In 2016, newlyweds and their families spent an average of $28,427 on weddings and related events - the highest amount since 2008, according to a survey of 17,500 couples conducted by TheKnot.com wedding website.
Yet some couples may prefer to use their money to buy a nice car, take a lavish vacation, put a down payment on a house, buy about 7,106 cups of Flying Goat Coffee or pay their daily bills. Eloping starts to look pretty good…
However, a modern elopement doesn’t mean that couples need to line up at County Clerk offices, rent a witness, sacrifice the pomp and ceremony or even run away and marry on the sly. With thoughtful packages like those offered at the Hacienda or Casabela, these “impromptu” weddings can still be significant event, for a much lower price tag.
Owner Leigh Milleur is also a photographer specializing in wedding and elopement photography, and has put together comprehensive packages designed to make the special day entirely memorable….
While technically the organized event isn’t a real elopement, since guests can be invited, it sounds romantic, and is increasingly popular across Northern California. That is why all the big hotels and wineries have elopement packages now. Couples want their weddings in a elegant venue, but don’t want to break the bank.
Depending on the package chosen, there can be a catered reception, and a honeymoon built in.
Wine Country Elopement Packages:
One package, for example, includes a 3 hr wedding and reception with up to 14 guests, (an additional charge per guest) a Free 3 day stay at the private villa for the bride and groom, the photography, a small buffet, cake, drinks, and a DVD of the entire happening.
$2995* plus tax for the Hacienda
$3295* plus tax for the Casabela
Minister is an extra charge.
The villas themselves are worth the price of admission...
As a bonus, couples can visit a neighboring vineyard for Wine Country photos at no additional cost.
For a more traditional elopement, a couple can choose the basic package:
$1595* plus tax, which includes:
-The mountaintop ceremony location,
-The cake and photography with a DVD
-A vineyard visit for two to four persons over a two-hour period.
What a deal, that leaves $27,132 left for couples to spend…
To view both villas look at website www.napavalleybnb.com
Call 707-942-5259 for more details
*Prices subject to change without notice.
Leigh Milleur Photography specializes in wedding & elopement photography in the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa California.
Leigh especially enjoys photographing weddings & elopements in the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa and the San Francisco bay area. She is a seasoned portrait & wedding photographer.
Her goal is to capture art along with tradition and present the wedding as a lasting memory for the bride and groom.