The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort is under new ownership and now called Silver Birches. This venue, in The Poconos, Pennsylvania, is the ideal place for couples who are wanting to hold a multi-day event with family and friends in a relaxing setting where they also have an abundance of fun and laughter. The rustic setting is cozy and warm with cabins for lodging, Adirondack chairs throughout the property, lakefront activities, fire pits and a lodge.
The Waterfront is the exclusive wedding event venue in The Poconos that combines comfort with elegance. A part of Silver Birches, The Waterfront accommodates up to 250 guests. With shoreline access and the lakefront dock available to be used during wedding events, the backdrop for bridal party photography is exquisite. The venue is dressed up with chandeliers and indoor stone fireplaces.
The Dock on Wallenpaupack is the Silver Birches' signature restaurant. Once a popular 1940s roadhouse, the restaurant is now reminiscent of the baby boomer era and serves food that is inspired by water. The chefs create new twists on the old classics and feature mostly seafood entrees. The Dock serves a wide array of cocktails and wine. Enjoy your meal or drink outside on the deck during the summer months. The Dock is unique in that it also has a pub, a coffee house, starboard room and banquet room for hosting rehearsal dinners, post wedding brunches and small weddings. This venue accommodates 46 guests in the dining room.
What You Should Know
The event staff for The Waterfront venue is with couples from every stage of pre-planning through the post wedding brunch. The variety of packages are tailored to fit every bride and every budget while also being customizable. All wedding packages during peak season (May through October) are catered to a minimum of 140 guests. Off-peak season weddings and brunches have the ability to be booked at just a 75-person minimum. Lodging is able to be reserved in blocks for guests during the off-season and Silver Birches gives a credit towards shuttle service to other area hotels during peak season to take the burden off the bride and groom.
- All ceremonies include seating, arch, sound system and indoor arrangements as a backup plan for weather
- Lantern centerpieces are available at no extra cost for guest tables
- All packages include champagne or wine toast, ivory linens with couple’s choice of napkin color, skirted bridal table and event planner
- The catering team is happy to design your custom wedding cake with choice of flavor, filling and frosting
- A couples' suite for the wedding night is complimentary with all wedding ceremonies and receptions
- Catering options for dinner include plated dinner, buffet or stations
In addition to the amenities already listed, extra perks available to couples when booking the Silver Birches include:
- Ice sculptures are available
- Couples may opt for a sparkling punch fountain
- A chocolate fountain with strawberry towers may be added
- A variety of dessert stations are available in addition to the wedding cake
- Pre-ceremony platters are available for pickup from the restaurant for the bridal dressing rooms
- Several salons and spas are nearby for pre-wedding services
From the Vendor
Lakefront Ceremonies & Lakeview Receptions
At Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort we specialize in getting you to the ‘Happily Ever After’. We offer stunning on site weddings & elegant receptions, all with breathtaking views of Lake Wallenpaupack. Every season at Ehrhardt’s is one to celebrate love & we can accommodate weddings year round.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
The Waterfront at Silver Birches was nothing less then exceptional. As a bride I had multiple envisions for my wedding day, Ashley, whom was our wedding coordinator, and her team made every single one of them come true. Anything I asked for, was done and If it couldn't be done they made sure another alternative was in place. Everyone was professional and welcoming from the bar staff to the wait staff and the wedding coordinator herself. I couldn't ask for a better team to help me on such an important day. Ashley made me feel like the only bride she had to work with this year, when really I know she has dozens to work with this summer alone. She was the glue that held everything together. She was always just an email or phone call away and that is extremely comforting as a bride. The venue was breathtaking. The lake of course, but it was very apparent the staff worked very hard to up keep the grounds as well. I felt like I had my own little world for my wedding. I wish I could relive this day over and over again, that is just how special and wonderful The Waterfront at Silver Birches worked. I thank everyone and I encourage all brides to indulge themselves in this venue, worth every penny is an understatement!
