A Lavish Yet Affordable Wedding at Depot Hotel
A Wine Country wedding is often considered a glamorous (and perhaps expensive) affair--yet in Sonoma County it’s easy to enjoy a budget wedding with all the bells and whistles, and plenty of luxury, too.
At Depot Hotel in downtown Sonoma, wedding packages are straightforward and all inclusive, with no hidden fees. And importantly, the hotel’s in-house event team enjoys planning unique, personalized weddings, so that every couple can celebrate the big day in their own unique style.
“No matter how many special events we do, we always remember that this is a most important day in the life of the bride and groom,” said Depot’s event manager Gia Ghilarducci.
As an estate boasting a hotel, restaurant, and garden on a quiet street one block north of the historic Sonoma Plaza, all your wedding needs are conveniently in a single location. From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony, reception, guest accommodations, and even the honeymoon, your group need never leave the property.
With minimums of just 50 to 80 guests, events can be intimate, or you can expand to a larger party of 150 guests. And all the essentials are included, such as full wedding planning services, day-of management, completely private use of the entire venue indoors and out, all service staff including cake cutting, and rehearsal venue.
The fun stuff is included, as well, such as the hotel’s European-trained chef Antonio Ghilarducci directing your banquet, a sound engineer-designed music system, a covered poolside dancing terrace, and dramatic Italian copper space heaters if needed.
The spaces are dressed with white market umbrellas, votive candles in white chimneys, tables and chairs (indoors and outdoors) topped with white linen tablecloths and napkins, European-style flatware, white china, and glassware.
As another bonus, your wedding includes complimentary parking for 500 vehicles.
Of course, budget isn’t the couple’s only consideration. The Depot speaks of luxury, set in a beautifully restored plum-stone building that used to be an 1870-era train depot, and is now a Valley of the Moon landmark. The restaurant, meanwhile, boasts a country-inn style decor with upscale accents of gold and cream, Italian china, Venetian tapestries, and a back wall of glass overlooking a garden.
That garden is spectacular, too, done with topiary, flowers, and terraces surrounding a central reflection pool and sparkling fountain. There’s also an outdoor fireplace, arbor, private bar, and pergola surrounded by Tuscan-style stucco walls.
Really, the only planning you need to do is select your menus within your desired tastes and price range. You might want a buffet in themes of Wine Country, French, Tuscan, or Venetian. You may prefer a plated dinner, with options such as roasted beet salad with Laura Chenel goat cheese followed by grilled petit mignon with roasted fingerling potatoes, spinach, and tomato truffle fonduta paired with butter-poached wild gulf prawns, plus a dessert of dark chocolate cannoli with candied ginger and orange zest.
Then simply add on your own flowers, wedding cake, live music or DJ, and photographer services. Voila, a wedding is born.
Details: 241 1st Street W., Sonoma, 707-938-2980, depotsonoma.com.