The Venue

Located on our working ranch just 6 miles south of Fredericksburg off of highway 16 South. We're only minutes from downtown Fredericksburg and the vineyard country. Our spacious venue is 8,000 square feet with the main room being 5,300 square feet and 2,000 sq. ft. of covered wrap around porches overlooking the pond. We can accommodate up to 350 guests inside and larger parties for outside events. Private suites with full baths available for the wedding parties. A bridal suite is located upstairs with a balcony overlooking the main room. The Venue is nestled in majestic hundred year old oak trees and there will be a breath taking water feature perfect for photo opportunities.

The Owners

Brian and Mary Eckert are native Texans and from Fredericksburg. There is over 50 years of customer service between the two of them. Mary has been in the retail business for over thirty years. She owns In-Step Fashions in downtown Fredericksburg. Brian's background is in horticulture and landscape design. He part-time ranches at Rafter E ranch. He too has many years of customer service under his belt. They enjoy spending time with their family and working the ranch. Brian and Mary are active in volunteering in the community. They enjoy serving others through church outreach programs and prison ministry. They are rooted in Christ and give glory to Him every day of their lives. During the search for a wedding venue for their son's wedding, is when they discovered the need for a larger venue. Hence the beginning idea of "The Venue".

Our Mission

Our family at The Venue is committed to providing an exquisite venue at the beautiful Rafter E Ranch while striving to provide our guests with the best customer service and making wonderful lifelong memories. 

Founders of

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch


Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988

Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988