I had my wedding at Silver Birches on October 7th and I'm so happy we did! From the beautiful ceremony, the reception, our cake, the food to the amazing staff and wedding planner Karen it couldn't have been better! My husband Albert and I had such an amazing time and experience! We will recommend Silver Birches to anyone and everyone. Thanks for making out day as perfect as it was! <3
My husband and I just got married at Silver Birches recently and it was amazing. Karen walked us through the process and helped make sure everything went flawlessly! The food, wait staff and environment was amazing. We had a great time at our wedding and everyone couldn't stop commenting on how beautiful it was and how great the food was. We also loved that Silver Birches isn't a wedding factory and really embraces your style and tries to make your dream come true. Enough great things can't be said about Silver Birches. Look no further, this wedding venue is drop dead gorgeous. Thanks again!
All of our wedding dreams came true at Silver Birches. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful day. Ashley Ehrhardt helped us from day one, giving us great advice, answering my many questions, and being so sweet and genuine throughout the whole process. Definitely request to work with her! Everything ran smoothly, perfectly, and the staff was so helpful and kind throughout the whole night. The food was to die for, the drinks were wonderful, and there is no better scenery than right on the lake.
I cannot say enough about Silver Birches. My husband and I spent 16 months planning an outdoor wedding and then it rained. The staff at Silver Birches made sure that we still had a perfect day. They were very kind and accommodating, and did a wonderful job transforming our space from ceremony to reception. Karen and Ashley are absolutely wonderful. They were with me every step of the way and I couldn't have done it without them! We received countless compliments the night of or wedding from the food, to the venue to the staff. All of our guests loved it. One of the questions we were asked most often was "how did you find this place?". Silver Birches is truly a hidden gem. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and my husband and I are already counting the days until our return.
When I met Karen and her assistant, Ashley, at Ehrhardt's back in January, I immediately knew they were the ones to help me plan my wedding! Karen's sincerity and welcoming, warm personality reassured me that my wedding was not just going to be another "job" for her. She really does care about each and every couple and makes it her personal prerogative to ensure you have the best day ever! She is very friendly and personable and will do everything in her power to give you the day you dream of. She bent over backwards a few times for us to accommodate our wedding day needs. One example is we originally had our date set for August 2017. Circumstances changed and my groom and I had to move up our wedding date to this April. I went in early March to talk to Karen about different options for a wedding ceremony and she immediately found us a date in April and hopped on the phone to call around and make arrangements to make this wedding a reality! She coordinated with our wedding cake vendor and the cabin room's contact for our guests to stay in. We sat in her office and planned my entire wedding in an hour. She got every one on board and I was able to plan a wedding in 1 month! That is what I mean when I tell you Karen does not take her "job" lightly. You are not a job to her. You become family when you sign that contract and you WILL be taken care of as such. As for the serving staff, my guests could not rave enough about their excellent service! After the wedding, my guests gave me personal accounts of when a server went above and beyond their duty to help them with something. To give you an example, one of my guests was looking for a fork on the table. A server immediately, within 2 seconds of my guest looking, came over and said "I saw you were looking for something what can I get for you?" I mean wow! That's service you find at an all-inclusive 5 star Caribbean resort or Disney cruise line. My guests also raved about the quality of food! They must have sent back a dozen compliments to the chef on the taste and portions! My wedding day was perfect because it seriously was stress free. The Ehrhardt's staff set up our ceremony inside because of cold weather, then served the appetizers to smoothly move guests to the bar area so they could quickly set up the dining room with my centerpieces and favors included in maybe a 15 minute time frame. I've never seen a room transform so quickly and beautifully. This staff knows their stuff and all the rules of hospitality. The staff was very friendly and helpful towards my guests and made our night so enjoyable because we felt like we were taking care of at all times. Karen kept our wedding timeline punctual. She smoothly transitioned us from ceremony, to reception, from introductions to first dance to dinner to cake cutting to dancing. I never had to talk to any of my service people because she took care of everything and kept my photographers, videographer and DJ all on the same page and timeline. We had to have the ceremony inside which at first I was a little bummed because I wanted it outside on the lake. But the way Karen set up the inside, it really felt like we are on the lake. The back wall is all windows and she puts you on a raised stage so you can still see outside and see the lake. The lake was in every picture! Which was exactly what I wanted. I cannot thank Karen and her staff enough for our perfect wedding day! You will not be disappointed if you decide to get married at Ehrhardt's!
