Make your wedding a memorable event.

Doesn’t your wedding deserve a setting that’s as special as the occasion?

Empire Mine State Park’s historic grounds are rich in breathtaking beauty and rock-solid history. That’s why so many couples choose to begin their married life here, surrounded by fountains, vintage gardens and stately trees on our well-tended grounds.

Early planning and a little luck are the key.

Reserved wedding dates range from May 1 to the first weekend in October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We begin taking reservations on April 15 for the following year’s wedding season. You may have a ceremony only or a ceremony and reception.  Since Saturdays are in high demand, priority will be given to those requesting BOTH the ceremony and reception option.

Ceremony includes:

  • Changing facilities for the bride and bridesmaids
  • Seating for up to 200 guests on white fan chairs
  • Ceremony chair set-up and take-down
  • Delivery of bride to the wedding site
  • Shuttle for guests with disabilities
  • Exclusive use of selected Park areas after 5:00 p.m. & use of grounds for photos
  • Parking in main parking lot
  • Rehearsal on site for one hour the day before the event

Arrangements for caterers, rentals, flowers, music and other enhancements are made privately by the wedding organizers.  Photographs may be taken before the wedding as early as 3:00 p.m. or after the service. 

Springtime, summer and early-autumn weddings are
extra special outside the historic, Cotswold-style Empire Cottage.
Photo by Lori Spencer

Reception includes:

  • Use of round tables & white chairs for up to 200 guests
  • Use of commissary kitchen for your choice of professional caterer


Costs and Choices:

Ceremony only (no reception): Under 50 guests $   500
50 to 200             $1,000
Ceremony & Reception: Up to 200 guests $3,150
Additional charge for Alcohol Beer & wine only $ 350


Champagne glasses decorated with orange bows
Imagine your “Just Married” reception in the very place where
the historic Bourn Family celebrated special events over a century ago!


Next step?

For further details about reservations and restrictions, phone (530) 273-8522, ext.203 or 204. You may tentatively reserve a date for 30 days; then make an appointment with our Special Events Coordinator to sign your permit and pay a non-refundable deposit that will secure your date. The fee for reserving only a ceremony is $250, and $500 for ceremony and reception.

2018 dates no longer available – next lottery will be for 2019 dates

The wedding requests we receive are greater than the dates available. In order to determine who will get which dates, we conduct a random lottery. If you want to be considered for a wedding date in 2019, you must complete the lottery form that is currently being revised, and will not available until early in 2018.  Once completed, it must be submitted to the Special Events Office by (time and date to be announced). Names will be drawn in September 2018 (exact date to be announced, as well).  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PARK OFFICE AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR FORM. We will notify everyone in the order in which names are drawn.

You may request a lottery form at the Visitors Center or click here to download as a PDF.  

Click here to review/download the Letter that confirms the above details.

Click here to review/download our Wedding Brochure.

Click here to review/download insurance requirements for Wedding Events.