What if you could enjoy an outdoor wedding in Sonoma County, surrounded by some of the region’s most beautiful forests, lakes, meadows and mountains? And what if the pleasure barely put a dent in your budget?
The dream can be reality, if you book your special day with Sonoma County Regional Parks. Costs vary, but day use fees begin as low as $55.
Besides gorgeous landscape, the parks are convenient - offering reservations staff to help you plan your special day, ample parking, and ADA accessible amenities.
Consider these luxuries: ceremonies in Wine Country parks can be large or intimate, but always personalized. Whether you want a simple ceremony for up to 25 guests in a little park in the Sonoma Valley, or a gala gathering for up to 150 in a redwood grove along the Russian River, there are many options to explore.
Receptions can be rather formal, or joyfully casual, centering around picnic areas and barbecue facilities. You can even host your rehearsal dinner in the park, with picnics, catered meals and barbecues.
Here are some parks to peruse, along with their amenities and guest capacities:
Set amid beautiful oaks and with backcountry trails along the prime bird-watching habitat of Atascadero Creek. Gazebo (25-75 guests); Oak Meadow (25-150); Volleyball Area (25-75).
Set in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, the 850-acre park includes oak woodlands, forests of mixed evergreens, ridges with sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, canyons, rolling hills, a shaded creek, and a pond. (25-75).
The park features a lovely redwood grove and two beautiful lakes. Redwood Grove (25-75).
Highlights include trails, meadows, and a 72-acre lake. Shady Oaks (25-99); Oak Knolls (50-150); Lower Jackrabbit (25-50); Upper Jackrabbit (25-50); North Lagoon (25-50).
Spanning 40 acres of riparian backcountry, the setting includes giant oaks, bay trees and nature trails winding through meadows and woods along Sonoma Creek. Maxwell Glen (25-99).
Bordered by hills between the Petaluma River and Sonoma, the 3,400 acre park boasts a seasonal lake, Tolay Creek, extensive grasslands, and open ridges with views of San Pablo Bay, the San Francisco skyline and Bay Area peaks. (25-99)
Details: Call (707) 565-2041 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and ask to speak with a reservations specialist. Or email [email protected].
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet