Help with Bay Area CA Venue?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My cousin had his reception at the Piedmont Community Hall.

http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/recreation/facilities.shtml

They had a catering company for the tables & food. It was GORGEOUS. Granted, the rental rate for the facility itself is $3600 for non residents for 8 hours. If you have a friend who’s a resident of Piedmont, you could have it knocked down to $2550.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

The Gardens at Heather Farms are beautiful, however you would have to hire a caterer. They are very upfront about their prices and you can see them straight from their website.

http://www.herecomestheguide.com/northern-california/wedding-venues/the-gardens-at-heather-farm/

http://gardenshf.org/

I have also been looking at Courtyard d’Oro in Sac. I’m still a little fuzzy on their prices (I avoid calling for as long as possible because … I do) but sacbride lists them as having buffets starting at $25/person. 

http://courtyarddoro.com/weddings/weddings-at-courtyard-doro/

http://www.sacbride.com/reception-sac.html

I am also looking for a venue in the East Bay so I’ll let you know if anything else happens to catch my eye. Honestly, I’m pretty stumped myself at this point — the Bay is SO pricey, it’s killing me.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Im getting married at the Crowne Plaza in Concord. we are using the indoor atrium with the fountains and it is absolutely beautiful. Our wedding is in mid Oct but it looks like springtime (and is temperature/weather controlled) year round. I am on a small budget and looked all over the east bay. This was by far thecheapest and most-all inclusive I could find. 

Or, if you dont mind putting the components together yourself,The Old Homestead in Crockett is beautiful as well. You also have more flexibilityto do whatever you want.

Here are the links:

http://www.crowneplaza.com/concord

http://www.theoldhomesteadonline.org

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t know about price, but the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden seems absolutely lovely, and maybe you could have your ceremony there too 🙂 But I would be super jeoalous of you.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Gwendolyn88:  I have no idea how much it would cost and it might be too far away, but I went to a wedding at Sir and Star at the Olema in Point Reyes and it was beautiful. Gorgeous garden to enjoy for cocktail and the food was incredible. http://sirandstar.com/ I think it’d be worth contacting them! I can PM you a link to photos of the wedding we attended. 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

@Gwendolyn88:  Yeah, I’m feeling that too.
I know this is what everyone says, but have you checked herecomestheguide? They have a whole section on East Bay.

I have been looking at restarants but I am looking into a morning brunch wedding, so they tend to be breakfast places. 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

 

msfreemis:  

 

I just found out about the Old Homestead and I am beyond excited! It is gorgeous, and cheaper than cheap!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Not sure how helpful this is but there are two locations that might be of interest but they are in the South Bay.

1) Freedom Hall in San Jose

An excellent value and all inclusive. I’ve attended a wedding here and it was great. The banquet room overlooks pretty gardens and I imagine pictures can be done in the gardens. I know it’s still over $5 K but from what I’ve heard from other brides in the Bay Area it is one of the best deals on the Peninsula. The price includes photography, DJ, food, tables, silverware, etc.

2) The Ainsley House in Campbell

I also attended a wedding here and it was lovely. Old thatched roof cottage in the background. The cost is $1425 for a reception (6 hours) – $1625 for Saturday rental but it looks like it is just for the space.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I looked at the Old Homestead but ended up going with the Falkirk Cultural Center. $100/hour on Sundays (including holidays) and you can use whatever caterer you want.

Post # 14
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Newbee

Gwendolyn88:  Came across this thread– I am in the exact same situation! We want to have to receptions/celebrations on east coast and west coast!!

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