- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
Our wedding is planned for Spring or Summer 2013 in CA and I’m trying to plan it from NYC which is challenging to say the least. I’ve looked at a bunch of gorgeous rustic locations online and next week we’ll do a road trip to scout some of our favorites BUT I don’t feel like I’ve found the spot that works yet. We are both from LA, so our ideal spot would be Central CA, but I would consider venturing farther up north to Mendocino, Monterey or Sonoma as well.
- Ceremony & reception should be on the same property (no shuttles between)
- Need wheelchair access for my mom
- I’d love a bride’s suite on the property to get dressed in
- I would like on-site bathrooms — I’ve never quite gotten over the trauma of seeing my friend having to use a Port-a-Pottie in her wedding gown. Even the VIP ones still freak me out.
- Wild card option: we want someplace that is flexible enough to allow us to land a helicopter (marrying a heli pilot). It seems like if we do this, we need a spot that’s not your typical wedding venue.
- Reception should be inside barn, not set up outside.
- I’d love to say our vows under a tree
And here’s my list so far:
- Santa Margarita Ranch
- Camarillo Ranch — have to bring in everything
- Cayucos Barn
- Firestone Vineyard
- Hammersky Vineyard (Paso Robles)
- Coquelicot Vineyard (Santa Barbara)
- Hummingbird House (Paso Robles)
- Sea Ranch (Mendocino) — might be too foggy, wheelchair access might be tough?
Would any Central CA brides be willing to share their budgets, if you have chosen any of the above? I’m having the hardest time deciding whether it’s cheaper to go ahead and bring it all (we will be hiring a DOC) or whether we should just bite the bullet and go with a Vineyard or Winery that provides more on site.
What have the other brides decided? Please share your story and help!
And one more question…has anyone ever just stopped on the side of the road and asked someone to use their barn or property? I’m so curious if that ever works out.