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Wedding Ceremonies

Wedding Ceremonies

Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge captures the elegance of times past.  Originally the Birchmont Beach Hotel, this grand resort has graced the north shore of Lake Bemidji since 1915.  Renamed Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge in 1937, the resort has been owned and operated by the Ruttger family for over 75 years.

Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge provides a beautiful setting for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid’s luncheons, and post-wedding brunches.  Wedding ceremonies for 50 to 200 guests are our specialty.  Wedding facilities are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

If you wish to make an appointment to tour the property and discuss your wedding plans in more detail, please call for an appointment at (218)444-3463 or (888)RUTTGER.

Wedding Ceremony Pricing

Over the years, many couples have had the wedding they have always dreamed of at our historic resort, surrounded by our gardens overlooking beautiful Lake Bemidji.  The cost of a wedding ceremony at Ruttger’s is $350.  This also includes rental of the lawn and a 2 hour contingency room in the case of inclement weather.

Your contracted musician is responsible for supplying the necessary audio equipment for ceremonies.

Ruttger’s requests that rice, birdseed, or wildflower seeds are not thrown anywhere on the property.

Chair Rental

$1.25 per chair.  This cost includes set-up, chairs, take down, and use of our magnificent setting.  We ask that you estimate the number of people attending your wedding ceremony.  This number may be updated at any time, up to 48 hours prior to the wedding ceremony.  This count is your guarantee of the minimum number of people you expect to attend, and no adjustment will be made below this number.  We will set up for approximately 5-8% more people than your estimate for ease of seating.

Guest Rooms

Ruttger’s has 67 guest rooms and cottages which can accommodate up to about 180 guests.  All rooms require a two night minimum on weekends and a three night minimum Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day weekends.  To block a group of rooms for your wedding party and guests, please mention your plans to our contact person.

Special Lodging Credit

Your guests will receive a discount on their lodging bill of 10%, if 20 or more rooms or cottages are booked for a minimum of two nights at our regular rate.  All guests must make their group membership known at the time of booking the reservation.


We require a $350 + tax ($375.81) deposit to hold a date.  If you cancel by March 15th, we will refund the deposit minus a $40 handling fee.  After March 15th, the deposit is forfeited if the ceremony is canceled.  Forty-eight hours prior to the ceremony, a final, guaranteed guest count is required.  If you opt to rent chairs from Ruttger’s, full payment must be made at that time.  All items are subject to Minnesota State Sales Tax, 7.375%.