By: Maria Dontas
Wedding planning may be stressful, but having a wine country wedding makes it all worth it. From idyllic landscapes to world-class chefs, your wedding will be nothing short of storybook thanks to all Sonoma offers. A summertime wedding can start later in the day when temperatures have dropped to comfortable levels, and this means you’ll probably get to enjoy a gorgeous sunset with your guests.
A wedding in September, October or November opens up harvest parties for your traveling guests, as the area typically brims with activities this time of year, not to mention the breathtaking foliage.
Now, if you’re the adventurous type, you might want to capitalize on better pricing and have your wedding in the winter, knowing that you might run into some interesting weather conditions. Nevertheless, there’s something special about a wedding in Sonoma no matter the season.
We’ve handpicked a few of our favorite venues, caterers and boutiques to help you get the planning process started.
Photo credit: Vintners Inn
Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, Phone: 1-800-421-2584
Nestled on 92 acres of vineyards, Vintners Inn embodies the meaning of wine country romance. From the 35-foot bell tower entrance complete with a flowing fountain, to terracotta walkways and luscious gardens, the Vintners Inn’s Event Center makes for a stunning wedding backdrop. The venue’s award-winning cuisine has brides raving and will have your guests reminiscing for years to come. Choose from several indoor and outdoor options for both the ceremony and reception, with room to host anywhere from 40 to 400 guests. Plus, some rooms even feature special amenities like black out blinds and motorized drop-down screens to satisfy a range of specific needs.
Flying Cloud Farm, 1200 Jacobsen Lane, Petaluma, Phone: 707-765-4433
First and foremost, Flying Cloud Farm is home to a first-class equestrian center. The farm
Photo credit: Flying Cloud Farm via Ken Viale Photography
boards horses year-round, and it’s not uncommon to see renowned horse trainers on the premises. Now take this horse farm tucked away on a country road and add a little wine country flair and you get one of the most enchanting places to get married in Sonoma.
The indoor reception hall is elegant and romantic, while the garden reception area will take your breath away with stunning views and enchanting landscaping. Enjoy a stress-free day from start to finish as all wedding packages come complete with a day-of coordinator.
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Amiee D’maris Events, Saunders Drive, Sonoma, Phone: 415-678-9068
Amiee D’maris Events started back in 2013 with a vision to deliver authenticity, courtesy and customer satisfaction. Two passionate bay area chefs, who happen to be husband and wife, put their heads together to launch a new venture after closing the doors to their first business. Now, Amiee D’maris Events is a detail-oriented, full-service catering company infusing every event with creativity, intimacy and charm.
Preferred Sonoma Caterers, 416 East D Street, Petaluma California, (707) 769-7208
Located in mid-town Petaluma, Preferred Sonoma Caterers is another husband and wife duo well-known to the catering scene in Sonoma. Owner and chef Amber Balshaw and her husband, Jim, have been in business for over 25 years and have experience catering events from 30 to 1500 guests. Amber cooked for three U.S. presidents, numerous dignitaries and several celebrities before starting Preferred Sonoma Caterers, so you’re in good hands. Every effort is taken to work with local producers and farmers in crafting a menu completely unique to your event, so you’re getting the freshest and best available.
Bliss Bridal & Black Tie, 145 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, Phone: 707-769-8893
So you have the bride and groom, maybe the venue and perhaps even the caterer, but what about the dress and tux? Bliss Bridal & Black Tie, out of Petaluma, have made the formal wear part of the whole getting married experience as seamless as possible. Enjoy a knowledgeable and pleasant staff and a huge variety of tuxedos and gowns. Plus, the boutique features a full variety of accessories including veils, tiaras, shoes and jewelry. You don’t need a reservation, but it is recommended, and they’re even open on Sundays.
Starlet Bridal, 730 Village Court, Santa Rosa
Located in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village shopping center, Starlet Bridal boasts over 4,000 square feet of everything bridal. From the gown to the veil, you’re sure to find your dream dress among the hundreds of styles available. Make sure to make an appointment and then prepare to be pampered with sparkling wine and sweet treats as the attentive staff helps you narrow in on your favorite styles. There’s a healthy selection of tuxedos, too, so complete your bridal party with fashion forward looks for the groom and groomsmen.
Determine your budget and consider the pros and cons of indoor vs. outdoor, warm weather vs. cooler weather, and casual vs. formal. No matter your decision, a wedding in Sonoma is sure to set itself apart!
Did you have a destination wedding in Sonoma? If you’ve got a favorite venue, caterer or boutique that wasn’t listed, comment below!