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inspiration

venues

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style + design

reception venues

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La Femme Vintage

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San Francisco

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Architectural Modern

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Peninsula

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Sweet + Sassy

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South Bay

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Rustic Restoration

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East Bay / Tri-Valley

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Central Coast

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Lake Tahoe

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Wine Country

real weddings 14

Pina + Niraj

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Felicia + Jim

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Devon + Andrei

planning features

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Dana + Andy

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10 Steps to a Magnificent Reception

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Adrienne + Bethann

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Documented :: photography + cinematography

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Carolyn + Frank

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Finding the Perfect Gown :: 10 Shopping Tips

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fashion

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planning topics + resources

california couture

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Event Planners

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Modern

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Paper + Ink

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Feminine

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The Reception

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Classic

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Catering

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Glamorous

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Music

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Sassy

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Rentals

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Vintage

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Flowers

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Bohemian

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Photography

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Cinematography

style features

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Bridal Salons

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Tablescapes

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Beauty

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Bouquet Couture

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Bridal Shows

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Theme Weddings :: Dark Circus

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WINTER ARCHITECTURAL MODERN

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STYLISTS T + T Dynamite Productions

PHOTOGRAPHER Jennifer Skog

PHOTOGRAPHER Tanja Lippert Photography

CINEMATOGRAPHER Studio MSV

CINEMATOGRAPHER Studio MSV

GOWN Nouvelle Vogue

GOWN Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier

HAIR + MAKEUP Maria Chang, PMA

HAIR + MAKEUP Tia Reagan, Freebird Productions

HEADPIECE + JEWELRY Haute Bride

ACCESSORIES Grandma Joan’s Jewels (Etsy)

BOUQUET Asiel Design

HAT Black Cat Hats

LOCATION Kohl Mansion

BOUQUET Asiel Design LOCATION San Jose City Hall Rotunda

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SUMMER RUSTIC RESTORATION

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STYLISTS T + T Dynamite Productions

PHOTOGRAPHER Jennifer Skog

PHOTOGRAPHER Tanja Lippert Photography

CINEMATOGRAPHER Studio MSV

CINEMATOGRAPHER Studio MSV

GOWN Nouvelle Vogue

GOWN + ACCESSORIES Decades of Fashion

HAIR + MAKEUP Maria Chang of PMA

HAIR + MAKEUP Tia Reagan, Freebird Productions

HEADPIECE + JEWELRY Haute Bride

BOUQUET Asiel Design

BOUQUET Asiel Design

LOCATION Sausalito Galilee Harbor

LOCATION Asiel Design Studio

L A FEMME VINTAGE

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editor’s note

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or eighteen years I’ve had the pleasure of publishing the Bay Area’s most recognized wedding magazine, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Like many paper-and-ink publishers in this web-tech-mobile-tablet driven age, I decided earlier this year to evaluate whether printing an actual magazine was going to continue to be a worthwhile endeavor, or if moving everything over to the website would be a smarter direction for the company. And seriously, with the proliferation of electronic gadgets and online resources, I had to ask myself, “will brides really use print by the end of 2012?” Well, as evident by the issue you’re holding in your hands, I got my answer. In fact, after several eye-opening focus groups with real brides, I discovered that brides don’t just like us, they L-O-V-E us, and they want to see more of us. Apparently, the novelty of viewing gowns and images on tiny little handheld screens, is wearing-off. When it comes to planning a wedding... print is in! In light of the oh-so-fabulous feedback from our brides, I decided not only to continue printing, but to evolve Today’s Bride into something much more tantalizing for our readers. If brides wanted to see more images of tablescapes, we’d give them more tablescapes. If they wanted more bouquets, we’d give them more bouquets. If they wanted more dresses... you see where I’m going with this, right?

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The first order of business was to retire our trademark, planner-sizemagazine in favor of this new full-size format. The second, was to bring in a creative director to oversee the style + design department and host our new blog—Designer’s Column. Fortunately for us (and you) we found the perfect team—Jonathan and Linnae from Asiel Design. The third step was to enlist the talents of some of the Bay Area’s top floral and event designers to conceptualize and produce tablescapes that would inspire real brides with realistic ideas for their real weddings. One hundred and twenty three designers, locations and services were involved in producing the vignettes featured on pages 150 to 207. My sincere thanks and gratitude for their contribution to this—the next evolution of Today’s Bride San Francisco. If you enjoy this issue even a fraction as much as we enjoyed putting it together, you’re in for a treat. We’d love to hear what you think.

To brides past, present and future. You continue to inspire us.

love + best wishes,

Cristine Thom as Publisher | Editor-in-Chief

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The Terrace Room, with access to a private outdoor terrace, is the perfect location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The beauty of a sunset to the west and misty Ocean Beach to the south can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. With the beach and Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, your ceremony on the private terrace will be truly unique. This amazing setting offers views of

the famous Seal Rocks, the Marin coastline, the Pacific Ocean, and Ocean Beach. Your guests will be delighted by sightings of flocks of pelicans and seagulls and the occasional glimpse of seals, dolphins or whales. Whether you are planning a wedding, a family celebration, or a corporate function, the world famous Cliff House is the quintessential San Francisco experience.

1090 Point Lobos, San Francisco | 415.666.4027 | CliffHouse.com

VENUE..................................................................................................................... restaurant

RECEPTION CAPACITY......................................... up to 120 sitting / 170 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE......................................................................................... $45 to $75

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................................................. n/a

CEREMONY CAPACITY........................................... up to 70 sitting / 120 standing

PARKING.......................................................................................................... street parking

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HOTEL WHITCOMB SA N FR A NCISCO

The Historic Hotel Whitcomb is nestled in the heart of San Francisco between the trendy SoMa neighborhood and the historic Theater and Cultural Art Districts of the city. Whether you are holding a rehearsal dinner, an intimate ceremony with family and friends or a lavish black tie affair, the Historic Hotel Whitcomb’s turn of the century design and décor add a romantic feel to your wedding. The

Ballroom is a luxurious two level room with a grand staircase, beautiful Austrian chandeliers, decorated Tiffany Glass highlights and the largest parquet dance floor in the city make the hotel the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams. The hotel’s wedding planner is available to help you create a beautiful event from start to finish. Call today to arrange a personal tour and private tasting.

1231 Market Street, San Francisco | 415.626.8000 | HotelWhitcomb.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................... up to 350 sitting / 570 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $40 to $95

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. call for more info

CEREMONY CAPACITY...................................... up to 300 sitting / 600 standing

PARKING......................................................................................................... valet available

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E&O Trading Company in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square district, boasts a three-level rustic space modeled after an ancient trading warehouse. Featuring contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine, the restaurant’s unique space captures the spirit of a bygone era with a spacious horseshoe shaped mezzanine overlooking a richly detailed central dining “theatre”. Lofty ceilings and dramatic chandeliers add to the ambience. E&O has a variety of private and semi private spaces for any size celebration, including the Cinnabar Room, E&O Room and the Full Mezzanine. Our selection of beautifully crafted dishes and drinks will create the most memorable San Francisco experience.

Our California-Italian bistro creates an ideal setting for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions for the truly romantic at heart. Located in Presidio Heights, decorated with antique fixtures and hardwood floors, it’s reminiscent of a family-run trattoria in a small Tuscan village. Sunlight streams in through large picture windows in the front dining room, and after dark, Florentine wrought-iron chandeliers, imported from Europe, infuse the room with soft light. The equally beautiful back dining room overlooks a lovely, heated patio with white Italian marble tables and large market umbrellas. Voted #1 Best Brunch by Open Table, let us assist you in creating a menu of culinary delights not soon to be forgotten by you or your guests.

VENUE......................................................................................... restaurant

VENUE......................................................................................... restaurant

OPTIONS............................................................................................. indoor

OPTIONS.....................................................................indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE.....................................reception & rehearsal dinner

EVENT TYPE..................................................ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......................................................................... n/a

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............up to 120 sitting / 150 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY........... up to 275 sitting / 400 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............up to 120 sitting / 150 standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................ $56 to $80

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................$28 to $60

FACILITY $ RANGE.................................................. call for more info

FACILITY $ RANGE..................................................call for more info

PARKING..................................................... public lot / street parking

PARKING..............................................................................street parking

314 Sutter St, San Francisco | 415.788.2622 EOTrading.com

3673 Sacramento St, San Francisco | 415.922.1225 MagicFluteRistorante.com

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Long considered one of San Francisco’s best private dining venues, Palio D’Asti is elegant and timeless. The restaurant’s decor is festive and sophisticated with warm stucco, wood accents, original artwork and vibrant flags that honor the famous Italian horse race for which it is named. Conveniently located in the Financial District, the popular restaurant offers authentic, seasonal Italian fare utilizing local organic

produce and sustainable artisan ingredients. Michelin rated for its comfortable, European service, Palio features a full bar and a Wine Spectator award-winning list to compliment the cuisine. With a full-time, dedicated event staff, Palio D’Asti has 3 private event spaces and a small private patio to accommodate both cocktail receptions and elaborate sit down celebrations with live music and dancing available.

640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco | 415.395.9800 | PalioDAsti.com

VENUE..................................................................................................................... restaurant

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......................................up to 240 sitting / 300 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $55 to $155

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................................................. n/a

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................................up to 50 sitting / 80 standing

PARKING................................................................................. public lot / street parking

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The St. Regis San Francisco, located in the heart of the city’s cultural corridor and steps away from the SFMOMA, offers a chic and luxurious destination for wedding festivities. Whether a decadent reception in the Gallery Ballroom, with its 17-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Yerba Buena Gardens, or a rooftop ceremony on the Yerba Buena Terrace, every celebration at the hotel is customized

for the bride and groom and is characterized by The St. Regis San Francisco personalized service and meticulous attention to detail received from the initial first meeting to the last moment of an enchanted gathering. We invite you to explore the luxury wedding services and bespoke arrangements provided by The St. Regis San Francisco, creating a one-of-a-kind celebration for you and your guests.

125 Third Street, San Francisco | 415.284.4000 | StRegisSanFrancisco.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY........................................................................ up to 300 sitting

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................$185 to $350

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................. $1,500 to $5,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY........................................................................ up to 300 sitting

PARKING.............................................................................................................................. valet

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In a beautiful setting along San Francisco’s waterfront, The Winery SF offers a distinctive setting for your wedding ceremony and reception. Our 20,000 sq. ft. winery & event venue provides a one-of-a-kind ‘wine country wedding’ experience right in San Francisco on beautiful Treasure Island. Natural romance abounds amid lofty wood-beamed ceilings, expansive windows, and walls of stacked wine barrels that line

the winery floor. With both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, The Winery SF combines elegance and romance alongside the most gorgeous skyline views of San Francisco. Top off your celebration with our boutique, hand-crafted wines produced right at The Winery SF by highly acclaimed Napa and Sonoma winemakers. Celebrate your wedding day at The Winery SF - San Francisco’s Premier Wine Wedding Venue.

200 California Avenue, Bldg 180 N, San Francisco | 415.SF.JUICE (7358423) | Winery-SF.com

VENUE.............................................................................................................................. winery

RECEPTION CAPACITY...................................... up to 350 sitting / 700 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................... packages start at $79.99 per / 75 guests

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE...........................................................included in package price

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 350 sitting / 700 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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The Crowne Plaza features different venues within the hotel, each emanating their own unique ambiance. Whether your reception is traditional, elegant, fun or a style all your own, we have just the right setting. Creativity, service and food are our claim to fame, and we believe that every couple is unique, thus every event is unique. So we provide a la carte menus, ethnic foods and customized menus for

plated, buffet or hors d’ oeuvre receptions. Our chef’s are culinary experts, passionate about their work and the quality of ingredients used to create your menu. All-Inclusive packages are available for plated or elegant buffets, including white glove service, champagne toasts, customized wedding cakes and flower arrangements. Late night snacks are delivered to the suites along with complimentary Sunday brunch.

1221 Chess Drive, Foster City | 650.570.5700 | EventsCP.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY................................... up to 700 sitting / 1,000 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE.......................................................................................$35 to $108

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. call for more info

CEREMONY CAPACITY..................................... up to 300 sitting / 600 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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What do the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and President Clinton’s security dogs have in common? They’ve all been guests at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña! Originally owned by movie star Doris Day, the Cabaña Hotel opened in 1962 and immediately became a magnet for Hollywood luminaries. Described by Life Magazine as “one of the best hotels on the West Coast,” it’s now “the Cabaña reinvented,” thanks to a

21st-century makeover that completely updated the décor, event spaces and guestrooms. With the largest event capacity on the Peninsula, the Crowne Plaza Cabaña offers numerous wedding ceremony and reception options, such as the Grand Mediterranean Ballroom or the spacious and sunny courtyard. Our hotel’s professional staff will create and produce the wedding of your dreams!

4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto | 650.628.0180 | CabanaPaloAlto.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............................................. up to 450 sitting or standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE..................................................................................... $60 to $100

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE........................................................................................... call for info

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................................. up to 450 sitting or standing

PARKING............................................................................................... valet and self-park

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The color blue is associated with purity, fidelity and trust. It symbolizes the wish by the bride and groom that their commitment might remain as eternally true-blue as the sky and sea. When it comes to making your wedding spectacular, allow the DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport Family to be your something blue. The DoubleTree is the perfect place for your wedding ceremony

and reception. Whether reserving guest rooms or creating the ceremony of your dreams, we are dedicated to providing you with personalized attention and superior service. Committed to your happiness no matter what size your budget or scope of your event, we will ensure your special day captures the beauty and magnitude you so richly deserve. Relax and enjoy your most memorable day!

835 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame | 650.373.2223 | SanFranciscoAirport.DoubleTree.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY..............................................up to 200 sitting or standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $40 and up

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. call for more info

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................................. up to 250 sitting or standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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Welcome your guests to the exquisite ballroom at Trader Vic’s Palo Alto. This stunning venue with its polished mahogany floors, cathedral ceilings, landscaped patio and extensive art collection will enhance your already very special day. A smaller banquet room is available for wedding rehearsal dinner or intimate weddings. Trader Vic’s, located at Dinah’s Garden Hotel, is situated on six acres of sculptured gardens, with koifilled lagoons, waterfalls and fountains. Let your guests experience a slice of paradise on the Peninsula. Call our catering department today for a personal tour.

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VENUE......................................................................................................hotel OPTION........................................................................ indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE............................................................................... reception CEREMONY CAPACITY................... up to 150 sitting or standing RECEPTION CAPACITY................... up to 150 sitting or standing CATERING $ RANGE.......................................................... $50 to $150 FACILITY $ RANGE.................................................. call for more info PARKING.......................................................................... complimentary

4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto | 650.798.1306 DinahsHotel.com

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For the best celebration venue, look no further than Embassy Suites South San Francisco. Experience your most important day carefree as our experienced event staff take care of organizing all the details for your wedding day festivities. Exchange vows in our unique lush garden atrium and celebrate into the night in one of our recently updated and stylish private ballrooms. After the ceremony your

guests will enjoy being just minutes from beautiful downtown San Francisco and can enjoy our complimentary shuttle service, which is first come, first serve and is offered Friday and Saturday. Or take a beautiful drive through the picturesque central coast and toast your new union with your family in the Napa/Sonoma wine country. Call our team today to ensure your dream day is all you have ever imagined.

250 Gateway Boulevard, South San Francisco | 650.589.3400 | SFOSouthSanFrancisco.EmbassySuites.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................... up to 250 sitting / 350 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $45 to $99

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. call for more info

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 250 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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At the Gateway to Palo Alto’s most exclusive residential area awaits an intimate art-filled setting for your wedding. Outdoor locations overlook fountains or lush tropical gardens, while indoor venues impress with sleek, contemporary glamour. Every detail contributes to your occasion: from the area’s most stylish ballroom to luxurious bridal quarters and pampering in the spa’s special couple’s suite.

