Looking for: Northern California inexpensive, casual outdoor venue

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Barones in Pleasanton has a beautiful back patio where they host weddings and events! Their rental fee is right at your price point, though their F&B minimum is slightly above your ideal budget. I don’t think they allow BYOB, but their bar is solely based on consumption. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Farther than you wanted but hits all your marks: Brookshire Gardens in El Dorado, CA. It’s a garden setting, all outdoors. Fits 150 people, rental is $3000 for ALL day with a brides suite and groomsmen suite to get ready in plus ADA accessible bathrooms. They do have a BYOB you just need a bartender for mixed drinks. You pick any caterer you want. 

ETA: We are having our wedding here and it’s gorgeous and the owners are great. Our catering, venue, and alcohol comes to around 10K but that’s for the full 150 people 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

There are several family owned barns in Sacramento that rent out their stunning properties. I cant think of the names, but I was looking there when I was looking for a venue as well. They are pretty reasonable.

Post # 7
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Newbee

How about the Jack London Ranch in Sonoma? Aptly called “Beauty Ranch”? They do weddings and all the settings are lovely, I think!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Preservation Park, Oakland CA

If you’re interested in East Bay venues check out Preservation Park in Oakland. I’m having mine there and its very affordable. Mine will be in their inside hall but they also have an outdoor area thats very pretty at a cost of $2400. They are also BYO alcohol!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Preservation Park, Oakland CA

lobug85 :  I know, its kind of hidden even though its in Downtown. I only knew about it because I’d been to an event there before! Chairs and tables are also included in their venue price and you can use one of their preferred caterers or pick one of your own which is great. I think they are def worth checking out! 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee

lobug85 :  I actually first saw one driving by back to SoCal. There are some on weddingwire and herecomestheguide. Also try googling wedding barn venues in Sacramento. There are several options that come up. 🙂

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

You mentioned you might be interested in something around Santa Clara County…You could check out The Mountain Winery or Hakone Estate and Gardens. Both are in Saratoga and have a nice, outdoors laidback vibe.

I don’t know much about weddings at The Mountain Winery, but I used to supervise weddings at Hakone. I know it’s a very niche feel because it’s a Japanese garden, but it’s a fun, different atmosphere that your guests might enjoy experiencing. Weddings take place after the gardens close, so you would have the whole place to yourself, and your guests can wander around and explore while they wait for the wedding to start.

They’re also considered a non-profit organization, so up to a certain amount of your venue fee is considered a donation and is tax-deductable. It’s been quite a few years, but from what I can remember, the most expensive package for up to 300 guests was around $3,000. They have a preferred list of vendors, but for a small fee, you can choose your own. I think they only allow beer and wine though (BYO, but no hard liquor).

Again, it might be way off base from the style you have in mind, but I just thought I’d mention it.
http://hakone.com/plan-your-event/weddings-receptions.html

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

For catering, check out Fog Cutter Catering. They did our wedding and they were AMAZING. We worked with Caroline. Their prices were affordable and their service was excellent and the food was delicious and suitable for vegetarians, vegans, meat eaters, etc. I want to have more parties so I can hire them for other events, that’s how outstanding they were. https://www.yelp.com/biz/fogcutter-san-francisco-2. We bought our alcohol separately so I don’t know about their pricing there. 

ETA- my SIL was considering getting married at Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael. She said it was reasonably priced and had a lot of space to work with. You might want to check that out, too. http://www.falkirkculturalcenter.org/

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