Tie the Knot with Elopement Packages from California Inns
While a large wedding may not be every bride’s (or groom’s) dream, a memorable wedding most certainly is. Luckily, boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns are ideal destinations for couples looking to tie the knot on a small scale, but in a big way. These California inns offer elopement packages in beautiful settings that turn up the romance while dialing back the stress.
Eden Vale Inn
In the Sierra Foothills, Eden Vale Inn’s wedding pavilion and enchanting grounds can be booked for an intimate ceremony for two (or include up to eight guests). The Intimate Elopement Package (starting at $699), includes a bottle of champagne or cider for a toast, an officiant, and a bouquet and boutonniere. Starting at $1,199, the Intimate Elopement Photographer’s Package adds a professional wedding photographer. Or starting at $1,299, couples can choose the Just for You Two Elopement Package, which includes lodging for either one or two nights and an optional couple’s massage. For winter 2023, elopements that include at least one night of lodging will receive Eden Vale Inn’s Wedding Night Bliss package: rose petals spread across the bed, flickering LED candles in the room, a bottle of red or white wine, chocolate truffles, an artisan spa goodies basket, floating candles for the outdoor tub, and a late check-out. For more information and to book, call 530-621-0901.
Inn at Zaca Creek
To get the intimate ambiance of an elopement without sacrificing the services and amenities of a larger wedding venue, consider a luxurious and romantic getaway at one of California’s most unique wedding venues. For under $30,000, a small wedding at the Inn at Zaca Creek can include two nights of lodging in six Tavern Suites (each sleeping up to four guests), a catered rehearsal dinner around a luxurious, resort-style lagoon pool, a ceremony overlooking the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley or with a waterfall in the background, beverage service, an on-site venue coordinator, and a private reception for up to 40 guests. Call 805-688-2412 for a custom quote.
Tie the knot at a handsome 1890s country hotel in the historic town of Upper Lake. The Tallman Hotel offers an elopement package for just $2,500. The package accommodates up to eight guests in addition to the wedding couple and includes a one-hour ceremony in front of the dining room fireplace, a champagne toast with appetizers, a customized three-hour three-course meal, one room night in a suite for the wedding couple, and a list of recommended vendors. Optional additions include a wedding photographer, flowers, an officiant, a wedding cake, and additional rooms for guests. Call 707-275-2244 for more information or to book.
Old Monterey Inn
An elegant Tudor estate known for its upscale English cottage feel set amidst some of the most captivating gardens in the Monterey area, Old Monterey Inn is the perfect retreat among the trees for an intimate elopement. Starting at $3,500 and accommodating up to six people, the inn offers an elopement package that includes luxurious accommodations for two for two nights, exclusive use of the gardens (time restrictions apply), champagne and engraved champagne flutes on arrival, daily gourmet breakfast, evening wine and hors d’oeuvres, day-of-wedding coordination, and concierge services for overnight guests. Submit a wedding event form to get a personalized quote or call 831-375-8284 for more details.
How about a midweek ceremony in a chic, contemporary hotel in the heart of San Luis Obispo? Hotel Cerro has wedding specialists trained to handle every detail and award-winning chefs to pamper your guests’ palates. The hotel’s base package includes a family-style dinner for up to 30 guests, a cocktail hour, ceremony setup and rentals, expert coordination and service, and audiovisual equipment and setup. Couples can also upgrade to the “Love is Suite” package, which includes a two-night stay in a Garden Suite and a custom couple’s spa journey. Packages are customizable, with enhancement options that include upgraded dining, live music, florals, champagne toasts, signature cocktails, and linen rentals. Submit an event request to get a custom quote or visit the hotel’s website for more details.
The innkeepers at Courtwood Inn have designed two distinct packages to fulfill every couple’s idea of a dream elopement. The Mixed Doubles Champs package (starting a $2,225) is for a couples-only ceremony. It includes a two-night stay in the US Open Mini-Suite for the couple, a one-hour event with an officiant (plus one hour of planning), a professional photographer, a flower bouquet and boutonniere, a sparkling toast with two keepsake glasses, and a small wedding cake or cupcakes. The Love and Love is a Winning Match special adds accommodations for up to 12 guests in four additional mini-suites. It starts at $3,425. Both specials include two breakfasts and afternoon wine and cheese. Call 209-728-8686 for more details.