From impeccable cuisine and wedding cakes, to invitations and floral designs, trust us to simplify the planning process. Whether you’re planning a grand gala or intimate gathering, we invite you to explore the possibilities. Every detail contributes to your occasion at this enchanting Silicon Valley venue. Relax and let the Four Seasons’ legendary service and luxury set an unforgettable stage for your celebration.

2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto | 650.470.2896 | FourSeasons.com/siliconvalley

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............................................. up to 230 sitting or standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE...................................................................................... $70 to $275

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE....................................................................................... fee may vary

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................................. up to 230 sitting or standing

PARKING.....................................................................................................valet & self-park

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Garden Court Hotel is a luxury venue nestled in downtown Palo Alto’s tree lined streets. The Mediterranean architecture wraps around an open-air courtyard and fountain. Offering 62 guestrooms and suites, this upscale boutique hotel is ideal for brides and grooms looking for a romantic European style wedding with indoor and outdoor ambience throughout the venue. Debuting contemporary-chic

design, charm, luxurious amenities, attention to detail, spectacular location and privacy, this ultimate retreat is a home away from home for everyone. Our Events Team will help guide you through the entire planning process and then transition to our Banquet Captain, who will follow your event details and ensure the flow and ambience of your wedding are orchestrated seamlessly.

520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto | 650.323.1912 | GardenCourt.com

VENUE........................................................................................................... boutique hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......................................up to 230 sitting / 300 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE......................................................................................... $55 to $95

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................. $1,500 to $6,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY...................................... up to 200 sitting / 300 standing

PARKING....................................................................... garage / complimentary valet

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Nationally acknowledged as one of the “18 Great Country Clubs for a Day,” Half Moon Bay Golf Links offers a spectacular ocean-side venue perfect for any occasion and is located on more than a mile of spectacularly scenic bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Our gracious and accommodating staff will help create an event filled with beautiful details, warm service and outstanding cuisine. Parties of up

to 140 guests can be seated within our inviting rooms featuring ocean facing windows and a cozy fireplace. From our complimentary valet service to a rose-petal send-off for newlyweds, Half Moon Bay Golf Links will exceed your expectations. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, provide you a site tour, and discuss how we can create an event to remember for all of the right reasons.

Two Miramontes Point, Half Moon Bay | 650.773.8895 | HalfMoonBayGolf.com

VENUE................................................................................... golf course / country club

RECEPTION CAPACITY........................................................................................ up to 140

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $50 to $125

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................ $2,500 to $5,500

CEREMONY CAPACITY........................................................................................ up to 140

PARKING.......................................................................................... complimentary valet

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Celebrate Life’s special occasion at the Hilton San Francisco Airport! With a combination of versatile facilities, excellent service and succulent cuisine, you and your guests will have fond memories that will last a lifetime. The venue is perfect for your wedding day or social events such as banquets, receptions and rehearsal dinners. We offer 11 function rooms with over 11,500

square feet of meeting space. The Reflection Ballroom is perfectly suited for large, elegant banquets or receptions, while our Spectrum Room is just right for more intimate gatherings, ceremonies or bridal showers. The catering staff is specially trained in coordinating everything for your event. They take special care in doing whatever it takes to make your wedding day flawless.

600 Airport Blvd, Burlingame | 650.340.8500 | SanFranciscoAirport.Hilton.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY...................................................................................... up to 400

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $47 to $125

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.......................................................................................$400 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................................................................... up to 500

PARKING................................................................................................... self-park or valet

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Frederick and Bessie Kohl transformed 40 woodland acres in Burlingame into the stunning and noble Kohl Mansion. This rare estate, with breathtaking gardens and pond, has been the host of countless social gatherings since 1914. With unparalleled beauty and flexibility, a wedding at Kohl Mansion is nothing short of magical. The Kohl Mansion offers a sophisticated setting with rich hardwood floors,

detailed crown moldings and four unique rooms for the various stages of your celebration. Lush grounds and a private rose garden create an unforgettable backdrop for any occasion. Whether your vision is intimate or epic, indoors or under the stars, Kohl Mansion is a must see. Our experienced event directors and renowned vendors will make planning a joy and your wedding unforgettable.

2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame | 650.762.1136 or 650.762.1137 | Kohl-Mansion.com

VENUE....................................................................................................... historic mansion

RECEPTION CAPACITY..............................................up to 300 sitting or standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE..........................................................see preferred vendor list

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE........................................................................... $6,500 to $12,750

CEREMONY CAPACITY..............................................up to 300 sitting or standing

PARKING................................................................large lot available / valet optional

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Long Branch Saloon & Farms is the most unique wedding venue in San Mateo County and is nestled in the hills south of picturesque Half Moon Bay. You’ll find our authentic western town a charming getaway, yet easily accessible, and outfitted with all the modern amenities. Our newly built chapel provides a rustic setting for ceremonies while the spacious saloon, grand parlor and main street area can accommodate

up to 300 guests. The beautiful church opens up, so whether a small or large wedding, your guests can share in your special day with doors wide open. You may also choose from one of our many other unique areas such as a pasture site or balcony. The casual atmosphere and western hospitality is perfect for the bride and groom striving for a one-of-a-kind wedding. We take the jitters out of getting hitched.

VENUE................................................................................................................................ ranch

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321 Verdi Road, Half Moon Bay | 650.726.3117 | LongBranchFarms.net

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................................................................... up to 300

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $28 and up

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................... $2,500 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................................................................... up to 300

PARKING...................................................................................self-park / valet optional

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Whether you’re planning the ultimate event, or a more intimate affair, the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront has everything to make your wedding a day you’ll treasure forever. Imagine yourself against the picturesque backdrop of the San Francisco Bay and the warm California sun. Our stunning new outdoor gazebo provides just the right setting for everyone to admire. And thanks to our

expansive bay view lobby and new outdoor patio fire pit, you’ll have the ideal spot to mingle with guests. Leave the planning to us by allowing our Marriott-certified wedding professionals to help you create every detail, from the personalized theme to the right photographer, and of course, the exquisitely crafted menu. We’ll see to every detail while you relax and enjoy the day you’ve always dreamed of.

1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame | 650.692.9100 | SanFranciscoAirportMarriott.com

VENUE.................................................................................................... hotel & restaurant

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................................................................................800

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $60 and up

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. call for more info

CEREMONY CAPACITY................................................................................................ 1,000

PARKING............................................................................................... valet and self-park

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Although an exclusive private club, you need not be a member to host a special event at this spectacular venue. Nestled in the Palo Alto Hills community, the clubhouse and surrounding golf course offer unparalleled views of the Bay and Peninsula. The country club is known for its welcoming atmosphere, and its Grand Ballroom could not be more inviting. Imagine your celebration in a ballroom overlooking a lush

golf course surrounded by picturesque pines, lakes and waterfalls. Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall, the club offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with an unsurpassed air of elegance. Floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the ballroom showcase the golf course, signature 18th hole and cascading waterfall. Considered one of the loveliest spaces on the Peninsula, it’s an ideal setting for any celebration.

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3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto | 650.917.5101 | PAGCC.com

VENUE...................................................................................................golf & country club

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................... up to 275 sitting / 350 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE.......................................................................................$85 to $130

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................ $2,200 to $3,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 250 standing

PARKING.....................................................................................................valet & self-park

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS Located on 10 lush acres in Redwood Shores, Pacific Athletic Club makes a scenic and spacious venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. We feature a selection of venues for your wedding day celebrations, from our Lounge and Reception Area, to our Garden Courtyard and Bridal Deck. Our event professionals and culinary team are at your service to provide professional event coordination, customized menu and wine pairing and bridal spa packages. We can also arrange for specialty services such as casino gaming, ice carvings, musicians and artists. The event professionals and culinary team at Pacific Athletic Club take great pride in creating truly memorable events.

Nestled in the hills overlooking the Crystal Springs reservoir, Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at Crystal Springs Golf Course is one of the most amazing wedding sites in the Bay Area. Located within a 32,000-acre wildlife refuge, there is an abundance of birds and deer roaming the golf course.

VENUE.............................................................................. banquet facility

VENUE........................................................................................ golf course

OPTIONS....................................................................... indoor / outdoor

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY........................................................... up to 300

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......... up to 300 sitting / 500 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY........................................................... up to 300

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............up to 275 sitting / 375 standing

CATERING $ RANGE.............................................................$35 to $60

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................. $25 to $55

FACILITY $ RANGE........................................................................$2,000

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

PARKING...................................................................... large lot available

PARKING...................................................................... large lot available

200 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City | 650.593.1112 PACclub.com

6650 Golf Course Drive, Burlingame | 866.966.3009 WedgewoodBanquet.com/crystal_springs

Say “I Do” in the picturesque gazebo, then celebrate with friends and family in the Vista Room overlooking the stunning golf course. Our all inclusive wedding packages are perfect for any couple. “The Jewel of the Peninsula” provides beautiful views, fabulous wedding packages and customized services. Seeing is believing.

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DEVON SULLIVAN to ANDREI FILIMON OCTOBER 9

BRIDE’S PARENTS’ HOME IN LOS GATOS

MICHELLE WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY | KRISTINA TAHERI SPECIAL EVENTS | STUDIO CAKE | LE PAPILLON VINTAGE & VOGUE | ASIEL DESIGN | THERESA BASCHY, TANGLES SALON | DIANE SEMANIK | IMPACT LIGHTING LAURENT FOURGO BAND | PAPER CAPER | JACQUELINE EIGEN | WILDFLOWER LINEN | HARTMANN STUDIOS ELEGANT JOURNEY LIMOUSINE | WEDDINGS ON FILM T O D A Y S B R I D E S F. C O M

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DANA VOLLMER to ANDREW GRANT THE MARRIAGE OF OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

AUGUST 20

ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER

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Happily ever after deserves a beautiful beginning. From the most intimate of ceremonies to nuptials on a grander scale, a day that sets the standard for a lifetime together eagerly awaits you at Coyote Creek. Here your special day is planned with a vision and knowledge that only our professional staff can provide. Our experienced staff prides itself on catering to your every need. You and your guests will

enjoy personalized, professional attention as we host your event and hope to leave you with nothing less than a memory of a lifetime. Stunning mountain views, acres of manicured golf greens, an elegant clubhouse, exquisite cuisine, and seating for up to 180 guests assure a memorable beginning to a lifetime of happiness. To contact our professional event planners, please visit our web site.

RON GRIGGS MIRROR IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

One Coyote Creek Golf Drive, Morgan Hill | 408.463.1800 | CoyoteCreekGolf.com

VENUE.......................................................................................................................... golf club

RECEPTION CAPACITY..................................... up to 180 sitting or 250 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE.........................................................................................$45 to $65

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. $1,200 to $1,800

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................................. up to 250 sitting or standing

PARKING.................................................................................................. large lot available

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Wedding bliss. There’s only one place special enough for the most important day of your life—The Fairmont. With a rich tradition of creating romantic and unforgettable celebrations, The Fairmont San Jose was practically made for your wedding day. A distinctive presence in Silicon Valley, our hotel is a testament to extraordinary service, luxurious lodging and convenient facilities. From stunning

surroundings to fantastic food and dazzling desserts, we’ve got everything to make the occasion truly memorable. The Fairmont San Jose’s wedding sites now extend beyond our building to our new venue, the Fourth Street Center Ballroom. Perfectly designed to accommodate up to 400 guests, the ballroom dazzles with incredible views and modern décor.

170 South Market Street, San Jose | 408.998.3912 | Fairmont.com/sanjose

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY.................................... up to 1,080 sitting / 2,000 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE...................................................................................... $70 to $120

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE....................................................................................$1,000 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY...........................................up to 1,200 sitting or standing

PARKING.............................................................................................................................. valet

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The Freedom Hall & Gardens is surrounded by towering redwoods, willow trees, carpets of flowers with splashing fountains and large ponds; perfect for garden ceremonies and taking the most idyllic of wedding photos. Known as a 5 star facility without the 5 star price, the Freedom Hall & Gardens is the perfect choice if you seek an alternative to high priced weddings. Voted “Best Wedding Facility” for 2007-2012 by a

National Bridal Magazine survey; proud recipients of the prestigious “Diamond Certified Rating” for 9 years in a row and recently remodeled, we’re a must see venue. We offer complete celebration packages starting at $7,950, which include facility, catering, unlimited beverages with beer, wine & champagne, wedding cake and professional DJ, and each year there is also a chance to win your Wedding Celebration absolutely free.

Please Call for Address & Tour | 408.379.3733 | FreedomHall.com

VENUE..........................................................................................................................banquet

RECEPTION CAPACITY........................................................................ up to 250 sitting

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE................................................. starts at $7,950 / 100 guests

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE...........................................................included in package price

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 250 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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With iron gates, cobblestone courtyards, grapevine arbors and our redwood pergola, Guglielmo Winery’s serene location is the perfect setting for weddings, corporate or private events. The structures here, all constructed of terra-cotta stucco, seem to have sprung from the earth as naturally as the grapevines themselves, and their red tile roofs are reminiscent of Tuscany.

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Guglielmo Winery now offers Complete Wedding Packages. Each package includes: our venue, catering, wedding cake, DJ, photographer, videographer, floral centerpieces and the officiate‌. all for one complete price. Call us today for details on these popular packages!

The Historic Del Monte Building is a premier banquet, meeting and wedding venue located in the Silicon Valley. We feature two beautifully appointed ballrooms with high ceilings, mahogany woodwork and polished chandeliers that contribute to the classic look and feel of The Historic Del Monte Building. Once inside, you are immediately transported to a setting that is rich in tradition and yet contemporary in servicing your needs. We offer a variety of catering and bar packages that will exceed your every need, including valet parking. We can provide everything for you so that you can be a guest at your own event - while accepting compliments for such a beautiful occasion!

VENUE.................................................................................................. winery

VENUE................................................................................. banquet facility

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS............................................................................................. indoor

EVENT TYPE........................... rehearsal, ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY............................................ up to 450 sitting

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......... up to 300 sitting / 500 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY............................................ up to 450 sitting

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......... up to 300 sitting / 500 standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................... call for more info

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................$66 and up

FACILITY $ RANGE.................................................. call for more info

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

PARKING..................................................... public lot / street parking

PARKING................................................................................. valet parking

1480 East Main Avenue, Morgan Hill | 408.779.2145 GuglielmoWinery.com

100 South Murphy, Sunnyvale | 408.735.7680 TheHistoricDelMonte.com

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Santa Clara Our wedding consultants at the Hilton Santa Clara are committed to ensuring that your wedding experience exceeds your expectations. From engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, to wedding ceremonies & receptions, The Hilton sets the scene to make your special day unforgettable. The Hilton Santa Clara provides flexible and inviting space, available to host small intimate gatherings as well as

mid-to large-scale weddings up to 200 people. Enjoy gourmet meals prepared by our dedicated executive chef in our elegant surroundings and professional staff that are here to make your event truly unique. The Hilton is dedicated to providing you and your guests with the time of a lifetime and the ultimate experience you deserve from inception to completion. You deserve to be special—Take me to the Hilton!

4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara | 408.330.0001 | HiltonSantacClara.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY...................................... up to 200 sitting / 300 standing

OPTIONS......................................................................................................................... indoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $60 to $95

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................ $500 to $2,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY...................................... up to 200 sitting / 300 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara cater to your every need. Our catering department can provide assistance for planning every detail of your wedding, from creative menus and wedding cakes to entertainment and floral designs, so you can have confidence no detail will be overlooked. The exceptional catering and banquet staff’s goal is to exceed your expectations

by ensuring we anticipate every detail. Superior service combined with stylish luxury and modern décor to make Hyatt Regency Santa Clara the ideal setting for your dream event. Offering welcoming spaces with views of the surrounding area, a convenient location in the heart of the Silicon Valley and unmatched attention to detail, your wedding will be all you have wished for. Feel the Hyatt Touch.

