Yosemite Weddings at Rush Creek Lodge
Conveniently located at the doorstep of Yosemite National Park, Rush Creek is a superbly designed ‘destination within a destination’ making it perfect for wedding parties seeking a meaningful nature experience that is also stylish, exciting, and yet relaxing.
The first new lodge to be built in the Yosemite area in more than 25 years, Rush Creek embodies a contemporary, rustic sensibility inspired by the breathtaking expanse of nature surrounding its 20-acre wooded hillside setting.
Having hosted weddings for over a decade at our neighboring sister property, the Evergreen Lodge, we appreciate that every wedding party has specific needs, and we’re happy to work with you on lodging options, budget realities, meal options, facilities choices, recreation ideas, and more. You can rely on our flexibility and creativity in realizing the celebration of your dreams. We reduce the pressure of planning, giving you more time to enjoy your guests and the beauty that surrounds you.
Wedding packages at Rush Creek include a variety of services, facilities, and equipment for weddings of up to 200 guests:
- Time spent with you throughout your wedding planning process, including face to face meetings, telephone consultations & email correspondence
- A personal Wedding Day Assistant to help with the arrangements of all facilities and details for your special day
- Exclusive use of event facilities
- House linens for meal events
- Table settings
- Farm tables & chairs
- Silver cake service
- Service staff throughout your event/s
- All setup & breakdown of equipment
We can arrange additional enhancements, including table decorations, specialty linens, floral service, cake service, archway, dance floor, and DJ. We can also deliver gift baskets and wedding mementos for your guests.
Additional events can also be arranged, including
- Engagement Parties
- Bachelor/ Bachelorette Parties
- Personalized Wedding Meals
- Day-after Wedding Brunches & Breakfasts
- Live Music & Entertainment
Catering & Menus
Yosemite is a feast for the senses, and Rush Creek’s culinary methods follow suit. Our menus embody a flavor profile that is rooted in American dishes with a sophisticated California approach. We serve authentic mountain lodge cuisine that is fresh, thoughtful, delicious and environmentally sound.
Our on-site planning and catering experts can design all of your meals to suit your party’s budget and dietary realities. As with the rest of your event, we’ll focus on crafting menus and presentations that help realize your vision. Options range from “backpacker” lunches (for your day hike) to a variety of buffets to “mountain elegant” plated reception dinners. Please contact our Weddings Coordinator for menu options, pricing, and further details.
Groups can choose the dining venue that suits their needs, enjoying meals indoors or outdoors – or both! No matter where you dine at Rush Creek, you will be treated to invigorating views of the surrounding forest and spectacular Sierra sunsets that pair perfectly with your meal.
Our grand main lodge houses our main dining room, tavern, and adjoining terraces. The main dining room and terrace can seat groups up to 220, and for a more intimate occasion, our private dining room and terrace can accommodate banquets of up to 48 guests.
Please contact Tara Stetz at or (209) 379-2373 x 1516 for menu options, pricing, and further details.
Note: all food & beverage for your event is provided by the Lodge, with exception of the wedding cake.
Facilities & Map
Wedding ceremonies can take place at a variety of idyllic outdoor venues or in our main event hall. We are thrilled to bring this magnificent event hall to the Yosemite area! With its high-beamed ceilings, massive picture windows, and walls that slide completely open to let the outdoors in, you’re free to enjoy the best of all worlds.
Couples can also have their ceremony in the Park and return to the Lodge for their reception.
Our main restaurant, private dining room tavern, and spacious outdoor terraces provide groups with great flexibility for both their functions and their leisure time. Rehearsal dinners and brunches can be held in any of our several venues.
|Event Hall Outdoor Patio||2,500||100|
|Bridal Veil Room||375||15|
|Private Dining Room||750||48|
|Private Dining Room & Terrace||1,050||60|
|Poolside BBQ Area||2,250||200|
Booking & Reservations
To reserve a date, a non-refundable deposit of the facility rental fee is due within 14 days after booking your date. An additional $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due at 90 days out from the event. At 30 days an additional deposit is due equal to 50% of the estimated invoice balance. The remainder is due at checkout. We require a two-night minimum rental on lodging.
Exact pricing depends on your specific program and group size. Rush Creek Lodge books weddings up to 2 years in advance. Please email your contact information to Tara Stetz at so we can arrange to discuss your needs and check availability of your desired date.
For rental of additional items for your event that Rush Creek Lodge does not have in-house, we are happy to coordinate rental of any of the items listed below. For our services, which include coordinating delivery and covering associated costs, we charge a fee of 10% of the rental costs as listed below.
|Aisle runners**||$125, up to 100 feet|
|Wrought Iron Arch**||$150 (includes set up/breakdown)|
|Circular Steel Arch**||$200 (includes set up/breakdown)|
|House Dance Floor**||$700 (18 x 24 solid wood dance floor)|
|Patio Heaters **||$65 each per event|
|Generator (Honda EU2000i)**||$50 an hour|
|Small Portable PA System**||$400 per day (Includes 2 Lapel Mics, 1 Handheld Mic and Stand)|
|Portable Screen and Projector**||$150 per day|
|Flip Chart with 30-Sheet Post-it Pad and Markers**||$50 each per day ( 2 available)|
|Dry Erase White Board and Markers**||$25 each per day ( 2 available)|
|Wood Display Easel**||$15 each per day ( 2 available)|
|Plug & Play Wireless Presenter Remote (Laser, timer, and slideshow controls)**||$25 per day|
|Corporate Meeting Outlet Set-Up||$50 per space|
|Colored Linens/Skirting/Napkins||Please contact us for a quote|
|Tents for Outdoor Events||Pricing depends on size and specifics of tent and event|
Farm Tables and Chairs are included in the facility fee for meetings, receptions, and ceremonies of up to 200 people. Additional tables will be rented from an outside vendor, pricing varies.
