Grass Valley is one of those places everyone in California should visit, and a great location for a wedding. Approximately two and a half hours north-east of San Francisco, Grass Valley is located in the Sierra Foothills, at the northern end of "Gold Country."
Of all the Gold Country locations in California, I like Grass Valley the best. I just felt it was the prettiest location, and the downtown is really quaint, with just the right amount of "touristy" shops, without feeling overly touristy. Some of the Gold Country towns feel way too touristy. (I also like Sonoma, at the southern end of "Gold country" for that same reason, although Sonoma can feel a little wild at night - what's with all the screaming from cars and trucks?) There's also alot to do in the area surrounding Grass Valley, like hiking, rafting, golfing, as well as the Gold Country attraction of mine tours and gold panning (yes, you can still get some gold up there).
Grass Valley, California Wedding Locations:
Alta Sierra Country Club
11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley, CA
If you like golf, then having a wedding at the Alta Sierra Country Club will feel like getting married in Heaven. You can get married outside on the golf course with the mountains as your backdrop. Fall, by the way would provide a spectacular burst of autumn colors. The golf course is open to members and non-members for weddings.
Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens
16343 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA
The Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens is a retreat in the Sierra Nevada foothills, complete with a forest filled with fern, camellia, rhododendron, azalea, and dogwood, as well as creeks and a 90-foot waterfall. Run by a non-denominational organization, the Gardens include an outdoor chapel available for up to 150 people.
St. Joseph's Cultural Center
410 South Church St.
Downtown Grass Valley
St. Joseph's Cultural Center is the site of St. Joseph's Hall, a wood building completed in 1894, used for weddings, receptions, concerts, and many other private events; as well as the Rose Garden, which has many intimate areas for smaller weddings, as well as a grand staircase for larger weddings. You can call for more information at the above number, or go to their website at www.saintjosephsculturalcenter.org.
Wedding Officiants in Grass Valley:
Sierra Wedding Ceremonies
P.O. Box 2594
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Weddings by Reverend Phillip Lanzarotta
311 Chamberlain Ave.
Auburn, CA 95604
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