Booking venue from afar: Please Help! NorCal

posted 2 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I found a bunch of “affordable” venues… but my guest count is about 40-50 people less than yours. Oakmont Golf Club in Sonoma, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club (those are both “in wine country”). There’s Sunol Golf Club (I think that’s the name!) which is fairly priced as well. The Pleasanton/Livermore wineries might also fit your budget (Wente) – I know they have guest minimums depending what day you want to get married adn I didn’t meet them.

 

I met with only one Wedgweood site (napa wedgewood) and it was inclusive/custom – very price friendly, but that particular location was not going to work for our guests. But I know they have locations all over.

 

I know someone who got married at Grand Island Mansion and the pictures were very pretty.

 

Good luck!

Post # 3
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406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Firehouse Restaurant

I went to a wedgewood open house. Food was important to me and i didnt like the appetizers they passed at the event. Also they dont allow tastings of the food if you choose to have your wedding with them. Great pricing on wedgewood properties though. I wouldnt do sunol. I work right around the corner from there and will grab  lunch occasionally and the place smells like old lady perfume inside the buildings. Its not a country club but scotts restaraunt in walnut creek is nice they have a great wedding space.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

We had about the same budget and had it at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol 2 weeks ago and it was beautiful!! They can do the ceremony inside the Terrace Room as well if its raining. We only had 70 people but we chose the more expensive options for catering (grass fed filet Mignon, full beverage package, etc). I did a LOT of DIY for decor, so that helped. 

You get their wedding coordinators to help every step of the way, I made payments every paycheck, they have free wine tastings, food tastings are included when you book, they put up and take down all the decor, we just took it all and she wrote down where I wanted it all, they coordinate the timeline with all the vendors, etc. and so much more. They ROCKED!! 

Heres a link to a small recap I just did of ours – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/recap-111514-best-day-ever-outdoor-ceremony-vineyard-photo-heavy/

Message me if you would like to see more pics or have any questions. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM! (Loved ALL MY VENDORS ACTUALLY) 

Post # 5
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140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Check out Jefferson Street Mansion. It’s reasonably priced & one of the few venues that have only 1 wedding a day.

Post # 2
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760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Zelda1:  I’m familiar with two of your venues (Grand Island Mansion and Forest House Lodge) – although I don’t have specific recommendations for questions your fiance should ask, I wanted to recommend one more venue. It’s near Forest House Lodge (which was one of my favorite venues), and where I got married. http://www.goldhillgardens.com Gold Hill Gardens. I’m sure they will be less expensive than your other options. I’ve posted recaps, and I’d be glad to post a link to them in this thread, if you’re interested.

Post # 4
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760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Zelda1:  I absolutely understand what you’re saying about FHL. And it’s a gorgeous venue! Gold Hill Gardens doesn’t do the “full service” package – so there would be more “on” you. Of course, if FHL doesn’t work out, you could hire a wedding planner and have them work with other venues, too. Anyway, here is a link to my (non-pro) recap from over the summer:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/recap-from-diy-summer-solstice-wedding-pic-heavy/

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Zelda1:  Hi. Unfortunately, I have no other suggestions for you. Feel free to PM me with any lingering questions you have about Jefferson Street Mansion. Good luck.

Post # 12
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10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: Lake Natoma Inn

I’m a photographer and I have shot at Grand Island Mansion and Forest House Lodge. Both beautiful locations! Grand Island you get the whole mansion. There is tons of really cool rooms and awesome decor. It’s definitely more of a ballroom/luxury type of setting.

Forest House Lodge has a beautiful ceremony site that overlooks a mountain. The best thing about Forest House is the game room for the groomsmen downstairs. It’s a more rustic type of atmosphere.

It will definitely depend on what type of feeling you are going for if you decide to pick one of those places.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Lake Natoma Inn

Zelda1, both places are actually in pretty remote locations. The Grand Island is set off of the river. Nothing really near by and all the other properties are pretty spaced out so it’s very private. The rooms are all decorated differently. It really feels like a mansion with it’s victoria furniture. And some of the upstairs rooms actually look down at the reception which is actually quite cool!

Forest House Lodge is more up in the mountains, but surrounded by other local shops. With Forest House you have a drive a bit down the street to get to the ceremony site. Just keep that in mind for your guest. The game room is huge and the downstairs is decored very nicely.

I have blog post for both locations. If you are interested pm me and I’ll send them to you. Good luck!

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