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Ehrhardt's in October and everything was amazing! Karen, the wedding planner at Ehrhardt's, was very helpful and enthusiastic about our wedding. Our guests continue to tell us how much they loved our wedding and the food! Even though it rained and we couldn't have our ceremony outdoors, Karen made sure everything ran smoothly and that our day was perfect. We are a same sex couple and we really appreciated being treated with such courtesy and respect. Many of our friends and family stayed overnight and enjoyed the accommodations. We have nothing but good things to say about our experience!
There are not enough words to say how thankful we are that Jess and Erik chose Ehrhardts for their wedding. From Karen's help on Day 1 to the event itself, we could not have asked for more. Everyone was pleasant and helpful, the banquet hall was beautiful, and the food was outstanding. Since it was off-season and the guests could stay on-site, it became not only a wedding but a weekend reunion, and many guests said they'd like to return. We are so happy they chose an off-season date! In short, the most common comment we heard was "Best wedding ever!" Thanks again for everything!
Absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!Reviewed on 10/21/2015 Erin H
My husband and I had our ceremony on the lawn at Ehrhardt's, followed by a reception inside, and it was all so perfect I still can't wrap my head around it. Karen, the wedding coordinator, was so calming throughout the whole planning process, and I kid you not...we didn't have to think about anything on wedding day except enjoying ourselves because the staff there took care of absolutely everything. Everyone was so professional, and so genuinely nice to be around. All of our guests were from out of town, and they're all talking about how they can't wait until the summertime to go back to Ehrhardt's to visit because it was such a great experience. Not one single detail was overlooked, including things I never would have even thought of. I really recommend Ehrhardt's to anyone who's looking for a venue. And I can't even wrap my head around the food. I have been to tons of weddings, and never have I had food that was so consistently good as at Ehrhardt's. Everything was delicious, and every single one of our guests commented on it being the best wedding food they've ever had.
Beautiful Venue! Excellent Service!Reviewed on 9/27/2015 Megan J
I cannot say enough what a beautiful venue this was to have my wedding! The ceremony took place outside and had a gorgeous view of the lake! The layout of the banquet center was perfect and also had a gorgeous view of the lake with a private deck that guests could enjoy. The food was phenomenal! I received nothing but compliments from the wide assortment of food and beverage options. I loved how the venue was able to provide not just the location, but also the food and open bar options I was looking for. Tax and gratuity were all included within their package pricing which made the budget planning so much easier with no hidden costs or surprises! I also loved working with the wedding coordinator, Karen, who was an absolute delight to work with! She really paid close attention to all of my requests and details, and everyone from Ehrhardt's staff were more than willing to accommodate special requests to make the day exactly what I wanted! I would have to say that everything was worth the price because I had zero stress, and it was absolutely gorgeous and unforgettable! Not only will you gain a gorgeous wedding with this venue, but you'll gain relationships with this staff that will have you going back long after your wedding for food and fun! Thank you again to all at Ehrhardt's!
