Top Elopement Package for Romantic Wine Country Wedding

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Top Elopement Package for Romantic Wine Country Wedding

Besides the cost of a wedding, finding a place to host it lists as the top stressor for most wedding couples. So more and more, brides and grooms are taking an innovative approach and eloping. 

Pretty much any place will do for an elopement, since you can get married anywhere as long as you have an ordained officiant and at least one witness to sign the marriage license. Plus the permission of the property owner, of course, should you decide to hold the ceremony in a place like a vineyard, orchard or art museum.

In a twist, modern elopements usually have invited guests, and are scheduled in advance (no more sneaking out of the house with your beau, as in decades past). The real purpose is to simply keep the gathering simple.

Such was the inspiration for the "Simplicity" elopement package at the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville. In fact, Brides magazine called the boutique destination The No. 1 Place to Elope in Wine Country.

"It's the solution for the bride and groom looking for a romantic wine country location without many of the hassles that come with a large wedding," said the hotel's co-owner Catherine Bartolomei. "Designed so our couples can enjoy the time leading up to their special day, the elopement package includes all the must-haves." 

That means services of a wedding coordinator, a non-denominational minister, and a professional photographer, as well as a bouquet for the bride and a boutonniere for the groom. 

Or, consider the Farmhouse Luxury Wedding Package, which in addition to everything above, also includes:

  • A bottle of local wine (your choice of red or white) and a savory bite delivered to your room in anticipation of your arrival
  • Michelin starred four-course dinner with wine pairings at the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant for up to 14 people
  • Artisan wedding cake
  • Romantic in-room candlelight tub turn-down service with candles all around the tub, romantic music, and a bottle of  Champagne on ice, all waiting for you when you return from dinner
  • A relaxing 60-minute couples massage in the spa
  • A two-course breakfast for two prepared by the estate chef 

If you want, the inn's concierge team can help you craft a customized itinerary for you and your guests, with exclusive wine tasting sessions and tours at Iron Horse Vineyards, Joseph Jewell Wines, and other acclaimed Russian River Valley wineries, as well as strolling under ancient trees at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve or discovering the unique stores at The Barlow center in nearby Sebastopol

And the icing on the cake? Since the weddings are tiny, Farmhouse reservation dates tend to be much more flexible than large venues.

Details: Farmhouse Inn, 7871 River Road, Forestville.

Find more info about Weddings, Romantic Getways, Things to Do, and Wineries in Sonoma County.

Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet