(Closed) Bay Area (CA) Venue Recommendations?

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Check out Here Comes the Guide magazine if you haven’t already bought one. That was the very first magazine I bought when we got engaged. I thought it was pretty helpful in finding locations.

Post # 4
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Newbee

Nestledown in los gatos is beautiful.  Kind of a pain for guests to get down to the ceremony site, but they have a golf cart for people who are disabled to get down.

 You also get to use this old fashion car to drive your bridal party to the site.

 It’s a hidden gem and I think the morning ceremony price was very reasonable.  Not sure about the reception prices though… but beautiful location and very organized.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Check out here comes the guide and project wedding.  Nestledown is beautiful, but I think it’s pretty pricey. I swear we looked everywhere in SF, Marin, Santa Cruz and Carmel.

I thought the Cliff House was a pretty reasonable price- outdoor ceremony and indoor reception with a beautiful view to boot.  And the Coordinator seemed really great. 

I loved the Historic Sand Rock Farm in Santa Cruz and we liked Costanoa as well. 

And I wasn’t so impressed with Spinnaker or Alta Mira in Sausalito.  Check out Sausalito Women’s Club and the Marin Outdoor Art Club in Marin. Hope this helps.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The Cocoanut grove on the boardwalk.  I think the sunroom will be really pretty for your wedding, esp with 100 guests. And it’s pretty cheap too.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I just got married at Byington Winery in Los Gatos. Beautiful! The autumn light and sunset was perfect for pictures. Off-peak season starts in October, so you get a price break and cooler weather, too! The coordinator, Maggie, is very laid back and helpful. We loved that there were different parts of the winery for different parts of the event, so you don’t get bored staring at the same four walls.

Not sure if it will hold 110. I think it was just under $5000, if I remember correctly.

My second choice would be Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. A little less expensive and part of the rental is tax deductable. They might be a little small for your party, though.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Have you checked out the Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley?  They are surprisingly affordable for afternoon ceremonies and lunch receptions.  Good luck!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Kennolyn in Santa Cruz is incredibly beautiful

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m getting married at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley) in September. Sounds like it could work well for you too! It’s beautiful, holds approx 150 people and has indoor/outdoor areas. It costs about $2500 to rent, and you can bring in a caterer or do your own potluck. More info here: http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/brazilian-room/

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I was going to recommend Tilden as well.  That’s where I would want to get married if I was doing it in the Bay!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I liked Sand ROck Farm ALOT, but what put me off was the fact that they rent porta-potties for weddings. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I know this was posted 2 years ago, but if anyone looks at this and is searching for venues in the same area, my FH and I are getting married at Thomas Fogarty Winery, on Skyline Blvd in Woodside. It’s somewhat pricey (rental fee is $7000 for weekdays and Sundays year-round, more for Saturdays depending on time of year), but well worth it. They only do one wedding per day and you get the use of the whole place. And the views are spectacular–on a clear day you can see Stanford, San Francisco, San Jose, and across the bay. It is also highly recommended on several wedding websites. Check it out!

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