If you’re planning a simple elopement, a large destination wedding, or another celebration, the wine country north of San Francisco provides an idyllic setting. Between the rolling hills of Sonoma County and the miles of lush vines in Napa Valley, tapestries of wedding venues that are both affordable and high-quality abound.
Whether you’re seeking a relaxed, chardonnay-soaked experience or sophisticated nuptials, here are five surprisingly affordable Sonoma and Napa wedding venues to help you kickstart the wine country wedding of your dreams.
1. Sonoma: Flying Cloud Farm
A Petaluma gem, Flying Cloud Farm encompasses 33 acres in the Sonoma Mountain foothills and offers spectacular spaces for alfresco ceremonies and romantic indoor receptions.
An enchanting location for an intimate wedding ceremony, the courtyard features a brick aisle, soaring trees, and an arbor that can be draped with flowers or flowing fabrics. You can also pledge your love on the sprawling garden lawn that’s surrounded by lush foliage and wine country views.
When it’s time to wine and dine, flow to the Flying Cloud banquet hall where a neutral color scheme will complement your wedding decor. If you’re hosting a smaller wedding or just want more space to celebrate, you can use the Bar & Barrel Room that wows with dramatic ambiance.
The venue’s affordable wedding packages also simplify planning. They include site access, day-of coordinators, all rentals, food, a cake, servers, and a DJ. Additionally, the venue provides a Bride’s Salon so you and your wedding party can prepare for the celebration in comfort.
Typical Cost: $2,600 – $7,200
Bonus: The venue has a world-class equestrian center, allowing couples with a passion for horses to indulge in a ride. Some couples also choose to take photos atop these graceful creatures.
2. Napa: Hotel Villagio
Nestled in Yountville, Hotel Villagio is a captivating venue imbued with modern glamour and distinctive details. Boasting a “naughty-meets-nice vibe,” this Napa Valley hotel accommodates edgy, pre-wedding celebrations and unforgettable ceremonies and receptions.
The 15,265-square-foot Pavilion at The Vintage Estate is the most popular ceremony space. It dazzles with terraced gardens, verdant lawns, and a covered, gazebo-style stage — not to mention the brick walkways and tranquil fountains. You can also host a Secret Garden-esque reception under the Pavilion.
After saying “I do,” migrate to the 2,470-square-foot Barrel Room. Surrounded by exposed brick, here is where you’ll toast to your union under the warm glow of vintage, wrought-iron chandeliers.
When you need a break from dancing and merrymaking, head to the adjoining outdoor lawn that sparkles under market lights and far-off constellations.
Typical Cost: $3,000 – $12,000 for ceremony and reception
Bonus: To keep you entertained between celebrations, the hotel’s concierge can arrange a round of golf at the Chardonnay Golf Club, or a hot air balloon tour over Napa Valley.
3. Sonoma: Villa Chanticleer
Located on 17 acres in Sonoma County, Healdsburg’s Villa Chanticleer was built in 1910 and has been hosting weddings for over a century.
One of the dreamiest locations for an outdoor ceremony in Sonoma Wine Country, the venue’s sweeping Villa Gardens offers a large, manicured lawn backed by a woodland of Redwoods. A brick aisle also leads to a gazebo where you’ll exchange your vows in front of your nearest and dearest.
The big day continues in the Dining Room where you’ll enjoy picture windows revealing spellbinding views of Alexander Valley and Geyser Peak. You can also choose the Ballroom for your reception. It features windows framing the nearby veranda and lawn, as well as the hillside coated in oaks, maples, and bay laurel trees.
Typical Cost: $350 – $7,500
Bonus: Caterers will adore the modern commercial kitchen that’s easily accessible from the Dining Room and Ballroom.
4. Napa: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
A picturesque country setting, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is located in the rolling hills northeast of Santa Rosa. This bucolic Napa Valley wedding venue offers a mix of indoor and outdoor event spaces, making it ideal for an affordable wine country wedding at any time of year.
During balmier seasons, couples wanting a rustic-chic outdoor wedding will adore the venue’s vineyard and garden settings, which include the Pergola, Apple Meadow, Walnut Tree, and Lawn.
The Barn is the choice for an indoor wedding reception, as it has an open layout and expansive views of the vineyard. If you want to feature the cosmos in your reception, select the lawn. It offers special touches like a covered patio, stage, smoker, and live firepit.
Meanwhile, the exquisite farm-to-table dishes, made with ingredients from the onsite edible garden, also adds to the charm. This is the wedding venue for you if you’re craving laidback vibes with a splash of elegance.
Typical Cost: Starts at $8,000 for ceremony and reception
Bonus: The venue’s onsite wedding planners tailor the wedding packages to match your unique needs, budget, style, and personality.
5. Napa: Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club is an ideal option for couples wanting a sophisticated wedding day without a lavish price tag. Upon entering the club, you’re met with posh details like dark wood paneling, a baby grand piano, a floor-to-ceiling stone-faced fireplace, and French doors.
After enjoying the classy interiors, you can tie the knot on the Ceremony Green, offering views of Northern California’s unfettered natural beauty. Or you can opt for the enclosed Pavilion that acts as a clean canvas for your wedding style.
The clubhouse often plays host to wedding receptions, as it centers on high windows overlooking the 18-hole golf course and ridges beyond. Creamy-white walls accentuated by white wainscoting, large potted plants, and paintings of farmlands and country buildings also enhance the polished environment.
Typical Cost: Ceremony fee starts at $1,500; rental fees start at $3,000
Bonus: Skilled chefs can create a menu to suit any food preferences and dietary needs. They specialize in American, Caribbean, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Indian, local, and Southwestern cuisine.