River Bend Nature Center




The River Bend Nature Center located in northern Texas serves as a prime location for a beautiful intimate wedding. With an indoor and several outdoor venues, River Bend Nature Center is the perfect place to celebrate your love with gorgeous forest trails and nature surrounding you. The uncovered terrace and the beautiful native vegetation surrounding it is an ideal location for dinner and dancing. Allow yourself and your loved ones to celebrate the night away under the bright stars at the River Bend Nature Center. Whether your wedding takes place in the Forest Ceremony Site or in the expansive outdoor Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion, it will certainly be a picturesque one-of-a-kind affair for your guests.

Venue Style

Event Center, Park/Garden, Outdoor, Modern


Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 500 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 500 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up and break down time is included in your rental time and begins at the time you indicate on your contract. For example, if your event time starts at 9 and ends at 11 pm, you could start setting up at 9 and the facility would need to be clean and vacated by 11:30. All events have to be over by midnight.

Rental Fees

There is a minimum rental time based on facility. Pricing is as follows: Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion-Weekend Pricing (Fri.-Sat.) is $1,500 for 12 hrs (minimum) and $125 per add. hour. Weekday Pricing (Sun.-Thurs.) is $450 for 6 hrs (minimum), $75 per add. hour. The J.S. Bridwell Terrace, Forest Ceremony Site, and the Bridal Prep Room are included with the rental. A refundable security deposit of $300 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at River Bend Nature Center is estimated at between $3,530 and $8,260 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Outdoor lighting
Day of onsite manager
No kitchen
Large parking lot
Dance area

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Music must end by midnight
Security required if alcohol is being served
LED candles encouraged