(Closed) Yosemite Ahwahnee Wedding

posted 9 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

So jealous…we considered that, but decided to do something back home so my parents and family could easily attend.  Haven’t been to event there, but generally I think for a Yosemite wedding the biggest concerns will include arranging transporation and lodging (the Awahnee is expensive!)  Also making sure that all the guests can handle the long, windy drive and 3000ft elevation (not high, but could be difficult for elderly folks).

Otherwise, how beautiful…keep us posted on the planning!

Post # 4
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Newbee

There is no more beautiful place for a wedding than Yosemite and The Ahwahnee!

As for lodging and logistics, there are rooms available at Yosemite Lodge and/or Curry Village at a reduced rate (you can get a block of rooms) with a shuttle connecting to The Ahwahnee. It’s common and convenient for guests to stay at either location. It’s only a short ride away.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

Yes! My aunt got married there a little over ten years ago. Though that was a long time ago and I was a teenager, I thought it was beautiful. The hotel was stately and rustic – just gorgeous. And the setting was excellent! We were told we could see bears in the apple trees if we wanted to, and we went on hikes in the park in the time surrounding the wedding. She had her ceremony outside on the Ahwahnee on the lawn. They set up white chairs for the guests. Then, the reception was inside. I don’t remember a lot of details from the reception (it was a long time ago, like i said), but it was a beautiful area and there was a lot of room for guests to mingle and enjoy themselves. I’d recommend it – it was fun! We traveled there from the midwest and flew in to Reno, NV.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’ve been to a gorgeous (but expensive) wedding there.  The couple’s photos are gorgeous!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Your airport options include San Francisco, Reno, San Jose… Everyone is still going to have to drive once they fly in, but it’s not such a bad drive. 

I don’t know anything about flying in to Fresno… but it’s something to look into.

Post # 9
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Newbee

Fresno is the closest major airport and the most common place for people to fly into. Amtrak to Yosemite is bus service from Merced.

Visit the hotel. It will take your breath away. The decor is a cross between Art Deco and Native American styles. It’s elegant and rustic at the same time. Most wedding themes I’ve seen there are nature or vintage-inspired.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

such a beautiful place! I grew up in Fresno and my dad worked in Yosemite for a number of years, so I love it. It is definitely fancy enough for a black tie wedding, but be prepared for a destination-type return on the RSVPs. Fresno is the closest airport, but it is still a long drive from there (especially to the Valley floor). I would LOOOOOVVVEEE to get married there!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

One of my BM’s brother got married outside there and it was gorgeous!   BM’s comments were that the hotel did everything for them and that was great.  The only negative was that flowers and photog was expensive because of the far travel.

I have some pics and if you have specific questions PM me. 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

@Miss Burgundy: we flew in to reno.

I have a blurry memory at best, so someone might need to correct me, but I think if you look at some of Mrs. Cherry Pie’s bridal portraits in her recaps – the ones that show her, her man, or members of the wedding party inside the Lake McDonald lodge.. you’ll get an idea of the feel. I remember a lot of rustic wood and some wrought iron, but very majestic. I think formal would fit there pretty well. 

 

There’s two shots of mrs. cherry pie in this post inside the lake mcdonald lodge.

Married in Montana: Glamour Shots!

 

Some are scattered throughout this post too

Married in Montana: The Guys Get Ready

 

I’m not sure but I think that the Ahwanee was not quite AS rustic – like not so many antlers, etc.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think that the Ahwahwanee is not as rustic as some other places in Yosemite, but it is still a National Park.  If that’s not your scene, then I might look at other places (esp. b/c of the extremely high cost, you don’t want to spend that money and not love it).  It would be completely perfect for us, but we are extreme outdoors types (so the wedding we’re having at a fancy, historic hotel is a little bit less "us" by contrast).  I found some links to photos from Ahwanee weddings:

http://www.yosemiteweddings.org/Wedding_Locations/The_Ahwahnee_Hotel_Weddings/The_Ahwahnee/the_ahwahnee_4.html

http://www.arpiaphotoblog.com/2008/06/ahwahnee-hotel-wedding-photos.html

And a video (the first of the click on these videos):

http://www.jasondanielproductions.com/

Definitely Fresno is the closest airport, but it is very small.  Primarily serviced by American Eagle (AA’s shuttle service).  Guests coming from longer distances will probably transfer at LAX or SFO to get to Fresno.  For SoCal guests, though, this is probably not an issue.  For longer distances, though, it might be cheaper to fly into SFO and then drive to the park.  

Don’t know what to tell you about earthquake safety, though I think that is true about the safety of the structure.  I’m guessing that nowhere in the park would be great to be in the event of a major earthquake b/c of rockfall etc.  But I suppose living in CA is a calculated risk in this regard (I always freak a little driving on the lower part of the Bay Bridge).  From your perspective I think that if you decide to do it there, the most important thing will be to figure the likelihood of a retrofit that might shut it down for a while.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We are also looking at having our wedding in Yosemite at the Ahwahnee in May 2010.  Miss Burgundy- I have some other pictures if you would like me to forward them to you.  The coordinator at the Ahwahnee sent them to me.  

 

Also, ANY info you have been able to get out of them about the retrofit and closing is VERY appreciated.  I’m very concerned about this also and it’s like pulling teeth to make them talk! 

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