(Closed) Budget Friendly Wedding in Sonoma/Napa

posted 5 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@acpayne:  When I saw your post I was worried you were going to have a lower budget than that! We live pretty close and searched all over Napa and Sonoma and couldn’t find anything in our budget, which is less than half of yours! But I did get the chance to see quite a few places.  

Sonoma is beautiful and a little less expensive, but if your guests are flying in, napa is much closer to the airports. Napa passed a law many over 30 years ago against wineries having weddings so it can be hard to find a spot. Only places that had the docs to do it before that law can have them And they know they can charge a lot.

As far as cost, it all depends on where you want your money to go. We found rentals anywhere from $4,000-$15,000 depending on the size & time of year. One place that was only $4,000 in the off season asked us to only use their preferred caterers which started at $100 per person! There was just no way we could afford that with over 200 guests! But I would imagine if you’re out of state, your guest list will be smaller and I would check it out. It’s a pretty amazing place called cornerstone. It’s in Sonoma but not as deep as some of the other locations.  I believe their summer fee is about $10,000 + catering, etc. http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/.

I have been to this place but didn’t look at it for a wedding. I’m not sure of cost but it is on the outskirts of napa so may be a little less http://www.themeritageresort.com/napa-valley-weddings/vineyard-weddings

This place is pretty incredible. If your guest list is small it could be in your range, otherwise it’s pretty pricey http://www.thecarnerosinn.com/weddings/napa-valley-weddings

I really wanted to check this one out but I believe the guest count was too low for us http://www.merryvale.com/

Brix is a restaurant with the most beautiful garden set in the middle of fields of vineyards and has incredible food! http://www.brix.com/privatedining/weddings/ Considering what they offer I think their prices are great. It was just too small for us.

V. Sattui is one of the most famous places here to do weddings. I actually didn’t even check them out. I’m not sure why but I think I just assumed it was expensive. http://www.vsattui.com/Weddings/Wedding-Blog

Also, in Sonoma county, just outside of Healdsburg, we really liked Soda Rock winery, but the caterer fee was a little high for us especially paired with the fact that many of our guests would have to drive over two hours to get there. Their location fee was pretty low. http://www.sodarockwinery.com/.  Sodarock is part of the Wilson wineries which has some other venues that were nice, just too small for us.

I hope that helps or at least gives you some leads or ideas. We are frequent napa & Sonoma visitors since we live so close and are big wine fans. Let me know if you have any other questions about the area!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yeah, she’s a little high, but its definitely possible to spend that much.  I was really into the idea of doing it at this rental house http://www.estateweddingsandevents.com/venue/sebastopol-sanctuary/. It is so gorgeous and private and other than the location fee, you can do whatever you want, like bring your own wine, food, etc. So it saves a lot of money in the long run. We ended up going that route ourselves closer to home, and at this point I would definitely recommend getting a planner if you go that route. I can’t imagine all that planning and not being local! At this place, I believe you have to get it for 2 or 3 nights minimum, but you’d need a place to stay anyway, right? I believe the cap here is 120.

so if you want to stay in Sonoma county, look at places Healdsburg. It’s a beautiful part of Sonoma with some of the best wineries.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oops! Just realized you already said Healdsburg! So definitely check out soda rock if you liked it. Their coordinator seemed like she was willing to work with people’s budgets. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow, 400!!? I thought we were big at 250!!

Were you talking to me about TX? I am actually getting married here in CA, but my sister is TX and I go there a lot so may have mentioned it.

That’s too bad about the sebastopol place. I’m glad I didn’t book my wedding there, could you imagine!!? That would have been terrible!

Are you set on your august date? I know some places are less expensive during the off season which can still be nice. There’s also ramekins at the culinary school. They are not in a vineyard but are right by other vineyards. It’s really nice & they were really good at working with us on price. After doing all my own planning, I really wish I went that route because they were pretty much all inclusive. I think it’s just ramekins.com

Also, if you find any places on your own, let me know and I can tell you if I’ve been there or maybe even make an excuse to go out there 😉

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Amayansong:  My cousin got married at Cornerstone Gardens in August 2011, and it was AWESOME. 

OP, if you choose that venue, make sure your guests are warned that the grass is really porous…all of the women’s heels were sinking in.  It was GORGEOUS, though!

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@acpayne:  

I’m from this area and views of vineyards are not limited to Sonoma and Napa. You can find places in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Yountville, Sebastepol, Geyserville, St. Helena, Calistoga, Kenwood… Hope this helps, but wineries in general are not budget friendly. Best value is a country club or hotels.

http://www.herecomestheguide.com/northern-california/search/wedding-venues/

Post # 13
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130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Oakmont Golf Course, Santa Rosa

Chardonnay Golf Club

Vinters Golf Club

Post # 14
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165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

^^ as PP said, Oakmont is a hell of a deal. I’m getting married there in July. It’s costing just over $9000 for 120 people for cocktail hour with appetizers /dinner and full hosted bar for 5 hours. It’s an indoor outdoor facility, but if you want grape vines you might want to look elsewhere.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another place to look, if you are open to places outside of Napa and Sonoma, is Livermore Valley wineries.  They actually have a really nice valley and it’s significantly cheaper than Napa since it is somewhat smaller and newer.  Still plenty of wineries if you want to do a wine tour or something the day after! Check out Murrietta’s Well (my dream venue, but only holds up to 150), Garre and Rios Lovell!

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