Looking for outdoor California wedding venue on a budget

posted 3 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jmsmith2:  check out some restaurants and wineries in the tri- valley ( Casa Real, the Bridges) or in Sonoma/Napa. I highly recommend Tra Vigne in Calistoga, wonderful food there.

If you haven’t already, look at herecomesthegide.com

Also, any venues which are part of the state park system have low rental fees, so you can put more funds towards catering. Most of them let you bring your own alcohol too, which helps save $


Post # 4
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jmsmith2:  +1 on public / state-owned property. I don’t think you can get away with no rental fees – after all they need SOMETHING but I got my Socal venue for a pretty low price that way. 

Post # 5
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The place I dreamed about before we got engaged was Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City. It’s absolutely beautiful, and more importantly, cheap – only $500! But for that price you have restrictions – a 2 hour strict timeline (though Yelp reviews say sometimes the security is lax), only Saturdays, and you have to bring in all your own rentals.


If you can make it work, I’d be insanely jealous! (Our wedding is a Sunday so it was automatically out.)

Post # 6
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

Preservation Park in Oakland is affordable and you can choose to have it outdoor. We almost went this route but settled on Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa.





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