Jul 5 at 9:45 AM Hi Karen, Just wanted to say Wow!!!! What a great time we had at the wedding and our guest are still talking about how great the food was and how beautiful everything was!! You were not kidding when you said I could put away my wedding folder, it was so nice to just enjoy the weekend with no worries! Everything was so stress free. Briana and Travis loved everything about their day. You made the day go so smoothly. We loved the new cabins and our guest all enjoyed their stay at Ehrhardt's. Breakfast the next morning put a special end to a fantastic weekend. Michael did a great job on breakfast. You all are a great team at Ehrhardt's. So again a big thank you for making our daughter and new son in-law's wedding a day to always remember. We had a blast!!! Sincerely Parents of Bride & Groom Linda & Jim Malachowski
Karen and her team at Ehrhardt's are amazing! They really make sure every little detail is perfect for your special day, they think of everything! We had both our ceremony and reception onsite. We were blown away at how great everything was...from the food to the service it was all top notch. Karen makes sure your planning goes smoothly and is quick to respond to email and phone calls. She sends helpful reminders which are great because your mind will be all over the place right before your big day. We were so happy that we picked Ehrhardt's and you will be too!
Very SpecialReviewed on 11/20/2014 Laura C
We had a small wedding (~80) guests and made some special requests to try to keep the costs down. Karen (our planner, a service included in the price!!) happily helped and made sure our reception fit in our budget. She was attentive and helpful for the entire planning process. More importantly, though, on the day of the wedding, she really went above and beyond our expectations and made us truly feel special. She escorted the grandparents to their seats and seemed to show special attention as if ours was the only wedding the venue had ever seen. It was amazing. The entire staff was professional and courteous, as well. In addition to the exceptional quality, Ehrhardt's provided a wide array of service options, provided a wedding planner, provided set-up and tear down, AND did a big amount of the logistic work (cakes/flowers/etc) for us (all included). They even provided a list of options for DJs/bands/photographers etc (we ended up doing additional research and finding someone else to fit our needs and budget, but the service is convenient). Our reception was a buffet dinner style with hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail hour. The guests were raving about the coconut shrimp and mini-cheesesteaks (I really liked the bruschetta). After dinner, many guests commented that they were expecting the usual buffet dinner, but were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was. They reception layout is really convenient. The bar is large and accessible without intruding on the dining/dancing area. It overlooks the lake making it extremely scenic and all of the decoration is modern and elegant. It really gives you a ton of options on how you want to add an personalize it for your own wedding reception. The hall was very comfortable for our size wedding and could easily seat more (I think it can seat in the mid to high 200s for guests??). Lastly, the bar upstairs had live music planned and was a great after party hangout for us and our guests. It was also awesome that all of our guests were able to be accommodated in the resort's rooms. A larger wedding might have some trouble, but it was more than enough for ours. The rooms were also all very nice. We also had our rehearsal dinner in the restaurant above the hall. It was a little tight (can only accommodate 46 guests) but the food was excellent, the ice cream bar was super fun for everyone, and the service was extraordinary. As you can see, we were really happy with our service. I believe that IF your wedding pushed the limits of the hall's capacity, it could get a little crowded. The good side is that there is plenty of space near the bar, and a deck (if it's warm) for people to spread out after the dinner. But as for the service, there is literally nothing that made me say to myself, "wow I wish she would've done X." Karen and the staff way exceeded our expectations.
The Most Beautiful Day Ever!Reviewed on 10/13/2014 Meredith C
When searching for a venue we didn't just want any old fire hall, but we also didn't want to bust our budget on the venue. Ehrhardt's Waterfront was the perfect compromise - not only did we have a gorgeous lakeside backdrop for our outdoor ceremony, but the indoor reception hall was absolutely beautiful. Having both events on site was extremely helpful and fluid. Not to mention that they took care of all the food, booze, even the wedding cake! For everything included in the price, it really couldn't have gotten any better. Karen Loeschorn and Eric Ehrhardt were extremely pleasant to work with, as well as their entire staff. I cannot say enough good things about Karen. She was there every step of the way to make things perfect for my husband and I. She put together everything exactly the way I had envisioned it and coordinated with the vendors seamlessly. She is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to work with on such an important event, and I am so glad I had the chance to meet her. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Everyone at Ehrhardt's was so nice, even the wait staff. Mike, the restaurant manager, did an amazing job at putting together our rehearsal dinner the night before, and Sue Ehrhardt at the resort made sure all our guests, including us, were set up with rooms and accommodations on the beautiful lake. The ceremony, reception, weather, sunset - everything was absolutely beautiful. I would not hesitate to use Ehrhardt's as your wedding venue. You won't be disappointed.
