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Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part I of IV

September 15th, 2007 · No Comments

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This past weekend, Travel Boyfriend and I went up to Auburn, CA to prospect for wedding locations (oh, how I make myself laugh). Why Auburn? Well, first of all, it’s charming and gorgeous and the weather is nice, and oh, it doesn’t hurt that it’s considerably cheaper than having anything near or around San Francisco. For a couple who can’t afford to buy a damn house in the City By the Bay, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to drop 30 Gs on a one-day affair. Although, I guess you could argue that if we will NEVER be able to afford a house in San Francisco, why not drop all those Gs on decadent things like overpriced weddings. The reason, as you may have guessed, is because I like to spend it on travel!

(Full disclosure: Luckily my dad told me he would help us out a bit. He said he started to set aside a bit of wedding money for me back when I was seven. That is so absolutely sweet, thoughtful and generous that I want to cry tears the size of chicken eggs. I mean, there I was picking scabs off of my knees and eating them and he’s thinking, “Someday, someone’s going to want to marry that girl.”)

So anyway, after searching high and low for locations in the area, I narrowed it down to three, hoping at least one would pan out (okay, I SWEAR that is the last “gold country” joke I make in this post).

My criteria:

  • Natural beauty
  • Uniqueness of property
  • Decent rate
  • Not having the words “golf course” or “country club” in the name
  • One-stop-shop-ness

The last criterion was one I was hoping desperately for, but not confident would be possible. I’m not the type to fret about matching silverware to pantyhose or whatever the hell foolish people do on those extravagant wedding reality shows. I want to have the least amount of hassles and decisions to make so I can focus on creating a meaningful ceremony and sharing the big day with Travel Boyfriend and the people closest to us (awwww!).

Our First Stop:

Monte Verde Inn

Monte Verde Inn Ceremony Site

A pretty little property I found on Here Comes The Guide. It was just voted The Knot Best of Wedding Pick for 2007. They have a nicely shaded ceremony site which doubles as the dance floor later in the evening with twinkle lights and lanterns to set the mood.

Monte Verde Inn House And Tables

The owners just took over the property a couple of years ago, but they themselves were married here back in the day. The wife bakes the beautiful cakes and the husband, who holds a culinary degree from the California Culinary Academy, creates the gourmet dinners.

The best part is that things like cake and flowers are already included in the cost. You can also rent the house for the evening, which includes the breakfast for up to 16 people the next morning. Definitely one-stop-shop.

Monte Verde Inn Suite

This was the location I thought for sure was the one. I found it first. We visited it first. And I loved it. But who knew that our third stop would capture our hearts even more so. BUT, I would totally recommend Monte Verde Inn to others and would have been almost as happy to have it here.

Monte Verde Inn Vineyard

Why didn’t we then? It’s a little far from the town of Auburn and you have to drive on a dark and curvy road to get there. Not good for people drinking at a wedding. TB and I are planning to have a shuttle service no matter where we have the wedding, but this location just seemed like it might be a bigger hassle than necessary. Also, our third stop just ended up looking prettier.

To continue reading about California Gold Country Wedding locations, see “Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part II of IV” (coming soon!)

Travel Betty Wedding Resources

Here Comes The Guide: Northern California: Wedding Locations and Services (Here Comes the Guide Northern California)

Here Comes The Guide: Northern California: Wedding Locations and Services (Here Comes the Guide Northern California)

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions: Readings, Rituals, Music, Dances, and Toasts

The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions: Readings, Rituals, Music, Dances, and Toasts

Tags: California · Northern California · USA · Weddings

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