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 at 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 10,000 sq ft. which will accommodate 350 guest. 2,800 sq. ft. of wrap around covered porches. 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 ideas for "The Venue".

Our Mission

The Venue is committed to providing an exquisite event center at the beautiful Rafter E Ranch while striving to provide guests with the best customer service, making wonderful lifelong memories. 

Founders of

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch


Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988

Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988