By / 18th February, 2013 / Rental Properties, News and Reviews / Off

Ideal Wedding Experiences in the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect setting for a long weekend wedding celebration filled with natural beauty and extraordinary wines. Planning a wedding in the Santa Ynez Valley allows your guests to also spend extra days or a weekend enjoying the unique luxuries offered here.

The Santa Ynez Valley, housed in the heart of Santa Barbara County, features amazing views and gathering places for family and friends and ideal backdrops for gorgeous wedding photos. Whether you want to host your wedding among the grapevines of one of the many winery wedding venues in the area, or be set amidst the landscape of a Santa Ynez Valley wedding venue for an intimate affair, the Valley provides a uniquely memorable experience in a rustic, beautiful setting of rural wineries and days-gone-by ambience.

Champagne Toast at Rustic Santa Ynez Valley Wedding

The moderate Mediterranean climate, gentle rolling hills and peaceful, yet modern, country atmosphere make Santa Ynez Valley weddings some of the best available in California wine country. Valley area merchants offer every service and detail needed to accommodate the wedding ceremony and reception including flowers and boutonnières reminiscent of the wine country, table decorations and centerpieces appropriate to the location and of course, the famous Santa Ynez Valley concierge services to take care of any last minute needs.

The idyllic looking rows of grapes and the Figueroa Mountains in the background will no doubt take the bride’s breath away and leave memories of the wedding that will last a lifetime.

In Santa Barbara County’s Central Coast California wine country, you can also have access to a wealth of different local wines to serve at your wedding, along with renowned chefs and caterers to create beautiful, delicious meals for your event.

Red Wine & Bouquet at Santa Ynez Valley Wedding

Premier Wedding Guest Accommodations

Whether the bride and groom need a romantic getaway spot for the wedding night and honeymoon, or the guests need luxury accommodations they will remember for a lifetime to come, Santa Ynez vacation rental properties allow you and your wedding guests to have a full household at your disposal.

The luxurious private homes far exceed the accommodations available at traditional motels and your guests will be impressed with your Santa Ynez wedding venue. Everything from beds and linens to fully stocked kitchens and living rooms are available, and many vacation rentals have private swimming pools, romantic fireplaces to cozy up in front of, beautifully landscaped yards, al fresco dining areas, and more.

Santa Ynez vacation home rentals provide guests with the luxuries of the best hotels along with the comforts of a beautiful private home. The many unique vacation rental properties plus concierge services make Santa Ynez weddings truly a once in a lifetime experience for everyone in attendance. Many available properties include cottages and guest houses, ranches, homes and private estates.

Some of our favorite vacation rentals for accommodating intimate wedding-related events and housing guests are Zaca Creek Ranch, Folded Hills Ranch, Rancho Santuario and Restoration Oaks.

Many of these farm and ranch stay vacation rental properties have more than 1,000 acres of land to enjoy for your wedding getaway. Some even include working farms and ranches, farmsteads, farm animals on the property and more. Enjoy the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley with a taste of the country western lifestyle in beautifully appointed farm stays.

While staying at a Santa Ynez Vacation Rental, you can also enjoy the convenience of round-the-clock concierge services for help with securing babysitting, private chefs or caterers, having groceries delivered to your home, setting up spa services, helping arrange Valley tours, and so much more. Simply contact your travel concierge to get started.

Santa Ynez Valley vacation rentals and intimate wedding venues can often be more cost effective for wedding guests, as well. Many vacation rental homes can accommodate groups of varying sizes, some even groups of 10 or more guests – perfect for family gatherings or to house the bridal party during your wedding festivities.

A select handful of our vacation rental homes allow intimate or moderately sized weddings or wedding-related events.Many of our properties are perfect for rehearsal dinners and other private dining experiences, or a great place for the bridal party or groom’s party to stay during the festivities. The vacation rentals available for lodging can accommodate the largest wedding party or smaller, more intimate ceremonies.

Knowing a vacation rental is booked for your immediate family or bridal party can lighten the stress of your wedding planning, and ensure their every need is met throughout the guests’ stay with ease and luxury.

A Lifetime of Wedding Memories

Planning a wedding doesn’t stop at the day of the ceremony and reception. You must also recommend sights and activities for your guests to see while they’re in the area. There is no shortage of opportunities to make beautiful memories in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Of course, the focal point of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley is wine.  Touring the Valley’s numerous unique family-owned wineries is perfect for pre-wedding family gatherings and entertainment  during your wedding week. There are winery tours and wine tastings year-round to appreciate the taste of Southern California wine country.

Sommelier Pouring Wine at Tasting in Santa Ynez Valley

Before or after the ceremony, visitors can see the Carriage museum in Santa Ynez, hike near beautiful Lake Cachuma, visit the quaint shops in Solvang and sample the delectable Danish snacks. There are numerous art galleries to visit in Los Olivos, and the more adventurous Santa Ynez Valley weddings may have guests who might even enjoy a glider ride across the entire valley.

Couples and their guests may want to take time to visit nearby Santa Barbara as a contrast to the slow-moving wine county, or if the wedding is in Santa Barbara the vacation rentals of the Valley are just a short drive away. Santa Barbara weddings and venues in the city provide fine dining, city amenities, and the exquisite central California coastline to woo romantics. Santa Barbara offers an easy going lifestyle with year-round sunshine. Outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, equestrian sports, cycling and water sports are available to entertain your guests.

Non-stop shopping adventures also await, just a few minutes drive from the Santa Ynez valley area. Santa Barbara weddings can occur in many free or very inexpensive sites such as historical areas, the picturesque beach areas or on a cliff side with an ocean view.

Have Your Destination Wedding in Santa Ynez

If you are contemplating where to have your destination wedding and you dream of a charming and rustic setting with a backdrop of beautiful scenery and unforgettable sights, the Santa Ynez Valley may be for you. Nestled in rolling hills, saturated with wonderful culture and tradition, and filled to the brim with delicious wine, the Santa Ynez Valley makes the perfect destination for weddings, and have everything the bride and groom could hope for to accommodate their wedding guests.

Start planning your dream wedding.

For more information on wedding venues and wedding planning in the Santa Ynez Valley, we recommend wedding planner Rani Hoover. For all your travel arrangements and to book vacation rentals, contact us today. You can browse all our vacation rentals here.