5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara | 408.510.6430 | SantaClara.Hyatt.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............................. up to 1,300 sitting / 2,000 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE......................................................................................$50 to $100

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. $500 to $1,500

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................. up to 2,500 sitting / 3,000 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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A Los Gatos tradition since 1958, the Los Gatos Lodge is nestled at the foot of the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains on a ten-acre serene, landscaped garden. Within walking distance of charming downtown Los Gatos, we offer a variety of spaces for your wedding ceremony or reception, along with the convenience of on-site hotel accommodations. From our lovely outdoor Wedding Garden to multiple indoor and outdoor reception spaces, this hidden gem in the heart of Los Gatos is perfect for weddings, commitment ceremonies and social events both large and small. Our wedding consultants will be pleased to guide you through our wedding options, customized to suit your unique style.

This historic landmark, established in 1904 in the Renaissance Revival, Romano-Tuscan mode, features a magnificent ballroom, a grand mezzanine and a charming Victorian Bridal Room. Walls and ceilings are covered with original pressed tin in 15 different Victorian motifs, and antique light fixtures abound. The Grand Ballroom has a 24-foot ceiling, with a rectangular skylight in the center that brings in natural light. The Opera House stands as a graceful reminder of its bygone era. Along with the dedicated attention of a wedding coordinator, our gracious staff will custom design every detail for a truly memorable experience. This grand facility is all yours for your most celebrated occasion.

VENUE......................................................................................................hotel

VENUE......................................................................... historic event site

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS............................................................................................. indoor

EVENT TYPE........................... rehearsal, ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY.................. up to 200 sitting or standing

CEREMONY CAPACITY........... up to 250 sitting / 300 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY.................. up to 250 sitting or standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY........... up to 300 sitting / 350 standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................$30 and up

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................. $50 to $75

FACILITY $ RANGE..................................................... $400 to $1,200

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................. $1,000 to $6,850

PARKING.......................................................................... complimentary

PARKING.................................... large lot available / valet optional

50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, Los Gatos | 408.354.3300 LosGatosLodge.com

140 West Main Street, Los Gatos | 408.354.1218 OperaHouseLosGatos.com

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What a view! That’s the most common statement made by brides and grooms visiting The Ranch Golf Club for the first time. Overlooking the entire Santa Clara Valley, The Ranch Golf Club offers a breathtaking panoramic view for your ceremony and reception. In addition to the magnificent view, our venue boasts stucco and stone faced walls, fountains and winding stairs for the bride’s grand

entrance to the ceremony. Indoors we offer a beautiful ballroom featuring warm toned décor, fireplace and extensive windows for a continued view of the valley. Whether you are planning a small, intimate wedding or a grand gala event for your entire community, the clubhouse at the ranch golf club is the ideal setting for your wedding in the entire San Jose Bay Area.

LUCIE XYZ PHOTOGRAPHY

4601 Hill Top View Lane, San Jose | 408.531.3047 | TheRanchGC.com

VENUE.......................................................................................................................... golf club

RECEPTION CAPACITY.....................................................................................300 sitting

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $65 to $98

EVENT TYPE.............................................................................. ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. $750 to $3,900

CEREMONY CAPACITY.....................................................................................300 sitting

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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With our beautiful mahogany bar and large dance floor, Villa Ragusa is the perfect place for your wedding reception. Our 12,000 sq. ft. banquet facility in the heart of downtown Campbell boasts elegant European décor, mahogany woodwork and a stunning limestone-granite foyer. The flexibility of our space allows receptions ranging from small, intimate gatherings to grand gala events hosting up to 600 guests. Each banquet room has a private bridal suite and surrounding balcony. We will fulfill your every desire with complete catering packages and full bar services. Our professional staff, with distinctive ideas and impeccable service, takes pride in creating the reception of your dreams.

Convenient to San Jose, Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at Eagle Ridge Golf Club is one of the most picturesque venues in the South Bay.

VENUE.............................................................................. banquet facility

VENUE.............................................................................. banquet facility

OPTIONS............................................................................................. indoor

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY...........up to 280 sitting / 300 standing

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............up to 275 sitting / 375 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY..................up to 600 sitting or standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............up to 275 sitting / 375 standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................$66 and up

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................. $20 to $55

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

PARKING........................................................................... garages nearby

PARKING...................................................................... large lot available

35 South Second Street, Campbell | 408.364.1900 VillaRagusa.com

2951 Club Drive, Gilroy | 866.966.3009 WedgewoodBanquet.com/gilroy

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Get married in front of a lacy white gazebo overlooking the lush golf course. Then enjoy your reception in Eagle Ridge’s clubhouse, which features an inviting stone fireplace. The plantation-style clubhouse will give you a country club feel, but without the price. Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center is known for its fabulous all inclusive wedding packages, providing exceptional value and convenience. We look forward to hosting your next event!


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THE LANDMARKS ART & GARDEN CENTER

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CAROLYN TSAO to FRANK LING MAY 28

THE PALACE HOTEL

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Soaring architecture provides a spiritual atmosphere for exchanging vows while the versatile reception facilities, onsite salon, and experienced Berkeley City Club staff ensure a flawless event. Seven event rooms include the Drawing Room and Member’s Lounge: large and gracious, with beamed ceilings, pianos, fireplaces, and leaded-glass windows. Thirty-five historic hotel rooms, each with

a view. The Ballroom boasts a stage, wood floor, and concert grand piano. The sheltered, ivy-covered Terrace and outdoor gardens are wonderful on a warm day or evening. Many of these spaces are connecting and can be used in combination with one another. From its gorgeous locations to its outstanding wedding coordinators, the Berkeley City Club is the perfect location for your wedding.

2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley | 510.280.1541 | BerkeleyCityClub.com

VENUE.......................................................................................................... banquet facility

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................... up to 220 sitting / 350 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................$39 and up

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.......................................................................................$400 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY............................................... up to 170 sitting or standing

PARKING................................................................................................... public lot nearby

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Nestled against the foothills of Mt. Diablo, Crow Canyon Country Club is the perfect setting for your “Once in a Lifetime” occasion. The ambience amid the redwood trees & sprawling lush hills is a photographers dream, providing the perfect setting to capture the special moments that make loving & lasting memories. Your ceremony can take place on our beautifully tended golf course, for up to 320 guests

or choose our terrace, overlooking the grounds for up to 75. This beautiful location creates the perfect backdrop for an exceptional event, with impeccable service & exquisite dining selections. With 26 years of experience, our professional staff provide planning & assistance from start to finish. He’s captured the key to your heart.... Now let Crow Canyon help you unlock the doors to Your Wedding.

711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville | 925.735.5718 | Crow-Canyon.com

VENUE.................................................................................................................. private club

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................... up to 320 sitting / 450 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $35 to $129

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE.................................................................................. $100 to $1,800

CEREMONY CAPACITY.............................................. up to 320 sitting or standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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Community Church

The Blackhawk Museum is truly the treasure of the East Bay. For groups of 50 to 500 it is the perfect place for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. With three levels of event space, grand lobby, marble floors, and two elegant auto galleries, which showcase the most rare and sophisticated automobiles, makes this a one of a kind museum. Hosting only one event per evening you and your guests will have exclusive use of the museum. Accommodating events of all sizes and scope, Scotts Catering takes pride in customizing menu and event details to each clients needs. We invite you to join us for a complimentary tour and lunch to learn about all the possibilities this venue has to offer.

Guild Hall is a beautiful facility for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. It features beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace, grand piano, and a generous stage. The rental includes tables and white wood folding chairs for 200 seated guests and use of a commercial size kitchen.

VENUE...........................................................................museum / gallery

VENUE............................................................. banquet / event facility

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE........................... rehearsal, ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE........................... rehearsal, ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY...........up to 300 sitting / 450 standing

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......................................... up to 300 seated

RECEPTION CAPACITY........... up to 500 sitting / 750 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY........... up to 200 sitting / 350 standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................. $45 to $75

CATERING $ RANGE.............................................................................. n/a

FACILITY $ RANGE..................................................$1,500 to $3,500

FACILITY $ RANGE.................................................. $1,200 to $3,950

PARKING..................................................... public lot / street parking

PARKING.............................................................................. street parking

3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville | 925.648.1434 ScottsWC.com

400 Highland Avenue, Piedmont | 510.547.5700 PiedmontChurch.org

V E N U E R E V I E W east bay / tri-valley

Outside are lovely landscaped gardens where a wedding ceremony can be held for up to 100 guests. This private area can also be used for a cocktail reception following the outdoor ceremony or a wedding in the adjacent 102 year old Mission style church. The church holds up to 300 guests and features magnificent stained glass windows - truly a gem in a quiet residential area.


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Nestled among the hills of the Livermore Valley Wine Country lies a distinctive venue for your unforgettable event. Greeted by lofty ceilings and bay windows, breathtaking views of rolling vineyards and lush landscaping set your wedding backdrop apart from all others. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience under the care of our specialized staff and the culinary expertise of our award winning Executive Chef. Each menu

is carefully prepared, elegantly presented and professionally served. Choose Poppy Ridge not only for the spacious Mediterranean-style Clubhouse, or the beautiful outdoor ceremony terrace, but for the breathtaking views and splendor of wine country and ever-changing natural beauty of the majestic Mount Diablo vista. We have the ideal location to host an extraordinary event; come see it to believe it.

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GINA HALFERTY PHOTOGRAPHY

4280 Greenville Road, Livermore | 925.447.6779 | PoppyRidgeGolf.com

VENUE...................................................................................................golf & country club

RECEPTION CAPACITY......................................................................... up to 160 sitting

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................$39 and up

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE....................................................................................$1,000 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 275 standing

PARKING...................................................................................................... complimentary

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Scotts Garden offers the secluded feeling of a classical New Orleans walled garden with its rustic waterwheel, elegant waterfalls, brightly colored flowering plants, enchanting lanterns and white twinkle lights.

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With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, our Catering Sales staff is ready to assist. Let Scott’s soothe your anxieties by assisting you with every detail of your event. Complete event planning, customized menu cards, vendor referrals, complimentary valet and an in-house florist are just a few of the unique services that Scott’s can provide to help add that special touch for your big day.

With over 40 years of service, Sunol Valley Golf Club provides its customers with unequaled professionalism and courtesy. Our rolling fairways and swaying palms provide a serene setting for your memorable occasion. Having served countless guests since our inception, you will appreciate the experienced staff that will walk you through the planning process and remain flexible to your needs and desires. We feature four spectacular rooms from which to choose: Garden, Coronado, Pavilion and Mission. Each offers unique amenities and charm. We invite you to visit our facility while making your decisions as to where you will celebrate your special event. We are only a short drive from many Bay Area locations and look forward to seeing you.

VENUE............................................................................................... gardens

VENUE.............................................................................................. golf club

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE........................... rehearsal, ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY............ up to 150 sitting / 200 standing

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......... up to 300 sitting / 500 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY.................. up to 200 sitting or standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY.................. up to 500 sitting or standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................ $33 and up

CATERING $ RANGE.............................................................. $27 to $41

FACILITY $ RANGE...................................................... $250 to $1,000

FACILITY $ RANGE..................................................... $300 to $1,500

PARKING.......................................................................... complimentary

PARKING.......................................................................... complimentary

1333 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek | 925.934.0598 ScottsWC.com

6900 Mission Road, Sunol | 925.862.2408 SunolValley.com

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Located in Jack London Square and overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the Waterfront Hotel is the ultimate waterside destination. The hotel features 145 individually appointed, oversized guestrooms with spectacular San Francisco Bay and harbor views, many with balconies and fireplaces, Egyptian cotton linens and down comforters. With over 8,000 square feet of event space, the Waterfront Hotel accommodates

gatherings both large and intimate. All events at the Waterfront Hotel are catered exclusively by Miss Pearl’s Jam House Restaurant, which is a wonderful setting for your post wedding day brunch and the bar is a natural gathering place for your wedding attendees. Whether a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception our dedicated staff awaits the opportunity to serve you with attention to detail.

10 Washington Street, Oakland | 510.836.3800 | WaterfrontHotelOakland.com

VENUE................................................................................................................................. hotel

RECEPTION CAPACITY...................................... up to 200 sitting / 300 standing

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $40 and up

EVENT TYPE.......................................................rehearsal, ceremony & reception

FACILITY $ RANGE........................................................................................$250 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 160 sitting / 200 standing

PARKING........................................................................................................... $12 valet only

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METROPOLITAN The newly expanded Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at Metropolitan Golf Links is Oakland’s newest event venue and is conveniently located near the airport. Offering indoor and outdoor facilities, including a new event tent, this is the perfect location for your ceremony and reception. The gazebo overlooks lush golf course greens with the San Francisco skyline in the background and makes it seem like you are miles away from the bustling city.

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Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at San Ramon Golf Club features a beautiful backdrop including a lake, waterfall, island greens and weeping willows. The natural beauty of this outdoor setting, paired with our picturesque gazebo, creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Our beautiful golf course views, all inclusive wedding packages and award-winning service and reputation provide an excellent value and convenience.

Our spacious banquet room, which can accommodate over 300 guests, overlooks the golf course, giving a lovely view for you and your guests. The Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center’s all inclusive wedding packages provide outstanding value and convenience. Call today for an appointment.

VENUE........................................................................................ golf course

VENUE........................................................................................ golf course

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY........... up to 250 sitting / 300 standing

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......... up to 400 sitting / 600 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY........... up to 250 sitting / 300 standing

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......... up to 400 sitting / 500 standing

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................ $20 to $40

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................. $25 to $55

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

PARKING...................................................................... large lot available

PARKING...................................................................... large lot available

10051 Doolittle Drive, Oakland | 866.966.3009 WedgewoodBanquet.com/metropolitan

9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon | 866.966.3009 WedgewoodBanquet.com/san_ramon

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east bay THE BELLEVUE CLUB 525 Bellevue Ave, Oakland 510.451.1000 x112 | thebellevueclub.org

BERKELEY CITY CLUB 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley 510.280.1532 | berkeleycityclub.com

BRAZILIAN ROOM Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley 510.544.3164 | brazilianroom.org

BROWNSTONE GARDENS 91 Brownstone Rd, Oakley 925.418.4532 | brownstonegardens.com

CATHEDRAL CHRIST THE LIGHT EVENT CTR 2121 Harrison St, Oakland 510.496.7233 | ctl.cathedral.org

CENTRE CONCORD 5298 Clayton Rd, Concord 925.671.3324 | ci.concord.ca.us

CROWNE PLAZA CONCORD 45 John Glenn Dr, Concord 925.521.3760 | crowneplazaconcord.com

DOUBLETREE BERKELEY MARINA 200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley 510.548.7920 | berkeleymarina.doubletree.com

DUNSMUIR HISTORIC ESTATE 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland 510.615.5555 | dunsmuir-hellman.com

EMBASSY SUITES WALNUT CREEK 1345 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek 925.934.2500 | eswcca.com

$45-50

GUILD HALL AT PIEDMONT COMM. CHURCH 400 Highland Ave, Piedmont 510.547.5700 | piedmontchurch.org

HILTON CONCORD HOTEL 1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord 925.349.2612 | concordhilton.com

HILTON NEWARK/FREMONT 39900 Balentine Dr, Newark 510.490.8390 x 1417 | hilton.com

HILTON OAKLAND AIRPORT 1 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland 510.383.4054 | oaklandairport.hilton.com

HS LORDSHIPS 199 Seawall Dr, Berkeley 510.843.8144 | hslordships.com

$250 to $1,000

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WEDDINGS AT THE ARSENAL 940 Tyler St, Benicia 707.747.5471 | weddingsbenicia.com

