Elopement Packages from California Inns
SACRAMENTO, CA [June 2, 2016]--As purveyors of romance, many California B&Bs and boutique hotels are ideal destinations for elopements and small weddings: couples can exchange vows in an intimate garden surrounded by beautiful blooms, amid a majestic forest, or on a bluff overlooking the ocean. There are more than 100 members of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) that offer wedding services. Many of the inns also offer elopement packages to save couples the time, money and the stress of planning a wedding.
Say ‘I do’ surrounded by majestic cedars and pines at the McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast Inn near Yosemite. The romantic mountain lodge specializes in elopements and small weddings, with packages ranging from $495 to $2,495. Their “Just for the Two” package includes a wedding consultant, minister, ceremony and a champagne toast. The “Wedding and Honeymoon” package includes all of the above plus a rose bouquet, boutonnière and two nights' lodging with a gourmet breakfast, wine and appetizers. The “Dreams Come True” package includes everything in the “Wedding and Honeymoon” package, but with a ceremony for up to either 15 or 30 guests, custom engraved champagne flutes and a wedding cake with cake service. For details, call 209-586-0757.
Exchange vows beneath a heritage oak in El Dorado County’s charming vineyard-draped countryside at Lucinda’s Country Inn. The inn’s affordable elopement package is just $800 and includes a two-night stay in a private cottage, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a small wedding cake, sparkling wine for the toast, the minister’s fee, a five-course dinner for the newlywed couple in the inn’s candlelit dining room and a full breakfast each morning. The inn takes care of all of the details; the couple only has to decide the flavor of the wedding cake and the color of the flowers. Additional rooms for guests are available in the main house starting at $185 per night. For more details and to start planning, call 530-409-4169.
On a remote stretch of Highway One near the Lost Coast, the Westport Hotel is a handsomely-restored, historic hotel with an affordable and elegant elopement package through Elope Mendocino. The Simply Westport elopement package includes vow creation with a bridal bouquet, boutonniere and a bag of petals from a local flower farm, an experienced officiant, an elegant wedding cake, one hour of professional photography, a bottle of wine, two keepsake flutes, a fruit and cheese pairing, a private four-course dinner with local wine and locally-sourced ingredients, and glorious views next to a cozy fireplace. The package price is $1,395 for up to six guests, excluding lodging. For more details, call 707-964-3688.
Elope to Southern California’s Island of Romance--Catalina Island--with a decadent package from Aurora Hotel and Spa. The hotel’s Elope to Catalina Package is ideal for couples looking to escape the mayhem of wedding planning and stay in one of the island’s most luxurious suites. The package includes two nights in the Aurora Suite, a bottle of wine, dinner for two, a one-hour couples’ massage, bouquet of flowers, wedding officiant, round-trip transportation aboard the Catalina Express and taxi service to and from the hotel. Package rates vary by season. Call the hotel at 310-510-0454 elopement package rates and more details.
The Zen-inspired Tradewinds Carmel offers intimate elopement options for couples in the romantic hamlet of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Choose to exchange vows in the courtyard garden beside the tranquil Buddha fountain or from the privacy of the couple’s guestroom balcony with ocean views. The inn’s elopement package includes two nights in a luxurious king room, a wedding officiant, bouquet and boutonniere, champagne, two 60-minute in-room massages, a $100 dining certificate to an excellent restaurant in downtown Carmel and two of the inn’s signature kimono robes. Package rate start at $2,375, plus tax. A photographer may be added for an additional fee. For more details, call 831-624-2776.
Inn at Occidental offers an intimate setting for a Sonoma wine country wedding with towering redwoods, enchanting gardens, a wraparound veranda and an eclectic collection of American folk art. The inn’s Elopement package offers all the wedding essentials with a wedding coordinator to assist with every detail. The package includes a two-night stay in courtyard room, ceremony for up to eight guests, non-denominational minister, one-hour photo session, wedding bouquet and boutonniere, wedding cake and champagne, artisanal cheese platter and bottle of Sonoma County Pinot Noir in room upon arrival, and a gift basket to mark the special day. Package rates for the couple start at $2,600; upgrades and additional nights may be added. Rooms for guests are not included in the package price. For more details, call 707-874-1047.
Exchange vows against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean at the Elk Cove Inn & Spa on the Mendocino coast. The inn offers an Effortless Elopement Package that takes all of the stress out of planning a wedding. The package includes use of the inn’s gingerbread-crowned gazebo overlooking the ocean for the ceremony, an officiant, a bouquet of seasonal flowers and matching boutonniere, a wedding photographer and a disc of digital photos, a wedding cake for two, silver service champagne tray to toast the nuptials and two nights’ accommodations in one of the inn’s oceanfront luxury suites. The elopement package is $2,850. Call 800-275-2967 for details and reservations.
The on-site wedding coordinator at the Lavender Inn in Ojai works with couples to custom-design intimate elopement packages to suit their tastes. The packages can be customized for ceremonies for up to 12 people and include a wedding officiant, wedding bouquet and boutonniere, champagne, strawberries and a one-hour photography session. Couples can stay in the inn’s private bridal cottage and have breakfast delivered each morning. The cottage features a spacious bedroom, living room with French doors that open to a private yard, fireplace, two televisions and a kitchenette. Call 805-646-6635 for package pricing and more details.
Couples can celebrate their love at a grand Victorian mansion in the Ferndale. The Gingerbread Mansion Inn offers an affordable elopement getaway package with many extras. The package includes use of the English gardens or one of the mansion’s parlors for the ceremony, wedding planning assistance and event coordination, a two or more night stay in the inn’s best available room, a bottle of wine or champagne, afternoon tea time with appetizers and wine for the bride and groom, turndown service with handmade chocolates, a fresh gourmet breakfast each morning, access to the inn’s bottomless cookie jar, and a gift from the mansion as a memento of the couples’ special day. The package is $299 plus the room rate. For room rates and more details, call 707-786-4000.
To find more elopement and wedding destination inns in California, visit www.cabbi.com/weddings.
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