Wedding Venues in Sonoma

23 May

Ellaine and I spent several weekends over the last couple months looking for great wedding venues in Sonoma County, California.  Here are some links and quick notes about our favorites:

  • Vine Hill House – Beautiful, compact garden setting on a hill overlooking Sonoma vineyards.  Well planned out, with a lawn area for meals, paved patio area for the ceremony and later for dancing, and a cocktail area under oaks by the entrance.  No indoor space.
  • WildWood Retreat – A gay mens’ retreat tucked up in the hills above Guerneville.  Includes a number of modest retreat-style rooms, and a full catering kitchen and on-site chef. The hillside setting is the real attraction here, and the potential to create a true “getaway” for guests.  Indoor space available, but it’s not very attractive.
  • Arista Winery – A very high-end garden venue.  Beautifully manicured gardens and wonderful estate wines are the big draws here, however you’re required to serve their wine exclusively, which adds a substantial additional cost for couples.
  • Chenoweth Woods – Rustic, forested setting amongst redwood off Green Valley Road. More casual atmosphere, showing off the more laid-back side of the historic Russian River area.  No indoor space.

We ended up selecting Vine Hill House and are excited for the big day.

* Update: Dan at Vine Hill did an amazing job for us on our wedding day.  Dan’s knowledge of how to best run an event at his venue shown through time and time again.  Plus, it was just a stunningly beautiful setting.  We would highly recommend it to other couples.

4 Responses to “Wedding Venues in Sonoma”

  1. Cate Steane February 19, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    If you believe in marriage equality, you may want to remove reference to Chenoweth Woods from your blog. My female partner and I made an appointment to see this venue. After driving all the way there, we were met by the owner and told that they only do “traditional weddings.” This is a violation of California law, not to mention common decency.

    I hope you will consider removing this venue from your blog, or noting that the venue discriminates.

    Cate Steane
    Santa Rosa, CA

    • mitchellwfox February 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      Cate – Thank you for sharing your story, and I’m sorry to hear that Chenoweth treated you that way. I’ve “approved” your comment and will leave it visible here so other readers can be aware of your experience. Best of luck finding a great venue for you and your partner. Have you checked out Vine Hill House? It’s certainly more expensive than Chenoweth, but can be affordable for an “off day” (Sunday or Friday) and is extremely well run.

  2. Makayla July 24, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Does anyone know the price of Chennoweth woods? I’ve been researching and i cant find anything. Thank you! And Im sorry to hear of your experience there. Its my sisters wedding not mine and shes had her heart set on it for years.

    • mitchellwfox July 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

      Makayla, it’s been a few years, but at the time, we were quoted $2,500 as the site fee for a Sunday wedding in May. Hope that helps!

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