(Closed) Yosemite anyone?!?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 92
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@rusticbee2014:  Thanks so much!

September is nice, but yeah it is the start of the dryer season for Yosemite. It can be warm but not too hot depending on the year however the nights cool down a little more. As for the water and looking “worn out” that is a possibility. Starting in late August the waterfalls lessen/get smaller and the rivers are low and with the lack of rain and snow this year it is certainly a likelihood for this upcoming fall. However, it is still absolutely beautiful!

The benefit of the fall is that after kids go back to school the park slows down and there aren’t people everywhere. This of course can give you an opportunity for better shots throughout the valley without the impending photo bomb. If you wait until late September you will also benefit from the fall colors which in early September are rare. Later fall might also lend you some discounts when planning as the tourist season has come to an end. 

Post # 94
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

@rusticbee2014:  What a gorgeous cabin you stayed in!  That is the kind of feel we want.  We just came back from Yosemite… officially engaged, ring and all!  While we were there we visited a few sites.  We decided that we want an intimate camp wedding weekend for about 50 guests, a bit off the beaten path but within 1-2 hrs of nature-y attractions.  

We saw the Tenaya, the Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge, the Redwoods, Narrow Gauge, Sierra Sky Ranch, and Paradise Springs (self-guided tour for most, only met with PS).  

The first three are larger, each are beautiful; Tenaya has several interior ballrooms, which we saw but did not look at the outdoor space, as it is bigger than what we are planning for ourselves.  

Narrow Gauge is smaller, older, quaint and rustic.

Sierra Sky Ranch stood us up (after we drove 3 hours; luckily we had made arrrangements the day before, otherwise it would have been 6, however we had no alternate plans so we had to drive 6 hrs home).  The outside looked a bit run down.  Needless to say, be forewarned to steer clear of them.   

Our favorite was Paradise Springs for the intimacy factor, but it was expensive for us (dark beer taste on a light beer budget, and their prices have gone up this year).  

The Redwoods event space had an attached deck to the lobby/check-in area, and there were cubicles set up in the event space (seemed to be tight for 50 people seated, plus DJ/dance floor, would need to use the deck as overflow, had small windows; they may or may not be planning on undergoing a remodel, but they are a few months behind on the first stage, as I have not received any renderings).  The event coordinator’s daughter had a beautifull outdoor ceremony and reception there, but it was in the summer, so if looking for an indoor backup option, I would consider one of the cabins before I would their event space.  We were also a little frustrated with the service from the assistant coordinator, as the main coordinator had said we could come anytime, and after driving over an hour (traffic from the valley floor), the assistant refused to show us the spaces or give us any information, so we were disappointed and promptly eliminated them from our search.  If they had been more accommodating or had been able to show us possible cabins for event use like the one you posted, I think we would have had a different experience. 

I also read about Yosemite Bug, but we didn’t go there. 

We are now considering VRBOs in the nearby Sequoias and other areas as well.  

The things we learned on this trip: go see venues for comparison. We thought PS was a long shot in terms of what we wanted, but we left with it as our fave.  We were surprised that we were not as enthralled with the others as we thought we’d be, but as soon as we decided we didn’t like one element or the overall feel we didn’t let anyone try to talk us back into it or go for the tour. That being said, we are picky and like our time away from people and electricity, so our criteria is probably very different from someone else’s, so take what I say with a grain of salt.  Good luck and I hope you find your venue!  I can’t wait too see the photos 🙂

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