Livermore is blessed with scenic vineyard views and exquisite wineries that make wonderful wedding destinations. We scoured Yelp pages, visited a couple of venues, and came back to present you 5 perfect wedding venues in Livermore. From small wineries to venues that can handle large crowds, these are five of the most beautiful venues Livermore has to offer.
1. Murrieta’s Well: The Fairytale Winery
Off of Tesla, down windy Mines Road, is a small picturesque winery. As soon as you cross over the bridge and see the old stone building rise before you, you know you’re in a special place. Steep, dramatic hills covered in grape vines envelop the property and give visitors a sense of intimacy and magic.
Murrieta’s Well was built in 1884 by Louis Mel, a French businessman who named it after Joaquin Murrieta, a famous bandito who used to water his horses at the natural spring. Louis Mel used the tall stone building for gravity flow style of winemaking, in which wine underwent a different part of the wine-making process on each floor, from top to bottom. The winery was sold to Ernest Wente during Prohibition Era and has remained in the Wente family ever since.
If you love buildings made out of natural materials, there’s a lot to love at Murrieta’s Well, with its stone exterior and wood-walled tasting room. In front of the tasting room is the beautifully landscaped Vineyard Terrace, which would make a great outdoor location for the ceremony. Catering is provided by Wente, and there’s a full kitchen on-site, so you know the food’s going to be top quality.
Price range: $1000-$5000 (plus $80-$90 a person for food)
Max capacity: 110 people
2. Casa Real: The Spanish Mansion
Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery is hands-down the height of style when it comes to weddings in Livermore. If you’re looking for some serious high-class glamour, look no further: this venue has giant mahogany doors, lanterns, chandeliers, fountains, rose gardens, a half-flight staircase in the entrance hall for dramatic entrances. The ceremony could take place in the outdoor Sun Garden, or in front of the humongous limestone fireplace in the Amber Room. The reception would be held in the Grand Salon, which has dramatic lighting, arches, and a classic tiled floor.
Casa Real has in-house catering, which Casa Real’s Yelp reviews indicate is fabulous, and I was surprised to find the cost is about the same as smaller and more casual venues. If you want to do a royal or Hollywood theme for your wedding (or you just want to party like a celebrity), you can’t go wrong with this massive and decadent venue.
Price range: $1000-$5000 (plus $100 a person for food)
Max Capacity: 320 people
3. Crooked Vine: The Cozy, Green Winery
Crooked Vine is a great place to tie the knot (I can verify that, I got married here in October!). It goes for a similar rustic aesthetic as Murrieta’s Well, but would say it feels darker and more lush where MW is sunny and expansive. When you pull up to the front, you see the building which houses the tasting room. Behind that is the ceremony garden and outdoor eating area, and behind that is the barrel room. With this layout, the outdoor area is protected on both sides from the wind. The garden is lush and green, with a romantic wooden altar that comes in handy if you want to hang some flowers or a chuppah. The barrel room is where Crooked Vine ages its wines. It has a nice yeasty smell and is great for dancing.
Crooked Vine does not have a kitchen on site or in-house caterer, so you will need to find your own caterer, but they provide you with a list of their favorite vendors and a wedding co-ordinator to help you set up vendors and make sure everything goes smoothly on your big day.
Price range: $3500 – 5000
Max capacity: 100 people
4. Ravenswood Historical Site: The Victorian Estate
Ravenswood is a city-owned historical site, and it’s a bargain for anyone who can prove residency in Livermore. It consists of a big white Victorian house on a 32-acre park with lots of trees and grass. The house is in front, the park is on the left, and the gazebo where the ceremony could take place is in the back of the house (although you could also use the corridor of trees in the park, or even the patio in front of the house if you have a small wedding). There is no shortage of beautiful backgrounds for pictures here, with the gorgeous house, gazebo, and greenery.
Ravenswood was built by Christopher A. Buckley, Sr., also known as “Blind Boss Buckley”. Buckley was instrumental to the Democratic Party in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century. It is said that after he went blind, he would memorize city ordinances after having them read to him and he could recognize someone by their handshake. The house was restored in the 1970s and is extremely well-preserved. Guided tours are held every second and fourth Sunday from 12-4pm if you’d like to go have a look.
Price range: $500-$3000 (depending on date and residency status)
Max capacity: 70 people seated indoors, 150 outdoors
5. Shrine Event Center: The Blank Slate
What this venue lacks in scenery, it makes up for in versatility. The 7,000 square foot Lindbergh Ballroom has white walls, white floors, and white fabric swags on the ceiling, so lighting and decoration can customize the space to reflect any theme you can imagine. The venue is also a popular destination for business conferences and exhibitions, so there are a lot of small auxiliary rooms included, which could be used for anything from arcade games to arts and crafts to a children’s play area. A professional sound system is included, so you can play your own music or hire a DJ. The Shrine Event Center has an on-site kitchen, but no in-house catering, so you can hire a caterer or DIY if you’re feeling bold. An added perk is that if your family or friends are prone to overindulge, there’s an affordable business hotel within walking distance. And you don’t have to worry about the weather because it’s all indoor!
This venue is open to so many awesome themes it would make your head spin. You could do anything from an elegant winter themed wedding to something nerdy or artistic. Another idea would be to make it feel like a dance club with dynamic lighting and thumping bass (the surrounding businesses are closed on the weekends, so go crazy!). This venue is perfect for those who have a creative vision that they want to bring to life.
Fun fact: You can also be super classy and rent a piano for $100 to sing a song to your spouse-to-be or play a duet.
Price range: $1,100 – $3,000
Max capacity: 450
Hopefully this post has given you some ideas… now, go out there and find your spot! 🙂