(Closed) Northern California Venue – ceremony & reception

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

I just came across this place on a blog reading about a wedding in California. I dont know if it’s in your area but hopefully it is. It’s only $1200 to rent per the bride’s breakdown and a Victorian house. The jack house and garden in San Luis Obispo, CA

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Ours is going to be at Brookshire Gardens in El Dorado, CA. It’s $3500 but you can choose any caterer and you can buy your own alcohol and bring it to the venue which would easily make up for the price difference. The ceremony site it entirely covered by trees. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I recently was married in the Sierra foothills, and I’d definitely suggest checking out that area. The prices were a little more affordable, the people were so nice, our wedding was beautiful.

There’s a gorgeous state park in Grass Valley that does weddings, but it’s very popular so you have to enter a lottery (http://www.empiremine.org/weddings). Ceremony and reception is <3,000. There are a few other venues in the area, and both Nevada City and Grass Valley are adorable, Wild West-ish towns, very interesting when guests come to stay.

There’s also a place that my DH and I considered called Avio Vineyard, which was 2900 for ceremony/reception. They’re located near Sutter’s Creek, which has a charming little main street and a lot of history. The place came with a room for bride/groom. As a vineyard, though, you have to buy their beer and wine. The owner was really nice and responsive.

My husband and I never visited this place, but the Heirloom Inn is in the Sierra Foothills near Sutter’s Creek, when we were doing research, was $3700. Little more expensive, but looked beautiful in pictures.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Have you looked into the Wedgewood venues yet? I know they’re scattered across CA. It mght go over your budget, though.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I went to a wedding at the Nestldown in San Jose and the outdoor ceremony space was absolutely stunning.

 

One of my coworkers got married at a place in San Ramon but the name is escaping me right now. I’ll try to think of it…

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Just remembered – The Ranch at Little Hills in San Ramon.  I’ve been to the space before for a work retreat and it could be a good option.

Also check out The Snow Room at the Oakland Zoo. Berkeley has quite a few outdoorsy city run venues that might be close to your budget.

 

http://www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

How much do you plan to spend on food/do you have a caterer already or do you need a place where you can provide your own?

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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ehmmgee :  That’s my home town! Ha! Senior pictures were taking at Empire Mine years ago. Glad to see someone appreciate it. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

You interested in Santa Cruz mountains, Big Sur coast or Monterey? 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

I am a Sacramento resident and was married in late 2015 here in the State Capital. We were the opposite of you in that we wanted an indoor venue, but I did peruse multiple other venues, mostly via online searches. A great resource for me was a website run by The Venue Vixens. It’s an independent Sacramento-based group of wedding professionals who run a site that reviews venues in Northern California. I’m in no way affiliated with them, but I did check out a lot of their postings because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something in my planning. I think you will find that they have a VERY exhaustive list of venues, from traditional to not-so traditional, both indoor and outdoor. Good luck to you!! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I once went to a lovely wedding at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley/east bay area) — in that case the ceremony was outdoors and the reception/meal was mostly indoors, but I’m sure you could do it all outdoors if you liked: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily/br#photos

Tilden Park is large and has many pretty areas you could probably hold a ceremony. I’ve also been to beautiful weddings at the Marin Headlands, just north of SF, and Point Reyes. 

You could also look into Botanical Gardens. 

(PS Since Norcal is often pretty cold/rainy in October, you might want to think about a space with an indoor reception option anyway, just in case you get the weather is hard on guests. And having a clean bathroom nearby and kitchen for caterers to use is also a plus.)

Post # 15
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Busy bee

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eellis88 :  Like the other PP mentioned, look at Grass Valley/Nevada City, Truckee, Auburn, Colfax. All those locations are quaint, woodsy, and local breweries. 

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