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Wither Wine Country Weddings?

By Courtney Cochran

The first part of the story is familiar:  Boy meets girl, boy buys ring, boy pops the question. Fanfare and general bliss come next, followed quickly by the other big question - where should we get hitched?

And while this new question can give rise to a dizzying set of considerations for any couple, those inclined to a wine country wedding are faced with their own unique set of sometimes overwhelming options. Will any wine region do, or is there a special area we're set on? Will our guests be up for a destination wedding, and - if so - is there adequate lodging nearby to house everyone? And, of course, How much does a wine country wedding cost? Will it amount to more or less than getting hitched somewhere else?

We here at WineCountry.com want to know how couples sort through these sorts of questions en route to planning their own unforgettable wine country weddings. If you have an experience, resource or tip you'd like to share, please post it here as a comment.

Not only will your feedback help visitors to the site - many of whom visit us for guidance in wine country wedding planning - it will also give us valuable insights into how we can improve our own wedding planning content. Cheers to that.


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Forget about Napa Valley. The county has done a spectacular job at squashing of valley weddings at wineries and private homes.

Look to Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley in particular. Both wineries and private homes are available for weddings and events. Be prepared to pay a premium on site fees though.

While the previous commenter was correct in that Napa county has made it difficult, there are still two wineries there that host weddings year round: V. Sattui in St. Helena, and Hans Fahden in Calistoga. I'll be getting married at V. Sattui this August! While planning from Southern California is a little difficult, vendor meetings are a great excuse to visit wine country!

My husband and I were married in Napa in 1997. We knew we wanted a Napa wedding and after 6-9 months of visiting numerous wineries, inns, and resorts, we selected the Auberge du Soleil for our wedding. Ours was an intimate 70 guest event. Most of our guests were from out of town so we wanted a detination wedding, which Napa offered. The Auberge Inn provided a complete wedding package which made things simple. The wedding coordinators are excellent, thoughtful and extremely good at what they do. They can assist you and provide guidance with vendors, such as florists, photographers, music/bands. Ours was a beautiful event, the staff and coordinators made me and our guests feel like so special. One tip, given ours was a destination wedding, along with our invitations, I sent our guests a Napa Valley packet that provided a map of the valley, its history, highlights, and included tips on travel, events for the weekend, and lodging recommendations. I put this on wine-theme letterhead, and it was a big hit with our guests.

We married at Elk Cove Inn in August of 07 and had a wonderful experience. The Inn was luxurious, the service without equal and their arrangements were great. I had the most beautiful bouquet! And the location overlooking the Pacific from the gazebo made for gorgeous pictures. I would recommend it to anyone.

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