the side of Cibolo Creek. The houses are fully furnished and include a kitchen with modern appliances as well as communal living spaces with televisions and telephone service.
This venue has an open vendor policy regarding caterers. This means wedding parties are allowed to bring in any licensed caterer for their event. There is a commercial kitchen on site, with all the standard appliances that most caterers work with. The venue will supply a list of recommended caterers and other vendors. River Rock Event Center offers house beer and house wine, but couples can hire a bartender if they want to provide a full bar.
The rental fee for this venue varies depending on the season, the day of the week and the number of guests expected to attend. Couples interested in renting this facility must have a minimum of 30 guests. The prices are the highest during the spring and summer wedding seasons.
River Rock Event Center is an elegant wedding venue with charming rustic touches and a number of distinct extras:
- A bridal arch
- Frolicking deer and a koi pond
- Nearby hiking and bicycle trails
- In-house, high-definition sound systems
From the Vendor
Hill Country Elegance
Located in Fair Oaks Ranch in the beautiful Texas Hill Country just minutes from San Antonio and Boerne. Experience nature's natural ambiance and tranquility in our picturesque, country setting. We provide several indoor and outdoor settings for you ceremony and reception.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Farm + Ranch, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Destination Weddings
This venue is beautiful and amazing! The owners were wonderful and gracious! We couldn't believe how intimate and stunning the outdoor grounds were!
Wonderful! From the moment we entered the banquet room and saw the gorgeous huge stone fireplace and lovely chandeliers illuminating the room we knew it was going to be a special evening! This was the perfect venue to host our Hill Country winter event. We dined, we danced, we laughed, we wanted the night to never end. It was a stellar Texas evening! Not only is the setting historic, charming, and magical, but the staff was supportive and energetic in helping to create an extra special memory for our guests. Many thanks to Susie and Maggie and all their other helping hands! I strongly recommend the River Rock Event Center if you want your party to be beautiful, unique, and a one-of-a-kind experience that your guests will remember forever.
AmazingReviewed on 1/29/2016
The River Rock is the perfect venue! It is absolutely lovely--a beautiful rustic setting with incredible vistas. All the features--the silos, the koi pond, the oak trees--added to a sense of being totally removed from city hubbub, so that everyone could just enjoy the scenery and sense of peacefulness. That feeling of being removed from it all starts before you even reach the building itself: there are dozens of beautiful deer around the property. Susie was a pleasure to work with, always attentive and a very calming presence. We highly recommend River Rock!
I visited River Rock in May seeking a location for the rehearsal dinner for my son's upcoming wedding. The relaxed setting in the country atmosphere, the personal attention, the beautiful settings inside and out immediately convinced me I had found the right place! Maggie and Susie provided individual attention whenever I had questions in the months preceding the event. Making suggestions of bartending services and caterers as well as room layouts as the number of guests changed. They were there the night of the dinner making sure we had everything we needed. Our guests were thrilled and couldn't stop complimenting us on the wonderful evening they enjoyed at River Rock. Even those from the area said they were going to look for a reason to hold an event at River Rock!
Perfect ambiance for your perfect day!Reviewed on 11/03/2015 Misti F
The most beautiful back drop and staff to accommodate your dream wedding! I couldn't have been happier! It was absolutely picturesque! From the weather and trees to the deer and the lights down low with the candle lit ambiance! Everything I hoped and dreamed of! I strongly recommend River Rock and Susie and Maggie for your wedding or event!
October WeddingReviewed on 11/23/2014 Amanda N
River Rock Event Center is the perfect place for a wedding. The venue itself is gorgeous - there's a rustic elegance that's hard to find elsewhere. All our guests were so impressed with the beauty of the venue. Also, the staff at River Rock were so friendly and accommodating. Susie and Maggie were so involved with making sure the wedding turned out exactly how we imagined it. I highly recommend this venue!
Beautiful VenueReviewed on 12/18/2013 Amanda W
This venue is absolutely stunning.. Their website truly doesnt do them justice but the moment I walked in I was blown away at the overall atmosphere of the whole place. Even with no decorations I still thought it was amazing and I knew I wanted to book it. The owner/manager is a very sweet woman. Sometimes she is a little more opinionated that I would like but she means well. I do wish they were a little more organized in the way they present the break down of the contracts because there was definitely some unwanted confusion right before the wedding. To avoid that I would just be sure to be prepared with any questions you have and get a specific break down of every cost (as I would assume most contracts for venues are) prior to signing any contract or writing a check. I hope that they become more organized in the way they present everything and have a more organized package to present in the future because this venue is amazing. Even with that last minute stressfulness I will say I dont regret it one bit. The beauty of the venue makes up for it a million times. All of the staff for the most part is one family and friends and on the day of and the rehearsal (yes we loved it so much we had everything there) they worked very hard to ensure everything went smoothly and it turned out great! One major plus is that they let us come in (pending no other events that week) and set up days before the wedding which for the bride who is pulling off a wedding only with the help of family and friends and no planner or coordinator that is heaven sent! Great venue I say check it out if you are looking for "Rustic Elegance" that is truly in touch with nature!
Wonderful VenueReviewed on 10/19/2013 Sarah K
Absolutely everyone who attended the wedding couldn't get over how lovely the venue was. I was going to do an outdoor ceremony, however we had rain all week. We were able to easily relocate inside :)
DO NOT BOOK THIS VENUE; YOU WILL REGRET ITReviewed on 10/31/2011 Brittany F
DO NOT BOOK THIS VENUE! They are completely dishonest. When I signed with them, I was told they could do my X amount of guest for X amount of dollars, but they would not put it in writing because "they don't do things that they. They do it customized based on your budget." That is bull. Do not believe it from Dixie Howell, she is a sales person and only interested in your money. When I contacted the owner, I was telling her my predicament about being charged 35% more than originally quoted (yes, you read that correctly, 35% more), so which she replied, "WELL, I'M NOT GOING TO JUST SIT HERE AND TALK ABOUT DIXIE BEHIND HER BACK." Great customer service. To top it off, when we had to find another venue, because we simply could not afford what they were charging, they refused to give us our $1000.00 deposit back, saying "we signed the contract." DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE YOUR MONEY. YOU WILL REGRET IT.
Beautiful Venue!Reviewed on 11/16/2010 Jenna K
I absolutely love the atmosphere at the River Rock Event Center! We worked with Dixie Howell and she was an absolutely wonderful coordinator! We were able to customize what we wanted to eat, the look, the location of the ceremony, etc! They were great with communication and I never felt as though anything else was more important than what we wanted for our guests! Definitely made us feel as though we were more important than our business! Everything was customized for us and what we wanted.
Review for River Rock Event CenterReviewed on 5/10/2010 Carly A
Open air, casual but elegant, natural beauty, doesnt need a whole lot of decoration;coordinator is not very hands-on and a little unorganized. She was not even present for the reception (only the caterering staff was there).
Meet The Owner
Janis, Maggie & Susie
We are a family owned and operated venue in an historic building that has been completely renovated to host some of the most elegant events in the hill country.