Whether you dream of tying the knot on the beach, exchanging vows in a vineyard or farm setting, or making your grand entrance in a more formal and elegant downtown venue, you can realize all your wedding fantasies in lovely California. Summer wedding are the most popular, and the more sought-after venues get booked out well in advance. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1. Bently Reserve
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The historic Bently Reserve dates back to the Roaring Twenties and is still just as impressive as the day it was built. The elegant venue, which was once the San Francisco Federal Reserve, will form the perfect backdrop for a more formal, elegant wedding – the temple-style main banking hall can accommodate up to 350 guests for a banquet-style reception. There are various spaces where you can stage both your ceremony and your reception, and the outdoor balcony and the mezzanine level are the ideal place to enjoy cocktails. The stately venue is directly linked to the adjacent Le Meridien Hotel, where out-of-town guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation.
The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, Phone: 415-294-2226
2.InterContinental Los Angeles Century Hotel
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Located in Century City, the InterContinental Hotel can provide everything you need for your dream wedding all under one roof. The hotel can offer couples a selection of wedding packages that can be tailored to meet your needs, whether you are planning a small intimate wedding or a full-blown extravaganza for hundreds of guests. You will have a dedicated Social Events Manager, who will advise how to best realize your dream wedding and advise you on the spaces available. Most couples choose to exchange vows in the lovely Garden Courtyard before hosting their reception in the elegant ballroom. The hotel can also accommodate all your out-of-town guests on site in a selection of rooms and suites.
InterContinental Los Angeles Century Hotel, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067, Phone: 310-284-6500
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3.Brix Restaurant and Gardens
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Brix Restaurant and Gardens is one of Napa Valley's most picturesque wedding venues, originally opened in 1996 as a farm-to-table restaurant set on 16 acres of beautiful Napa orchard and winery landscape. The venue, which has been acclaimed by international publications such as Wine Spectator, offers ceremony seating for up to 200 guests in a venue showcasing unparalleled views of the nearby Mayacamas Mountains. All ceremony packages offer a full dance floor, a gardenfront reception area, and full setup within the venue's private vineyard ceremony area, with onsite restaurant catering available for an additional fee. Wedding guests can also explore the property's beautiful flowered gardens and citrus orchards or sample its signature estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, produced under its Kelleher Family Vineyard label.
7377 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558, Phone: 707-944-2749
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4.Bear Flag Farm
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Bear Flag Farm in Winters is a multi-award-winning wedding and event venue where you and your partner can arrange your dream wedding against the backdrop of fragrant lavender fields and citrus groves. In addition to offering an exceptionally beautiful farm setting, Bear Flag Farm is proud to provide locally produced and ingredient-driven catering and award-winning wines for your enjoyment. You can leave every detail of your wedding to the on-site wedding planner, who will work hand-in-hand with you to bring your dreams to life, or hire the venue space and use your own wedding planner. Various inclusive packages for up to 100 guests are available.
Bear Flag Farm, Stevenson Bridge Rd, Winters, CA 95694, Phone: 530-753-9494
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5.Best California Wedding Venues: Vintners Inn
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Nestled in the heart of the Russian River Valley, just 60 miles from San Francisco, the Vintner’s Inn is an oasis of serenity surrounded by some of the best scenery in California. The inn can accommodate large weddings for up to 300 guests or provide the ideal setting for an intimate celebration of family and close friends. You can tie the knot under the beautiful draped wedding pavilion overlooking the sauvignon blanc vineyards before moving into the manicured gardens for some unforgettable photographs. Delicious catering is provided by the on-site John Ash & Co. Restaurant, and you can choose to hold your reception indoors or outdoors or a combination of both. The inn also has a variety of luxurious rooms and suites where the bridal couple can spend their wedding night.
Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403, Phone: 800-421-2584
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6.Eden Vale Inn
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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Placerville, the Eden Vale Inn is a romantic country destination for just about any type of wedding you can imagine. Depending on your tastes and budget, you can opt for a simple and intimate afternoon Elopement Package (for up to 30 guests – ceremony and champagne only) or a larger wedding. The inn can offer luxurious accommodation for up to 23 people and you will have the services of an event planner to ensure every detail runs smoothly. Next read: Wedding Venues in Huntington Beach and Long Beach
Eden Vale Inn, 1780 Springvale Rd, Placerville, CA 95667, Phone: 530-621-0901
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7.California Wedding Venues: Electra Cruises
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For something really different, consider a unique and romantic wedding aboard one of Electra Cruises’ fleet of luxury yachts (or a romantic paddlewheel river boat) in stunning Newport Harbor. Electra Cruises specializes in orchestrating wonderful fully inclusive weddings that allow you to relax and thoroughly enjoy your special day. There are separate decks for your ceremony, which the captain can perform, and reception in addition plenty of space for all your guests to move around. Your choice of vessel will depend on the size of your party – the fleet can accommodate up to 150 guests, and you will have the services of a talented wedding planner to take care of all the details. Next read: Wedding Venues in Solvang and San Luis Obispo
Electra Cruises, 3439 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663, Phone: 949-407-8661
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8.Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
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The San Francisco Four Seasons hotel prides itself on orchestrating dream weddings where every little detail is carefully executed, and the bride and groom can relax and enjoy their big day. When you book a wedding at the Four Seasons you get the services of an enthusiastic and experienced wedding planner, who will work with you to bring all your wedding dreams to life. In addition to providing elegant venue spaces for your ceremony and reception, the wedding packages also include a sumptuous banquet and a host of complimentary extras to make your day special, including a fabulous wedding night for the happy couple in a one-bedroom suite as well as special hotel rates for all your out-of-town guests.
Four Seasons Hotel, 217 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, Phone: 415-633-3000
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Gardener Ranch in beautiful Carmel Valley is a great choice for couples wanting to tie the knot in a rustic outdoor location. What’s more, at Gardener Ranch you can prolong the celebration by booking the entire ranch for a multi-day wedding, including rehearsal dinner, a bridal spa day, accommodation for up to 50 guests, and a choice of five beautiful outdoor spaces where you can say “I do” surrounded by nature. The venue can supply just about everything you need to personalize your reception, and your guests can enjoy all the attractions of the ranch and the adjacent Carmel Valley Village while the bride and groom prepare for their marriage at the on-site Bridal Camp. Next read: Wedding Venues in Riverside and Venice Beach
Gardener Ranch, 14 W. Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, Phone: 831-298-7360
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10.California Wedding Venues: Gingerbread Mansion Inn
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Imagine celebrating your very special day with close family and friends in a sumptuous and impossibly romantic Victorian-era mansion that dates back to 1895. The elegant mansion is the ideal setting for smaller intimate weddings for up to 25 guests, all of whom can be accommodated overnight if you choose the fully inclusive Fairytale Wedding Package. There are several other wedding packages available, most of which include luxurious wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom. Couples can opt to exchange vows in the beautiful English Garden or indoors in one of the elegant parlors. All the wedding packages include the services of a day-of-event coordinator to ensure everything goes according to plan. Next read: Wedding Venues in San Jose and Claremont
Gingerbread Mansion Inn, 400 Berding Street, Ferndale, CA 95536, Phone: 707-786-4000
11.California Wedding Venues: Grand Island Mansion
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If you are looking for a fairytale setting for your wedding, the Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove could be the answer to your dreams. The stunning Italian Renaissance-style villa is surrounded by beautiful formal Italianate gardens, pools, and fountains and also offers sumptuous accommodation for your guests. When you book a wedding at the mansion you and your guests will have the entire villa to yourselves and the wedding planner will assist you in choosing the perfect spot to exchange vows – most couples opt to say “I do” in the gardens before hosting their reception in the elegant marquee or indoors in the dining rooms and ballroom. Next read: Wedding Venues in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica
Grand Island Mansion, 13415 Grand Island Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690, Phone: 916-775-1705
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12.Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens
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The Grand Traditions Estate and Gardens is a stunning botanical garden in San Diego that offers acres and acres of colorful gardens, ponds, and waterfalls to form the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. You have multiple outdoor spaces to choose from for your ceremony, all of which are the last word in romance. Depending on your personal style, you can host your reception in a beautiful open-air tented pavilion complete with indoor waterfall or move into the Grand Ballroom of the Victorian Beverley Mansion, decorated with crystal chandeliers and your choice of décor. You can choose from a variety of inclusive wedding packages to suit your needs.
Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028, Phone: 760-728-6466
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13.California Wedding Venues: Hangar 21
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Couples looking for the ideal venue to stage a very unique themed wedding should take a tour of the amazing Hangar 21 event venue in Los Angeles. The large industrial-style space consists of two actual hangars with 25-foot ceilings and polished concrete floors and also houses the Bridal Suite, where the bride and her attendants can dress in private, and the Pilot’s Lounge, where the groom and his best men can relax and get ready. The venue offers a full-service wedding package with catering by Jay’s Caterers, who have been pleasing palates for over 50 years. The entire venue will be at your disposal, including the outdoor tarmac area, which is perfect for cocktails. You can even make your grand entrance by helicopter or treat your guests to helicopter flips over Hollywood. Next read: Wedding Venues in Hollywood
169 East Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33131, Phone: 714-822-0433
14.Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch
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The Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch is situated just outside Paso Robles, offering a rustic country venue where you and your guests can enjoy a delightful outdoor wedding set up under enormous oak trees. The venue is complimentary when you hire the charming cottage for a minimum of two nights, and a full-service wedding package is available, including the services of an enthusiastic event and day-of planner to smooth the way. The venue will arrange and coordinate all vendors and all you need to do is arrive. Most brides choose to spend the night before the wedding in the cottage, bonding with their bridesmaids. The beautifully manicured gardens provide endless inspiration for your photographer and several options for your ceremony. The cherry on the top is the lovely old barn, where you can enjoy a proper barn dance. Next read: Wedding Venues in San Clemente and Malibu
Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch, 282 Templeton Cemetery Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-431-8942
15.Wedgewood Weddings, Carmel Beach
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If you have always dreamed of exchanging vows on the beach against a dramatic ocean backdrop, then Wedgewood Weddings in Carmel Beach could be your ideal California beach wedding venue. They also offer a delightful garden setting for your ceremony if you prefer. After saying “I do” under the wide California skies, you can host your reception in one of two indoor banquet halls, both of which have elegant crystal chandeliers and lovely park views. You can take the first step in planning your dream wedding by visiting the venue and meeting one of their wedding planners. The venue offers a choice of five fully inclusive wedding packages, which can be tailored to suit your vision. Next read: California beaches
Wedgewood Weddings, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, Phone: 831-205-2591
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16.California Wedding Venues: Luce Loft
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Located within the historic Carnation Dairy Factory in downtown San Diego (dating back to 1928), the Luce Loft offers a blank canvas just waiting to be brought to life for your dream wedding. Unadorned brick walls and exposed roof beams lend themselves perfectly to a themed wedding approach for either a traditional or thoroughly modern celebration. There is plenty of space to hold both your ceremony and reception as well as plenty of inspiration for your photographer. The venue coordinator will work with you to choose trusted vendors to provide catering and bar service in addition to all the props you need to stage an unforgettable wedding. Next read: Wedding Venues in Sacramento and Paso Robles
Luce Loft, 1037 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101, Phone: 619-630-5570
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One of San Diego’s most popular event venues, the Moniker Warehouse is conveniently located in trendy East Village and can accommodate up to 200 guests in a modern venue with terrific skyline views. The venue’s events team will work with you to transform the space to accommodate both your ceremony and your reception and will suggest trusted vendors to provide everything your heart desires. Sound equipment, tables, and chairs are available as part of your rental fee. A great bonus for cash-strapped couples is that you may select your own catering and bar service and provide all your own drinks. Next read: Wedding Venues in the Bay Area and MendocinoMoniker Warehouse, 705 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101, Phone: 619-341-2160
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18.Best Wedding Venues in California: Noor
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Located in the heart of historic downtown Pasadena, the Noor event venue offers a combination of elegant indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for weddings. The outdoor terrace area surrounds a beautiful decorative fountain, and the entire courtyard can be fully draped for an element of pure luxury – it forms the ideal place for you to exchange vows. Inside the venue you will find two elegant ballrooms, where you can host your dream reception. Regardless of the theme you have in mind for your big day, the planning team at Noor are ready and waiting to make your dreams come true. There are also several different catering and bar packages available.
Noor, 300 E. Colorado Boulevard, Ste 200, Pasadena, CA 91101, Phone: 626-793-4518
19.Omni San Diego Hotel
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Featuring elegant and sophisticated indoor and outdoor event spaces, the Omni San Diego Hotel is an excellent venue for both small and large weddings. The sixth-floor Palm Terrace is the ideal outdoor space for your ceremony, where you can exchange your vows against the backdrop of a cascading waterfall. Inside, the Grand Ballroom can host up to 500 guests or be split into smaller more intimate areas for smaller weddings. The bride and groom receive a complimentary guest room on the night of the wedding and the cherry on the top is that all bridal couples who host their wedding at the Omni receive a 2-night honeymoon package at one of twelve Omni resorts.
Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L. Street, San Diego, CA 92101, Phone: 619-231-6664
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20.The Abbey on Fifth Avenue
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The Abbey on Fifth Avenue was once the Park Place Episcopal Church and today provides a truly romantic wedding venue in downtown San Diego. Imagine exchanging vows and hosting your reception against the backdrop of the venue’s Spanish colonial revival architecture, including two enormous stained-glass domes. To make sure that every detail of your big day runs according to plan, you will have the services of an experienced event planner and there are several bar and catering options available to cater for special themed weddings. All wedding packages include basics like tables, chairs, and floor-length linens, and the food is all prepared on site and includes innovative options such as modern food stations and buffet or banquet-style dinners.
The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, 2825 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, Phone: 619-686-8700
21.Best Wedding Venues in California: The Pearl SF
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The Pearl is a purpose-built modern events venue located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, overlooking the bay. Choosing a dedicated event venue for your wedding makes good sense – The Pearl is purely in the business of producing wonderful weddings and events and has teamed up with all the necessary partners to provide everything you could possibly require for a magical wedding day, including a permanent bar, a décor rental service, on-site catering, and brilliant audio and lighting. You can hold your ceremony on the lovely rooftop terrace (which is also great for cocktails) and then move indoors to host your reception on the main floor, which can accommodate up to 400 guests, or the elegant mezzanine, which can seat up to 60 guests. Next read: Wedding Venues in Palm Springs and Monterey
The Pearl, 601 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, Phone: 415-269-7171
22.Wedding Venues in California: The San Francisco Film Center
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You can perfectly stage-manage your dream wedding utilizing the flexibility of the historic San Francisco Film Center as your venue. The center can be beautifully set up to create a cozy, intimate space for smaller weddings, or you can combine the stylish Palm Room and the outdoor veranda to accommodate larger groups. The lovely veranda has the added bonus of offering sweeping views of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The historic architecture of the center provides an impressive backdrop to an outdoor ceremony, while the surrounding national park offers some really special photo opportunities. The venue offers a bridal room for pre-wedding preparations as well as a commercial catering kitchen and can accommodate up to 150 seated guests (with a dance floor).
San Francisco Film Center, 39 Mesa Street, Suite 107, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129, Phone: 415-561-3456
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23.Wedding Venues in California: Villa de Amore, Temecula
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Surrounded by the beautiful rolling vineyards of Temecula Wine Country, the Villa de Amore wedding venue offers couples their signature “Everything but the Dress and the Stress” fully inclusive wedding package. The name says it all – the professional wedding designer at the villa will work with the bridal couple to carefully coordinate every aspect of the wedding, from the theme and décor through to the flowers, catering, bar, and music. You can choose stunning vintage props and furniture to enhance the ambiance and leave all the hard work to the villa team. You even get your own wedding website. Included in your package is the use of bridal and groom suites and a seriously romantic outdoor space for your ceremony. Next read: Wedding Venues in San Francisco and Napa Valley
Villa de Amore, 40205 Calle Cabernet, Temecula, CA 92591, Phone: 951-970-5831
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Brownstone Gardens in Oakley offers a beautiful outdoor venue for couples who would like to tie the knot in a serene garden setting. The venue has four separate spaces for your ceremony and reception as well as a multitude of brilliant settings for your photographer to use, against dramatic backdrops of fountains, koi ponds, and waterfalls. There are various inclusive wedding packages available, including the services of a day-of-event coordinator, or you have the option of simply hiring the venue and supplying all your own catering, bar, and décor, which can help to keeps costs down if you have a tight budget.
Brownstone Gardens, 91 Brownstone Rd, Oakley, CA 94561, Phone: 925-418-4532
25.Wedding Venues in California: Cinnabar Hills
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The Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose is a popular indoor/outdoor wedding venue that can accommodate up to 250 guests, including a dance floor. Most couples opt to tie the knot beneath the rose-covered pergola against the backdrop of manicured green fairways before moving inside to host their reception in the spacious clubhouse. Cinnabar Hills offers wedding packages that include venue hire, catering, and bar service as well as tables, chairs, dance floor, and more. You may bring your own wedding cake and supply our own wine (a corkage fee applies). The beautiful surroundings of the golf course provide a perfect backdrop for your photographer.
