- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
I’m looking for advice or just a place to vent. I am planning a Califronia wedding from the East Coast and after spending a week dragging my fiance all around NorCal, I think we’ve narrowed our choices to about 3 venues. The problem is, each venue is very different and they all said we need to make our decision in the next couple of weeks because they are booking up fast. I’d love to know which place sounds more like a wedding you’d like to go to as a guest (since I really have no favorites).
Here they are in no particular order:
Venue #1: The Awhahnee at Yosemite. http://www.yosemitepark.com/the-ahwahnee.aspx
Pros: Most beautiful of all the venues. This is the best organized venue in terms of space and rooms available and would hardly need any decorations because the views are spectacular.
Cons: This would be the most difficult to organize logistically. Every guest would have to reserve their room exactly a year and a day before the wedding (when the park’s rooms go onsale). It would be very expensive to stay at the Awhwahnee but there are some reasonable options nearby.Almost willing to rule this our because of the accomodation headaches.
Venue #2: Murrieta’s Well Winery in Livermore http://www.murrietaswell.com/weddings-events/weddings
Pros: Closest to where my friends and family live. The wine is amazing and the food is supposed to be very good. This would be a very traditional 5 hour wedding. I may be able to come under budget becaue I can skimp on some of the expenses (i.e. flowers, lodging, etc). Great beverage package! Free shuttle to local hotel for those who choose to stay there.
Cons: may need to rent upgrades in the linens or drapery. Flying accross country to only see my friends and family for 6 hours. Least favorite ceremony spot.
Venue #3: The Twenty Mile House outside of Graeagle http://twentymilehouse.com/
Pros: All inclusive except for alcohol, photographer, and officiant. Includes accomodation for 20-26 people. BYOB means our favorite alcohol for much cheaper than other places! Would be a great weekend away with closest friends and family with golf, tubing and fishing. Fits our train travel theme perfectly! Eco-wedding.
Cons: Farthest away for our guests (5 hours). Local accomodations not as nice. Have to decided who sleeps where. Will definitely hit or go over our budget if everyone shows up. Have to pay for a shuttle to get guests to their accomodations safely. Limited selection of what’s included inthe package and I have no idea if I’m getting a good deal or not. Limited photographers.
Anyadvice would be appreciated, please let me know what you think!