(Closed) Wedding Venue Sticker Shock

posted 10 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 18
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are getting married at Clos LaChance winery in San Martin which is near Gilroy/Morgan Hill. Its absolutely gorgeous, is right next to Cordevalle, an awesome golf/spa resort and MUCH more reasonably priced than Napa. 

Not sure exactly what you are looking for but you might want to check it out.

Post # 19
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Same boat… I’m in LA, but Fiance has his heart set on a woodsy wedding so our list spans Carmel and Sonoma/Napa areas. Pretty much everything I’m liking out in that area is about $200-250 per person when you factor in the site fees. Ouch. After running numbers and scouring proposals, my wedding “budget” is about 30% higher than it was when I started. We’ve been saving for about 6 months so far… hoping to lessen the blow because my parents are not from CA, and they will not get this at all… I dread the conversation. 

Post # 20
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@SoCalBelle:  You may want to look into Mission Ranch in Carmel and Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estate in Aptos/Santa Cruz.  Both have a woodsy feel, ocean views, and fit into my budget (which Napa most definitely did not).  We had our wedding at POVE but MR was our second choice, so if you want any more info, let me know!

Post # 21
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@mdinh815:  We got married at The Martinelli Center in Livermore.

We were hesitant at first because of some of the negative reviews (mostly about food), but everything was AMAZING. Our group tasting didn’t offer any of the entree choices we were thinking of, so our planner ended up setting up a complimentary tasting for us with our specific meal choices and the food was SO good! We received tons of compliments from our guests and everyone had a great time. Also, the best part was that we spent (a minimum of) $10k less than our friends who had pretty comparable weddings at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, Wente in Livermore and Ruby Hill in Pleasanton, so that felt really good also!!! We didn’t do any pre-wedding events in the area. Instead, we had our rehearsal dinner catered in at my in-law’s home. These are the more immediate things that I can think of:




– vineyard charm w/ lower price tag

– basically all-inclusive (ceremony/reception/food/alcohol/linens/chiavari chairs/china/etc.)

– our coordinator, Lindsay, went the extra mile to make sure all our needs were taken care of (see our tasting issue under the cons section) 

– comfortable, warm feel

– no cake-cutting fee!


– our tasting was not as good as we’d hoped and basically only included the most expensive items (when we mentioned the issue, a complimentary tasting was set up and it included every selection we were considering – everything tasted AMAZING and our food on the day-of was SO GOOD – we received tons of compliments)

– kinda out by it’s lonesome, but hotels are about 10-15min away, so it’s not too bad



Here are (a ton!) of our pics (I apologize in advance!):

We have a bunch of cute photos in front of these huge winery doors


Outdoor patio area near the ceremony arbor


These over-sized ornaments were hanging from the arbor where our ceremony took place


I thought our cake was really pretty – it was from Cake Delight in Livermore. The flavors we chose were sooo delicious, but we only got our 1 bite during the cake cutting! So sad.


Bridesmaid bouquets (from The Flower House, Livermore)


Half of our tables had low centerpieces and half had tall centerpieces (our tall centerpieces were a little different from what I was expecting, but I was absolutely IN LOVE with our low centerpieces!)  


Low centerpieces (loved!)


Ceremony chairs (we had pomanders hanging on the edges of seats in every other row)


Ceremony – arbor




We’re married, yayyy! For our time of year, the vines didn’t have any purple on them ๐Ÿ™




The lawn where our ceremony took place earlier in the day


Dance floor (kinda)


Patio area directly next to the ceremony area


Ceremony/patio area ๐Ÿ˜‰


Reception (during toasts… not sure why our faces were sooo serious?)


Reception area (father of the bride!)


Arbor / ceremony area


In the vines

I got a ton of prickly thingies stuck to my dress while we were in the vines, which lead to this next photo where my friend is helping me pick them out haha


Sun starting to set – people taking a break from dancing….. I’m bummed because the courtyard area is really pretty and I can’t find any of our pics of it on this comp ๐Ÿ™ but we set up a few tables out there and there’s a fireplace a fountain and some landscaping 


Ok, so this is a really bad pic, but you can kinda get an idea of the lighting at night via the background (kinda, sorta, barely haha)


The dancing was a blast! I don’t think I’ve seen so many people dance at a wedding before – we were proud ๐Ÿ™‚ haha





HOLY COW! I am so sorry, that ended up being so many pictures! I have a million more photos, but I’ll spare you. I hope that helps give you a good idea of the venue.


Post # 22
2 posts

@indyJEEP:  your wedding looks beautiful!!! do you mind telling us how much the site fee ended up being?

Post # 23
2 posts

@indyJEEP:  your wedding looks beautiful!!! do you mind telling us how much the site fee ended up being?

Post # 24
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@QuicklyBee:  Aww thank you!! I’ll have to double-check, but if I remember correctly it was about $12.5k for about 110 people. I’ll check the #’s when I get home ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 25
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@QuicklyBee:  Ok, I double-checked and I was a little off :-/ it was $13,599.75 for 107 guests

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