(Closed) Any Nestldown brides?

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hi Liz,

I don’t come on the boards much anymore but saw your post. I was married at Nestldown on 8.1.08 and it was the most magical place on the planet. Everyone still gushes about how incredible it was. Love that place.

We did the wedding all outside, dinner in the meadow and then dancing and dessert in the barn. 

March is really unpredictable so as long as you have a plan B for Dinner you will be fine. I’ve also seen that they’ve tented the tennis court in the spring which looks really cool but is pretty $$$ and Nestldown itself is a pretty expensive venue.

 Who are you using for catering?

Post # 5
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

good questions!

this place is uber expensive but let me just tell you it’s worth it. the location is so gorgeous its the only place on earth where you really don’t need decor to make it look amazing.

that being said, i threw down for my wedding bigtime — i work in the industry and put together a team of people i work with so in some ways i cheated — i did a lot of trade and pulled favors.

catering – Rising Sun out of napa valley (i wanted a local farm/organic caterer)

cake – I Dream of Cake (though Icing on the Cake in downtown Los Gatos is phenominal)

Dress… dirty? yes! noticeable… No. I had a cathedral veil and short train (got my dress at Gabrielles also in Los Gatos!) I just decided that I wanted to do that big entrance and say to hell with the dress. There is nothing worse the shots of brides coming down a gorgeous aisle and seeing a wedding planner or friend in the background crouched over holding the train. Since my dress had lace and beadwork on the bottom, there were twigs and stuff that got in it, but my vibe was also ‘organic’ so i just went with it.

I feel you on the time restraint of 10pm. the time crunch is the biggest negative to the location. We partied it up until 10pm then got in shuttles and continued at the Toll House and others went to LG bars on the strip.

Also, we rented the house the night before and it is lovely but a major pain in the ass with regards to checking out the day of the wedding. if you are thinking of renting it, i strongly suggest doing the night of your wedding as well.

Brooke at Nestldown is an absolute dream. Love her. So warm and loves her job. We got married on a Friday and it was awesome. Had our rehearsal dinner at Tapestry which was amazing as well. I also recommend iGatti.

Let me know if you need any other tips! Happy to help and congratulations!

Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi!  I’m getting married at Nestldown next year.  How was your wedding?  Any suggestions?  I would love a recommendation on caterers (we like exotic, unique food) and music.  Also, regarding decor – do you think uplighting/lighting in the barn would make a big difference?

Thanks for your advise!

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