How We Picked Our Wedding Venue

This is the first post in a new series called Everything Wedding. As you may know, my fiancé Eddie and I are planning our wedding and will get married in June 2020. As I’ve been planning, I’ve found other wedding blog posts about the process really helpful and inspiring. Follow along as we plan the wedding of my Pinterest boat dreams.

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Soon after Eddie and I got engaged in December 2018 I started researching wedding venues.  Getting married at Lake Tahoe was my dream but all of the venues were way out of our budget.  Many venues were over $5,000 for the location itself and then you had food and beverage minimums that you had to buy from the venue that were over $10,000.  That was just too expensive for us.

By January I had decided that we should get married in Amador County Wine Country.  We decided on this because there were a few vineyards that had beautiful outdoor areas with ponds and grass.  Plus the vineyards were much cheaper than anything we had found in Lake Tahoe.  

Since we were still a year and a half out from the wedding, I didn’t contact either of the two vineyards we were considering about booking a wedding.  I wasn’t too worried because I found online that both vineyards did weddings.  We visited the vineyards in July and after our visit I emailed them about availability and pricing.  Turns out both vineyards had stopped doing weddings!  

At this point I was frustrated because these seemed like the only beautiful outdoor venues in our price range in our area.  I continued looking online for venues for the next few nights and eventually stumbled upon the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion in Lake Tahoe.  

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The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion looks like a woodsy castle straight out of a fairytale. I’m not the bride who wants to be a princess, but the beautiful grounds will be perfect for the reception. Plus we will have the ceremony on the lake.

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Since the mansion is inside Sugar Pine Point State Park, the venue wasn’t too expensive. We also opted to have our wedding on a Friday in order to save $1,250. So our venue will only cost $3,500, which includes the lakefront ceremony location and the reception location. At this location we also can pick all of our own vendors so we don’t have to get stuck purchasing everything from the venue.

All in all the wedding venue selection process didn't go as we planned. But we ended up with our dream venue. We can’t wait to get married here!

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