We love Ehrhardts!Reviewed on 9/22/2014 Mia E
Last fall, we were researching and visiting wedding venues to find the perfect place to get married. We had initially planned to get married in Hawaii but we looked around locally just to see if there was a place that could match the beauty of Hawaii but would be more convenient for our family and friends. We found what we were looking for in Ehrhardts, it was perfect! It was beautiful, the food was amazing and everyone is so genuine and nice there. The view of the lake is breathtaking! Eric, Karen and Sue were extremely helpful in the planning process. We loved every minute of our wedding and we received so many compliments from our guests. Great job Ehrhardts!!!!
Perfect Place for Wedding Reception!Reviewed on 9/08/2014 Kristen W
My husband and I viewed many different locations in our area for our reception to be held. We instantly fell in love with Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort. Not only were we amazed with the beautiful view of the lake, but we were amazed with the professionalism of each of the staff members. All of the banquet staff was very accommodating and extremely easy to work with – especially Eric Ehrhardt and Karen Loeschorn. We couldn’t have been happier knowing that Karen was available anytime of the day to answer any of our questions or concerns along the way; and worked with us to ensure that everything was in order for our special day. Our reception was picture perfect; from the sun glistening off the water, to the lovely sunset that set behind the dock and lake. The banquet room was elegant and the food was delicious! It has been two months since our wedding, and our guests are still talking about the food and how much fun they had! We would definitely, highly recommend Ehrhardt’s to anyone for any occasion.
The perfect outdoor wedding on a lakeReviewed on 7/06/2014 Jennifer F
We just got married at Ehrhardt's on 6/7/14. If you are looking for a wedding on the water, near the poconos, this is the place to go. From the moment we booked to the thank you card and champagne signed by all the staff, Ehrhardt's went above and beyond our expectations. Our wedding was perfect. Karen (the wedding coordinator) helps to make everything run so smooth, and to ensure you can take a break and enjoy the day. It was so fun having many of our guests stay on the property...kind of like a nearby destination wedding. We also did our rehearsal dinner and sunday breakfast buffet on property. The food is outstanding...all our guests raved about it. Also we rented firewood and had all our guests stay for a bonfire on the lake after the reception....so much fun!!! Not to mention, this was one of the most affordable venues that we looked at (we live in Philadelphia). I will recommend Ehrhardt's to anyone looking for a beautiful outdoor ceremony, and gorgeous ballroom with huge outdoor deck right on Lake Wallenpaupack.
kellie pompeiReviewed on 6/15/2014 kellie l
Ehrhardt's staff was wonderful!! Our wedding was so much more than we expected!!! I highly recommend Ehrhardt's- If you are looking a venue on a lake--this is a must!!! Sunsets are to die for!!! They have the best spot on the lake!!
Wedding of my dreamsReviewed on 1/17/2014 Jessica L
Ehrhardt's provided us with such a wonderful wedding. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding! Everything was amazing from start to finish. From the moment we got there, everything was just perfect! Everybody there was so incredibly nice, and just phenomenal! They made this such an easy and enjoyable occasion, and we honestly can't stop talking about how much we love Ehrhardt's! They made everything so easy. The entire process was very enjoyable, and caused me no stress at all. My wedding turned out more perfect than I could have ever imagined, all thanks to the staff at Ehrhardt's. The venue is a fantastic location, beautiful scenery, and the staff makes you feel like you are part of the family.
Adam & VanessaReviewed on 9/27/2013 Vanessa R
We searched for about a year looking at places to have our wedding and reception. We wanted a place where we could have an outside ceremony and then the reception at the same place. When we found Ehrhardts we were relieved. We didn't have to worry about anything. They did it all. All we had to do was pretty much show up. The ceremony was exactly what we wanted elegant yet not over done. And the grounds were perfect for the pictures. We got a lot of really good ones by the lake. Reception we couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere. The staff was helpful and on top of everything. We were very impressed and weren't expecting all that we got from ehrhardts. It was the perfect place for us and we had a wonderful day. The food was out of this world delicious. They really made our day the PERFECT DAY!
