Saturday, December 29, 2007

Lake Tahoe Boat Wedding

There's nothing more romantic as a boat wedding. Oh, wait, yes there is. A boat wedding on beautiful Lake Tahoe, California.

How does a wedding ceremony or reception on a yacht just by yourselves, or with your closest friends and relatives sound?

The company is Woodwind Cruises and they offer several different yacht options to make your wedding day perfect, from yachts with a maximum of 16 passengers to a yacht with a maximum of 60 passengers, with rates beginning at $1135 for a 2-hour weekend day cruise. They also offer sunset cruises. If it was me, I'd go for the romantic sunset cruise.

You can let their wedding coordinator handle all the details for you, and can choose to be married by the Captain or a minister. You will have to have a Nevada or California marriage license. For an extra charge, you can also choose a catered reception, professional photography, as well as a video tape of the event.

The yachts are designed for comfort, with glass-bottom viewing windows, sound system and full-service bar, which serves beer, white wine, champagne and soft drinks.

For more information, you can email them at

Here's a YouTube video of Lake Tahoe to give you an idea of what Lake Tahoe has to offer. The video is not associated with Woodwind Cruises.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Weddings in Pacific Grove California

Lover's Point in Pacific Grove has been called one of the "One of the top 10 most romantic places in America" by Sunset Magazine, and is the perfect place for an elopement ceremony or larger wedding. With such an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean, it's easy to see why this is such a sought-after spot for couples to tie the knot.

Not familiar with Pacific Grove? It's a beautiful little town in the Monterey Peninsula, sometimes overshadowed by nearby Monterey and Carmel.

When I visit the Monterey area I always stay in Pacific Grove because it's less crowded and less commercial than Monterey, but close enough to go visit Monterey and the surrounding areas and do the touristy things like drive the 17-Mile Drive or visit Pebble Beach. Also, it's home to my all-time favorite restaurant, Fifi's, 1188 Forest Ave.

You will need a permit to hold your wedding in Lover's Point, which you can get by calling the Pacific Grove Recreation Department at (831) 648-5730.

There are other romantic spots in Pacific Grove for your wedding as well, such as Jewell Park, close to Lover's Point, where you can have your ceremony in the Gazebo. Jewell Park also requires a permit, which you can get by calling the above number. There is a fee for permits to either Pacific Grove or Lover's Point.

If you're looking for a free spot on the beach in Pacific Grove, you might want to choose Asilomar State Beach, where you will also find a gazebo perfect for your wedding. As I recall it can get a little windy.

As for wedding packages, Centrella Bed & Breakfast Inn will put together a wedding package for you with a ceremony in their garden or at Lover's Point. For more informaiton call them at 800-653-5495 or email them at

Though I don't have specific knowlege of wedding officiants or wedding planners in the area, I have found a couple names you might want to contact:

Wedding Coordinator:

A Bayside Wedding: email at


Weddings in Paradise, Reverend Mery Ann Meagher at

Photo of Lover's Point by David Goehring, under a Creative Commons License,

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Wedding Venues in Oakland CA

Looking for a wedding venue in the San Francisco Bay Area? Why not consider Oakland, which has many wonderful public park areas from which to choose?

Lakeside Park Garden Center
Inside Lakeside Park (Lake Merritt)
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Amenities include an industrial kitchen with a commercial coffeemaker, Japanese Garden and Koi Pond, an upright piano and herb and flower gardens.

Lake Merritt Sailboat House
Inside Lakeside Park (Lake Merritt)
568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a balcony offering spectacular views of Lake Merritt. You also get a kitchen with commercial coffeemaker.

Morcom Rose Garden
Located near Grand Avenue
700 Jean Street, Oakland

Do you like roses? That's what you'll get with this venue, also referred to as the Morcom Amphitheater of Roses. Now, any venue calling itself an amphitheater of roses is going to be beautiful and fragrant. And, it is, with over 6,000 plants and 300 varieties of roses throughout the eith-acre rose garden. The rose bushes bloom May through September, and the garden is available for weddings from Mother's Day through October31.

Great photo opps abound in this place, with all the roses, as well as a 10-tier waterfall on the western hillside. No wonder this place is a favorite spot for weddings in Oakland.

For rental rates of all the above facilities, including some in the Parks and Recreation Department I didn't include can be found here: Rental Rates

Are there venues in Oakland other than in the public parks? Of course, wonderful spots.

Historic Sweets Ballroom
1933 Broadway, Oakland
for info email

A 900 person, ballroom-style, 12,000 square foot venue, which can accommodate 450 people for a sit-down reception style dinner.

Waterfront Plaza Hotel
Ten Washington St.

With great views of the San Francisco Bay, the Waterfront Plaza Hotel offers couples full wedding services, with a pooside ceremony for $650, a water-view banquet room for $500, lunch or dinner, dance floor, and complimentary overnight stay for the bride and groom with a minimum of 75 guests.