Elk Cove Inn & Spa
Exchange vows against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean at Mendocino’s Elk Cove Inn & Spa. The inn offers an Intimate Elopement package ($2,500) that includes use of the inn’s gingerbread-crowned gazebo overlooking the ocean, 10 hours of wedding planning, an officiant, a bouquet of seasonal flowers and matching boutonniere, 90 minutes of wedding photography, a custom wedding cake, an Anderson Valley sparkling toast, and two nights’ accommodations in a romantic suite. The Elopement Deluxe package ($4,900) ups the wedding planning to 15 hours and photography to four hours, while adding a floral arrangement and a live musician. For each package, up to eight guests in addition to the wedding couple can be added for an additional fee. Call 800-275-2967 for details and reservations.
Churchill Manor, an exquisite 1889 mansion in Napa, is perfect for intimate elopements and small weddings for up to 25 guests. Couples might choose the a la carte menu of services appropriately named “The Simply Elegant” (starting at $1,650 and including a two-night stay). Or for couples who want the works, “The Ultimate Intimate” (starting at $4,000) includes a three-night stay and a luxury welcome basket that includes two Churchill Manor champagne flutes, local chocolate truffles, and a bottle of Churchill Manor champagne. Also included are in-room massages for two, professional wedding photography, a $250 gift certificate good at one or more local restaurants, a Napa Valley winery tour, and a picnic lunch. Call 707-253-7733 for more details.
McCaffrey House Inn
Say ‘I do’ surrounded by majestic cedars and pines at the McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast Inn near Yosemite. The romantic mountain lodge specializes in elopements and small weddings, with packages ranging from $995 to $4,295. Their “Just for the Two” package includes a wedding consultant, minister, ceremony, small wedding cake, and a champagne toast. The “Wedding and Honeymoon” package includes all of the above plus a rose bouquet, boutonnière, and two nights’ lodging. The “Dreams Come True” package includes everything in the “Wedding and Honeymoon” package, but with custom engraved champagne flutes and wedding cake service. For details, call 209-586-0757.
The MacCallum House offers a choice of two elopement packages to accompany any room reservation. Both packages include the inn’s coordination services to help couples select their ceremony site, secure an officiant, and connect with other vendors. The “Simply Perfect” package ($999 for Saturday ceremonies; $888 any other day) includes an officiant, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a five-course chef’s tasting dinner with a wine pairing for two. The “Eloping is a Piece of Cake” package ($1,995 Saturday; $1,795 all other days) also includes photography services, choice of floral options, and a basket of sweet indulgences. Visit the website for more information.
Gables Wine Country Inn
There are a variety of settings at Gables Wine Country Inn for the perfect intimate wedding, including a stately Victorian, a redwood barn, a vineyard, and a stand of ancient redwoods. Their Intimate Family & Friends Wedding Package ($1,500) includes the venue and officiant for a two-hour event and a champagne toast for up to 15 people. The Ultimate Micro-Wedding Package ($4,900) offers a five-hour event for up to 25 guests and adds a two-night stay in The Cottage for the bride and groom, a welcome bottle of Sonoma County wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more. Call 707-585-7777 for details.
Milliken Creek Inn
No setting is more gorgeous for an elopement or small wedding than Milliken Creek Inn’s three verdant acres along the Napa River. The inn offers packages designed for either occasion, including two nights’ accommodations, a wedding officiant, and an intimate ceremony. Their midweek Elopement Package includes a romantic evening turndown service and a wine reception. The Intimate Wedding Package (for up to five guests) adds professional photography, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a wedding cake, and a sparkling wine toast. Call (707) 255-1197 or inquire online for details.
Brewery Gulch Inn
Tying the knot on surrounded by the beauty and serenity of Mendocino coast is simple, thanks to the Brewery Gulch Inn. The inn offers two elopement and small wedding packages, both featuring a tailored ceremony by a resident interfaith celebrant, the services of an expert local florist, and a talented local photographer. For couples-only elopements without guests, the Simply Beautiful package ($1,700) includes an hour of photography. For up to four additional friends or family, the Deluxe package ($2,600) comes with an additional half-hour of photography, hair and makeup, a five-inch custom cake, Roederer sparkling wine, and a 60-minute Swedish couple’s massage. Either package can be added when booking online, or by phone at 707-937-4752.