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$25-125

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$100 and up

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200

$33 and up

200

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$40 and up

$250 and up

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$25-75

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300

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$20-40

300

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WILLOW PARK EVENT CENTER

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101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael 415.499.5952 | www.sanrafael.embassysuites.com

$500 to $10,000

FOUR POINTS SHERATON 1010 Northgate Dr, San Rafael 415.479.8800 | fourpoints.com/sanrafael

MARIN ART & GARDEN CENTER 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross 415.455.5260 | maagc.org

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17007 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley 510.537.3174 | willowparkeventcenter.com

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1055 Hunsaker Canyon Rd, Lafayette 925.283.2600 | wildwoodacres.com

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WEDGEWOOD AT DELTA VIEW 2222 Golf Club Rd, Pittsburg | 866.966.3009 wedgewoodbanquet.com/deltaview

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SCOTTS SEAFOOD WALNUT CREEK 133 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek 925.934.0598 | scottswc.com

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SCOTT’S SEAFOOD JACK LONDON SQUARE 2 Broadway Jack London Square, Oakland 510.444.5969 | scottseastbay.com

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THE ROTUNDA 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland 510.410.6002 | rotundabuildingoakland.com

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ROCK WALL WINE COMPANY 2301 Monarch St Suite 300, Alameda 510.522.5700 | rockwallwineco.com

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KAISER ROOF TOP GARDEN 300 Lakeside Dr, Oakland 510.834.3575 | kaisergarden.com

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peninsula CHATEAU LA JOYE La Honda Rd, La Honda 650.747.0163 | chateaulajoye.com

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250

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$60-100

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$35-108

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CROWNE PLAZA CABAÑA PALO ALTO 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650.628.0180 | cabanapaloalto.com

CROWNE PLAZA FOSTER CITY 1221 Chess Dr, Foster City 650.295.6129 | eventscp.com

DINAH’S GARDEN HOTEL & TRADER VICS 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650.493.2844 | dinahshotel.com

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$45-99

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$70-275

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300

$55-95

$1,500 to $6,000

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$38-53

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$50-125

$2,500 to $5,500

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225

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400

$47-125

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300

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DOUBLETREE SFO 835 Airport Blvd, Burlingame 650.373.2223 | sanfranciscoairport.doubletree.com

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL WATERFRONT 150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame 650.340.0327 | sfoburlingame.embassysuites.com

EMBASSY SUITES SF AIRPORT 250 Gateway Blvd, S. San Francisco 650.589.3400 | embassysuites1.hilton.com

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SILICON VALLEY 2050 University Ave, Palo Alto 650.470.2896 | fourseasons.com/siliconvalley

GARDEN COURT HOTEL 520 Cowper St, Downtown Palo Alto 650.323.1912 | gardencourt.com

GREEN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 500 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae 650.648.9877 | greenhillscc.com

HALF MOON BAY GOLF LINKS Two Miramontes Point, Half Moon Bay 650.773.8895 | halfmoonbaygolf.com

HILLSBOROUGH RACQUET CLUB 252 El Cerrito Ave, Hillsborough 650.343.2062 | hillsboroughracquetclub.org

HILTON SFO BAYFRONT 600 Airport Blvd, Burlingame 650.340.8500 | sanfranciscoairport.hilton.com

HOLIDAY INN SFO 275 South Airport Blvd, S. San Francisco 650.873.3550 | hisfo.com

KOHL MANSION 2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame 650.762.1136 | kohl-mansion.com

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THOMAS FOGARTY WINERY 19501 Skyline Blvd, Woodside 650.851.6772 | fogartywinery.com

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STANFORD PARK HOTEL 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 650.322.1234 | stanfordparkhotel.com

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STANFORD FACULTY CLUB 439 Lagunita Dr, Stanford 650.736.9935 | stanford.edu/group/facultyclub

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SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City 650.508.7104 | sofitel-sanfrancisco-bay.com

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SCOTT’S SEAFOOD PALO ALTO 855 El Camino Real #1, Palo Alto 650.323.1555 | scottsseafoodpa.com

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SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM 2200 Broadway, Redwood City 650.299.0104 | historysmc.org

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, HALF MOON BAY One Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay 650.712.7665 | ritzcarlton.com

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RALSTON HALL MANSION 1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont 650.508.3501 | ralstonhall.com

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PALO ALTO HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 3000 Alexis Dr, Palo Alto 650.917.5101 | pahgcc.com

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PACIFIC ATHLETIC CLUB 200 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City 650.593.1112 | pacclub.com

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OCEANO HOTEL & SPA 280 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay 650.726.5400 | oceanohalfmoonbay.com

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LONG BRANCH SALOON & FARMS 321 Verdi Rd, Half Moon Bay 650.726.3117 | longbranchfarms.net

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$1,800 to $7,500

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WESTIN HOTEL 1 Old Bayshore Hwy, Millbrae 650.872.8119 | westin.com

WEDGEWOOD CRYSTAL SPRINGS 6650 Golf Course Dr, Burlingame 866.966.3009 | wedgewoodbanquet.com

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san francisco BENTLY RESERVE 301 Battery St 415.294.2226 | bentlyreserve.com

THE BOX SF 1069 Howard St 415.934.6900 | theboxsf.com

CAFE DU NORD 2170 Market St 415.861.5016 | cafedunord.com

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 55 Music Concourse Dr 415.379.5868 | calacademy.org

CLIFF HOUSE 1090 Point Lobos Ave 415.666.4027 | cliffhouse.com

CLIFT HOTEL 495 Geary Street 415-929-2314 | clifthotel.com

CONGREGATION EMANU-EL 2 Lake St 415.751.2541 | emanuelsf.org

CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS 100 John F. Kennedy Dr 415.846.0538 | conservatoryofflowers.org

DEYOUNG MUSEUM 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr 415.750.3683 | famsf.org

E&O TRADING COMPANY 314 Sutter St 415.788.2622 | eotrading.com

FAIRMONT HOTEL 950 Mason St 415.772.5186 | fairmont.com

GALLERIA AT SF DESIGN CENTER 101 Henry Adams St 415.490.5861 | sfvenues.com

GRAND CAFE AT HOTEL MONACO 501 Geary (at Taylor) 415.292.8136 | hotelmonaco.com

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MARRIOTT UNION SQUARE 480 Sutter St 415.273.4015 | marriott.com/sfous

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$100-165

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$40-95

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$65-150

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$140 and up

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$200-255

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500

$55-225

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ONE LEIDESDORFF 344 Pine St 415.591.1811 | onelsf.com

Ou tsid eC

1500

OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL 500 California St 415.273.3081 | omnisanfrancisco.com

s

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NEW DELHI RESTAURANT 160 Ellis St 415.816.4068 | newdelhirestaurant.com

ise

MARINES MEMORIAL CLUB & HOTEL 609 Sutter St 415.921.2689 | marineclub.com

tie

MAGIC FLUTE RESTAURANT 3673 Sacramento St 415.922.1225 | magicfluteristorante.com

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LEGION OF HONOR 100 34th Ave 415.750.3698 | famsf.org

On Pre m

JULIA MORGAN BALLROOM 465 California St 415.591.1811 | juliamorganballroom.com

s

JAMES LEARY FLOOD MANSION 2222 Broadway 415.292.3142 | floodmansion.org

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One Nob Hill 877.270.1390 | markhopkins.net

Fac ili

Ba r Se

INTERCONTINENTAL MARK HOPKINS

Ou tdo or

HYATT FISHERMAN’S WHARF 555 North Point St 415.486.4410 | fishermanswharf.hyattcatering.com

Are a

Ind oor

$500 to $1,000

HOTEL WHITCOMB 1231 Market St 415.626.8000 | hotelwhitcomb.com

ony

$81-185

HOTEL VITALE 8 Mission Street 415.278.3700 | hotelvitale.com

e

640

HOTEL NIKKO 222 Mason St 415.394.1111 | hotelnikkosf.com

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333 O’Farrell St 415.771.1400 | sanfrancisco.hilton.com

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900

GRAND HYATT UNION SQUARE 345 Stockton St 415.848.6097 | grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com

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apa city

apa city

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250

$55-155

PAYNE MANSION 1409 Sutter St 415.345.4163 | thepaynemansion.com

*

250

$45-85

$2,250 to $4,425

220

200

$55-75

$3,000 to $4,000

750

400

750

600

150

180

300

250

600

PRESIDIO GOLF COURSE 300 Finley Rd 415.561.4661 x207 | presidiogolf.com

THE REGENCY CENTER 1290 Sutter St, 3rd Floor 415.447.4909 | regencycentersf.com

STANFORD COURT RENAISSANCE HOTEL 905 California St 415.989.3500 x2002 | stanfordcourtpresskit.com

TERRA GALLERY 511 Harrison St 415.896.1234 | terrasf.com

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$125-175

$1,000

600

$185-350

$1,500 to $5,000

*

400

$80-145

*

300

250

$30-75

$3,000 to $4,000

*

400

$3,500 to $11,000

700

700

$80 and up

180

180

$100-150

up to $3,000

350

250

$90-200

$500 to $2,500

80

150

*

$750 to $5,000

WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM 104 Montgomery St 415.345.6827 | waltdisney.org

Ce

W SAN FRANCISCO 181 Third St 415.777.5300 | wsanfrancisco.com

$4,250

UNIVERSITY CLUB SAN FRANCISCO 800 Powell St 415.781.0900 | univclub.com

27

THE WINERY SF 200 California Ave, Bldg N 415.SF.JUICE | winery-sf.com

SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL 2174 Market Street 415.305.3311 | cafedunord.com

$4,000

$149-229

ST. REGIS HOTEL 125 Third St 415.284.4000 | stregissanfrancisco.com

SIR FRANCIS DRAKE HOTEL 450 Powell St 415.392.7755 | sirfrancisdrake.com

SAN FRANCISCO FILM CENTRE 39 Mesa St, The Presidio 415.561.3456 | sffilmcentre.com

$4,000 to $11,000

RITZ CARLTON SAN FRANCISCO 600 Stockton St 415.773.6166 | ritzcarlton.com

Acc o

640 Sacramento Street 415.395.9800 | paliodasti.com

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350

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2 Montgomery St 415.546.5060 | sfpalace.com

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$225-250

$3,000 to $5,000

250

250

$70-125

$5,000 to $10,000

*

1000

*

*

200

200

$85-135

*

250

250

$48-70

$1,200 to $1,800

175

1,000

$31-75

$1,500 to $7,500

500

500

$79-125

1,400

1,400

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WESTIN ST. FRANCIS 335 Powell St 415.774.0450 | westinstfrancis.com

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600

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1,200

WESTIN SAN FRANCISCO MARKET STREET 50 Third St 415.974.8708 | westinsf.com

Per Per son

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apa city

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south bay CLOS LACHANCE WINERY 1 Hummingbird Ln, San Martin 408.686.1050 | clos.com

CONVENTION PLAZA HOTEL 282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose 408.998.0400 | crowneplaza.com

$2,500 to $3,500

$50 and up

*

*

330

$39-75

up to $3,000

1,200

2,000

$70-120

$1,000 and up

200

200

$45-61

*

250

250

*

*

500

500

$30-60

$3,000 to $6,000

450

450

*

*

CORDEVALLE, A ROSEWOOD RESORT One CordeValle Club Dr, San Martin 408.695.4585 | cordevalle.com

COYOTE CREEK GOLF CLUB One Coyote Creek Golf Dr, Morgan Hill 408.463.1800 | coyotecreekgolf.com

DECATHLON CLUB 3250 Central Exwy, Santa Clara 408.736.3237 | decathlon-club.com

DOLCE HAYES MANSION 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose 800.420.3200 | dolcehayesmansion.com

DOUBLETREE SAN JOSE 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose 408.437.2806 | doubletreesanjose.com

EMBASSY SUITES MILPITAS 901 East Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas 408.942.0400 | embassy-suites.com

FAIRMONT HOTEL SAN JOSE 170 South Market St, San Jose 408.998.3912 | fairmont.com/sanjose

FAZ AT THE SHERATON SUNNYVALE 1108 North Mathilda, Sunnyvale 408.752.8007 | fazrestaurants.com

FREEDOM HALL AND GARDENS Private Address, Santa Clara 408.379.3733 | freedomhall.com

GILROY GARDENS 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy 408.568.3568 | gilroygardens.org

GUGLIELMO WINERY 1480 East Main Ave, Morgan Hill 408.779.2145 | guglielmowinery.com

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$25-65

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200

200

$30 and up

$400 to $1,200

n/a

180

$21-54

800

700

$45-95

$500 to $4,200

*

1200

$80 and up

$500 to $1,500

250

250

$60-$85

$3,000 to $13,000

*

150

150

$60-100

$4,500 and up

300

350

$50-75

$1,000 to $6,850

On Pre m

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$50-100

*

280

250

56

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200

Fac ili

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150

OPERA HOUSE 140 West Main St, Los Gatos 408.354.1218 | operahouselosgatos.com

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150

mm

$1,500

$75-150

NESTLDOWN 1745 Dell Ave, Campbell 408.353.5311 | nestldown.com

eP rov ide d

$80-105

200

THE MOUNTAIN WINERY 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga 408.913.7125 | mountainwinery.com

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2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara 408.970.6100 | scmarriott.com

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MARRIOTT SANTA CLARA

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200

MARRIOTT SAN JOSE 301 South Market St, San Jose 408.280.1300 | sanjosemarriott.com

Ca ter i

Ou tsid eC

$66 and up

$500 to $2,000

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3055 Olin Avenue, Suite 1000, San Jose 408.423.8678 | weddings.maggianos.com

s

$1,200 to $2,000

500

LOS GATOS LODGE 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos 408.354.3300 | losgatoslodge.com

ise

500

LOFT BAR & BISTRO 90 South 2nd St, San Jose 408.203.1664 | loftbarandbistro.com

tie

Ind oor

302 S. Market St, San Jose 408.298.1234 | sainteclaire.hyatt.com

Fac ili

$60-95

HYATT REGENCY SANTA CLARA

HYATT SAINTE CLAIRE HOTEL

s

300

HOTEL VALENCIA SANTANA ROW

5105 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara 408.510.6430 | santaclara.hyatt.com

tie

300

408.335.1700 | hotellosgatos.com

355 Santana Row, San Jose 408.423.5487 | hotelvalencia-santanarow.com

Fac ili

Ce

HOTEL LOS GATOS & DIO DEKA RESTAURANT 210 E. Main St, Los Gatos

Are a

$77 and up

HOTEL DE ANZA 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose 408.286.1000 | hoteldeanza.com

ony

ty R

200

HISTORIC DEL MONTE BUILDING 100 South Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale 408.735.7680 | thehistoricdelmonte.com

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150

HILTON SANTA CLARA 4949 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara 408.562.6704 | hiltonsantaclara.com

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HILTON SAN JOSE & TOWERS 300 Almaden Blvd, San Jose 408.947.4450 | sanjose.hilton.com

Per Per son

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apa city mo

*

ere

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$65-98

$750 to $3,900

100

300

*

$4,500 to $6,000

260

260

$45 and up

*

260

180

$90 and up

$2,000 to $5,000

400

400

$3,500 to $15,000

300

600

$66 and up

375

375

$20-55

200

700

$50-80

200

750

$46-75

$1,500 to $3,500

300

300

$45-60

$500 to $4,000

250

350

$36-56

$2,500 to $3,500

320

450

$35-129

$100 to $1,800

400

250

$25-29

$250 to $1,500

225

225

$39-48

$1,500 to $2,500

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WYNDHAM SAN JOSE 1350 North First St, San Jose 408.451.3015 | wyndham.com/hotels/sjcap

tie

300

WEDGEWOOD AT EAGLE RIDGE 2951 Club Dr, Gilroy 866.966.3009 | wedgewoodbanquet.com/gilroy

