(Closed) Venue Stress-can't choose, help!

posted 6 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which venue would you pick/suggest I pick?
    Venue #1- The Ahwahnee at Yosemite : (3 votes)
    19 %
    Venue #2- Murrietta's Well Winery in Bay Area : (10 votes)
    63 %
    Venue #3- Twenty Mile House outside of Graeagle : (3 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Politichick:  I have looked at EACH and every one of those locations. I am also planning our wedding for NorCal. Our wedding is a The Monte Verde Inn that is in Foresthill,CA. I looked at the twenty mile house and came to the same conclusion, I personally loved that it was all inclusive but maybe a little TOO inclusive. My venue is all inclusive but only food, cake, drinks, tables etc. We still got to choose whoever we wanted for all of the other vendors so I liked that aspect considering I am planning this from NY. Twenty Mile House is very far and if you are going to have it in December you may want to consider weather and road conditions as well. Same would go for Yosemite…may want to consider the roads and travel for people as traveling in the winter in the mountains is a lot more of a pain than during spring or summer with no snow, etc. I love a good vineyard wedding and considering all of your guests are closest to that one you are more likely to get a higher turn out! It just kind of depends what you envision…do you have a theme you are going for? do you want it to be casual or formal? What day of the week are you looking to have it? Just based on the information you have given I would say your best bet would be Murrieta’s Well in Livermore. If you don’t like the ceremony spot could you find an alternative you like better somewhere near by and have just the reception there? You could do an after party somewhere after the reception maybe too to spend more time with friends/family? 


    Hope some good came out of my rambling! ๐Ÿ™‚ haha 

    Post # 4
    5007 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d go with #2!!! I’m going to the Ahwahnee next month too, just for a trip, not my wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 5
    11172 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    OP how many guests are we talking about here?

    While I can’t comment on the other two options I can give some input on the Ahwahnee as our family stays there every year. We even considered very seriously having our wedding there as we go twice a year, he proposed in YNP and it is a very meaningful place for us. After working somewhat with their event coordinator for larger weddings I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, frustration and extreme added expenses.

    There are several bees having smaller weddings (50 or below guests) within the park, not necessarily at the Ahwahnee and it seems to work for them. For a larger event I would say the idea of trying to get rooming and transportation would be very difficult.

    In looking at your wedding date I see you are opting for a NYE wedding. We go every year for NYE and stay as the Ahwahnee has a yearly event that is prebooked for NYE. Because of this the valley often sells out completely (Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village, Ahawahnee etc) for most lodging during that time. Also, chains would most definitely be required and there is a huge possibility that it would be snowing (gorgeous!) and roads could be closed.

    Just my two cents. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 7
    11172 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @Politichick:  Yeah we did but that drive is a nasty one and will take about 45 minutes to an hour. I have actually stayed there before. However, it is a great alternative if you want to get married there and have the guests stay there as well. Wawona Hotel (booked actually through Yosemite) is another great option outside the actual valley.

    As for the summer date, well good luck! If it works out for you awesome and I’ll be there when you are getting married.

    Just FYI weekend traffic is horrific and it can take over two hours to get from the start of the valley floor over to the Yosemite Village and Ahwahnee turn off due to “day visitors.” This drive typically takes about 20 minutes on any other day. Also random people will be around during your wedding and reception as they do not close off the gardens and backs rooms where the events are held even if you rent them for your wedding. Yes I admit it I myself have peeped in on a wedding or two. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Post # 9
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    What was your outcome?  Do you have a recap to share?

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