(Closed) Napa/Sonoma or close areas on a budget! HELP!

posted 6 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JS006:  Hi!  I am helping my daughter plan her wedding in June 2012.  V Sattui and many that you mention will eat up most of your budget in site fees.  All inclusive in the area is rare.  Wedgewood or the other golf courses come to mind.  Our venue charges by the hour but we have to rent everything else, through the vendor etc.  Our budget is $20,000.  It sounds like a lot but doesn’t cover much in the area.  We have booked Trione Vineyards.  It has a 100 year old 2 story stone building and it’s right up the road from Clos Du Bois and Coppola.  It’s a beautiful site.  Contact me if you want more info. I’d be happy to keep you informed on who we use.  It’s a lot to plan…I’m planning from 4 hours away!

Post # 4
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

@JS006: Absolutely check out Vine Hill House in Sebastopol (Sonoma County). It’s a privately owned estate/apple orchard/vineyard. Their site fees are much, much less than any commercial winery, and the owner works as your wedding planner–he can be as involved or not involved as you like, which seems perfect for someone planning long distance. 


Between the site fees and catering, that will eat up the vast majority of your $15,000 budget. The wedding industry is so overpriced here (Sonoma/Napa), it’s ridiculous! 

Post # 5
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

As someone who lives in Sonoma County I avoided booking a venue in this area like the plague. Just your site fee alone will start at $8-10,000 which is most of your suggested budget.

One place we considered but skipped the winery idea in general was the Thomas Fogarty Winery. Their rental fee is about $4,500 for a March wedding as it is off season. Look it up, their redwood deck is AMAZING!

I would highly recommend looking into wineries towards Sacramento or Walnut Creek as the further from the “valley” you are the more reasonable in price. If you want to stick to this area look in Healdsburg and more North (along 101). You are welcome to PM me if you find anything within the area that you are unsure about.

Best of luck!

Post # 6
228 posts
Helper bee

I would also suggest looking into the Thomas Fogarty Winery, or you can try wineries/vineyards in the Livermore area (Palm Event Center or Elliston, for example) — there are a lot out there, and should be a bit more reasonably priced than Napa/Sonoma.  It gets VERY hot there in the summer, but should be fine in March.  Or try one of the many other wine countries in CA — Monterey, Paso Robles, or Santa Barbara to name a few.

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

@JS006:  I agree with everything that the prior posters said.  I would definitely consider other areas that have wineries.  

Scribner Bend in Sacramento, Viaggio in Acampo, Bareranchlodi.com, Berghold in Lodi, Laraine Winery.  Good luck!

Post # 8
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Gotta agree with the suggestion that the Livermore area is much cheaper. Casa Real is nice, not sure how much their rental fee is. Went to a wedding at a place called Crooked Vine Winery. Definitely has a more casual vibe compared to Casa Real which is more elegant.

Post # 9
1210 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@emilymeemee:  I was going to add Livermore and Pleasanton also. Casa Real is pretty pricey, so I wouldn’t suggest them for that price-point, but there are definitely locations with similar aspects of the Napa locations that are much better budget-wise 🙂

Post # 10
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There is a gorgous winery not too far from napa but without the Napa prices. It is in Suisun City its called Ledgewood Creek Winery, thalk to the wedding coordinater Victoria. She’s amazing!


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