Kimmi Cranes is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer specializing in capturing vibrant and candid portraits that tell the story of your day.
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Imagine getting married on a gorgeous terrace with the backdrop of wine country and sipping impeccable wines with your family and friends at sunset. Sounds like a dream right? Well, you can make this wedding fantasy come true by hosting your ceremony at a Napa Valley wedding venue. The rolling vineyards and historic estates in this region are known for producing some of the best wines in the world.
Yes, you can have a Napa wedding ceremony. However, due to the Winery Definition Ordinance enacted in 1989, there are only a few wineries allowed to operate as an event space as they were grandfathered in.
For a wedding with approximately 100 guests, you can expect to pay (on the low end) around $13,000 to $18,000. This price tag is solely for the Napa vineyard wedding venue and does not include other expenses including catering, wine tasting, décor, accommodation, and a Napa wedding photographer.
You should get quotes on all of the above to be sure that everything is within your budget.
While hosting a Napa wedding ceremony may be one to remember, it definitely comes with a higher price tag. You should be ready to pay top-dollar to have a magical wedding ceremony in one of the world’s most coveted destinations for wine tasting and vineyards.
There are a variety of vineyards, wineries, golf clubs, and resorts that allow wedding ceremonies in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Napa wedding ceremonies are notoriously known to be more expensive and luxurious. Meanwhile, Sonoma wedding ceremonies are more affordable. For this reason, we’ve included a wide range of Napa Valley wedding venues to browse through in the list below. This includes smaller towns such as Calistoga, Rutherford, St. Helena, Yountville, and Oakville.
If you are wondering if you can have your Napa wedding ceremony and reception at one winery, we recommend that you ask the Napa wedding venue directly. It is important that you check if the winery is in fact grandfathered in with the Winery Definition Ordinance. This means that they are legally allowed to use their winery as an event space and can host your wedding ceremony along with your Napa wedding reception. Be sure to ask the winery if they are in compliance with the ordinance. You will find that a number of wineries will not let you have your ceremony, just your wedding reception.
If you are planning on getting married in Napa Valley, it is best to consider booking hotels in advance as Napa and the surrounding areas are heavily visited by tourists. You should let your guests know about the possible traffic that may occur so that they can plan accordingly and make it to your wedding ceremony on time.
In addition, you should be wary about hosting your wedding at an Airbnb or VRBO rental. They may entice you by saying you can hold a small wedding ceremony and allow your guests to stay overnight. As great as this may sound, many of these short-term rentals do not have the proper permits to host events. They will most likely say that they are only renting out the rooms and that you are having a wedding reception. This will make you liable for not having the proper permits for hosting your wedding ceremony and potentially ruin your wedding day.
Marriage licenses can be obtained at the Napa County Clerk’s office. They are located at 1127 1st Street Suite A Napa, CA 94559. Their business hours are Monday to Thursdays from 8AM to 5PM. Please note they are closed to the public on Fridays. For more information, please visit the Marriage License info on the County website or contact the office via phone at (707) 253-4247.
Kimmi Cranes is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who offers all-inclusive wedding photography packages, engagement photoshoots, elopement photography and family portraits. Based in South Lake Tahoe, she’s more than happy to travel and capture your special event in the surrounding areas of San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa. She loves to explore the outdoors and take photos of people in front of breathtaking landscapes. Her photos craft a beautiful story of love, excitement, and emotions to be remembered for years to come.
We strive to be the best documentary wedding photographers in Lake Tahoe.
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