Monday, October 27, 2008

Haunted Wedding Venues in California

In the spirit of Halloween, here is a list of some notoriously haunted venues in the state of California. Not only are they haunted, but they all offer wedding services! Even if you have your wedding elsewhere, they all are great places to honeymoon as well.

Here's a few you might want to consider:

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
Reservations: 800-950-7667

A favorite of Marilyn Monroe, who lived here from time to time (Cabana 246). There are those who swear they can see her image in the mirror in the lobby. FYI, the mirror used to be her personal mirror. Great place for a wedding or haunted honeymoon.

The Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA

Long-known as a haunted ship - now a tourist attraction and hotel. Beautiful, art deco furnishings for those who want something more than just a haunted place to stay. Available for weddings small and large.

1859 Historic National Hotel
18183 Main Street
Jamestown, CA
(209) 984-3446

A hotel built for the gold-rush town of Jamestown. While there say "hello" to the resident ghost, Flo, who, they say, usually stays upstairs in the hotel, favoring the rooms in the front of the building. Some say she's been seen floating through the walls. Hauntingly wonderful for weddings or honeymoons.

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA

The Hotel Del Coronado has been named the "number-one wedding destination in America" by the Travel Channel, visited by such historical and entertainment figures as Babe Ruth, Madonna and ten U.S. Presidents. Oh, yeah, and it's supposedly haunted as well. Meet Kate Morgan, the resident ghost of the Hotel Del Coronado. She checked into the resort on November 25, 1892 and, as they say, "never checked out." Many have reported experiencing ghostly happenings.

MacCallum House Inn
45020 Albion Street
Mendocino, CA

For your haunted wedding and reception, consider the MacCallum House, which offers extensive wedding services, in addition to an elopement package starting at $825. Who knows, you might get to meet the spirit of Donald MacCallum, who some say, still lives in Room 4, which used to be his childhood bedroom.

Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street at Octavia
San Francisco, CA

Before becoming a hotel, the Queen Anne was "once Miss Mary Lake’s School for Girls." Many people have reported ghostly chills and experiences while staying the night here. Have your wedding or reception with up to 150 people. Who knows how many ghosts may show up.

Groveland Hotel
18767 Main Street
Groveland, CA

Located in the Yosemites, The Groveland Hotel was built in 1849 and claims a resident ghost, an old gold miner named Lyle. While living, Lyle lived in Room 15 for many years before crossing over in 1927. Okay, maybe he didn't "cross over." Maybe he's still there as a ghost. Some say he plays tricks on the staff and guests in or near Room 15. They can accommodate weddings of up to 150 guests in their Garden Courtyard.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Buy a Used Wedding Gown - Give to Charity

Brides Against Breast Cancer's Charity Wedding Gown Sale is Coming to Los Angeles. What a great way to buy a used wedding dress and fight breast cancer at the same time! The Brides Against Breast Cancer holds these sales of new and used gowns all over the country, and now it's Los Angeles' turn!

At this sale you will find hundreds of name brand and designer wedding gowns from $99 to $799, valued up to $8,000. These gowns have been donated by manufacturers, retailers, designers and individuals. In addition, exclusive designer and couture gowns valued up to $20,000 are also available at a 25% to 75% savings. (While you can find great used wedding gowns, more than half the wedding dresses presented during each event are new designer gowns).


Pre-Sale ($20 Admission): October 27, Noon - 4PM

General Sales (Free Admission):

Monday, October 27, 5PM to 9PM
Tuesday, October 28, Noon to 9PM
Wednesday, October 29, 10AM to 5PM


Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA

For more information about the sale, you can go to Brides Against Breast Cancer and click on the "Click For Event Info" button.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Northern California Elopement Packages in Mendocino

Everyone's trying to save money now, even on their weddings. One great way to do that is by eloping! Here are a couple elopement packages in Mendocino County in Northern California which are set in lovely surroundings and priced reasonably!

Little River Inn
Little River, CA
1-888-INN-LOVE (1-888-466-5683)

The Little River Inn is located on the rugged Mendocino Coast, 2 miles south of the village of Mendocino. All of their rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean, or you can choose to stay in a private, cliffside cottage with a fireplace and hot tub. This area of Mendocino County is so laid-back and relaxing that you might forget all the wonderful things there are to do in the area: ride the Skunk Train, visit a local gallery, sample wine at a local winery, play golf...

