Talk to any one who has been around a while about weddings and sit back and let the stories flow. There are the stories about people, places, costs and surprises, both good and bad. Now any event can be tough to get to go as planned, but a wedding just ups the stress level to make that happen as well as the number of things that can go differently (read wrong from a brides point of view).
Here is a story of one wedding that went very well and was by all accounts quite cost efficient by wedding standards without sacrificing anything but volumes of people. It is hard to understand the complexities of planning a wedding and the amount of work that goes into it unless you have been intimately involved in doing it. This one was well executed, being well planned and with great help from friends and awesome vendor partners went off without a hitch. The ceremony was even broadcast live to Australia.
Decide on your venues early. Six months is probably too late. At twelve months out try to at least have it narrowed down to your top two or three and decide as quick as you can.
After looking at dozens of options one place kept coming up in conversation. For this destination wedding in Monterey California The Old Monterey Inn was chosen for the wedding and a place for family to stay. To say the folks at the Old Monterey Inn took care of us would be an understatement. The staff was always close by to take care of every request.
The Old Monterey Inn was built by Carmel Martin Sr. who was instrumental in the creation of the city and preserving many of the historical sites open to the public today. It was here, in this house, Mr. Martin planned for and dreamed of his beloved Monterey. The Inn was completed in 1929. The home sits in the middle of beautifully landscaped gardens boasting some 100 trees, which include Monterey Pines, California Oaks and tall Redwoods. Beautiful stonework of which a lot of the original stonework still remains.
After being thoughtfully restored in every detail, including the Martin’s prized gardens the house was opened as a bed and breakfast inn in 1978 and has been owned by Lawrence Havlick for the last few years.
With just over an acre of lovely serenity with an enchanting landscaped garden that is perfect for a stroll down its pathways. Age old oaks, majestic cedars, and large holly trees, sculpted landscaping and roses keep you company as you stroll around or settle in to a secluded spot with a glass of wine (or beverage of choice) in this fairytale setting.
Its nice to have some options and whether you are imagining a private elopement in Monterey for just the two of you, or a small wedding with up to 40 family members and friends, this romantic Monterey bed and breakfast is a wonderful place to create your special experience. Every room and suite at the Old Monterey Inn is designed to enhance the charm, sophistication, and architectural significance of this beautifully maintained English Tudor mansion.
The rooms all offer a private bath with the high quality amenities including specialty lavender soaps and Aveda® products. In addition, each room and suite provides a cozy sitting area next to a private fireplace, complete with candles to create your own romantic oasis. With plush feather beds and down duvets and superb quality linens, soft terry lined robes and slippers, perfumed bath salts, thick towels and current magazines it truly is a luxury experience!
Start each day with a rich aromatic coffee (from a local roasting company!), hot chocolate, or an assortment of gourmet teas. Breakfast consists of a wonderful variety of fruit courses, using the freshest locally grown fruit available, and continues on to the much anticipated main entrée! You can even have breakfast in your comfy room or out in the beautiful gardens if you choose. The amazing setting of the spectacular period dining room is hard to beat.
The staff are attentive and there to take care of your every need and yet never hover. From the beautiful serene gardens to the comfy and luxurious rooms, the wonderful breakfast and the wine and cheese in the early evening this is a special place that will have you coming back every anniversary for the rest of your life.
Just a thought. You could just go with your significant other and or friends for a getaway of special significance. No matter the reason this is the perfect place and we say you "must go" stay here for a Monterey destination wedding or special getaway. Tell em we sent you.
Happy Wine Adventures,