If you’re planning a wedding you’ve probably already quickly realized that it’s all about decisions. From the ring to the cake, you have to make some pretty difficult choices. But perhaps the biggest problem to solve is just where exactly will the nuptials to take place?
Fortunately, Temecula Valley offers many really amazing venues. Just throw a stick in pretty much any direction and you’ll hit a place. I couldn’t possibly write about them all, but if you start here, it might make figuring out the location issue a tiny bit easier.
Wine Country, Of Course!
Many people automatically equate the words “Temecula Wedding” with “Winery Wedding,” and for good reason. Country feel, lush vineyards, gardens, cool afternoon breezes… what could be nicer? Most of the wineries don’t just offer an amazing locale – they also have comprehensive packages that include food, alcohol, and sometimes even a coordinator to get you through the day unscathed. Since each winery has its own personality, you just have to decide which one fits the look and feel you want.
Wilson Creek. The Wilson family knows how to throw a party and whether you’re holding a small gathering or an extravaganza with 400 of your closest friends, the folks here know how to make it unforgettable. Exchange your vows in a dramatic open-air gazebo. Treat your guests to an intimate dinner in the barrel room. Or perhaps you’ll choose the elegant ballroom or the romantic outdoor garden area. Where ever you hold your nuptials at Wilson Creek, rest assured it’ll include a toast with their famous Almond Champagne. Cheers!
Stuart Cellars. As you drive up the hill towards Stuart Cellars you’ll feel yourself settling into relax-mode. Park the car, admire the breathtaking 360- degree views and imagine your wedding here on one of the highest peaks in Temecula Valley.
Their outside terrace has room for up to 250 guests to party down, while the cozy barrel room holds 60 people for an elegant, candle-lit reception. Bring on their award-winning wines, choose one of their all-out wedding packages, and rest assured you’ll have the wedding of your dreams.
Wine Country Without the Winery
Villa de Amore. How about getting married at a private estate with the perfect name? This gorgeous locale overlooks Wine Country, but since it’s not open to the public, you don’t have to worry about addled, inebriated tourists crashing the party. Everything is lux here – from the grounds to the bridal suite to the courtyard reception area. You will feel pampered and your guests will feel like they’ve been transported to some exotic Mediterranean locale.
Book this location and you also get their all-inclusive wedding packages. And when I say all-inclusive, I mean all-inclusive. The packages feature catering, photographers, florist, bartenders, DJ, coordinator, cake, and even the officiant. OK…you do have to supply the alcohol, but that’s pretty much it. Villa De Amore is truly one-stop shopping at its finest.
Are There Romantic Venues Outside of Wine Country?
A resounding “yes!” Even if you have your heart set on wine country, you really have to do yourself a favor and check out these amazing places. You just might surprise yourself and fall in love with something entirely different.
The Temecula Creek Inn. This wedding site is just as picturesque as any winery, but instead of orchards, you’re surrounded by century-old oak trees. Whether, you say “I do” tucked away next to their 150-year old “Stone House” or by a superbly manicured golf course, you’ll love Temecula Creeks Inn’s elegant ambiance.
One big plus with Temecula Creek Inn being a full service hotel is that they can offer “wedding enhancement packages” that include the rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding escapes to wine country, and a farewell brunch. Of course the best part of having your wedding at a hotel is that when it’s all over you don’t have to go too far to start the honeymoon.
Montelone Meadows. Want to get married in Murrieta? Go for it, and you won’t be sorry. Monteleone Meadows is a 5-acre private venue loaded with rustic charm. There’s everything you might want in a wedding location. Grand Gazebo? Check. Landscaped garden and expansive grassy area lined with walkways and trees? Check. Picturesque lake with waterfall and swans? You got it.
Receptions are held under a covered pavilion, where guests can enjoy the tri-tip that was roasted in Monteleone Meadows’ special Santa Maria style barbecue. If you’re planning a fall or winter wedding this is the place to go since the pavilion can be completely enclosed.
But the piece de resistance here, at least in my book, is the horse and carriage that comes free if you book more than 200 guests. Cinderella will be so jealous.
The best thing about making the location decision is that you really can’t go wrong. Whichever place you choose, I assure you that your wedding will be beautiful, your guests will thoroughly enjoy themselves, Uncle Alvin won’t drink too much this time, and you’ll have memories that will last forever.