Prices are subject to change without notice, due to market changes.
**Indicates in-house item: no additional 10% surcharge**
This list of vendors is supplied as a courtesy; Rush Creek Lodge cannot be held responsible for arrangements or accuracy of information. All arrangements and fees are made directly with the individuals.
Natalie Galasso Designs
Willow Floral Designs
Columbia Nursery and Florist
Tangled Hearts Bakery
Cover’s Apple Ranch
Donuts A Go Go
Heavenly Pies from the Heart
Lila and Sage
Mother Lode Adventures
ARCH & Co.
Modern 8 Films
Agape Creative Studios
Denin and Doyle
Heart of Gold DJs
Patrick Pike Photography
Giggle & Riot
Hair & Stylists
Bella Donna Salon
Blush On Location Bridal Beauty
Pop, Jazz, Classical, Chamber
John Kilburn, Violin, Viola, Cello
Private Yosemite Tour
Gather your wedding party, family and friends for a private guided tour customized to fit your schedule and group interests. We can tour Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite High Country, or Glacier Point. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your wedding guests while also enjoying the special area where you chose to get married. We can customize outings to include short hikes, visits to photo locations and even a champagne toast at a scenic vista or The Ahwahnee. Freshly made trail lunches are included in the trip.
- Typically a 5-6 hour tour scheduled to fit your itinerary, usually 9am-3pm
- Trip includes personalized itinerary, snacks, lunch, van, Park entrance fee and naturalist guide/driver
- $90/person (6 guest minimum)
Hetch Hetchy or Carlon Falls Hike
Come see and explore one of Yosemite’s best kept secrets: Hetch Hetchy or Carlon Falls. Both are absolutely beautiful areas, and both are close to the lodge and seen by few. Our hike to Hetch Hetchy’s Wapama Falls is 4.5 miles roundtrip, while Carlon Falls is about 3 miles – both are modest hikes. At its peak, Wapama Falls is the most powerful waterfall in Yosemite and is more than 1200’ high. Carlon Falls in contrast, is an idyllic series of cascading falls with a main swimming hole at its base. Both spots are ideal for a picnic lunch (which is included in the trip) and hanging out before your big event. These are great trips to spend quality time with a smaller, select group of friends and family. Our guide typically leads the carpool caravan to the trailhead, which is either a 10 or 20 minute drive from the lodge depending on the trip (van transportation can also be arranged for an additional fee).
- Both trips are typically 4 hours, usually 10am-2pm
- Trips include snacks, lunch and naturalist guide
- $50/person (6 guest minimum)
[Hetch Hetchy from the Dam image]
Sunrise Hike and Yoga Journey
Breathe in the rare beauty of Yosemite in this 4 ½ hour hiking and yoga adventure. This spectacular morning journey will bring relaxation and serenity as we settle into the rhythms of the wilderness. The perfect start to balance your special wedding weekend, our journey begins with a two and a half mile hike to Lookout Point, where breathtaking views of Wapama Falls and Tuolumne Canyon await. Once at our destination, we will enjoy a gentle hatha yoga session in the morning mountain air. Following the professionally led yoga practice, we’ll rest and enjoy a snack before beginning our walk back to the lodge.
- Trip typically runs from 7am-11:30am
- Yoga mats and snacks included
- $60/person (4 guest minimum)
- 1-hour onsite sessions for groups of all sizes are also available at the lodge for $10-$15/person (2 guest minimum)
Whitewater Rafting on the Merced River
Beginning in the high peaks of Southern Yosemite, the Merced River is best known for creating the spectacular Nevada and Vernal Falls before it enters Yosemite Valley. Further downstream we offer an 11 mile whitewater trip, making this a fun and exciting way to cap off the perfect wedding weekend! Whether you choose to open this adventure to all of your wedding guests or would rather give this as a special gift to your wedding party, the class 3 rapids (rated 1-5) are suitable for first time rafters and children over the ages of 12. Low water family trips, great for ages 6 and above, begin in the late season and offer fun technical rapids as well as stops along the way for swimming opportunities, sunny beaches, rock diving boards and snacks!
- Trips run every day through the Spring and Summer from 8:30am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
- Trips include all river gear for a fun and safe trip, beverages at the end of the trip, parking at launch site and shuttles back to your car.
- $95 - $115/person (no minimum)
- Payment at time of booking
- Available April – July, conditions permitting
Other Trip & Activity Options
- Fly fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback Riding
- Sunset Tours
- Yoga Customized or Multi-sport Adventures
- Massage Therapy
For more details please email Tara Stetz at and she'll get you moving in the right direction!
Guided Trip Notes
- All trip start and end times are flexible based on the needs of the wedding party.
- Trips can be planned and paid for in a variety of ways. Ask about hosted and non-hosted trips.
- Guests must sign up for trips 30 days ahead of time.
- 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking.
- Kids 12 years old and younger are charged half price on most guided trips.
- Prices shown are subject to change.