The Venue

The Venue is nestled on a private ranch with hundred year old oak trees overlooking miles of the Texas Hill Country with majestic sunset views. You will be able to enjoy wildlife right off the back porch. Located just 6 miles south of downtown Fredericksburg and minutes away from the vineyard corridor and hundreds of  lodging establishments. Our spacious venue is 7,500 square feet which will accommodate 300+ guests. The Main Event room is 5,200 sq. ft. with an additional 3,000 sq. ft. of covered porches attached. Private suites for the wedding parties are available with the bridal suite upstairs overlooking the main room. The Venue has many scenic sites allowing for some of the best photo opportunities. 

The Owners

Brian and Mary Eckert are native Texans from Fredericksburg. Together they have over 50 years of customer service experience. Mary has been in the retail business for over thirty years. She continues to own and run  In-Step Fashions in downtown Fredericksburg. Brian has a background in horticulture and landscape design. He part-time ranches at Rafter E ranch. Brian and Mary enjoy spending time with their family and working on the ranch. They are active in volunteering in the community, and 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, they discovered the need for a larger venue. Hence the first thought of Fredericksburg needing "The Venue".

Our Mission

The Venue is committed to providing an exquisite event center, offering excellent customer service, for it's guests and allowing opportunity for lifelong memories to be made. 

Founders of

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch


  Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988

Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988