Cinnabar Hill Golf Club, 23600 McKean Rd, San Jose, CA 95141, Phone: 408-323-7814
25 Best California Wedding Venues
- Bently Reserve, Photo: Courtesy of mato020 - Fotolia.com
- InterContinental Los Angeles Century Hotel, Photo: InterContinental Los Angeles Century Hotel
- Brix Restaurant and Gardens, Photo: Brix Restaurant and Gardens
- Bear Flag Farm, Photo: Courtesy of CL-Medien - Fotolia.com
- Best California Wedding Venues: Vintners Inn, Photo: Courtesy of Sanju - Fotolia.com
- Eden Vale Inn, Photo: Courtesy of AK-DigiArt - Fotolia.com
- California Wedding Venues: Electra Cruises, Photo: Courtesy of rouda100 - Fotolia.com
- Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Photo: Courtesy of rostov777 - Fotolia.com
- Gardener Ranch, Photo: Courtesy of malkovkosta - Fotolia.com
- California Wedding Venues: Gingerbread Mansion Inn, Photo: Courtesy of tsry360 - Fotolia.com
- California Wedding Venues: Grand Island Mansion, Photo: Courtesy of timonko - Fotolia.com
- Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of elitravo - Fotolia.com
- California Wedding Venues: Hangar 21, Photo: Courtesy of Federico Rostagno - Fotolia.com
- Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch, Photo: Courtesy of natalysavina - Fotolia.com
- Wedgewood Weddings, Carmel Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Denis - Fotolia.com
- California Wedding Venues: Luce Loft, Photo: Courtesy of sylv1rob1 - Fotolia.com
- Moniker Warehouse, Photo: Courtesy of natalysavina - Fotolia.com
- Best Wedding Venues in California: Noor, Photo: Courtesy of Nick - Fotolia.com
- Omni San Diego Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of Jose - Fotolia.com
- The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- Best Wedding Venues in California: The Pearl SF, Photo: Courtesy of LElik83 - Fotolia.com
- Wedding Venues in California: The San Francisco Film Center, Photo: Courtesy of Lana Winter - Fotolia.com
- Wedding Venues in California: Villa de Amore, Temecula, Photo: Courtesy of Voyagerix - Fotolia.comu
- Brownstone Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of bravissimos - Fotolia.com
- Wedding Venues in California: Cinnabar Hills, Photo: Courtesy of pkazmierczak - Fotolia.com
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How to Choose the Best Wedding Venue
When it comes to weddings, the most important question next to “who” is “where.” The venue for your wedding will ultimately dictate so many factors that you will have to deal with in the near future as you plan out your big day. The venue will significantly influence the budget, theme, materials to be used, and even the dress code for the event.
But getting a venue for the wedding isn’t just about pointing at where you want to exchange your vows. If you look at it closely, it’s actually a process. Here, pro-planners share their tips for getting the best wedding venue from start to finish.
Before Going Through the Venues
Even before you go around town looking for wedding venues, you already have to make decisions. You should have a pretty good idea of what you want in your head. Your “dream wedding” per se! Here are a couple of questions you need to have answers to before you begin your search:
How many guests are you expecting? Size means everything. A small venue, no matter how nice, won’t mean much if there isn’t enough room for all the people who matter in your life to witness you exchange vows with your spouse-to-be. Strangely enough, professional planners advise couples to keep the numbers low because it’s easier to add more guests than deduct them. You can always pay more for the extra plates, but you’ll still pay for people who don’t show up at all.
How much are you willing to spend? When it comes to setting a budget for the venue alone, the rule is to never spend more than half of your entire budget for it. After all, the venue won’t decorate itself or feed your guests – you still have to prepare for the added costs that come with making the most of the place, and you should make sure you still have money for it by then.
Have you seen the venue featured in blogs? Take a good look at photos that have been taken there, especially by wedding photographers. These photos aren’t staged, so you get a really good idea of how your wedding will actually look in photos if you choose that particular venue.
When do you want to get married? The date will affect a lot of things: Availability, price, weather conditions, and more.
Figure out Your Wedding’s Main Style
What kind of wedding did you have in mind? Did you prefer a more traditional wedding like the ones you see in movies, or did you have something totally different in mind? The answer to this question will completely affect your wedding venue options.
