Your wedding is one of the few times in your adult life when it's totally okay to play princess for a day. You can wear the biggest ball gown you want, deck yourself out in diamonds or pearls, and rock a tiara or a flower crown without it seeming the least bit out of place. If you're dreaming of a fairytale wedding, check out some of these great venues in the Bay Area.
Clift Hotel (Above)
Set in the heart of the city, the century-old Clift Hotel —reimagined by designer Philippe Starck — happily blends the old world with the new. It's a design lover's dream, with furniture that ranges from Eames chairs to a coffee table by Salvador Dali. Wedding venues include the Velvet Room, which features lush velvet curtains, mahogany and leather banquettes, and hand-blown Murano glass lamps. For more intimate events, several meeting rooms have the same dramatic velvet curtains, plus etched Venetian mirrors, massive crystal chandeliers, and furniture designed by Philippe Starck.
V Sattui Winery
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, V Sattui looks like a scene from "Under the Tuscan Sun" and looks more like Italy or France than California. With more than 35 acres of vineyards and large manicured lawns dotted with colorful flowers and giant oaks, it has a European feel with just a hint of medieval aesthetics provided by an ivy-covered brick tower. A brick courtyard surrounded by flower trellises and stone fountains, and a candlelit barrel room are among the venue options, and space can hold up to 250 people.
Set on 180 acres in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Nestldown offers space for up to 200 people on its seven acres of perfectly manicured lawns and gardens, plus 35 acres of orchards. Ceremonies take place in a redwood grove decorated with flowers and twinkling lights that's the very definition of "enchanting." If the type of fairytale wedding you're after involves actual fairies and woodland sprites that would be at home in Grimms' Fairy Tales, you've found the perfect place.
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
With a commanding position on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is all about the ocean views; there's even a bagpipe serenade on the lawn every day at sunset. Outstanding views aside, the hotel offers venues ranging from intimate to grand, with a capacity of 400 guests in the ballroom. Get married on the lawn with an ocean view and then dance under the stars — or, in the opulent, chandelier-studded ballroom in this magnificent property that brings luxury to the rugged California coast.
Julia Morgan Ballroom
The Beaux-Arts Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco mixes timeless elegance with modern amenities. Multiple venues offer more than 4,100 square feet of event space, including a historic ballroom and five breakout rooms. Details like a gilded ceiling, bronze filigreed elevator doors, and a stone fireplace add elegance to the room while floor-to-ceiling windows show off the beauty of downtown San Francisco.