Favorite 10 Northern California Wedding Venues | OG edition

In 1989 the following 14 Northern California venues said "I do" to Here Comes The Guide when it was a brand new wedding resource. They’re our true OGs, our original BFFs. They’ve been with us since day one, and we're proud to have featured them through good times, bad times, fleeting trends, and market changes. They know a thing or two about commitment, and we just want to say "Thanks!”.


The Terrace Room at The Lake Merritt

Oakland, California

Fab Features: waterfront Art Deco ballroom • 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows afford a bird’s-eye view of the lake and distant hills • herringbone-patterned walnut hardwood dance floor

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Hacienda de las Flores by Wedgewood Weddings

Moraga, CA

Fab Features: authentic Spanish-style mansion • hardwood floors plus a beamed ceiling and fireplace create a warm and inviting interior • lawn ceremonies set against blue atlas cedar trees, willows, and flowers

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Piedmont Community Hall

Oakland, CA

Fab Features: Mediterranean-style venue in a garden setting • floor-to-ceiling windows flood the Hall with natural light • the Japanese Tea House is perfect for an intimate ceremony or as a private dressing room for the bride

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Rockefeller Lodge

San Pablo, CA

Fab Features: historic lodge and garden on 2 acres • the interior boasts hardwood floors, hand-hewn ceiling beams, and a unique brick fireplace • ceremonies are held on a red-bricked patio framed by redwoods

Catering: In-house
Price: $


Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

Fab Features: cliffside hotel with panoramic ocean views • ceremonies on a redwood deck beneath a contemporary gazebo • plush suites include a private balcony, wood-burning fireplace, and Jacuzzi tub

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


Falkirk Mansion

San Rafael, CA

Fab Features: lovely Queen Anne Victorian • rich, wood-paneled interior that includes stained-glass windows and ornate fireplaces • al fresco celebrations in the rose garden, on the wedding lawn, or on the veranda

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$


City Cruises San Francisco

San Francisco and Berkeley, CA

Fab Features: affordable weddings on San Francisco Bay • choice of vessels and all-inclusive packages • to-die-for views of the SF skyline, bridges, and Alcatraz

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


Hollins House at Pasatiempo

Santa Cruz, CA

Fab Features: hilltop house with panoramic vistas • ceremonies set against a backdrop of white flowers, tall trees, and Monterey Bay • dining room details include a high ceiling, crystal chandeliers, and fireplaces

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$


Wente Vineyards

Livermore, California

Fab Features: picturesque canyon setting surrounded by grapevines, sycamore groves and rolling hills • award-winning wines perfectly paired, plus the option for a private wine tasting • say "I do" on a verdant lawn, then dine and dance beneath an open-sided tent or an elegant reception room in the Spanish-style event center

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$


Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford, CA

Fab Features: iconic wine country venue • exchange vows on spacious deck overlooking tree-covered hills and the Napa Valley • the open-air, Asian-inspired pavilion provides a charming backdrop for small ceremonies

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

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