Glen Ellen Wedding Venue
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Glen Ellen, California 95442
Cabernet grapes hang heavy on rows of vines disappearing towards the eastern mountains, and a long view of Sonoma Valley stretches before you. This is only one of the lovely scenes you see as you survey Vineyard Ranch’s idyllic surroundings and consider all the possibilities.
The 140-year-old ranch is spread out over 70 acres, with horses roaming the property amidst olive trees, vineyards and organic gardens. Numerous areas on the estate lend themselves to events, especially the contemporary barn and gardens. Included with this stunning setting are the services of one of the Bay Area’s most elite planners, Julie Atwood Events (JAE). Their team offers complete wedding planning from start to finish, as well as site tours of other exclusive properties for rehearsal parties, brunches, and other events.
By handling the coordination, design and staging for all events at this private estate, JAE ensures that every wedding has a distinctive, totally personal feeling. To help you realize your vision, they’ll provide you with a select cadre of Wine Country resources, including florists, musicians, lighting designers and lodging. They’ll also assist you in choosing a caterer from their exclusive list who will create a menu just for you using only the freshest and best regional foods, highlighted by seasonal vegetables, herbs and olive oil from the ranch’s own garden. Your feast will be paired with wines that you have chosen from fabulous Sonoma County wineries.
Couples married here usually exchange vows in the barn or garden, or on an expansive lawn, with vineyards and the Sonoma Mountains as a backdrop. From their ceremony site, a path spilling over with roses and lavender guides them to the oak-shaded flagstone patio where the festivities begin.
Cocktails may be served on the patio in the dappled shade of an oak canopy. Dinner and dancing follow in the Vineyard Pavilion or in the barn, depending on the size of your group. After dinner, the barn becomes the uber-Wine Country lounge. It can completely change its look to suit your event: Considering an Old California atmosphere? Bring in handmade textiles and a Latin orchestra. Rich metallics and a state-of-the-art DJ turn the space into an edgy SOMA loft. Or, to create a classic, romantic backdrop for a swinging Big Band, just add chandeliers, crystal and silk.
And so…newlyweds, friends, family and barn swallows party into the night. Barn swallows? You bet! Bluebirds, owls and other creatures of nature are what keep the ranch fly- and chemical-free. This is an estate that supports sustainable farming and artisan producers, and all the vendors who work here share the same philosophy. The venue and the in-house planner also contribute to local charities.
In addition to weddings, the ranch specializes in out-of-the-box corporate events, ranging from winemaker dinners and fly-fishing seminars to horse-drawn wagon rides to the vineyard for al fresco cocktails. Whatever your celebration at Vineyard Ranch, you can be assured of several things: You’ll see beauty everywhere you look; you’re going to enjoy yourself immensely; and every detail will be handled for you.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Meadow holds up to 200 seated guests and the Garden up to 100 seated guests. The Vineyard Lawn holds up to 200 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Barn holds up to 175 seated or 250 standing guests and the patio up to 150 standing guests. The Vineyard Pavilion seats up to 250 for dining.
MEETING CAPACITY: The barn holds up to 100 seated, classroom-style.
A 50% deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Site fees range $5,000–9,000 for barn parties* up to 200 guests, and $12,500–16,500 for full ranch parties up to 250 guests, depending on guest count, site usage and event type. Coordination fees vary depending on scope for events at Atwood Ranch, and start at $8,500 for other SF and North Bay locations. Complete “one-stop-shopping” packages for Atwood Ranch weddings are available through Julie Atwood Events.
Meals range $90–250/person. Alcohol is additional. Liability insurance, equipment rentals and parking/shuttle services are required and additional to the fee. The fee includes vendor access to site for 2 days and day of event, client access for up to 10 hour day-of plus 3 hours for rehearsal, site staffing and vendor supervision.
*Barn capacity for seated dinner/dances, maximum 160; for standing receptions or dinners without dancing, maximum 250.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list only
Kitchen Facilities: through coordinator
Tables & Chairs: through coordinator
Linens, Silver, etc.: through coordinator
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible, portables
Dance Floor: provided, extra fee
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: shuttle required, extra charge
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes, minimal
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: vineyards, pond, hills, gardens
Other: event coordination and management included
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO wine, liquor by licensed provider
Smoking: very restricted
Music: OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice, birdseed, confetti, sparklers or fireworks
Choose From List
Year-round, daily, 9am–11pm. One event per weekend. The maximum guest count is 250 guests, June–October; 100, November–May.
Alternate Info: Vineyard Ranch & Barn