Ah, summer. It’s a season of sunny, carefree days, picnics, barbecues, swimming and, of course, weddings. Wedding season in Paso Robles lasts a bit longer than many other areas of the country. This is thanks to our temperate weather throughout the year, so there’s something extra special about a summertime wedding fête. To help ensure your celebration is as seamless as possible, here are our top tips for planning the perfect wedding (or special event) in Paso Robles.
Pick the right venue
Paso Robles is an idyllic destination for a wedding. This is thanks to its sunshine-filled days, beautiful natural surroundings and accessibility to quality food and wine. So it’s no surprise that so many couples want to host their wedding here. Winery weddings may be the obvious choice, but there are plenty of stunning ranches and estates that host weddings as well. When researching a venue, be sure to consider group size, your budget and the amenities offered. Some places have multiple areas for a wedding and reception (think barns, gardens and banquet facilities), while others are a little more rustic and BYO-style.
Think local when it comes to vendors
Paso Robles is a region where it’s not uncommon for businesses to be family-owned and operated. Choose vendors that know the area and/or your venue well over trying to hire someone from out of town who may not have the same connections and knowledge of the area. In doing so, you’re more likely to have the wedding of your dreams go off without a hitch (and maybe save a buck or two).
Plan pre- and post-wedding activities
Paso Robles is home to more than 200 wineries, so chances are if you’re planning a wedding in Wine Country you and/or your guests probably enjoy wine. Why not organize a fun pre-wedding wine tasting for your group, a welcome dinner at a winery or a post-wedding brunch overlooking the vines? Even if extra events or activities aren’t in your budget, your guests may want to make a vacation out of your wedding weekend. Provide a list of wineries, restaurants and activities (hiking, biking, brewery tours, hot air ballooning, etc.) on your wedding website. This will help people plan fun things to do around the wedding.
Paso Robles may have a charming, small-town feel, but it’s a surprisingly large area in terms of land. It’s likely that your wedding venue and hotel won’t be within walking distance of each other. This is especially likely if you plan to get married on a ranch or vineyard where Uber or taxi services aren’t available. Help guests out by hiring transportation to and from the wedding. You’ll not only ensure everyone makes it to the wedding on time (important!), but that everyone gets home safely (extra important). It’s also helpful to have a shuttle service leave at two or three different times throughout the evening. This way, grandma and grandpa can get to bed earlier than the lively “staying until the last song” crew.
Block hotel rooms
Paso Robles has a number of fun things to celebrate all year long. Be sure to check dates for local events and harvest festivals so wedding guests don’t run into issues booking a hotel room. You’ll want to block hotel rooms for out-of-towners well in advance. This way, they can get the group rate during their stay. Adelaide Inn offers discounted room rates available for wedding groups. Simply call us to discuss dates and get more details.
Located in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country, Adelaide Inn is just minutes from wineries and historic downtown Paso Robles’ shopping, dining and wine tasting rooms, and makes for a wonderful stay for wedding celebration guests visiting the area.