The proposal has been made and accepted. The phone calls to friends and loved ones have been made and the news has been shared. The ring has been shown off to anybody who happens to glance in the bride-to-be's direction.
That was the easy part.
Now the work begins. Where shall the happy couple spend their special day? It can’t be simply anywhere. The location of a wedding needs to tell part of the story of what this new partnership will be going forward. It needs to fit perfectly with the personality of the couple.
Because there are thousands upon thousands of locations to choose from, the task of finding that "perfect place" is quite the daunting one. In order to try and lighten that load a bit, we've gone ahead and done a lot of the leg work for you, compiling a list of ten of the most interesting and unique potential locations for your wedding in the greater San Francisco area.
Each one of the following sites brings something unique to the table, so there's bound to be at least one that speaks to you.
If you're looking for a taste of India, this is the perfect location for you.
This is one of the few sites that has an experienced staff and kitchen that specializes in traditional Indian wedding, both on the menu and in the cultural presentation.
Grooms can enter the ceremony atop baraat horses while sitar music provides the perfect atmosphere for a wedding experience that none of your guests will ever forget.
You never know what to expect in this art-filled space in the Ironworks District, but regardless of the exhibit going on at the time of your affair, you can bet the environment will be unique to your special day and full of eye-catching interesting objects.
If you want your wedding to be hip and cutting-edge, then this is the place for you.
Silicon Valley Capital Club
After undergoing a $2.8 million renovation, this site is about as luxurious as it gets in the Bay Area.
Complete with a 360-degree view from atop the Knight Ridder Building in San Jose, you can exchange your vows beneath the stars and truly feel the sensation of being "on top of the world."
Chardonnay Golf Club
In the heart of wine country, and surrounded by miles and miles of vineyards, this location provides couples with a scenic location perfect for picture-taking.
It is so far-removed from any residential area, you'll feel like you've been transported to magical place created just for you.
Poplar Creek Grill
Located on a golf course and surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, the true highlight of holding your wedding here will likely be the menu.
Executive Chef Scott Kendig is on hand to fit the food to your taste.
Be it the grilled salmon, chicken piccata or pasta primavera, the delectable dishes will have your guests buzzing.
Kaiser Roof Garden
One of Oakland's most stunning locations, you can get married while surrounded by the natural beauty of these gardens, nearly three acres worth, while enjoying a breathtaking view of Lake Merritt below.
If the weather doesn't want to cooperate, the party can be moved into the Garden Room, rescuing your special day from the elements without taking away any of the ambience.
Silver Creek Valley Country Club
With the rolling hills of San Jose as the tableau, the floor-to-ceiling windows that you'll find at this venue are sure to take your breath away.
That's where your reception will take place, but the ceremony itself will be held at the base of a waterfall. If you love the outdoors, then the beauty of this site will certainly deliver.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Special attention to your affair is what you'll get here, as this fine facility frees up its schedule, making your wedding the one and only event on the calendar on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
They'll also connect you with all the vendors and caterers you'll need to eliminate as much of the stress and legwork involved in planning your big day as possible.
Diablo Ranch Events
Hidden amid the trees on beautiful Mt. Diablo, this site is yours for the taking.
Party well into the wee hours of the morning at a location where most of the decorating has already been taken care of by Mother Nature herself.
You can even request a fire pit for a marshmallow roast if that's how the mood strikes you. Few sites are as accommodating as Diablo Ranch.
City of Campbell Community Center
Some people might not think to consider a municipal building like this, but the Orchard City Banquet Hall hidden inside this edifice is perfect for affairs of up to 300-400 guests.
It also can be had at a fraction of the cost of most reception facilities.
With all of the perks at a fraction of the cost, what’s not to like?