A land rich in vineyards and wineries, Temecula is a haven for couples looking for wedding venues close to Los Angeles, yet aesthetically far from the urban-esque venues typically offered in the city. Adding to the appeal of this charming nature-filled valley are historic buildings, sprawling golf courses, impressive mountain vistas, and a Mediterranean-like climate that offers pleasant weather year round. If you’re drawn to the idea of a venue that feels like a remote oasis that’s a world unto itself, search no further than Temecula Valley.
Set amongst the beauty of Temecula Valley is Temecula Creek Inn, the ideal location to create nuptials that are a mix of fairytale-whimsy and rustic elegance. Nature is at the forefront of all ceremony and reception sites at this sprawling estate, which include the Stone House and The Meadows. The Stone House is adjacent to the inn’s championship golf course, and includes a stone cottage built in the 1800s. Surrounding the quaint structure are century-old oak trees and two landscaped lawns connected by footbridges. The Meadows in another tranquil outdoor space and features a ceremony lawn, tree-lined reception area, dance floor, and an arbor-covered lounge complete with couches, fire pits and swinging chairs. Adding to the high caliber of this wedding venue is the on-site culinary team headed by an award-winning Executive Chef. This team works with couples to craft customized menus featuring local ingredients and purveyors.
Typical Cost: $10,000 to $15,000
Bonus: This is one of the only Temecula Valley wedding venues that offers a full bar.
Nestled in a secluded canyon are manicured lawns, seasonal gardens, massive granite boulders offering one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, and a tapestry of 100-year-old oak trees that allow Temecula Creek Cottages to provide a dreamy wedding site for lovers of the outdoors. Ceremonies are performed directly in front of the canyon wall on a platform that allows guests to see every love-filled moment of the nuptials. This backdrop is unlike any you’ll find in the area, as the mosaic of boulders is a powerful display of nature. In addition, a canopy of trees and hanging lights adds a touch of whimsy to the ceremony. After the I do’s, guests will easily relocate to the outdoor reception area that serves as a blank canvas for couples to express their unique style preferences upon.
Typical Cost: $6,500 to $8,000
Bonus: There are six fully-furnished cottages that can be rented overnight.
Glamour, elegance and romance abound at these palatial vineyards that are located on over 315 acres and surrounded by commanding mountains. As one would expect from a wedding venue of this size, there are numerous event spaces, in addition to seemingly endless locations for photos that range from grand fountains and a path lined with Spartan Junipers, to a foliage-covered trellis and vast rows of lush vines. Event spaces include outdoor sites like a hilltop overlooking the vineyards, in addition to the winery’s gardens, plazas and Italian-inspired terraces, all of which are emanating old world charm. For those desiring an indoor reception, Mount Palomar’s expansive Barrel Room features a gracefully draped ceiling, dazzling chandeliers, and twinkle lights.
Typical Cost: $15,000 to $19,000
Bonus: All wedding packages include a six-month wine club membership.
360-degree views of Temecula Wine Country, Mediterranean architecture, winding paths through English gardens, and other thoughtful touches, make the 10-acre Villa de Amore one of the most classic locations to pledge your love in the Temecula area. Event spaces include a site overlooking the vineyards, a courtyard surrounded by groomed gardens and a spacious ballroom with large doors opening to various outdoor areas of the venue. And then there are the photos. Details such as a massive swing chair, archways, wrought iron features, intricate tile work, and fountains are mixed in with the dynamic mix of Southern California foliage to provide stunning photo backdrops.
This venue is truly a one-stop-shop as wedding packages include gourmet catering, DJ, flowers, photography, a cake, minister, day-of-coordinators, professional wedding designer, venue decorations and props, event staff, lighting, gratuity and taxes. And offering extra energy to the late night merry-makers is a fully loaded taco cart.
Typical Cost: $15,995 to $20,995 for all-inclusive wedding packages
Bonus: A professional pianist is provided during the pre ceremony and cocktail hour.
A more contemporary venue compared to the other vineyards on this list, Calloway Vineyard & Winery is a chic environment that provides an outdoor ceremony space featuring sweeping views that are particularly spectacular at sunset. For receptions, there are numerous sites to choose from, including a bi-level outdoor vineyard terrace, a courtyard and the large barrel room with soaring ceilings. Venue rates include getting ready suites, china, glassware, and flatware, event planning, tables, chairs, linens, setup and cleanup, servers, an altar and arches, barware, in-house catering, beverage packages and other services you can add on. This is the spot for couples who want urban-chic and Mother Nature to harmoniously converge.
Typical Cost: $17,000 to $23,000
Bonus: The service. Couples rave about how attentive the staff is at this first-rate venue.
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Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.