Fac ili

Ou tdo or

VILLA RAGUSA 35 South Second St, Campbell 408.364.1900 | villaragusa.com

Are a

VILLA MONTALVO 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga 408.961.5856 | montalvoarts.org/rentals

ony

SHERATON SAN JOSE 1801 Barber Ln, Milpitas 408.943.0600 | sanjosesheraton.com

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rem

SAN JOSE COUNTRY CLUB 15571 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose 408.258.4901 | sanjosecountryclub.org

ent al F e

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$500 to $1,000

ROTUNDA AT SAN JOSE CITY HALL 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose 408.535.1248 | sanjoseca.gov/events

ty R

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$30-75

Ca ter i

*

100

THE RANCH GOLF CLUB 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose 408.531.3047 | theranchgc.com

ng

Per Per son

nC pti o Ma xR ec e

mo

Ind oor

1995 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell 408.558.4299 | pruneyardinn.com

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PRUNEYARD PLAZA HOTEL

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south bay

apa city

apa city

VENUE GUIDE

60

60

tri-valley BLACKHAWK MUSEUM/SCOTT’S CATERING 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville 925.648.1434 | blackhawkmuseum.org

THE BRIDGES GOLF CLUB 9000 South Gate Ridge Rd, San Ramon 925.735.4253 | thebridgesgolf.com

CASTLEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton 925.485.2237 | castlewoodcc.org

CROW CANYON COUNTRY CLUB 711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville 925.735.5718 | crow-canyon.com

DUBLIN RANCH GOLF COURSE 5900 Signal Hill Dr, Dublin 925.556.7040 x201 | dublinranchgolf.com

ELLISTON VINEYARDS 463 Kilkare Rd, Sunol 925.862.2377 | elliston.com

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71


6680 Regional St, Dublin 925.828.7750 | holidayinn.com/dublin-ca

PALM EVENT CENTER 1184 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton 925.426.8666 | palmeventcenter.com

275

*

$600 to $3,000

*

500

$35-60

$900 and up

*

300

$29-90

$500 to $5,000

300

270

$35-85

$500 to $1,000

*

800

1000

$25 and up

$800 and up

*

650

$35-75

$1,750 to $4,000

275

160

$39 and Up

$1,000 and up

250

250

$21-32

$2,225

950

450

$50-80

$1,000 to $3,600

500

500

$27-41

$300 to $1,500

250

500

$25-40

600

500

$25-55

500

500

$48-66

$1,000 to $5,000

450

450

$50 and up

$1,500 and up

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WINE & ROSES 2505 W. Turner Rd, Lodi 209.371.6119 | winerose.com

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WENTE VINEYARDS 5050 Arroyo Rd, Livermore 925.456.2425 | wentevineyards.com

ate re

WEDGEWOOD AT SAN RAMON GOLF CLUB 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon 866.966.3009 | wedgewoodbanquet.com

Ca ter i

$350 to $700

WEDGEWOOD AT BRENTWOOD 100 Summerset Drive, Brentwood 866.966.3009 | wedgewoodbanquet.com

Ou tsid eC

$36-49

SUNOL VALLEY GOLF CLUB 6900 Mission Rd, Sunol 925.862.2408 | sunolvalley.com

s

300

SHRINE EVENT CENTER 170 Lindbergh Ave, Livermore 925.373.4880 | shrineeventcenter.com

ise

180

THE RANCH AT LITTLE HILLS 18013 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon 925.426.3066 | ranchatlittlehills.com

tie

POPPY RIDGE GOLF COURSE 4280 Greenville Rd, Livermore 925.447.6779 | poppyridgegolf.com

Fac ili

MARRIOTT SAN RAMON 2600 Bishop Dr, San Ramon 925.867.9200 | marriott.com/oaksr

s

MARRIOTT PLEASANTON 11950 Dublin Canyon Rd, Dublin 925.847.7585 | marriottpleasanton.com

tie

On Pre m

HOLIDAY INN DUBLIN

Fac ili

Ou tdo or

7050 Johnson Dr, Pleasanton 925.463.8000 | pleasantonhilton.com

Are a

Ind oor

HILTON PLEASANTON AT THE CLUB

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GARRÉ WINERY & MARTINELLI EVENT CTR 7986 Tesla Rd, Livermore 925.371.8200 | garrewinery.com

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FAZ AT PLEASANTON 5121 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton 925.469.1600 | fazrestaurants.com

ent al F e

$36-49

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300

Ca ter i

185

FAZ AT DANVILLE 600 Hartz Ave, Danville 925.469.1600 | fazrestaurants.com

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apa city mo ere

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$200 to $2,500

*

$38 and up

$500 to $5,500

*

120

$110-150

$1000 to $6,000

91

400

1,000

$85-119

$1,000 and up

92

250

250

$85 and up

$800 and up

93

100

225

$34-75

$250 to $2,500

600

500

$25-55

10

10

250

250

$29-35

$500 to $2,500

300

300

*

*

300

300

$42-$70

$1,700 to $3,500

600

600

$50-150

up to $5,000

Pag e

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mo ere

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destination venues

apa city

apa city

VENUE GUIDE

central coast CARMEL MISSION INN 3665 Rio Rd, Carmel 831.624.1841 | carmelmissioninn.com

250

200

$25-65

250

250

$114-154

250

250

$32-120

250

300

120

CHAMINADE AT SANTA CRUZ One Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz 831.465.3452 | chaminade.com

HILTON SANTA CRUZ/SCOTTS VALLEY 6001 La Madrona Dr, Scotts Valley 831.440.1000 | santacruzscottsvalley.hilton.com

HOLLINS HOUSE/PASATIEMPO 20 Clubhouse Rd, Santa Cruz 831.459.9177 | pasatiempo.com

HYATT CARMEL HIGHLANDS 120 Highlands Dr, Carmel 831.622.5457 | highlandsinn.hyatt.com

HYATT REGENCY MONTEREY 1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey 831.372.1234 | hyattregencymonterey.com

SEASCAPE BEACH RESORT 1 Seascape Resort Dr, Aptos 800.929.7727 | seascaperesort.com

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT 1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola 831.475.1222 | shadowbrook-capitola.com

WEDGEWOOD RANCHO CAÑADA 4860 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley 866.966.3009 | wedgewoodbanquet.com/carmel

90

93

tahoe 968 PARK HOTEL 968 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe 530.544.0968 | 968parkhotel.com

CAL NEVA RESORT SPA & CASINO 2 Stateline Rd, Crystal Bay 775.298.3156 | calnevaresort.com

DEERFIELD LODGE AT HEAVENLY 1200 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe 530.544.3337 | tahoedeerfieldlodge.com

HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT 3860 Saddle Rd, South Lake Tahoe 530.542.5153 | skiheavenly.com

HYATT REGENCY LAKE TAHOE 111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village 775.886.6693 | laketahoe.hyatt.com

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$50-200

$1,000 to $4,000

175

175

$25-80

$400 to $1,800

400

400

$135-175

$1,000 to $3,000

400

400

$35-85

$2,500 to $3,000

200

200

$10-45

$500 to $2,500

$1,500 to $9,500

$1,000 and up

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300

ZEPHYR COVE RESORT 900 Ski Run Blvd, Ste 201, S. Lake Tahoe 530.543.6113 | zephyrcove.com

tie

SUGAR BOWL RESORT 629 Sugar Bowl Rd, Norden 530.426.6769 | sugarbowl.com

Fac ili

Ou tdo or

THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee 530.562.3014 | ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe

Are a

Ind oor

THE RIDGE TAHOE 400 Ridge Club Dr, Lake Tahoe 775.588.3553 | ridgetahoeresort.com

ony

RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley 530.581.6684 | squawcreek.com

e

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ty R

$1,100 to $5,000

Ca ter i

$35-47

Ma xR ec e

350

NORTH TAHOE EVENT CENTER 8318 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach 530.546.7249 | northtahoeevents.com

ent al F e

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pti o

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apa city

apa city mo

350

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wine country | sonoma, napa & lodi DELORIMIER WINERY 2001 Hwy 128, Geyserville 707.529.8045 | delorimierwinery.com

200

200

400

400

160

160

300

300

250

THE LODGE AT SONOMA 1325 Broadway, Sonoma 707.935.6600 | thelodgeatsonoma.com

$55 and up

QUARRYHILL BOTANICAL GARDEN 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen 707.996.3166 | quarryhillbg.org

RANCHO DE LA FUENTE B&B 2290 Soda Bay Rd, Lakeport 707.263.3160 | ranchweddingsevents.com

250

$1,500 to $13,000

500

500

$6,500 and up

1,000

480

$63-150

$1,750 to $12,500

400

400

$55-125

$5,000 to $10,000

300

350

$25-40

SODA ROCK WINERY 8015 Hwy 128, Healdsburg 707.529.8045 | sodarockwinery.com

TRENTADUE WINERY 19170 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville 707.433.3104 x103 | trentadue.com

VIAGGIO ESTATE AND WINERY 100 East Taddei Rd, Acampo 209.368.1378 | viaggiowinery.com

VINTNERS INN WITH JOHN ASH & CO. 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa 800.421.2584 | vintnersinn.com

WEDGEWOOD FOXTAIL 100 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park 866.966.3009 | wedgewoodbanquet.com/fox_tail

$2,500 and up

$25-45

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SANTA CRUZ / SCOTTS VALLEY

Imagine a beautiful castle set in a redwood forest, minutes from Silicon Valley. The Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is surrounded by natural beauty that is sure to leave a lasting impression on you and your guests. The location is very convenient and accessible, but will have you feeling like you are miles away from the ordinary. Our Ballroom opens up onto an outdoor veranda with sweeping views of the surrounding

mountain ranges, creating a perfect canvas for your wedding pictures. Hotel suites feature 1 bedroom with separate living room, 2 bathrooms, large mirrors and plenty of space for your Bridal Party to get ready on the day of the event. Award winning service, creative cuisine, and all inclusive decor packages are just a few things you can expect from the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. Your fairy tale wedding awaits!

6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz | 831.440.1000 | SantaCruzScottsValley.Hilton.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................ $200 to $2,500

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 250 standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE....................................................San Jose / 22 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY.............................................. up to 250 sitting or standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $32 to $120

RANGE OF ROOM RATES........................................................ call for seasonal rates

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands--overlooking Big Sur Coast is one of the most sought after wedding locations in California. Noted for its breathtaking panoramic views, the hotel offers a variety of first-class facilities and services for weddings. At Hyatt, we believe there’s nothing more important than bringing people together in an unforgettable fashion. Our professional staff will take care of every detail imaginable so you

can spend time on what’s most important: creating memories. From flowers to music to everything in between, we’ll help make your day a dream come true. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a lavish affair, you’ll feel more than welcome with our stunning facilities and idyllic settings. If you’re looking for a special place for one of life’s great moments, look to the incomparable Hyatt Carmel Highlands.

120 Highlands Drive, Carmel | 831.622.5457 | HyattCarmelHighlands.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................ $1,000 to $6,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY.........................................up to 100 sitting / 120 standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE............ Monterey Peninsula Airport / 11 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY............................................... up to 120 sitting or standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE..................................................................................... $110 to $150

RANGE OF ROOM RATES........................................................ call for seasonal rates

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Experience the world class amenities and superior service of the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa located in a resort setting on Pebble Beach Company’s famed Del Monte Golf Course. Whether you envision a simple gathering or an elaborate affair, you’ll discover an array of ceremony and reception site options that will delight you and your guests. Our very own TusCA Ristorante, combining

Tuscan and local flavors, is an elegant location for your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch. We believe there is nothing more important than bringing people together in an unforgettable fashion for your wedding ceremony. Our professional staff, with their exceptional service, takes pride in helping you create the wedding of your dreams. We promise you will not be disappointed.

1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey | 831.372.1234 | HyattRegencyMonterey.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE....................................................................................$1,000 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY............................................. up to 400 sitting or standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE.................................................. Monterey / 1.5 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......................................... up to 1,000 sitting or standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $85 to $119

RANGE OF ROOM RATES................................................................. call for availability

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RANCHO CAÑADA Seascape Beach Resort is the ultimate destination wedding resort on Monterey Bay. Rated a four-diamond resort with luxurious amenities, Seascape features stunning banquet rooms ranging from 700 to 4,000 square feet, a picturesque wedding bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, and 285 spacious suites and beach villas. Whether you are planning a large, grand affair or an intimate celebration, each banquet room displays breathtaking ocean views that create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests. Wonderful service and beautiful accommodations are a few of the benefits this beautiful venue offers. Seascape will take care of the details and give you the best of everything on your wedding day.

Wedgewood Wedding is now operating the catering facility at Rancho Cañada Golf Course, located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula at the entrance to idyllic Carmel Valley. This Mission Style Clubhouse has undergone a complete interior renovation and is the perfect setting for your wedding day. The Fiesta Room can accommodate large groups up to 400, while the Merienda room is perfect for more intimate gatherings, overlooking the golf course and wedding ceremony site.

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

VENUE..................................................................golf and country club

CEREMONY CAPACITY.................. up to 250 sitting or standing

OPTIONS..................................................................... indoor & outdoor

RECEPTION CAPACITY.................. up to 250 sitting or standing

EVENT TYPE.................................................. ceremony & reception

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................ $85 and up

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......... up to 400 sitting / 600 standing

FACILITY $ RANGE........................................................... $800 and up

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......... up to 400 sitting / 500 standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT / DISTANCE..................... San Jose / 40 miles

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................. $25 to $55

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS....................................................yes

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................. n/a

RANGE OF ROOM RATES............................................... $320 to $652

PARKING.......................................................................... complimentary

One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos | 800.929.7727 SeascapeResort.com

4860 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel | 866.966.3009 WedgewoodBanquet.com/carmel

Wedgewood also offers a beach wedding location just minutes from the golf course. Call us now for a free personal consultation.

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1200 Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe | 530.544.3337 | TahoeDeerfieldLodge.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE.............................................................................. call for more info

CEREMONY CAPACITY...................................... up to 200 sitting / 300 standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE........................................................... Reno / 60 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY...................................... up to 200 sitting / 300 standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE............................................................ see wedding vendor list

RANGE OF ROOM RATES............................................................................$179 to $349

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Imagine exchanging your vows at one of the most spectacular sites on earth. Here in the heart of the High Sierra, Mother Nature sets the stage for one of the most important days in your life. CAL NEVA RESORT, SPA AND CASINO sits on the beautiful North shore of Lake Tahoe, in the picturesque lake front community of Crystal Bay. Since 1926, the Cal Neva Resort has been the wedding choice

for thousands of couples dreaming of the perfect wedding. Imagine standing together with the sun dancing on the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe with majestic mountains as your backdrop. Everything will be beautiful, every detail attended to, every luxury considered. From the simplest wedding or anniversary, to the most glamorous affair, we’re committed to making your wedding day truly remarkable.

2 Stateline Road, Crystal Bay | 775.298.3156 | CalNevaResort.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE................................................................................ $500 to $2,500

CEREMONY CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 250 standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT / DISTANCE..........Reno / Tahoe International / 36 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY....................................... up to 200 sitting / 250 standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE.........................................................................................$29 to $39

RANGE OF ROOM RATES.................................... rates vary according to season

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When you choose Heavenly Mountain Resort, you and your guests will be surrounded by your own piece of Heaven. It starts with the historic Heavenly Aerial Tram, lifting you and your spirits in a mile-long ascent, arriving at the Lakeview Lodge for your private wedding and reception. Your outdoor ceremony will take place nestled amongst the majestic peaks of the High Sierra, 2000 feet above Lake Tahoe.

Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers while taking in the amazing views of Lake Tahoe. The indoor dining rooms can accommodate large and small groups with fantastic views of Lake Tahoe from every seat. Heavenly’s mountain caterers will ensure that your special day will be one to be remembered and enjoyed by all. The breathtaking experience will have you and your guests talking for years!

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3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe | 530.542.5153 | SkiHeavenly.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................. $1,700 to $3,500

CEREMONY CAPACITY.......................................up to 250 sitting / 300 standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE............................................................Reno / 65 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY.......................................up to 250 sitting / 300 standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS....................................................................... nearby

CATERING $ RANGE........................................................................................ $42 to $70

RANGE OF ROOM RATES................................................................... call for more info

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Discover an alpine paradise at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, where the deep blue water of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Whether you dream of a Lakefront ceremony, a wedding in a lush green meadow, an intimate gathering in a stunning mountain lodge or a grand reception in our Lakeside

Ballroom, any of our wedding sites make an ideal setting for a memorable event. This is the most important day of your life. Allow our event specialists to assist you in planning the wedding of your dreams. From concept to completion, no detail is too small. Earn up to five complimentary honeymoon nights. Must book before December 31, 2012. Please contact our professional planners for more information.

111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village | 775.886.6693 | LakeTahoe.Hyatt.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE.......................................................................................up to $5,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY............................................. up to 600 sitting or standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE............................................................Reno / 34 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY......................................up to 400 sitting / 600 standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE...................................................................................... $50 to $150

RANGE OF ROOM RATES............................................................................$149 to $359

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Sugar Bowl Resort, perched high atop Donner Summit, has been a classic Tahoe destination since 1939. Known for world class skiing and ample snowfall in the winter, Sugar Bowl is equally well known as a popular and attractive summer spot to host memorable weddings offering picturesque settings, gourmet food, and beautiful presentations. Site options vary from a historic Village Lodge with

manicured lawns below hillsides dotted with wildflowers to the tranquil shores of a private alpine lake. Our on-site wedding coordinator will provide personalized, detailed and professional service, complete with passionate attention to detail, ensuring your wedding day is uniquely yours, and utterly unforgettable. A private Tahoe resort, all your own, on your special day…only at Sugar Bowl.

LINDSEY GOMES

629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden | 530.426.6769 | SugarBowl.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE............................................................................ $2,500 to $3,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY............................................. up to 400 sitting or standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE........................................................... Reno / 48 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY............................................. up to 400 sitting or standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE......................................................................................... $35 to $85

RANGE OF ROOM RATES.............................................................................. $139 and up

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Make your wine country wedding dreams come true at Vintners Inn! You’ll delight in the romantic setting, luxurious rooms and awardwinning cuisine. Vintners Inn is nestled amidst 92 acres of lush vineyards and beautiful gardens. Our Event Center is next to the Inn and its famed restaurant, John Ash & Co. as well as The Front Room bar and lounge. We promise you a beautiful setting, rain or shine, from

our enclosed or open terraces with white, twinkling lights overlooking the vineyards and gardens to our Rose Ballroom, Cypress Rooms and Wedding Pavilions. We have the perfect setting for your special day. Our wedding director will assist you with every detail; shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. Whether planning a grand wedding or an intimate occasion, make it memorable at Vintners Inn.

4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa | 800.421.2584 | VintnersInn.com

OPTIONS................................................................................................. indoor & outdoor

FACILITY $ RANGE..........................................................................$5,000 to $10,000

CEREMONY CAPACITY............................................. up to 400 sitting or standing

CLOSEST AIRPORT/DISTANCE..................................... Sonoma County / 4 miles

RECEPTION CAPACITY...................................... up to 250 sitting / 400 standing

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................... yes

CATERING $ RANGE....................................................................................... $55 to $125

RANGE OF ROOM RATES.......................................................................... $250 to $550

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THE BUDGET The greatest factor to affect your budget will be the number of guests you invite. So, even though you’re ready to burst with excitement over your engagement, keep the wedding chatter to a minimum until you’ve set the budget and know exactly how many guests you can realistically invite. W H O PAY S F O R W H AT Will the two of you be paying for the entire event yourselves, or will your parents be contributing? As awkward as it may feel to ask, it’s important for the harmony of the family to get a firm answer of exactly how much each set of parents is planning to contribute. The days of the bride’s parents paying for the majority of the wedding are long past. So any support offered should be appreciated. PA R E N T C O N T R I B U T I O N S Before discussing their contribution, do some research on overall costs for the wedding you’re envisioning. If they’re lending financial support, it’s likely they’ll expect to have some input and the right to invite friends, extended family and business associates that you would otherwise not invite.

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AN EVENT PLANNER A common hurdle for brides considering an event planner is the idea of relinquishing control. In reality, you’re not giving up control at all. You’re simply enlisting the services of someone with the organizational skills and resources to bring your vision to life. They do the footwork and research that allows you to make informed, intelligent decisions. Here’s a list of standard services: • An initial face-to-face appointment to review your ideas, expectations and preliminary budget. • Assist in creating a budget. • Make suggestions and research options. • Create an overview that accommodates your tastes, preferences and budget. • Provide a list of recommended service providers (vendors). • Assist with the selection of vendors, should you so desire. • Schedule appointments with the vendors being considered. • Review all contracts. • Develop a detailed time line for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. • Develop a detailed floor plan. • Stay in communication with the selected vendors.


You may have heard the term ‘day-of’ wedding coordination. While the concept may be appealing to budget-conscious couples, it’s nearly impossible for an event planner to provide effective service if they just show up the day-of. Prior to the wedding your event planner should review all vendor contracts, develop a detailed timeline and floor plan, reconfirm logistics with all vendors and oversee the rehearsal. And of course, your director should be onsite for the entire wedding day to manage every aspect of the event. Overall, to provide this minimum level of service, it usually requires about thirty hours of the planner’s time.

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• Confirm timeline several days before the wedding and provide final version to you and all vendors. • Be on-site the day of your wedding to see that all service providers are on time and set-ups are proceeding smoothly and on schedule, and any emergencies are dealt with promptly.

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THE GUEST LIST Controlling your guest list will enable you to focus more time, attention and budget to the details that make a wedding so unique: the location, invitations, table décor, menu selection, music and other elements that are often limited by large guest lists. Begin by separating your list into two groups: one comprised of friends and family you simply must have at your wedding, and the other comprised of those with whom you’d like to have, but whose absence you can accept. On average, about 20 percent of your invitees will be unable to attend. As you begin to receive regrets from the primary list, immediately send invitations to the like to have list.

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To reduce the level of discomfort when the topic of your wedding comes up in front of fringe-friends and coworkers not invited to the wedding, exercise a little discretion. Avoid talking about it compulsively and limit the Twitter and Facebook updates. Nobody likes knowing that everyone else is invited to a super cool party except for them. So, be discrete.

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S I N G L E F R I E N D S If a single friend is engaged or in a serious relationship and you know the partner, by all means include them. However, you are not obligated to include an additional guest for a single friend. C H I L D R E N If you prefer not to have children at the reception, use the invitation to relay your preference. Refrain from using the phrase “no children.” Instead, opt for the more subtle verbiage of, “adult only reception.” An acceptable compromise is including the children at the ceremony, and providing childcare and a separate children’s menu for the reception.

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PA P E R + I N K Paper elements are the most effective way to translate your theme throughout the entire event. Here’s a list of the various paper elements to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Save-the-Date Cards Ceremony Card Reception Card Response Card Directions (ceremony to reception) Ceremony Program Menu Cards Table Number Cards Place Cards (for specific seat) Escort Cards (for specific table) Bar counter sign Tags for favors Welcome sign Thank You Notes Announcements

Send your save-the-date cards as soon as the location is booked, especially if the wedding date falls on or near a holiday or school break. A word of caution—avoid committing yourself until you’re absolutely


sure of how many guests your budget can accommodate. Once your save-the-date cards have been sent, you’re committed.

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THE VENUE Once you have a solid estimate of your guest count, begin the venue search. Choosing a venue is very much like going house hunting. Having a list of your top wants will save you time. Start by asking yourself a few questions: • Do you want the ceremony and reception at the same location? • Are you planning on having a formal sitdown dinner or buffet? • Will you need space to accommodate a band or will you have a DJ? • What type of venue are you envisioningHistorical, ultra modern, by the water, lots of windows and light, etc.? • Do you want a venue that has overnight accommodations? • Do you want an indoor or outdoor location? • Do you want to bring your own caterer? • Do you want to bring your liquor? • Do you need an area for child care?

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• I nspect equipment—gazebos, dance floor, tables, chairs, china, stemware, glassware, etc. What is included in the rental fee? Are there additional costs to consider? • Ask about staffing. Is security staff required? How many servers will there be per table? Who is the facility coordinator on the day of your wedding? • A sk about same-day bookings. Confirm privacy and separation from other events; adequate parking; and sufficient time for your service providers to set-up and breakdown. • A sk when they begin calculating rental time. Is it from the moment your caterer or designers arrive, or the running time of the reception? • I nspect florals, greenery and landscaping. Love the trailing wisteria?

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Book your reception when it’s in full bloom. • I nspect entrances, exits and restrooms. Are they attractive and easy to find? B O O K I N G T H E S I T E Secure your location before hiring all of your service providers. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, then by all means book it 12 to 18 months out. If you’re flexible about your venue selection and are open to different options, you can actually plan a wedding in 4 to 6 months.

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• The floor space required per person for a cocktail reception is 7 sq. ft. • The space required per person for dining only is 10 sq. ft. • For dining with a dance floor and band or DJ, the space needed is 15-20 sq. ft. Once you know the total square footage of your potential reception site, simply multiply the number of guests by the appropriate square footage above to see whether or not the space will accommodate your guest list.

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THE RECEPTION Your reception will account for the majority of your wedding budget and planning efforts. Make the most of both by taking time to orchestrate it. The timing of key moments should be communicated to all vendors and guests. TR ANSITION FROM CEREMONY TO RECEP TION Avoid a large time gap b et we e n the ceremony and reception. Out-of-town guests tend to feel a little lost; guests arrive at the reception feeling less than fresh after wearing the same celebratory clothes all day; and those with children will have to arrange for all-day childcare. D I R E C T I N G Y O U R G U E S T S If the ceremony and reception are at different locations, specifically designate someone to greet and guide your guests to the cocktail or reception area, or make sure there are adequate signs directing them to the proper place.

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T I M E L I N E Most receptions last about four hours. That compressed amount of time, should accommodate the following:

• F  ormal introduction of the bride and groom (as you enter the room) • Seating of guests at their tables • Your first dance, joined by your parents, then wedding party, then guests • Toasts, to begin as the first course is served • Main course • Dancing • Cake cutting and dessert course • Bouquet and garter toss or sweethearts’ dance • More dancing • Grand finale—the couple’s departure. A S S I G N E D S E AT I N G If you opt for assigned seating, provide a copy of the seating chart to your caterer or event planner so they can arrange the seating cards in advance. In the case of open seating, reserve specific tables (or places) for yourselves and the wedding party, as well as family members and honored guests. P R O J E C T M A N A G E R It’s hard to appreciate gorgeous flowers if you’re waiting over an hour for food service. Keep guests happy by designating a specific project manager to keep things on schedule. This is usually an event planner, your caterer or the facility manager. They’ll be responsible for the timing of the cocktail hour, meal service, musician cues, champagne toasts, cake cutting, etc. You may also want to authorize this person to make decisions regarding alcohol corkage, asking the DJ or band to extend their playing time, or adjusting the timing of key events during the reception–depending on the flow of the party.

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B A N D S The size of the band needed will greatly depend on the number of guests you invite. Here’s a suggested formula for calculating the size of band you’ll need. For up to 100 guests a 3 to 4 piece band is recommended. For 100-200 guests allow for a 5 to 7 piece band; 200-300 guests, provide a 7 to 9 piece band or orchestra. D I S C J O C K E Y S Couples traditionally engage disc jockeys for their ability to provide a wide variety of music. They can play all of your favorite songs, each performed by the original artists, and because DJ’s work with prerecorded music, your entertainment is continuous, even during breaks. S O N G S E L E C T I O N S Once you’ve decided on a DJ, band, or both, provide them with a list of songs you would, and would not like played at the reception, as well as the songs for your first dance, cake cutting and any other moments you’d like to accentuate with a specific song. Keep in mind that while you may love jazz or alternative music, those types of music don’t always make great dance selections, especially for hours on end. Give your professionals the freedom to truly entertain your guests by mixing a few of your personal preferences with a balance of tried and true reception crowd pleasers. An experienced entertainer will know how to read the crowd and keep the party jumping, but only if you let them.

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To avoid any awkward moments, let your emcee know about any family sensitivities. They can phrase announcements and introductions in a way to make everyone feel comfortable and acknowledged, but only if they’re aware of the situation.

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C AT E R I N G If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow your list immediately to no more than three. When calling each caterer, have as much information ready as possible – your wedding date, your reception location, time of day, approximate number of guests, and degree of formality and theme, if applicable. F O O D I E S U N I T E Do you harbor a secret obsession for the Food Network? If so, you’re in good company. Couples across the country are releasing their inner-foodie, using both the cocktail party and reception to share their passion for the culinary arts. From Thai to Indian, Italian to Vietnamese, seafood to vegetarian, let your palate inspire. What better way to personalize your day than by sharing your secret love affair with food? The size and generational span of your guest list will influence selections, so take a quick look at your list before placing your final order, making sure there’s a little something for everyone. C A L C U L AT I N G T H E C O S T Caterers calculate their prices on a per-person basis according to the menu selection. To determine your overall food cost, simply multiply the number of guests by the cost per person. For example, if you have 150 guests and the cost of dinner and beverages is $85 per person, multiply 150 x $85 for a total food cost of $12,750. Mentally add an additional 10% for overage, and 15%-20% for the gratuity (aka service charge). Ask for prices inclusive of tax and gratuity. SEASONAL INGREDIENTS Making menu selections that utilize fresh, seasonal ingredients will be more cost effective than choosing exotic or out of season ingredients. Be open to cost saving suggestions by your caterer and be realistic about what your budget can deliver.


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T O P R E S E T O R N O T T O P R E S E T Many venues encourage a preset first course. While it definitely saves time, it can also make your reception look like a charity event. Instead of presetting the salad, consider doing the first dance at the beginning of the reception. Servers can bring out the first course while guests are admiring the results of those fancy dance lessons you convinced your fiancé to take.

F I N A L G U E S T C O U N T Typically the f inal guest count is required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people/meals for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last minute guests and will add their meals to the final bill.

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C E R E M O N Y R E N TA L S A great deal of focus is placed on the decor for the reception. Not to be overlooked are the elements that literally set the stage for the wedding ceremony. Arbors, columns and pillars, topiaries, candelabras and chuppahs are props and structures readily available through most rental companies.

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T A B L E S & C H A I R S In determining the number of tables and chairs needed, confirm possible extras: chairs for the ceremony, tables for the back bar, serving stations, DJ, cake and gifts. If your reception site offers an outdoor area, rent a few kiosks (elevated cocktail tables) for guests who’ll be slipping outside to smoke or get a breath of fresh air. If there’s the chance of extreme heat or rain, reserve market umbrellas to go over the tables. These extras will also affect your linen and floral orders. C H A I R S + C O V E R S Old and worn chairs can be an unsightly distraction from an otherwise elegant affair. Easy options for the “bad chair” dilemma are chair covers and chair rentals. There are myriad options available, which you’ll find in the style + design feature on pages 150 to 207. Most rental companies also include images of their inventory online, so be sure to check-out their websites. C O O R D I N AT I N G V E N D O R S A key element to creating a total look for your reception is good communication bet ween your floral designer and rental company. The linens, florals, plants and props should complement each other, as well as the room your event will be held in. D E L I V E R Y Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will be open when the rental company delivers your order and that someone will be there to direct where items should go. Arrange for someone to monitor your rental items at the end of the event, paying particular attention to gathering , counting and bagging the linens for return.