The venue is what makes your vision work. Think of it as a setting to a story – the world to which you want your guests to be transported as they experience this special day! For obvious reasons, summer-style weddings often demand to take place near beaches, while fairytale weddings need to have more forests and flowers nearby.
Don’t forget to choose your colors. When you’ve chosen the venue that best suits your wedding style, you’re going to need to encase the entire venue in a uniform ambience. Color is the thread that sews the venue, decor, and even the guests together. A good rule of thumb is to stick to two complementing colors. This will make sure that the place doesn’t end up being too colorful, while guests will also be more likely to find outfits that match the color scheme if they have more than one choice. Tip: Guests won’t usually arrive wearing the same shade of color, so anticipate that as well.
Consider the following commonly used themes:
- For couples who like rustic themes: Try getting a barn or ranch where you can accommodate all your guests. They’re usually bathed in neutral colors, so additional touches and decor will blend right in.
- Do you want a fairytale or formal wedding? You’ll want to stick with ballroom and hotel venues. They pretty much have everything you need to host a ball after your wedding.
- Nature themes are pretty much the easiest to work with. Assuming the weather permits, the landscapes or horizons will usually provide a backdrop that you simply can’t buy with money. You don’t even need to spend too much on decor – Mother Nature does all the work for you.
- Some unconventional venues include museums, zoos, schools, art galleries, and sports arenas. If you’re lucky, you can choose to get married in a place that has sentimental value to you and your significant other.
Smaller functions offer unique options too. Vacation homes and other small private venues can also be a nice place to get married, provided there’s enough room to accommodate your guests. Not only is it unique, you might be able to save up on expenses too.
Try renting out a place over the weekend. There’s this new trend where couples choose to take over and entire place and extend their wedding celebration over more than a day. Perhaps a few more days with friends and family is all it takes to make your wedding an even more unforgettable experience.
Going Over Your Options
So, you’ve narrowed down your venues to those that fit your wedding style. Now, you can go through each one before you make the final decision. Make sure you keep the following in mind.
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Formally schedule your tour of the venue. Email or contact the people in charge of the venue and tell them that you want to see the place. If you drop by unexpectedly, they might not be able to give you a tour and show you what the venue has to offer. They’re going to try their best to sell the venue to you, so you’re sure to see its best selling points. A properly scheduled walk-through of the venue also makes sure that you have all your questions ready.
Word of advice: Try to tour the venue with just yourself and your significant other. Remember that the venue is a personal choice and bringing too many people can potentially spoil the first impressions.
Don’t Book Anything Unless You’ve Seen Everything. Sometimes it’s tempting to grab the first place that catches your attention, but you can never tell that what you’re looking at is the best choice until you’ve gone through every item on your list. Besides, you get an excuse to go to different places with your significant other, so why not just make the most of it?
Think of All the Space You’ll Need. No, it’s not just about whether the place is big enough to accommodate all your guests. Try to imagine the wedding from the beginning to the end. Where will your guests be ushered to after the ceremony? Will there be cocktails prior to the reception? If you’re picking just one place, will that single venue give you all the space you need from beginning to end?
Document Each Place You Visit. Remember, you’ll be comparing all the venues you’re visiting. With all the beautiful sights you’ll be looking at, you can’t rely on your short-term memory to remember what each place looks like. Take pictures of everything that catches your eye, so you can compare them at the end of the day.
Check Out the Website but Stay Optimistic. Sometimes websites don’t take good photos of their venues, but they might look much better in real life! If a place fits your theme but just looks a bit mediocre in photos, try to keep an open mind. Otherwise, you might miss out on something great.
Ask for Referrals. Again, consider yourself lucky if you know someone who’s used the venue before. Ask them how their experience was so you get as much input with respect to the quality of service, the food, and other things you can never figure out by just looking at the venue.
Finally, don’t forget to send a thank you email to the management for showing you around.
Minding the Details
Have you finally chosen one venue over all the others you’ve seen? Good for you! But it’s not over yet.
Go through the entire thing with your contact. It’s like a rehearsal of the entire event. Ask the person in charge of organizing your event to show how your guests will get from point A to point B. Where will guests park their cars? Where will they be seated? Where will the food be? Where do guests have to pass to get to the reception area? Are there enough seats for everyone?