And, of course, have a beautiful elopement ceremony! Little River Inn offers the "Romantic Elopement Package" for those who want simplicity without sacrificing a beautiful wedding ceremony. You can exchange your vows on their private deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on their beach, or in their garden. This package starts at $1,550 per couple (Sunday through Thursday) and $1,750 per couple (Friday & Saturday) and includes:
  • Champagne toast, service & memory glasses
  • An hour with their favorite local photographer for a personal, one-on-two shoot
  • A small cake and cake service
  • Your choice of a bouquet and boutonniere OR a large arrangement for your room
  • A three-course dinner for two
  • Officiant
  • Breakfast in bed for two
  • A consultation with their Wedding Coordinator
This package rate does not include room charge or tax. This rate is also subject to change based on season booked. If interested, they ask that you contact Melissa at 707-962-2256 for a personal consultation. You can also go to their website at

The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
7051 North Highway One
Little River, CA
(800) 731-5525

Also located in Little River, The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek is the oldest resort on the Mendocino stretch of the North Coast. Close to all the great things the Mendocino coast has to offer: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens; town of Mendocino; Anderson Valley wineries; whale watching expeditions; horseback riding on the beach or through the redwoods.

The Inn offers both formal and casual weddings located on their 8 acres of Cypress groves, lush meadows and lovely flower gardens. While you can host a wedding their for up to 150 wedding guests, you can also have an outdoor elopement ceremony in the upper meadow, at one of their private cottages or cliffside cottages. They require a 2-night minimum stay, as well as a fee of $1,000, which includes:
  • Coordinator fees
  • Minister fees
  • Small bridal bouquet
  • Small cake
  • Champagne

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Budget Wedding Venue Near Santa Cruz

Couples wanting a budget destination wedding venue in the Santa Cruz area might want to consider the Best Western Scotts Valley Inn, located just 6 miles from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. They have a special wedding package which includes:

  • Complimentary room for the bride and groom for every 8 rooms booked
  • Summer Rates of $129 for 1 King Bed or $139 for 2 Queen Beds
  • Winter Rates of $109 for 1 King Bed or $119 for 2 Queen Beds
  • Complimentary Wedding Space
  • Daily Extended Complimentary Breakfast

All you need is your wedding officiant and you're set!

Aside from offering budget accommodations and complimentary wedding space, the Best Western Scotts Valley Inn is close to so many wonderful things for you and your guests to see and do:

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - steps from Santa Cruz beach, the Boardwalk includes two National Historic Landmarks - the 1911 Looff Carousel and 1924 Giant Dipper, a giant wood-framed roller coaster.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary - where you can spend the day kayaking, hiking, whale watching, fishing, sailing, surfing, and scuba diving.

Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad - just minutes from Scotts Valley, travel by steam train up a narrow-gauge track through the Big Trees to Bear Mountain or by beach train down the scenic San Lorenzo River to the beaches of Santa Cruz.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - home of the giant Redwood Grove. Hike, bike, go horseback riding. Discover trees that are 1,400 to 1,800 years old.

Valley Gardens Golf Course - executive, nine-hole course, located in Scotts Valley.

Contact info for Best Western Scotts Valley Inn :

Best Western Scotts Valley Inn
6020 Scott's Valley Drive
Scott's Valley, CA 95066
Phone: 831-438-6666 Fax: 831-439-8752

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Affordable Wedding Veils

With the economy slumping lately (okay, it's in the toilet), saving money on your wedding is something many of you are striving for. Every little bit helps, so I found a couple affordable bridal veils you may want to check out, if you're in the market for a bridal veil.

Allure Wedding Veil

Allure Wedding Veil


This look is classic with a finger-tip length cascading in a graceful fall. The classic cut means there are two layers to this veil, the top tier measures 30" with a 40" long bottom tier. Veil measures 72" wide. Price as shown is $73.00 in ivory with a .25" satin ribbon edge and no decoration.

Tiffany Wedding Veil

Tiffany Wedding Veil


This single tier wedding veil in your choice of seven subtle colors gives you minimal fullness on top, but plenty of playful swing at your elbow. Embellish with your choice of edge and a pretty decoration for a look that's uniquely you. Each veil measures 108" wide, 27" long and arrives with a comb attached. Price as shown is $69.99 in diamond white with a .25" ribbon edge and no decoration.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Botanical Garden Wedding in Berkeley

Looking for a garden wedding in the Bay Area? Give some thought to the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley, which contains over 12,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world.

Established in 1890, the Garden offers several different sites for your wedding, with hourly rental rates starting at $50 an hour for the Oak Knoll location, on up to $275 an hour on Saturdays for the Conference Center and the Stephen J. Mather Redwood Grove and Amphitheatre, which can accommodate up to 130 people. Other sites of interest include The Garden of Old Roses for intimate weddings up to 30 people.

In addition to the two-hour minimum site rental fee, there are also a few required fees, such as a cleaning and damage deposit, security staff and rental monitor.

The Garden is located at 200 Centennial Drive #5045 in Berkeley. You can check availability or make reservations by contacting:

Margie Richardson,
Rental Coordinator,
Fax: 510-642-5045

You can also take a virtual tour by going to: