(Closed) Inexpensive Outdoor (woodsy, natural) Wedding Venue in Northern CA

posted 8 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@sugarbayb16:  Are you still looking for a venue? I just got married in Trinidad, CA, which is very northern in Humboldt County. The area is incredibly beautiful… you really cannot beat it. It’s sandwiched between the redwood forest and the jagged Pacific north coast. For photos, you can go to my profile and look at my recent recaps.

We got married at the Lost Whale Inn (http://www.lostwhaleinn.com). I believe they are within your price range, and their food is absolutely to die for if you want them to cater for you. We stayed in the Sea Lion room the night we married and I absolutely loved it. They have an outdoor hot tub perfect for taking a hot soak underneath the stars while listening to the ocean waves and the barking sea lions.

Another bonus of this area is that vendors are quite affordable due to the small size of the surrounding cities. If you go this route, I’d definitely recommend booking Jen from http://www.jjtphoto.com as your photographer. She has a stellar reputation in the area and her work is gorgeous.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@sugarbayb16:  Where did you end up booking your venue?  I am having the same issues with venues.  To make matters worse I have to have a July wedding to ensure that my little brother can be there.  Of course that’s the most expensive/booked up time.  

Post # 22
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Newbee

@sugarbayb16: Is $5000 your budget for the entire wedding or just the rental fee? I was also looking for an affordable wedding venue and stumbled across this great site that lets me search for venues by budget.  http://www.wedding-spot.com.  You can even choose what options you want and get an itemized lists of costs for each venue.

My fiance and I really like Palmdale estates in Fremont.  An outdoor ceremony/reception there starts around $1600.

Post # 23
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Wannabee

@sugarbayb16 does that el dorado ranch venue accommodate 150?  I am getting married in 2015 and looking for something similar ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

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Wannabee

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sugarbayb16:   I found a fairly new barn venue, We are getting married at the Lehman Barn in May 2014. It is close to El Dorado Hills and Sacramento. It has a historic barn and it is stunning! Reasonably priced too! Goodluck in everyones search:) CountryTaylor

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Post # 25
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Wannabee

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ThinkingOutLoud:  could you let me know where that is!?! Sounds lovely!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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nbelanger:  Sacramento! ๐Ÿ™‚ Off of Watt Ave on the 50 side.

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m getting married at the Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen (15 minutes from Sonoma). My rental fee was $400.

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Preciousforest.net in Clearlake – starting at $1,900 including beds for up to 30 people. Pretty, but very rustic. They are on airbnb too for more pictures, and highly rated on tripadvisor

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Wannabee

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sugarbayb16: First of all,  congrats! I read this thread a year ago and glad everything worked out! 

I have been looking at venues for the last 6 months and the El Dorado Ranch is by far my favorite! Was it just $625 a night? Any pictures you want to share? We will have 100-120 people and will hopefully rent the entire ranch to allow family from out of state to stay. 

I was wondering what vendors you used for chair rentals and such? I live in Sacramento and Fiance lives in Sonora, but there is not much to choose from for rental companies it seemslike. There are bathrooms there I thought in the residences, why the porter potties, bad septic tanks? We are hoping to go view the place on the next few weeks. Any concerns you had or things you wish you had known? We’ll be shooting for a late summer or very early fall 2015 for our “do date” ๐Ÿ™‚ Any feedback would be most helpful. 

Congrats again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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