(Closed) Bay area outdoor ceremony and reception sites!

posted 8 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend got married at Taber Ranch – it’s not quite Bay Area but it’s beautiful. I know the ceremony was in the afternoon and we stayed late, but I don’t remember the details.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend got married at Taber Ranch – it’s not quite Bay Area but it’s beautiful. I know the ceremony was in the afternoon and we stayed late, but I don’t remember the details.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend got married at Taber Ranch – it’s not quite Bay Area but it’s beautiful. I know the ceremony was in the afternoon and we stayed late, but I don’t remember the details.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

try searching on herecomestheguide.com.  Depending on your guest count, you could be limited too, we were.  The wedgewood places are very reasonable and I believe Palmdale Estates in Fremont…I think they were reasonable as well.  I know a few people who have gotten married at Casa Real in Pleasanton.  I also searched on yelp.  Many of the country clubs in San Jose aren’t too bad and are pretty, which is where I found ours 🙂  It all depends on what you’re looking for and your specific area range…the good ones get taken quickly, so good luck!  I dragged my FI and my parents around from place to place for a good month! 

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Check out the Cathedral of Christ the Light Event Center in Lake Merritt district in Oakland.  You can have the space all day, it just has to end at midnight.  There’s lots of indoor and outdoor space overlooking the lake.

Good luck!

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think a lot of the Napa/Sonoma places have to shut down early due to local ordinances.  I could be wrong on that, though… we ended up going with a different area anyway.

One place we loved that might work for you is the Ampitheater of the Redwoods/Pema Osel Ling retreat.  It’s near the top of your budget for site rental (though you might be able to get it off-season in your price range) but you’d get the site for the whole weekend and friends and relatives can stay onsite with you.  It’s very outdoorsy and rustic and gorgeous.  We were mostly looking for full weekend rentals, so most of the places we looked at were a little more expensive. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

Our venue, The Mountain Terrace in Woodside might be worth looking at. Rental times can start at 3pm, and the rental fee includes 8 total hours (including set up and clean up), but you can add extra hours, I think it was $350/hour extra. I’m not sure what the rental fee is for 2011, but we paid $4,100 for the rental for 8 hours, so even with you adding a couple hours, this venue may meet your needs.

I don’t have my pro pics back yet, but message me if you want more info, or I can email you some guest photos of the location details.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@canuckbee: When we visited they told us they were above the fog line.  Not sure where to verify that if you’re the skeptical type, but it is at a fairly high elevation.

A lot of the other retreat-type places we found were more expensive than what you’re looking for (but then again, this often includes some lodging).  Laurel Mill Lodge, in Los Gatos, was very rustic but also quite nice and more affordable.  The place we went with, The Holly Farm, is further south in the Carmel/Monterey area, but rents out for three nights minimum during the peak season so it’s more expensive.

Pretty much every place we looked at, we found through herecomestheguide.com.  I’d definitely recommend looking there… under all Northern California, you can look at retreats.  There’s a LOT there and they have better information than most online venue lists.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Im not sure what time the wineries and gardens have to shut down, but check into the smaller wineries in Sonoma Valley, and Alexander Valley, and Dry Creek Valley. If you go with the smaller ones, the fees shouldnt be as much. I know Im really no help, but I thought I would at least hopefully help narrow the search down instead of just “sonoma/napa”   Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys are in Healdsburg, and have TONS of family wineries that are just gorgeous. Good luck!!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@canuckbee:  um… not really (except for a few scattered moments of panic).  We were looking at venues both in New England and in Northern California, and one of the major advantages of this area was not having to worry about rain.  September is pretty much the height of dry season… in the 6 years I’ve been out here it has never even come close to raining that time of year, so hopefully my “it won’t rain” plan B is OK.  I figure earthquakes and forest fires are as likely to be a problem as rain is.

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