The Garden Pavilion in Sonoma…anyone?

posted 8 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes! I’m getting married there July 4th weekend and I am so excited! It’s kind of exciting getting married at a place in Sonoma that very little people have heard of and can’t really look up. No to mention the pricing is pretty good compared to surrounding venues.   Have you toured the property yet? That really sold it for me.

A recent bride yelped about it here. I actually contacted her to find out more and she was immensely helpful!

I highly recommend you google weddings there, here are some I’ve collected:

David & Carolina (The owner, Elizabeth, let my mom and I come stop by this particular reception to check out the lighting at night – it was amazing)

Khara & Tony

Susie & Chad

Susan & Jon

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Jaynee

Just messaged you with more details! I’d be happy to share tips and hope you pick the Garden Pavilion so you can share too! Enjoy the Sunday wedding – I’d love to know how you liked it!

 

Post # 6
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hi ladies!

 

I’m a Chicago bride / CA native looking for places in Sonoma and the Garden Pavilion looks amazing. @twitchee27:, thanks so much for posting all the links to photos! I am dying to see more and to knoow more as well. Would you feel comfortable sharing some info about the pricing for this place? I wish they had a website, but maybe it’s better that they don’t if it’s an affordable venue!!

Also, have either of you heard anything about the El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen? I’m also very interested in this venue, although it seems like it has a very different feel from the Garden Pavilion. 

Would love to see more photos/ have more info/share ideas for Sonoma weddings! 

 

 

Post # 7
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi @feministbride!

I’d be happy to share the pricing with you, especially since you are planning from far away. 3 days and 2 nights (in their Palladian pool house) is $4,800 for the first 100 people and $10/person after that. And that also includes chairs, tables, heat lamps, and theatrical lighting. There’s a pool, full kitchen for caterers, the women’s bathroom is in a carriage house, small ballrom, I mean it’s SUCH a deal 🙂 Cornerstone Gardens is right next door, and they charge $7.500 for a site fee alone (no rentals) and their weddings cut off at 8 hours.

I looked into the El Dorado Kitchen and Hotel as well. It’s a beautiful space (a bit more modern compared to the GP), but I wasn’t sure where the ceremony would be. I know their pricing is higher too, mostly because you need to use their catering (which would be UNBLIEVABLY delicious).

Maybe @Jaynee can provide some more info on weddings in Sonoma – her date is closer than mine 🙂

Hope that helps!

Post # 9
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106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hi!  I’ve been doing venue research up in Northern California, and I stumbled across this thread about The Garden Pavilion.  I know this inquiry comes 2 months after the last thread post, but could anyone tell me how many people this location accomodates?  Based on the pictures, it seems lovely, and it’s definitely something that I’m putting on my list of possible venues.  😀  Thanks in advance!

Post # 10
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi @Squishie! I believe the site fee is for up to 100 people, then it’s $10/person after that. I know they can hold at least 175, and I’m pretty sure 200. Someone else might know more than me. I highly recommend calling Elizabeth directly.

Hope this helps!

Post # 12
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4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Jaynee: I am having my wedding at the Garden Pavilion on July 16 this summer! I would love to trade vendor information with you. We are still on the hunt for a florist, dj, ceremony music, and makeup artist. I was so excited when Elizabeth told us she would be renting out the Kiser house! I am so happy my family will be able to stay with us. Are you having your rehersal dinner on site as well?

Post # 13
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, I’m pumped they are renting out the house as well – we’re definitely jumping on that.

@Nathalie2011 I highly recommend you check out the Rachel’s post on Yelp, she goes over her vendors there too.

Post # 16
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Jaynee – We’re getting married at GP in May 2011 and have the same logistics questions! We only expect about 50-70 people (we’re from MN), so we’re not facing the exact same challenge, but…

I think we’re going to have dancing in the little half-circle area in the pavilion. The music set up (doing speakers + iPod) in the room to the back of the half-circle. Elizabeth said that’s where the dancing/DJ usually goes. The little railing around the half-circle also give people a place to set down their drink while they boogie!

We’re having dinner in the pavilion as well. As long as we set up the tables so they give a little space near the half-circle, we figure dancing can spill out there if needed.

Still can’t figure out the best place to put the guestbook/gift table, though! Anyone have thoughts on that?

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