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Our Top Tips for Planning a Central Coast Wedding

When picking a wedding venue, many find themselves choosing the beautiful gem of California’s Central Coast as their destination.  From vineyards to oceanfront hotels, ranches to churches, the variety of venues available on the Central Coast mean that you can easily live your dream wedding theme.  We know that planning a wedding is difficult but with these tips and tricks, you can rest assured that your Central Coast wedding will go off without a hitch!

Venues: Ocean vs. Winery?

The first question you should ask yourself before planning a Central Coast wedding is ocean or wine country? On the Central Coast, the ocean and wine country are only twenty minutes apart, but it is important to choose which area will best fit your wedding theme.

An oceanfront hotel venue is great for a California beach themed wedding. Especially because using a hotel offers the total package: views, rooms for guests, and other amenities. If the wedding is child-friendly, the Avila Lighthouse Suites and Shore Cliff Hotel, are perfect family-friendly venues. For a more serene venue, a wedding in wine country is ideal. Located in downtown Paso Robles, the historic Paso Robles Inn offers on-site catering, local craft beers, and award-winning wine.

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Shore Cliff Hotel | Areeg Spencer Weddings
Paso Robles Inn | Photo: Kristyn Villars Photography
Paso Robles Inn | Photo: Kristyn Villars Photography

 

Consider Seasons

Your venue is dependent on the season of your wedding. Beachfront weddings are romantic in the Summer, but not so enjoyable when the weather is windy or below 70 degrees. If you’re planning a Winter or Spring wedding here on the Central Coast, you can still enjoy the oceanfront ambiance by choosing a venue with both indoor and outdoor options like the versatile Point San Luis Banquet Room and Patio at Avila Lighthouse Suites.

For weddings in wine country, vineyards are breathtakingly beautiful but may fall victim to the more extreme weather conditions typical for the Paso Robles climate. Luckily, the Paso Robles Inn provides two options for your fairytale: outdoor in the lush gardens or inside in the Grand Ballroom. Know which season you would like to have your wedding in and choose which venue and what area would work best!

Avila Lighthouse Suites | Photo: Cameron Ingalls
Avila Lighthouse Suites | Photo: Cameron Ingalls
Paso Robles Inn | Photo: Kristyn Villars Photography
Paso Robles Inn | Photo: Kristyn Villars Photography

 

Embrace Local Vendors

When planning your wedding on the Central Coast, there is evidently a lot more to consider than just venue. Luckily there are a plethora of vendors and companies that can assist you with photography/videography, food, hair & makeup, and much more. For a great photo op, you can rent a classic car from this local company that offers colorful retro cars that look fantastic on camera. Overwhelmed and want more specific details on each vendor? Click here.

Paso Robles Inn | Cameron Ingalls

 

It’s your day, enjoy it!

Ultimately, your wedding is about you and your significant other. Though it is easy to try to please everyone, it is important to focus on yourself and your wants as well! Let our hotels, local vendors and the Central Coast help you in making your wedding the perfect day!

Avila Lighthouse Suites | Photo: SLOTOGRAPHY
Avila Lighthouse Suites | Photo: SLOTOGRAPHY

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