Have a contingency plan for bad weather. This is a MUST, especially for outdoor weddings, although even indoor celebrations can be affected by sudden rain.
Review the package. Make sure you know what’s included in your venue reservation, not only in terms of logistics but regarding time as well. This is the best way to make sure that you cover everything as well as avoid any hidden charges. Also make sure you know what’s on the menu.
Remember that the tips above actually come from professional wedding planners themselves. Keep these in mind as you prepare for your big day. If doing all these won’t ensure you a nearly perfect wedding, what will?
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California is well-known all over the world as one of the most beautiful and diverse places in America. From its redwood forests to its rustic wineries, surfing beaches, sprawling cities, rolling valleys, and majestic mountains, California is home to almost every kind of landscape imaginable, with countless cities, both small and large, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed all around the Golden State.
One of the prettiest little cities in all of California is Winters. Situated in Yolo County in the northern part of the state, Winters is just 30 miles outside of Sacramento and around 60 miles from San Francisco. Surrounded by wineries and and nature parks, it's a beautiful place for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or even a special event like a wedding or reunion, and if you’re looking for a dream accommodation or event location, Park Winters is the one.
Park Winters - California Countryside Retreat
A luxury countryside retreat in Winters, California, Park Winters is the premier wedding venue for the city and offers wonderful farm house accommodation, beautiful guest suites, full catering and event hosting facilities, regular farm dinner events, and more. It’s one of the best places to stay in Northern California and an unbeatable wedding location.
- The Location - Park Winters is situated in a prime spot on private ground in Winters, California. Surrounded by fields and farmland, with breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, this countryside estate provides the perfect rural getaway for anyone wishing to escape from the big city for a little while and enjoy nothing but greenery, gardens, lakes, rivers, and nature.
- The Estate - Park Winters is an extensive countryside estate featuring landscaped gardens, a saltwater pool and spa, and a farm house bed and breakfast with four beautiful guest suites. The farm house dates all the way back to 1865, while the grounds of the estate are ample enough to cater to large events like fairy tale weddings with many guests.
- Award-Winning - Park Winters has actually won awards for its beauty, professionalism, and the quality of its service. Ranked as the 11th highest wedding venue in all of America according to Yelp!, this California country estate has been featured in multiple major media publications like The Knot and Style Me Pretty, as well as winning the 'Best Wedding Venue' award for the KCRA A-List multiple years running.
- Weddings at Park Winters - Park Winters is a highly popular wedding venue. The dreamy landscapes that surround the estate, combined with the stunning gardens, rustic buildings, and luxury suites of the estate itself, really help to create the perfect setting and vibe for any big day. Park Winters offers a full wedding package with exclusive access all around the estate, full catering services, design and decor options, and more.
- Other Events - As well as weddings, Park Winters is also a prime venue for many other kinds of events. Whether you're looking to host a simple family and friends’ get-together or a big corporate event, Park Winters can make it happen. This venue has a rich history of hosting a wide variety of events and is always fully adaptable, with the team willing and eager to learn all about your project and tailor their services accordingly to meet your needs.
- California Countryside Vacations - Maybe you're not planning an event but just want to get away for a few days? Perhaps you're celebrating a honeymoon, an anniversary, or another kind of special occasion? If so, the Park Winters inn could be the dream place for you to stay. It features four luxury guest suites, each with its own unique style and personality. All rooms are fitted out with luxury bedding, quality robes, organic bath products, and other great amenities. Guests will also have full access to the inn's library, swimming pool, outdoor fire feature area, and hot tub.
- Farm Dinners - Park Winters also hosts regular Farm Dinner special dining events. These exclusive, seasonal culinary experiences provide a wonderful way for Park Winters guests to enjoy high quality farm to table meals, all made and prepared with fresh ingredients right from the farm. These Farm Dinner experiences also include self-guided tours of the farm grounds and lush gardens of the estate, so if you’re looking for one of the best places to dine in Yolo County, Park Winters Farm Dinners could be just what you’re searching for.
Park Winters has solidly established itself as one of the leading wedding venues in Northern California and quite clearly one of the best wedding venues in America overall. The service and catering are second to none at this venue, and the beauty of the rooms and surrounded scenery will take your breath away. Also, perfectly suitable for other events and simple vacations, Park Winters is the perfect location for any kind of Yolo County getaway.
27850 Co Rd 26, Winters, CA 95694, Phone: +1 530-669-3692
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