L I G H T I N G Nothing transforms a room as dramatically as lighting. It is the single most effective tool for creating ambiance and mood. Done properly, it can be the difference between intimate and institutional or ordinary and extraordinary.

Professional lighting is now a mainstream necessity for formal and evening weddings. Fortunately for today’s couples, it has also become quite affordable and increasingly flexible in accommodating various venues and restrictions.

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Once you’ve selected your designer, the creative process begins. Provide the pertinent details at the get-go: your wedding date, time of day, style of wedding (formal or informal), ceremony and reception locations and a general idea of your budget. A good floral designer will suggest the right blooms to fit your wedding the day. B E P R E PA R E D How do you express what you want when you don’t know the names for the flowers you like? Pictures, pictures, pictures. Before your initial consultation be sure check the style + design feature on pages 150 to 207, and the bouquet feature on pages 224 to 233. The more examples you show your designer the easier it will be for them to meet your expectations.

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FLOWERS When interviewing a floral designer, look for their use of color, texture, and overall flair. Share your ideas and your vision, and be open to their suggestions. Ask about the rentals they provide, as many have large prop closets filled with arches, chuppahs, and vases of every size, shape and style.

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T I M E - O F - D AY Yo u r f l o r a l s s h o u l d l a s t throughout the day. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun; others are better suited for indoors. Let your designer know the time and month your wedding is taking place so they can advise you on what flowers remain perky and perfect under the palm trees, and which wilt before the wedding reception. C E R E M O N Y F L O W E R S Repurpose ceremony flowers for your reception. Ceremony arrangements are ideal for buffet tables, and aisle flowers can be used to decorate powder rooms, staircases and small hallway tables. Using these items twice helps maximize your budget. R E C E P T I O N F L O W E R S The venue will greatly influence your floral design needs. High ceilings call for bolder, more dramatic arrangements, while an outdoor venue can be accented with rustic, potted and flowering blooms.

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S E A S O N A L C O N S I D E R AT I O N S For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. Flowers in bloom during and around the months of your wedding will be more available and less costly than out-of-season selections. Holidays are also a factor. Ever notice how red roses cost more around Valentine’s Day? Tulips and hyacinths are in high demand during Easter. Christmas creates a premium for poinsettias and holly. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget

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MAKE IT YOU While the very idea of a ceremony and reception may seem quite traditional, yours can be completely unique. Weave your interests, hobbies, culture and passions into the tapestry of your celebration. And most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things happen and plans change.


timeline | checklist SIX OR MORE MONTHS AHEAD

Address and mail invitations

Decide on the type of wedding—large or small, formal or informal

Purchase gifts for wedding party

Set the wedding date (select back-up dates)

Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive

Meet with each set of parents to discuss possible contributions Set the budget and number of guests to invite

ONE TO TWO MONTHS AHEAD

Choose a color scheme and theme

Purchase ceremony accessories

For destination weddings, book room blocks for wedding party and guests

Get marriage license and certified copies

Book the ceremony location and officiant

Prepare necessary name change documents

Book the reception site

Confirm all professional services in writing

Hire a wedding planner

Remind bridesmaids of final dress fittings

Choose and notify attendants and groomsmen

Order gift baskets to be delivered to hotel for out-of-town guests

Book the caterer

Assign wedding day tasks to family and friends

Book the photographer and cinematographer Book ceremony and reception music

TWO WEEKS AHEAD

Book the floral designer

Final dress fitting with shoes and undergarments

Book the lighting company

Arrange for cleaning and preservation of gown

Order the cake

Finalize guest count and meal selections with caterer

Order gown and accessories

Finalize the seating plan and write place cards

Purchase the wedding rings

Confirm rehearsal dinner arrangements Confirm rehearsal date, location and details with wedding party

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS AHEAD

Confirm delivery date of all dresses

Compile guest list and gather addresses

Confirm location, date and time with each wedding day vendor

Order invitations and other ‘paper’ elements

Confirm honeymoon arrangements and make copies of passports

Plan and book the honeymoon

Provide honeymoon itinerary to family or friend in case of an emergency

Confirm passports are valid

Confirm final count and delivery details with rental company

Select and order bridesmaids’ dresses

Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception

Purchase or reserve formalwear for groom and groomsmen

Address announcements (mail on wedding day)

Plan the details of the reception

Hair color and/or trim

Meet with floral designer to coordinate flowers, rentals and design concept

Break-in wedding shoes

Reserve rentals—tables, chairs, linens, tableware, ceremony props Order favors

ONE WEEK AHEAD

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

Send change of address to post-office

Arrange transportation for wedding day

Confirm responsibilities assigned to family and friends

Book a room for the wedding night

Pick-up dress or have it delivered

Send save-the-date cards

Notify credit card companies of travel destinations Pack for honeymoon

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS AHEAD Design and print paper elements (place cards, menus, etc)

Update caterer with final guest and vendor meal count Make final seating chart adjustments

Set-up bridal registry Select song lists for ceremony and reception

ONE DAY AHEAD

Review menu with caterer

Confirm transportation for ceremony and reception

Meet with officiant to plan ceremony

Prepare tip and payment envelopes

Select vows and readings

Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Schedule rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Present gifts to wedding party

Meet with makeup artist and hairstylist

Give announcements to an attendant to mail the next day

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ALL THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING ARE IMPORTANT. FEW, HOWEVER, ARE MORE CRUCIAL, LONG-TERM, THAN CHOOSING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER AND CINEMATOGRAPHER.

Your photographer and cinematographer will be with you for a large par t of your wedding day. Make it a priority to find professionals with positive energy and attitude—someone you have chemistry with. The more you “click” together, the better your photographs and video will be.

FINDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER As tempted as you may be to enlist the talents of an acquaintance who dabbles in photography—don’t. Experienced photographers have the experience, equipment and know-how to make your photographs sensational. They understand the different moods created by proper lighting and posing, and use reliable techniques and equipment to create quality images. Not to be overlooked is the fact that your photographer has but one opportunity to get it right. There are no second chances. S T Y L E Just a few years ago wedding photography styles could be conveniently grouped into two categories: traditional and photojournalistic. Not so, today. As you delve into the task of finding your lens master, you’ll quickly discover a plethora of new styles. From vibrant enhanced color process to the milky, washed-out tones of the vintage process, or even the retro Fuji Instant Prints, photographers are doing more with specialty filters, lenses and post production software than ever before. Find a photographer whose portfolio showcases the style you’re drawn to. 210

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L I G H T I N G Like photographic styles, you’ll find that most photographers have specific strengths and preferences when it comes to lighting. Some are masters with natural light, others excel in delivering spectacular images from indoor and low-light conditions. Skill is required, regardless. When looking at portfolios, think about the time of day and location where you’ll be getting married. If your reception is midday, outdoors, but the images you love in the portfolio are all dark, moody and shot indoors, you might want to look a little further for a photographer whose body of work features a nice volume of outdoor or natural light images. E Q U I P M E N T Some photographers shoot with film, others have migrated to digital. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily. Some photographers prefer the end product film delivers, while others prefer the convenience of digital. The most important factor is the quality of images in the photographer’s albums. If you like what you see, and can be guaranteed the same camera that captured those images will be capturing yours, don’t worry about what type of equipment or format. View the work! B L A C K & W H I T E Of course you’ll want to capture the vivid hues of your centerpieces and décor with vibrant, color photos. However, when it comes to documenting the emotional, unscripted moments of the day, black-and-white is in a class all by itself. The fewer colors your eyes


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have to process, the easier it is to focus on the subject matter. Black-and-white is great for capturing intimate and sentimental close-ups such as: mom buttoning the gown, the vows, the kiss and the first dance. In addition, black-and-white helps mask skin imperfections because shades of gray don’t record blotchy, skin irritations. It’s also perfect for those “getting ready” shots.

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TIMING One of the most common planning mistakes is shortchanging the p hoto grap he r o n time b et we e n the ceremony and reception. To lessen the pressure consider doing all the bridal party and bride and groom photos prior to the ceremony. Your event planner and photographer can set up a private moment for the two of you to see each other before the wedding party joins the show. Rely on your photographer’s suggested time allocation. If you cut it short, don’t expect to get all the images on your wish list. M U S T H AV E S H O T S I f y o u h a v e a l a r g e wedding party or family and want a series of posed group shots, compile a list of the persons or families you’d like in each shot. Provide the list to your photographer and event planner, or the person in charge of assembling everyone to be photographed. Nothing holds up a celebration more than waiting for missing people. T H E C O S T Most basic packages start at around $2,800 but can easily reach five to six times that amount. Knowing what you’re paying for helps. You’re hiring a photographer for their time to shoot your engagement photos, the day of the wedding, processing the film or editing the digital images, reviewing proofs with you, the final order of images and assembling your albums. Not to be overlooked is the photographer’s level of experience and creative talent. A lot more goes into photographing a wedding than showing up with a camera.

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post-production for the wedding album, two parents’ albums and enlargements for framing. If proofs aren’t included in the package, and you can’t imagine not owning each and every photo from your wedding, ask if they can be purchased. M A G A Z I N E A L B U M S Also known as a ‘flush mount photo album’ or ‘coffee table wedding album’ this option features a hard bound cover with ridgid pages consisting of magazine style collage layouts. If you opt for this type of album, prepare to check yourself when it comes to selecting the images. There’s a natural tendency to go way overboard on the number of images, resulting in an album that’s cluttered and unattractive. It’ll be challenging, but avoid requesting four versions of virtually the same image, just because you look exceptionally hot in each shot. One image should do the trick. By exerting some willpower and narrowing your selection to the best of the best, you’ll be much happier with the end result. Keep in mind, you can always purchase the proofs and put them in a separate album you pick-up at Target.

D O - I T-YO UR S E L F I f c o n s i d e r i n g t h e purchase of your negatives or raw images on disc and handling the reproduction yourself, be prepared to weed through a thousand images, arrange for photo retouching, find someone to develop the prints, find and order the album, and finally construct the album or scrapbook. Evaluate this option realistically. You don’t want to end up twelve months down the road with your proofs and negatives disorganized sitting in a box. Our advide: leave everything to the professionals. A S S I S T A N T S Most photographers work with an experienced and professional assistant. While the photographer concentrates on lighting and equipment, the assistant is watching the details; arranging the hem of your gown, smoothing out wrinkles, etc. Although hiring a photographer with a qualified assistant may cost more, it’s worth the investment. If a photographer you’re interested in does not work with an assistant, confirm the images you admired were taken without additional help. Some photographers simply prefer to work on their own. T O D A Y S B R I D E S F. C O M

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C E R E M O N Y A sk your photographer to communicate with your minister, rabbi or priest, to avoid last-minute situations where his or her lighting might not be allowed in their house of worship. P R O O F S W i t h t h e a d v e n t of d i g i t a l photography, wedding proofs can now be viewed and ordered online by not only the couple, but guests as well. How fabulous is that? This technically savvy option takes some pressure off the bride and groom, who in the past were responsible for gathering the orders, handling the collection of monies and delivery of end product. Just one more thing you can cross of your list. B O O K I T Secure your photographer eight to ten months in advance. Provide exact locations and times for the ceremony and reception and agree upon a time for prewedding photos such as those with the bride, bridesmaids and parents as well as the groom and groomsmen. Although there are certain prerequisite shots, it still helps to provide your photographer with a checklist of these and other shots you absolutely must have. It is also a good idea to provide a schedule of events, such as the arrival, the first dance, cake cutting, etc., so your photographer is prepared.

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FINDING A CINEMATOGRAPHER The most amazing thing happens the day of your wedding. Your feet never touch the ground, you can’t stop smiling and by the following day you can’t remember half of what happened. It’s true. Of course there’s good reason for not remembering certain things, like watching the flower girl inch her way down the aisle with ring bearer in tow, or catching the groom’s nervous glance as he takes his walk up the aisle. Simply put, the bride isn’t there for these priceless moments. She’s at the back of the church on her father’s arm, awaiting her grand entrance. What better reason could there possibly be for hiring a cinematographer? Nothing captures the moment like moving sight and sound. A professionally composed wedding video is the best way to experience all the moments you missed. In addition, it allows you to share the day in detail with loved ones unable to join you in your celebration.


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Cinematographers aren’t just cameramen, they’re storytellers. If you want the story told right, hire someone who’s skilled in capturing all the emotion and moments of the day, while also a master storyteller in the editing bay. As capable as a favored uncle, or other family member may be, a seasoned professional will have the time, equipment and experience to deliver a sensational product. Let your cinematographer capture the day and your family enjoy the celebration. As in most cases, the best in the trade are hired quickly, so don’t procrastinate. Start reviewing online demos and narrowing your choices as soon as you’ve booked your venue. Ask to view a video that was actually delivered to a client and shot by the professional you intend to hire. This allows you to see their style with material from one wedding, as opposed to a series of “best shots” woven into a demo. It’s common for cinematographers, especially during the peak wedding season, to hire “stringers” or “tapers.” If that’s the case, ask to meet the subcontractor and view their work; if you like it, hire them. If they can’t provide samples of their work, it might be wise to request someone else. When reviewing such tapes or DVD’s, pay attention to colors, camera angles and clarity of sound. You want images that are bright and clear, music that is sharp and voices audible, smooth and steady panoramas, close-ups and no jarring jumps from one scene to another, or scenes that linger too long on one certain person or event. E Q U I P M E N T Most cinematographers offer detailed information about the types of cameras and equipment they use. While camera quality can definitely impact the end product, your true criteria should be whether you like their style of taping and editing. If you’re happy with the quality of the demo and confirm that the same type of camera used for the demo will be used at your wedding, you’re set. If you want your day filmed in HD, be sure to hire a cinematographer that shoots in HD. Likewise, If you want the final product in a format that will play on your iPod or iPad, ask if it’s an option.


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pretend the camera isn’t there. • Walk slowly when going down the aisle so cameramen can get plenty of footage. • Allow your cinematographers to move around the church. You’ll get better footage if they’re not confined to a tripod at the back. • Semi-competitors, your photographer and cinematographer will need to work side-by-side the day of your wedding, each trying to capture the same moments via different medium. It’s a huge plus if they like working together. • Provide a secure place for wedding professionals to store their backup equipment. It’ll give them peace of mind so they can concentrate solely on you.

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flatter your best features and camouflage the flaws. Of course that in no way means you should ignore your own preferences. Be absolutely forthcoming with your comfort level and reactions to each gown you try on. Is the fabric too heavy, the neckline too low? Don’t be afraid to speak up. If an off-the-shoulder gown has you fidgeting now, girlfriend, just think of the discomfort on your wedding day. No, thank you! The absolute last thing you want to be doing is tugging self-consciously at your dress all day. Your wedding day mantra should be, ‘beautiful, comfortable, confident.’

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T H E A - L I N E Flattering to most figures. The secret? A slim fitting narrow top that skims the rib cage and hips, extending out in an “A” triangle along the body. Look in your closet; chances are you’ll find many of your skirts have an A-line cut. There’s a reason after all; A-lines add height, minimize curvy hips, and create an overall slimming profile. T H E B A L L E R I N A Inspired by the costumes of classical ballet, made of ultrafine fabrics with a fitted waistline and classic full skirt, this silhouette can court a formal event while still being relaxed and easy to move in. It’s quite flattering on medium to tall frames, but tends to shorten the appearance of petite brides. T H E B U S T L E B A C K When seen from the side, this dress has the S-shaped silhouette that was so favored by women of the late 19th century. More recently seen on Hollywood’s red carpet as modern day starlets take a page from the past. THE PRINCESS Another unanimously flattering cut, cousin to the A-line. The difference? Seams that run fluidly from the neckline, through the waist and skimming down the hips. The princess cut universally slims and lengthens. Ideal for brides with a petite figure and small waist. THE COLUMN OR SHE ATH Ah, the timeless style and sophistication of Audrey Hepburn. Desire her dresses? She’s all about the sheath. This is the cut for the sexy yet understated bride. With its slim profile, strategically placed darts and seams, the sheath shows your body without an overwhelming display of skin. Flattering to the petite, slim, tall or thin bride. Also flattering for slender but broad shouldered athletic builds.

