Couples looking for a beautiful wine country wedding destination
will fall in love with Lodi, California. Featuring more than 85 vineyards and a charming downtown, Lodi offers a variety of unique wedding venues, easy travel from San Francisco and Sacramento, and accommodations for every budget.
Below are three tips for brides considering Lodi as a vineyard wedding destination:
1. Find Your Perfect Venue
Booking your venue
is the first milestone in wedding planning and Lodi boasts facilities for every budget and wedding style, from rustic vineyard settings, to elegant formal estates. Many outdoor venues capture the beauty of our rolling hills and gorgeous sunsets. It is important to make a location selection as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to plan all the fun details! Knowing your venue makes other decisions, from the flowers and music, to the attire, cake, and decor that much easier to choose.
2. Consider the Season
Spring, summer, and fall are all ideal for outdoor weddings in Lodi. Summer and early fall brides will gain the beautiful backdrop of lush Lodi vines and grapes, almost ready for fall harvesting. During the fall and winter months, it is popular for brides to book indoor venues with outdoor options for the ceremony, photographs, or cocktail hour as the weather permits. Fall and winter brides will often use outdoor heaters and place colorful pashmina shawls on the chairs of female guests as a warm wedding favor for cooler evenings.
3. Plan Fun Lodi Activities for Guests
Lodi is the perfect choice for a destination wedding or for couples hosting many guests from out of town because the area offers tons of fun activities.
Guests spending the weekend in town can bring the kids to one of the local museums, hit the fairway, explore nature trails, paddle down the Mokelumne River, shop and browse art galleries, and of course, go wine tasting! For unforgettable memories, plan a group wine tour for your wedding guests to enjoy together. As a courtesy to out of town visitors, provide a welcome kit in each guest's hotel room including a local map, wine trail map, guide to fun activities, and details about your wedding events including locations and start times.
For more Lodi wedding planning tips, please contact the team
at Visit Lodi. We’ll be happy to help answer any questions and provide more information about local venues, transportation, accommodations, vendors, and more.