Saturday, July 22, 2006

Lodi Wedding - Wine Country Ambience

Okay, here's another idea for those who love wine and wine country. Lodi. That's right, Lodi, a wine area in California (SOUTH of Sacramento) which specializes in Mediterranean varietals (syrah, sangiovese, pinot grigio). (If you read the following comment you'll see that I had originally posted that Lodi was north of Sacramento. What was I thinking? I guess my thoughts weren't "stuck in Lodi" but indeed, Lodi is SOUTH of Sacramento. Thank you to the person who left the comment correcting me.)

This is definitely wine country which you want to visit in the fall or spring months, as the summer months can be quite hot (which is fine for the style of grapes grown there, but not necessarily for people getting married (unless you think perspiration pouring down your face makes for great wedding photos).

Anyway, there's an historic inn there which has special wedding packages. It's called the Wine & Roses Hotel, 2505 W. Turner Road, and looks quite lovely, and will accomodate up to 350 guests. The hotel has a restaurant and spa, perfect for the newlyweds who want to immerse themselves in fine wine, fine food and relaxing pampering.

They can be reached at 1-877-310-3358.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Southern California Wedding Destinations

What do you get when you have your destination wedding in Southern California? Sun, sand and a mouse. Mickey Mouse, that is.

From the numerous sun-drenched beaches to a magical wedding at Disneyland, Southern California has it all. Consider these familiar settings and not-so-familiar settings:

Beaches:

Southern California has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beautiful, breathtaking beaches that serve as beautiful and tranquil backdrops to your wedding ceremony. From the smaller communities of La Jolla, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach and Oxnard, to the larger communities and beaches of San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Ventura and Santa Barbara, you're sure to find a beach that has what you're looking for - beautiful scenery for your wedding and perfect hotels for your honeymoon.

If you're trying to keep your wedding within a smaller budget, consider having your ceremony at one of the many public beaches. One such public beach is La Jolla Cove, 1100 Coast Boulevard, a very small beach in La Jolla (15 minutes north of downtown San Diego). La Jolla Cove claims to be one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. (Having been there, I don't doubt it for a moment). For permit information call Coastline Parks at 619-221-8901.

If you have an expanded budget, you might consider the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach, 1555 South Coast Highway, a fabulous resort hotel with their own private 500-ft. white sandy beach. Their Grand Pelican Ballroom can host receptions of up to 250 people, or provide an intimate sit down dinner wedding reception with dance floor for up to 160 people. Call 888-869-7569 for reservations.

Disneyland:

That's right - Disneyland. Why not hold your happy wedding at the "happiest place on earth?" Disneyland is a very popular wedding venue, so be sure to make your reservations about a year in advance. You can start now by calling the fine folks at Disneyland's Fairy Tale Weddings at 714-956-6527.

Wine Country:

No, not Napa or Sonoma. Southern California has its own wine producing region, and it’s called Temecula, located approximately 85 miles south of Los Angeles, 60 miles north of San Diego and 20 miles inland from the cities of San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside (other great beach wedding locations). Numerous wineries in the area host weddings, including Callaway Vineyard & Winery (800-472-2377) and Falkner Winery (951-676-8231), both with beautiful landscaped grounds.

Look, Up In The Sky…:

Say “I do” in an aerial wedding above Palm Springs. Call “Balloon Above the Desert” at 760-776-5785 to inquire about their special wedding package. And, don’t worry, if you wish they can use smaller, more private balloons so you don’t have to share the balloon with strangers.

Whether you get married at the beach, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, or flying high above the desert, a Southern California wedding is truly a memorable one.

For more California Wedding ideas, visit Destination Wedding Locations