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T H E E M P I R E Elect to be a Queen. Napoleon’s Josephine made this style all the rage. Here’s why: the empire waist is a seam that falls right below the bust, elongating the petite bride and flattering the smaller busted. It enhances the waist while flattering the hips. If you have a long neck and want to wear big jewelry, the empire is a cut above the rest.


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T HE SL IP DRE SS Love the feeling of your favorite negligee? N ow imagine it in sumptuous silk and skimming your curves all the way down to your ankles. Ready for your figure to show? This is the cut for you. Only 1930s loving, glamour goddesses need apply.

THE MERMAID This silhouette, contours the body from chest to knee then flares out close to the hem. It accentuates your curves, creating that coveted hour glass shape.

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TRUNK SHOWS Most bridal salons carry a few gowns from each of their select group of designers. Trunk shows provide the opportunity for you to see and try on an even larger selection from these designers. In addition, it’s an opportunity to meet the designer, or company representative, in person. Appointments are highly recommended. Visit BayAreaBridalShows.com. for a list of upcoming trunk shows.

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LINGERIE Once you’ve selected your gown, ask your salon consultant for recommendations on the appropriate lingerie. Make sure these garments supply the perfect amount of support and fit. Do you slouch? Discover a corset with boning. Wearing shimmering silk? Seamless lingerie is your secret. Heart set on strapless? A seam-free strapless bustier or three-quarter-length convertible bra will do the trick. Bring these items to your dress fittings. You’ll see and feel the difference. SELECTING YOUR BRIDE SMAIDS If there’s anyone who truly understands the meaning of “for better or for worse” it’s a best friend. Whether you played dress-up as little girls, were cheerleaders together


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With all the blissful anticipation and expectations that will surround the wedding, you’ll undoubtedly experience your portion of aggravation and frustration. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with the girlfriends and family who love and know you best (for better or for worse), and who can lend support, as well as assistance with the myriad of tasks ahead.

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HOW MANY The number of bridesmaids and groomsmen in your entourage will greatly depend on the size and style of your wedding. Large, formal weddings call for larger bridal parties, while small, informal ceremonies are fine with simply a maid-ofhonor and best man. Plan for at least one usher for every 50 guests to avoid seating delays. And while you’ll certainly want each of your bridesmaids to be escorted down the aisle by a tuxedo-clad gent, you don’t have to have an equal number of male and female attendants.

Being part of a wedding can be an expensive responsibility, so provide at least six months notice for everyone involved. This time is also needed for alterations and fittings, as well as making travel arrangements. C H O O S I N G T H E R I G H T D R E S S E S If you really want to make your girls happy, give them the opportunity to choose their own style of dress. Just select a manufacturer whose overall line appeals to you, and choose a color from their design palette.


In addition to bridal salons, visit several department stores for ready-wear gowns. They carry various sizes of the same style, which will afford your bridesmaids the opportunity to try on a few different sizes to find the most flattering fit. This option results in the least amount of alteration, if any. It’s also convenient for out-of-town bridesmaids. Purchase the most appropriate size and ship it. If the dress doesn’t fit, you can take it back and exchange it for the proper size.

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And whatever you do, don’t forget to announce at your bridal luncheon, that you’re so excited about finding bridesmaids dresses “they’ll be able to wear again.” Bridesmaids love that! (wink)

HAIR & MAKEUP All eyes will be focused on you, and only you, as you gracefully make your entrance up the center aisle. You’ll be the object of one handsome groom’s love and adoration, and the subject of hundreds of photographs. Not to mention your walk will be captured on camera via your cinematographer. Are you just the slightest bit nervous? Don’t be! You may have heard it said before that brides have a special glow. Well, it’s true. Combine that special glow with a glamorous touch to your hair and makeup and looking your absolute, beautiful best will be easier than you think.

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F I N A N C I A L O B L I G AT I O N S Be very clear about what you will pay for and what items will be their responsibility. The bridal party typically pays for their own wedding attire and accommodations. However, the bride can certainly offer to pay for their dresses and accessories. The price for a bridesmaid gown ranges from $150 to $250.

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Bay Landing Hotel (650) 259-9000.. ...................................................... 132

A Five Star Afternoon (510) 499-0881.................................................... NA Bridal Extravaganza (408) 360-WEDD.. ................................................. 252

B E A U T Y + H E A LT H

Great Bridal Expo, Inc (800) 422-3976.................................................. 253

Bridal Fitness Coach (415) 317-6827......................................................220

Wedding Faire (800) 445-2545............................................................. 252

Freebird Productions (541) 821-2441..................................................... 244 Professional Makeup Artistry (925) 240-3360....................................... 244

CAKES Beaux Gateaux (415) 831-2682.. ............................................................ 136

BRIDAL SALONS

Sweet Lauren Cakes (415) 371-9380.. .................................................... 136

BRIDAL SALONS / EAST BAY + TRI-VALLEY Blossom’s Bridal, Dublin (925) 225-1162.. ................................................ NA

C AT E R I N G

Cherished, Pleasant Hill (925) 280-0128.. ............................................... NA

Bartenders Unlimited (888) 411-4227.................................................... 138

Clarissa Bridal, Walnut Creek (925) 930-0214.. ....................................... NA

Continental Caterers (650) 322-4189.. .................................................. 136

Gesinee’s Bridal, Concord (925) 686-6444............................................ NA

Le Papillon Restaurant (408) 296-3730.. ................................................ 137

J’aime Bridal, Pleasanton (925) 846-8459.............................................. NA

Schumann’s Four Seasons Caterers (650) 968-9308........................... 136

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, Alameda (510) 846-3800............................. 237

Thomas John Events (415) 641-4700.................................................... 256

Joanna’s Bridal & Tailoring, Danville (925) 552-6675............................... NA Kay’s Bridal, Castro Valley (510) 538-2136............................................... NA

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Margene’s, Oakland (510) 451-3555........................................................ NA

Avista Rentals (888) 462-8478..............................................................220

The Wedding Party, Berkeley (510) 420-1338.......................................... NA

LoveSpun Films (916) 747-7123.. ............................................................ 223

Unveiled Bridal, Walnut Creek (925) 944-0132.. ...................................... NA

Luke Goodman Cinematography (415) 794-7226.................................. 222

BRIDAL SALONS / PENINSULA

Studio MSV (925) 829-6787................................................................... 221

Bridal Project, Burlingame (415) 290-5255.. ............................................ NA

Weddings on Camera (650) 348-8001..................................................220

Nelly’s Bridal Boutique, South San Francisco (650) 616-9226.. ............... NA Nouvelle Bridal, Palo Alto (650) 326-6230.............................................. NA

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Nouvelle Vogue, San Mateo (650) 347-3444.. ......................................... NA

Bella Dolce (650) 307-7979.. .................................................................. 131

Papers & Petals, Burlingame (650) 347-4074.........................................178

MB Wedding Design & Events (415) 706-1677......................................... 131

Rin’s Bridal & Formal, San Carlos (650) 595-3404.................................. NA Royal Formal & Bridal, Millbrae (650) 259-9738...................................... NA

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Beau-Coup (877) 988-2328...................................................................135

Amy Kuschel (415) 956-5657.. ...............................................................240

The Laugh Box (415) 935-9807.. .............................................................135

Atelier des Modistes (415) 775-0545..................................................... 242 Bridal Galleria (415) 362-2277.. .............................................................. 238

FLORAL DESIGNERS

Bridal Image (415) 861-4696.. ................................................................. NA

Asiel Design (800) 94-ASIEL (27435)..................................................... 2-3

Haute Bride Design & Salon (415) 923-5955........................................... NA

Flower Divas (408) 727-4416................................................................. 148

Jin Wang (415) 397-9111.. ........................................................................ 239

The Petal Pusher (925) 846-0415................................................................................NA

Jinza Couture Bridal (415) 351-1588....................................................... 242

Poppy’s Petalworks (415) 806-2950.. .................................................... 148

La Boutique Des Brides (415) 431-3400.. ................................................ NA

Tomobi Floral Art (650) 483-2622..........................................................147

Loveliness Wedding Galleria (415) 752-1818............................................ NA

Violetta (415) 771-7508..........................................................................147

Nordstrom Wedding Suite (415) 977-5039............................................. NA

Waterlily Pond Floral Studio (415) 377-4435.. ..........................................147

Siri Bridal Boutique (415) 431-8873.........................................................241 BRIDAL SALONS / SOUTH BAY

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Creative Designs by Mimi (925) 787-0665............................................. 134

Elegant Lace, San Jose (408) 978-2230................................................. NA

Vivah Celebrations (650) 207-7683.. ...................................................... 133

Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier, Campbell (408) 370-4999.. ............................ 242

Adrienne Keats Calligraphy (415) 956-5006........................................... 132

Nordstrom Wedding Suite (408) 248-2180............................................ NA

JEWELERS BRIDAL REGISTRY

A-One Imports, GiftCenter #173 (415) 626-6820................................... NA

Bloomingdale‘s, San Francisco (415) 856-5376.. ..................................... NA

Bailey Banks & Biddle (925) 398-6420..................................................... 13

Bloomingdale‘s, Stanford Shopping Ctr. (650) 463-2120........................ NA

Barons Jewelers, Bayfair Mall (510) 351-3030......................................... NA

Crate & Barrel, Santana Row (408) 247-0600........................................ NA

Barons Jewelers, Stoneridge Mall (925) 847-3030.. ................................ NA

Crate & Barrel, Stanford Shopping Ctr. (650) 321-7800.......................... NA

Blacy’s Fine Jewelers, Los Gatos (408) 354-9500.................................. NA

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Embassy Suites SF Airport (650) 589-3400.. .......................................... 34

Geneve Jewelers, Burlingame (650) 348-4983.. ..................................... NA

Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley (650) 470-2896.................................. 35

Giraux Fine Jewelry, Ltd., GiftCenter #129 (415) 863-8188...................... NA

Garden Court Hotel (650) 323-1912.. ....................................................... 36

Gleim Jewelers, Stanford Shopping Ctr. (650) 325-3533.. ....................... NA

Half Moon Bay Golf Links (650) 773-8895............................................... 37

Just Diamonds, GiftCenter #150 (415) 626-2318.................................... NA

Hilton San Francisco Airport (650) 340-8500......................................... 38

Lynn Hill & Co. (650) 344-4455.. ............................................................. NA

Kohl Mansion (650) 762-1137................................................................... 39

Prestige Jewelers, GiftCenter #177 (415) 864-0373................................ NA

Long Branch Saloon & Farms (650) 726-3117.. ........................................ 40

Ritz Jewelers, Embarcadero One (415) 626-3807.. ................................. NA

Marriott SFO Waterfront (650) 692-9100.. .............................................. 41

Topper Fine Jewelers (650) 347-2221..................................................... NA

Pacific Athletic Club (650) 593-1112.. ....................................................... 43 Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club (650) 917-5101................................... 42

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Wedgewood at Crystal Springs (866) 966-3009..................................... 43

Entire Productions (415) 291-9191.. ........................................................ 140

SAN FRANCISCO SITES

Fantasy Sound Event Services (800) 660-3735.................................... 139

Cliff House (415) 666-4027..................................................................... 24

Music Solution DJs (415) 497-3989.. ...................................................... 139

E & O Trading Company (415) 693-0303 ................................................ 26 Hotel Whitcomb (415) 626-8000.. .......................................................... 25

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Magic Flute Ristorante (415) 922-1225.. .................................................... 26

Arrowood Photography (415) 596-3646................................................. 212

Palio D’Asti (415) 395-9800.. ................................................................... 27

Connie Leal Photography (925) 550-8506............................................. 215

The St. Regis Hotel (415) 284-4000.. ....................................................... 28

Gustavo Fernandez (925) 979-5142...................................................... 218

The Winery SF (415) SF JUICE (7358423)................................................ 29

Jennifer Skog Photography (925) 895-7892.......................................... 216

SOUTH BAY SITES

Jill Johnson Studios (408) 402-3709..................................................... 217

Coyote Creek Golf Club (408) 463-1800.. ............................................... 52

KI Photography (408) 868-8845............................................................ 213

Fairmont San Jose (408) 998-3912......................................................... 53

Mike Steelman Photographers (415) 796-6431...................................... 214

Freedom Hall and Gardens (408) 379-3733............................................ 54

Rhee Bevere (408) 369-1783.. ................................................................... 9

Guglielmo Winery (408) 779-2145........................................................... 55

Tanja Lippert Photography (408) 356-2718........................................... 219

Hilton Santa Clara (408) 330-0001......................................................... 56

The Memory Journalists (916) 802-8004............................................... 211

Historic Del Monte Building (408) 735-7680.. .......................................... 55

The Laugh Box (415) 935-9807.. .............................................................135

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (408) 510-6430............................................ 57

To Be Adored (408) 654-9516.. .............................................................. 215

Los Gatos Lodge (408) 354-3300........................................................... 58 Opera House (408) 354-1218.................................................................. 58

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The Ranch Golf Club (408) 531-3047...................................................... 59

CENTRAL COAST SITES

Villa Ragusa (408) 364-1900.................................................................. 60

Hilton Santa Cruz / Scotts Valley (831) 440-1000................................... 90

Wedgewood Eagle Ridge (866) 966-3009.. ............................................ 60

Hyatt Carmel Highlands (831) 622-5457.................................................. 91

TAHOE SITES

Hyatt Regency Monterey (831) 372-1234.................................................. 92

Cal Neva Resort Spa & Casino (775) 298-3156.. ....................................... 95

Seascape Beach Resort (800) 929-7727.. ............................................... 93

Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly (530) 544-3337..........................................94

Wedgewood at Rancho Cañada (866) 966-3009.. .................................. 93

Heavenly Mountain Resort (530) 542-5153..............................................96

EAST BAY/TRI-VALLEY SITES

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (775) 866-6693.. ........................................... 97

Berkeley City Club (510) 280-1532........................................................... 70

Sugar Bowl Resort (530) 426-6769.........................................................98

Blackhawk Museum (925) 648-1434.. ...................................................... 72

WINE COUNTRY SITES

Crow Canyon Country Club (925) 735-5718.............................................71

Vintners Inn with John Ash & Co. (800) 421-2584....................................99

Guild Hall Piedmont Community Church (510) 654-5125.. ....................... 72

Wine & Roses (209) 334-6988...................................................................1

Poppy Ridge Golf Course (925) 447-6779............................................... 73 Scott’s Seafood (925) 934-0598.. ........................................................... 74

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Sunol Valley Golf Club (925) 862-2408.. .................................................. 74

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Waterfront Hotel (510) 836-3800........................................................... 75

Classic Party Rentals (650) 652-0300.. .................................................. 141

Wedgewood Metropolitan (866) 966-3009............................................ 76

Enhanced Lighting & Sound (415) 656-1199........................................... 145

Wedgewood San Ramon (866) 966-3009.............................................. 76

Hartmann Studios (510) 232-5030.. ................................................ 142-143

PENINSULA SITES

Miranda St John Wedding & Event Rental (650) 619-4123...................... 146

Crowne Plaza Cabaña Palo Alto (650) 628-0180......................................31

Napa Valley Linens (925) 459-0470...................................................... 146

Crowne Plaza Foster City (650) 570-5700.. .............................................30

Wine Country Party & Events (707) 940-6060...................................... 144

Dinah’s Hotel/Trader Vic’s (650) 798-1306.. ............................................ 33

for additional sites and services,

Doubletree San Francisco Airport (650) 373-2223.................................. 32

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