San Luis Obispo, California
So you’re newly engaged, YAY! Now what is one of the first things you start thinking about to jump start your wedding planning? A beautiful venue, because this is what will truly set the tone for your entire wedding day.
Below are a few questions that many brides will be asking themselves after becoming newly engaged, along with a list of some of the most beautiful wedding venues here on the Central Coast and what they have to offer.
HOW TO START THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE
First, identify where you and your fiancé want to get out of a venue space. Would you like to have a large wedding with lots of guests? Venues have guest capacity limits that can average anywhere between 50-500 people. Do you both want to be near each other when getting ready for the big day? Many venues have bridal suites and groom suites on the same site for this very purpose. Do you want indoor and outdoor options when it comes to the ceremony and reception space? Many couples love the idea of having an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, with an indoor space for the reception dinner when the weather cools down a bit in the evening. Do you guest accommodations on site? Some venues have a number of accommodations available for family and friends to utilize during your wedding weekend!
These are just a few things to think about when deciding on which venues to set up tours with. You can contact these venues and tell them about what you’re hoping for in terms of the space and they can inform you on what they are able to offer prior to your venue tour.
THE PERFECT RESOURCE FOR YOUR VENUE SEARCH
Consider bringing on a wedding planner to help you find the perfect venue for you. It is a planners job to be familiar all the local wedding venues, including some of the newest ones that may have’t even hit the map yet, and, they understand what each venue is able to offer couples. You can discuss some wedding design styles you love and your wedding planner will know which venues will create the perfect backdrop for your vision.
Your wedding planner will help you set up venue tours that work with your schedule, and many times tour the site with you, which is a great advantage since they will know all the right questions to ask the individual providing you with the tour.
Check out a few of San Luis Obispo’s favorite wedding planners here:
NOW ON TO 5 OF THE CENTRAL COAST’S MOST STUNNING WEDDING VENUES
AESTHETIC: An Italian style estate nestled among rolling hills and groves of oak trees. Property contains manicured lawns that back up to stunning oak trees and man-made cascading waterfalls.
ABOUT THE SPACE: Villa Loriana boasts a large, outdoor lawn space that hosts a groom’s cabin, as well as a large pergola often used for a ceremony space. The villa includes a majestic ballroom with high ceilings, the perfect space for a large indoor dining reception.
Villa Loriana can accommodate up to 20 guests between three villa suites (includes bridal suite) and the groom’s cottage. The suites have been mindfully designed with multiple bedrooms and kitchenettes in each.
GUEST CAPACITY: Indoor capacity is 350 people seated and 400 standing. Outdoor space can accommodate up to 400 guests.
II. LA LOMITA RANCH
AESTHETIC: California oaks encircle this lush Spanish style estate located in the Edna Valley coastal wine region. The pristine property is surrounded by vineyards and golden hills making the perfect backdrop for sunset wedding photos.
ABOUT THE SPACE: La Lomita Ranch has multiple spaces that can be utilized beautifully for a wedding. The Spanish style courtyard has a lovely tiled water fountain where guests can mingle and enjoy beautiful views of the pond and rolling hills that surround the property. The ranch has a large pavilion with massive doors on each side, which can open seamlessly to bring the outdoor space inside.
GUEST CAPACITY: Up to 400 guests.
III. HAMMERSKY VINEYARDS
AESTHETIC: HammerSky Vineyards is a distinctive property located in the westside region of Paso Robles, California. The venue can be described as quaint farmhouse luxury meets California wine country. There is also a beautiful tasting room on the property that boasts award winning wines. The farmhouse and tasting room is surrounded by 50 acres of rolling vineyards and meadows.
ABOUT THE SPACE: HammerSky Vineyards is perfect for intimate gatherings, with a beautifully restored farmhouse built in 1904, a petite white barn, and multiple lawn areas surrounded by oak trees and vineyards.
GUEST CAPACITY: Up to 100 outdoors.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rae Studio
Inspired by these beautiful wedding venues? If you’re planning a San Luis Obispo wedding, or anywhere else in California, Ashley Rae Studio would love to assist you with your wedding vision. We are a husband and wife team specializing in timeless and elegant wedding photography and cinematography. Let’s connect and get to know each other!