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May 2, 2011 12:07 AM

Need to find a place to get married!

Hello everyone!
I am a college student that is going to marry the love of my life who just recently graduated grad school. We are both from the Bay area and want to get married close by but we are open to Sf, Walnut Creek, Livermore etc.

We are planning on having no more than 100 guests and my dream has always been to get married outside (maybe a winery) and have the reception at the same location indoors. We want to have a great time at our wedding with lots of dancing and great food. Our wedding date is open but I am hoping for Memorial Day weekend in 2012. (we will be getting married on a Sunday)

The biggest problem is budget. We plan to pay for most of it with help from my parents so the cheaper the better! I don't want to say an exact amount because I have no idea how much weddings cost!

Any suggestions will be good suggestions!

One thing is we do not want to get married at a community center or a park (i know those are the cheapest) but we have attended many weddings at those types of locations and really want something unique and elegant!

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  1. Not sure how unique a winery wedding can be when there are web sites devoted to them.
    The dollar amount available is rather important as cheap is relative.

    1. I've been to a wedding at Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda that was a lot of fun.

      Rosenblum Cellars
      2900 Main St # 1100, Alameda, CA

      1. Rockefeller Lodge in San Pablo has a garden for a wedding, seating indoors and out for dinner, and a room for dancing. I believe it's on the inexpensive side.

        1. Thank you for the feed back! I agree a winery isn't very unique! I'm just out of ideas! I will be looking up the places you all recmmended!


          1. We had our wedding and reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley. About 85 people. Very nice spot -- ceremony in small garden out back, drinks/hors d'oeuvres on patio, and reception inside. I seem to recall it being about $1500 for the space for the entire day, but that was in 1998. They don't provide food/drinks/music--that's all your own choice from your own vendor(s).

            7 Replies
            1. re: Jeff

              The Outdoor Art Club is a beautiful location. I've worked as a caterer there many times, and it's one of my favorite places, There is a nice mix of indoor and outdoor space.

              1. re: manraysky

                I looked at the Outdoor Art Show and it seems very beautiful but does not rent out on Sundays :/. But really great suggestion!

                1. re: breezianne

                  Our wedding was on a Sunday; they must have changed things. What about the Art & Garden Center in Ross/Greenbrae?

                  1. re: Jeff

                    Hi jeff, on their calendar it only offered Saturdays but I'll try and call to get more info.

                    Art & Garden Center in Ross/Greenbrae may be too far for us. We want to stay closer to San Ramon, Walnut Creek maybe SF if there is a good/cheap hotel for guests. I live in San Ramon/Dublin area so family can stay at my parents home to keep their cost down.

                    But thank you for that suggestion!

                    1. re: breezianne

                      Are you looking at the right place? It's Outdoor Art Club, not Show, btw. Their calendar actually lists that they offer a reduced rental costs on Sundays.


                      1. re: manraysky

                        They suggest u look at their calendar to see of your date is available and since the Sunday date I was planning was not listed I assumed they did not offer rentals on that day. I will look more into it because it really is a beautiful venue!

                        1. re: breezianne

                          Hope it works out because i agree, it is a great wedding spot. Friends of mine had their wedding their, everyone loved it.