(Closed) Wine Country wedding restrictions

posted 8 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My venue has an 11pm limit.  It’s probably a city noise ordinance and has nothing to do with the venue.

Post # 4
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our vineyard in central NY has a 11pm curfew but would allow us to go beyond for extra $$. 

Post # 5
11 posts
  • Wedding: July 2004

Most venues in the wine country have the time limit which is a real bummer – I had the same frustration when envisioning my wine country wedding as well. IT has to do with permits, noise ordinances and complaining neighbors. The noise level is the main factor – basically no amplified music outdoors after 10pm or 11pm. This is why I chose to get married at a hotel in the wine country. I still had my ceremony in an outdoor setting in front of the vines, and outdoor dinner location but when it came to dancing we were in the hotel’s library and rocked out until midnight. It was a few years ago though so I’m hoping they haven’t changed the end time. 

Your other option is to start earlier and just have a long reception. This may mean you need to buy more time at your venue or rent your venue for the entire day (some places like to do two weddings in one day – I am not a fan because your vendors need time to set up and break down and do it with enough time to make it all perfect for you!!) But this way when it ends at 10pm you had the ceremony start at 3pm, cocktails at 4pm, dinner at 5pm and so on…then you can have a grand time!!

Post # 6
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

This was the exact reason why my fiance and I are not having our wedding in wine country.

Napa and Sonoma county a couple of years ago formulated a noise restriction policy of 10 pm for all public and private parties.  Some places will allow you to extend it to 11. 

Also, only a very small handful (6-7) wineries are allowed by the county to throw a wedding.  Because of this, the prices are very high as there is little competition.  Also, most are working wineries and you cannot start your wedding till 6 pm.  If you wedding needs to end at 10 or 11, you are paying a lot of $$$$ for a short amount of time.

The only way around this is if you rent out your own house/mansion in Napa or Sonoma.  However, this too is pricey as you have to rent everything (linens, tables, etc) ….

Literally, it was our dream to get married in Wine Country and changed our plans due to these restrictions, which are ridiculous in my point of view.

Post # 7
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yup, I had a winery all picked out (in Monterey County)and then the coordinator said the cut-off time was 10:30pm and that killed the dream…

back to the drawing board…good luck!

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