Post # 1
I am located on the east coast and I am assisting my sister in searching for a venue for her wedding. She is looking to get married in February 2014 and is located in the East Bay, but she is hoping to find a venue that is a quasi-destination – Napa, Sonoma, Monterey or Carmel or any other ideas. We need a place that can accomodate 250 people and is budget conscious as much as one can be in that area. We are open to non-traditional venues like restaurants, museums, etc. and in fact would probably prefer that to a hotel. So if anyone has any thoughts, suggestions, has been to a wedding in a venue they would recommend, please send them my way.
Post # 3
@Ms. Kangaroo: For 250 people most places in the locations you described won’t be “budget friendly.” In the Sonoma and Napa Valley groups of 125 or more typically add extra expenses of thousands of dollars IF they can accommodate larger groups.
If you are looking to save a bit of money I might suggest heading towards Sacramento as the venues are much more affordable. We got married at the Grand Island Mansion and it can fit up to 500 people easily (we had 130). You can rent out the entire venue to make it more of a destination feel. http://www.grandislandmansion.com/
Would you mind sharing the venue budget? Does it need to be all inclusive? That might help us to provide better suggestions.
Post # 4
My friend got married at the Pulgas Water Temple last May and her wedding was INCREDIBLE! There was definitely plenty of room for 250 people, and I think she paid around $1500 for the venue? Don’t quote me on that, though.
here’s the link for the website
Here’s a pro pic that I stole from her FB 🙂
Post # 5
Not entirely sure on budget, but I think something along the lines of a max $5000 for the venue if catering is not included. We would be fine with all inclusive too. Really just open to any ideas in the area and since it will be in February I would assume it needs to be an indoor venue.
Thanks for the suggestions so far!
Post # 6
Asilomar in Pacific Grove I believe only holds up to around 200 in their largest room, but maybe worth looking at for the wedding.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Plaza Hotel has a lovely view.
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Oceano Hotel in Half Moon Bay I believe holds just barely enough with the ballroom and atrium.
Palm Event Center in Pleasanton.