Perfect!Reviewed on 8/12/2013 Lacey K
We were looking to have an outside wedding with less than 100 people. Ehrhardt's was the perfect place. The outside ceremony site was beautiful, and had an amazing sunset. The banquet room looked very elegant, and the food was delicious. The best part is that it is all very affordable compared to other wedding venues, and Diane (the wedding planner) was extremely helpful! I would highly recommend if you are looking for a beautiful wedding at an affordable price.
summer wedding by the lakeReviewed on 8/01/2013 Dawn M
Ehrhardt's - and specifically Diane Bernstel - made our wedding day go perfectly! We had a beautiful lakeside summer wedding and it was as stress-free as possible, with every detail taken care of by Ehrhardt's. The ceremony went smoothly, the food was delicious, the scenery was gorgeous. We had over 100 guests and planned everything long-distance using exclusively Diane's recommendations for the menu (including the cake), the florist, music (DJ/band) and photography. We couldn't be happier with how everything turned out for us, and with the way our guests were treated. ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND HAVING YOUR WEDDING AT EHRHARDT'S!!!
Best wedding ever!Reviewed on 7/31/2013 Stacey S
My husband and I are both from northeast PA. We have been to many weddings at the "same old" venues. When we started to plan our wedding we wanted something different, but amazing. Ehrhardts was the perfect choice; it was a destination feel without the extreme traveling. Not only did we have an amazing time, but many of our guests told us it was the best wedding that they had ever been at. The food was great and the views were spectacular. Everyone felt like they were away at the lake. The atmosphere at Ehrhardts is something you can not get at any old banquet hall. I have to say that I was not overly excited to plan my wedding, at first; I knew that my to-do list would be never ending. However, from the first meeting with Diane and the staff at Ehrhardts until the last dance at my wedding, I felt special. Diane and the staff are so kind and accommodating. They went above and beyond to make the day perfect! There is not a bad thing I could think of to say about Ehrhardts. The process of planning our wedding to the execution of the wedding was so easy and the day was amazing. My husband and I hope to go back for our anniversary and would love to make it a yearly getaway with our growing family !
Absolutely PerfectReviewed on 6/03/2013 Nicholas J
From day one, Ehrhardt's has been an incredible host for our wedding. As time went by and the wedding came closer, Ehrhardt's was always there to meet our needs and answer our questions. Ehrhardt's was more then accommodating for me, my wife, and both our families. The service staff were professional and courteous. Everything from the food to the resort rooms were perfect. This should be on anyone's list of possible venues.
Couldn't have asked for more...Reviewed on 4/03/2013 Megan S
My husband and I are both locals and have been to Ehrhardt’s for many events throughout the years (Christmas parties, various weddings, mother’s day, etc.) and so when it came time to select a location for our wedding it was a no brainer! Everything about our wedding day was picture perfect from start to finish. We had chosen to have a winter wedding in January and it turned out to be a beautiful, 50 degree day and had just snowed earlier that week so the backdrop was breath taking. We had an indoor ceremony overlooking the lake with our reception to follow. Eric, Diane and the rest of the banquet staff were so accommodating and super easy to work with and the food was delicious. I was a bit concerned at first about having my ceremony and reception all in the same location but I was thoroughly surprised at how fast and flawless the staff was able to transform the room from ceremony to reception without missing a beat. From day one Diane made herself available to answer any questions we might have along the way and she worked with us to ensure that everything we wanted was in order for our big day. Thanks to her I had no worries and the planning process was a breeze! A special thanks to the entire staff, we could not have asked for a better way to start our lives together, we would highly recommend Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort to anyone looking to get married in the Poconos!