Planning a wedding is some serious business, but don’t let the details stress you out. Consider hosting your wedding in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. Great year-round weather coupled with beautiful backdrops makes for the perfect destination wedding. Here are 10 unique venues for small and large parties.
For a wedding venue fit for a queen, spend an elegant day and night at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. Many couples say their vows on the lawn, take portraits in the rose garden, and have cocktail hour on the outdoor terrace. When the sun goes down, head into the mansion for a decadent reception dinner followed by plenty of dancing. You might not be a millionaire, but you’ll certainly feel like royalty at Kohl Mansion.
Long Branch Saloon & Farms
A saloon might not sound like a traditional wedding venue—and it’s not—but don’t knock it until you try it! Couples have raved about their experiences at Long Branch Saloon & Farms, noting that their guests absolutely loved the lively, yet offbeat venue. The events staff works with couples to fine-tune all the details, and if you’re a DIY pro, consider taking your skills to the next level by contributing to the decor.
Craving the exotic flavors of Peru minus the flight? Then host your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception at Puerto 27. As part of the Pacifica Beach Hotel, the eatery specializes in Peruvian fare and pisco cocktails. Best of all, the restaurant overlooks the ocean, making you feel like you’re on the beaches outside of Lima. For convenience, host your ceremony at the hotel, where you’ll say your vows against an oceanfront background.
Another top Peruvian restaurant in Montara Beach. Oceanfront and upscale, the glass walls make certain that every table has an unrestricted view of the water. The contemporary Peruvian flavors are as vibrant as the views out the window. Couples who hold their receptions at La Costanera have the best of both worlds: culture and cuisine.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Wine lovers, rejoice! Thomas Fogarty Winery doubles as a wedding venue, and there’s plenty of red and white to go around. Whether you host your wedding outdoors, indoors, or both, the venue accommodates as many as 216 guests. While strolling the estate’s 325 acres, you’ll have views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Say your vows surrounded by landscaped lawns, redwood trees and, of course, family and friends.
Looking for a low-key venue that’s both rustic and romantic? Plan a wedding at the chic Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero. Ideal for small weddings, the farm accommodates a maximum of 60 guests. For the most part, couples opt for an outdoor garden ceremony followed by an indoor loft barn dinner featuring four courses. Best of all, you’ll sample plenty of farmstead cheese and honey lavender lemonade.
The Mountain House Restaurant
Another low-key yet charming wedding reception venue is The Mountain House in Woodside. The cozy restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine, with everything from coast-fresh seafood to homemade desserts on the menu. The Forest Room seats up to 40 guests, while the main dining room is suitable for up to 70 people. Depending on your preference, sit by the fireplace indoors or raise your glass among redwood trees.
If you want the beauty and ambiance of a working winery without the drive to Sonoma, host your wedding at Domenico Winery. The 7,000-square-foot venue features ornate decor from wall to wall: French oak barrels, a 24-foot mahogany tasting bar and a 16-foot solid-pine gathering table. Come dinnertime, guests are in for a real treat. Couples may opt for a plated dinner or choose a buffet-style meal instead.
MacArthur Park Restaurant
Private dining takes on a whole new meaning at MacArthur Park Restaurant, a California Historic Landmark. It originally served as a recreation facility for troops training during World War I and was one of several Hostess Houses built by the Y.W.C.A. at the request of the war department to provide a safe and dignified meeting place for women and children coming to visit those stationed at military posts. Couples have five venue choices: the Julia Morgan Room, the Lofts, the Camp Fremont Room, the Veterans Room or the Patio. For small, intimate ceremonies, the Patio is a good fit for cocktail hour and receptions. Alternatively, host your reception in the Veterans Room, complete with a built-in bar and French doors that open out to a deck overlooking the patio.
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