Post # 1
We’re planning a wedding in May of 2011 and starting to look at venues now to get a cheaper price quote. The wedding & reception will be in Napa Valley. I’m having a hard time finding an affordable place. We have our own DJ and are supplying our own champagne. I also work ina bakery and will have my cake ordered through there. I don’t wanna pay $30/bottle to cork our champagne and $7/person to slice our cake. Anyone have any affordable suggestions in Napa Valley? HELP!
Post # 3
It sounds like you are looking for a budget venue, which is somewhat difficult in the Napa area. I’d suggest looking at community centers in the area. I’d probably suggest looking in numerous areas like Napa, St Helena, American Canyon, Yountville, etc. Look for a local Elks Lodge or Veterans Hall in the area that you like. Many art galleries will allow events as well. I think the Yountville Community Center would be a good option if you are really trying to save money and a winery is out of your budget. Maybe the Tucker Farm Center if you like a rustic look and it has reasonable rates. I’d also say to look at local golf courses too. Good luck!
Post # 4
What is your budget range? Are you looking to have both the ceremony and reception in the same place?
Post # 5
Hmm Napa is a really tough spot for any sort of budget venue, and honestly the venue/food/booze is not the place I would cut back budget wise if I was doing a Napa wedding. I also sincerely doubt you’ll find a place that won’t charge you a corkage fee, if they even let you bring in outside alcohol. Napa is, like, the wine Mecca of the U.S. after all.
Would you consider a friday or sunday?
Post # 6
Once note is that if you get married at a winery, while you are required to purchase your wine through them with a discount, if they don’t produce a type of wine (i.e. sparkling/champagne) you can usually bring it and beer from your own source with no additional fee.
Post # 7
Our wedding is on a Friday, and looking to not really exceed a budget of $7k on location.
Post # 8
Try outside of Napa: Redwood Hill Gardens in Sebastopol: http://redwoodhillgardens.com/about.html
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Family Lake House
You could try north Napa County or even Lake County (just north of Napa County). Just as beautiful but a LOT cheaper. Try Chic Le Chef in Hidden Valley Lake for cuisine at $25 per person and spots like St. Helena, Calistoga, Hidden Valley, or Kelseyville. You can find cake bakers who’ll do cakes at $2/slice, full on bands who will play your wedding for $1K, planners who charge around $300-$500 for day-of coordination. I’m from there so if you need any recommendations, just pm me! Good luck!!!
Post # 10
Not sure if you are still looking — but I did some extensive searching around the Sonoma area if you are interested in looking there. It’s next door to Napa and has a lot of smaller wineries. Equally as pretty — but a downside I’ve found is expensive lodging. It should be better during May than July (when I’m getting married).
Anyway, here are a few places in Sonoma that didn’t have corkage fees:
Garden Pavilion (my venue!). Private residence with an open air pavilion and garden for the ceremony. $4600 for the whole weekend, friday-sunday. No corkage and includes tables and chairs. No website (it’s run by the owner of the house on property) but you can google “garden pavilion of sonoma” or PM me for some pics.
Westerbeke Ranch (www.westranch.com)- I thought this place was really cool although I never went in person. It’s a conference facility that you can rent out for the whole weekend.
Oak Hill Farm (www.oakhillfarm.sonoma-sky.com). Only $2,000 I think; no corkage. They use this vintage-y looking white barn for events. But it’s a bit rustic and you’d have to do a lot of rentals for tables, chairs, maybe even bathrooms.
Anyway, I loved researching venues in wine country so reply if you are still looking and I can send more.
Post # 11
Also – my caterer is based in Napa and they don’t charge a service corkage or a cake cutting fee. They are not a budget caterer but it’s nice that they don’t charge for the extras. And the food we tasted was amazing.
Post # 12
i’m in the process of looking too for june 2011! things are pretty expensive, but hopefully we can find something not too pricey. We’re looking at Viansa, Meadowood, Solage Calistoga, Auberge de Soliel, and Vintage Estate. Those seem to be the prettiest and best venues around. It is pretty pricey though. What are you looking at? 🙂
Post # 13
Yay! Wine country brides. 🙂
Any good venue finds/updates? Any of you gals settle on a venue yet, or even had your wedding already (pics!)?
I’ll compile what we have so far in this thread:
Auberge de Soleil
Oak Hill Farm
Post # 14
I’m getting married at Jacuzzi Vineyards (next door to Viansa) in July 2010. It’s a beautiful vineyard and everyone we have worked with has been SO helpful. We’re just having a small destination wedding with immediate family only, so the vineyard contracts out to Wine Country Elopements and they take care of EVERYTHING (flowers, guitarist, food, etc… I just have to show up with my dress!) It costs $7,000 for the first 10 people (for EVERYTHING) and then additional fee per guest after that, up to 25 people. This option worked out best for us since we live in a different state and would be unable to handle a lot of the planning from home. Good luck!
Post # 15
We chose Viansa Winery! 🙂 what a coincidence..we’ll be neighbors “Mrs. T” except we’ll be getting married in June 2011. We’re super excited about it and hopefully it’ll be everything we dream of! We’re expecting around 100 people so their pretty white tent worked out perfectly. I wasn’t a huge fan at first, but found out the sides of the tent lift up so it looks beautiful. We’ll be kind of indoor and outside because of it saving us from the sun, but still having the feel of the outdoors. 🙂 I love the idea of it right now!! Any other updates on venues everyone? Hope it’s all going great!!
Post # 16
You are totally fine with a 7k venue budget, you can get into a lot of the wineries with that. I live in Sonoma county and I have a 15K TOTAL budget. Try THAT one on for size!! I’ve found quite a few very nice places though that fit into my budget, which is quite a bit smaller than yours.
Marks West Lodge
MacArthur Place in Sonoma
If you venture a little outside Napa itself and into Sonoma County, you shouln’t have a a problem. There’s a lot of gorgeous golf courses as well such as:
Fountaingrove Golf Course
Oakmont Golf course.