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Tri-Valley wedding planners and florist work together to make your wedding vision a reality.

Home to more than 100 beautiful venues including wineries, estates, churches, museums, hotels and country clubs, Tri-Valley is an ideal location to plan a wedding year-round. Whether you’re just beginning to plan your dream wedding or finalizing the details, the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau has tools to make the process stress-free and easy.

The Tri-Valley CVB offers brides complimentary planning assistance that will make your planning process simple. Our expert wedding sales coordinator can assist you with the following services:

  • Hotel Room Assistance for Guests– You will receive proposals with rates and availability from area hotels based on your desired amenities and needs.
  • Welcome Services– The Tri-Valley Visitor Guide will give your guests information about events and attractions in the area they will need to make the most of your wedding weekend.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Planning– With access to all the private banquet facilities in the area, our wedding sales coordinator can help you plan the perfect rehearsal dinner. Whether you want a casual, fun event or an elegant affair, we’ll help you find the perfect fit.
  • Wedding Weekend Activities– To help your guests enjoy a full weekend of fun in the Tri-Valley, our team can help organize private wine tours, spa days and golf tournaments for groups of 10 or more.
Martinelli Event Center in Livermore

Martinelli Event Center is just one of the more than 100 venues in Tri-Valley.

To get in touch with our Wedding Planning Coordinator, e-mail sales@trivalleycvb.com or fill out a simple RFP on the website.

Our new Wedding Planning Guide is a comprehensive list of hotels, venues and vendors in the Tri-Valley. The guide is available for download online.

Our wedding gift to you…

Take advantage of our complimentary services and book 10 or more guest room nights with the help of our wedding sales coordinator during your wedding weekend and receive a $200 American Express gift card. This offer only applies to new room bookings and must be actualized by October 30, 2011.

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Honeysuckle, named the wedding color of 2011, is great for vibrant bouquets.

Honeysuckle was named the wedding color of 2011.

With the holidays over and 2010 now a memory, brides-to-be are looking ahead to what’s hot and new for 2011 wedding trends. From the ceremony to reception to décor and entertainment, there are many ways to personalize these trends to fit your wedding.

Murrieta's Well is just one of many beautiful outdoor venues in Tri-Valley.

Outdoor ceremony and reception venues are a big trend of the new year. Tri-Valley is home to a number of beautiful winery venues with views of the sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. Just a few examples include Murrieta’s Well, Garre Winery, Concannon Vineyard and Wente Vineyards.

Selecting wedding colors is often a first step in deciding a decorative theme. Honeysuckle has been named the wedding color of 2011. The vibrant hue is eye-catching and is a great choice for couples looking to make a bold statement with décor elements.

The popularity of food trucks has even hit the wedding day! This is a perfect option for the cocktail hour.

Catering and food options are evolving in 2011, as well. Trends in wedding dining mirror everyday culinary trends. Think small bites and food trucks! Tapas-style and buffets are hot this year, allowing for a more casual and informal affair. If you’re planning a very relaxed event, consider a trendy food truck.

Vintage elements like passed down family jewelry, photo booths, favors from classic brands and relaxed poses for photography create a romantic nostalgic vibe will give your wedding a timeless style.

Whatever your theme, colors or creative elements, the most important thing is to make it unique and make it your own. All the 2011 trends can be adapted to fit your style and budget. If you’re ready to get started, be sure to look into our complimentary planning assistance.

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This opulent five-tier cake is a graphic interpretation of damask; it plays up the pattern, which is traditionally tone-on-tone.

It seems like every television network has a cooking show right now and being a foodie is hotter than ever! An observant bride can even use these shows to help to find wedding inspiration.

A recent episode of  “Top Chef: Just Desserts”  put the contestants to the test with a wedding cake challenge. Renowned cake designer Sylvia Weinstock , who has been making celebratory cakes for more than 30 years, served as a guest judge for the competition.

The cake guru, who has created more than 500 cakes in her career, shares her expert advice to consider when selecting your own wedding cake:

  • Visit reputable bakers and sample their cakes.
  • If your special day falls in the winter or is a dinner celebration, a richer cake may be more satisfying. Try chocolate or hazelnut.
  • If your wedding is a daytime event in warmer weather, serve a lighter cake, such as lemon-curd cream with fresh raspberries.
  • Variety is the key. The wedding couple can opt to make each layer a different flavor. This will benefit your guests who are picky eaters.

    Cupcakes are a fun, whimsical choice for wedding desserts.

    Cupcakes are a fun, whimsical choice for wedding desserts that can be creatively displayed.

The cake is a key tradition in weddings, but that doesn’t mean it has to be conventional. Several emerging trends provide a unique, updated spin on the classic.

  • Cupcakes are a great, fun option that can be creatively displayed. Cupcakes can be less expensive than a traditional cake and are easier to select a variety of flavors.
  • Cake pops are light, bite-size treats inspired by lollipops that will make a modern wedding fun and memorable. Fun flavors and decorative elements make these treats special.
  • Make it memorable by nixing the cake and serving your favorite dessert . Think cheesecake, pies, truffles, meringues, tarts or profiteroles.

    Cake pops are a hot, new trend for modern weddings.

    Cake pops are inspired by a nostalgic favorite, the lollipop. But these treats and the fun embellishments are all modern.

Whatever option you choose, picking the perfect bakery or pastry chef to create your wedding day dessert is important. We have several great options right here in the Tri-Valley . Bibiane Bakery , Noland’s Cakes, and Primrose Bakery all specialize in delectable and creative wedding cakes and desserts.

If you’re planning a wedding and would like complimentary assistance finding the perfect venue and vendors, contact the Tri-Valley CVB at 925.846.8910 or sales@trivalleycvb.com.

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Evening Weddings at Wente Vineyards are always a bride's favorite.

The top area wedding venues, vendors and planners take center stage at the Livermore Valley Wine Country Wedding Faire from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at the Bankhead Theater. Tickets are available online now for $8 or at the door for $10.

Livermore Downtown Inc. presents the event that includes an intimate group of local wedding experts who can help you plan your wedding in one stop, in one day.

Wedding at Palm Event Center

Palm Event Center is just one of the fabulous Livermore wine country wedding venues represented at this weekend's Wedding Faire.

Discover the hottest new wedding trends and unique ideas with some of the most sought after wedding professionals in the area. Sample wedding cake and local wine as you browse through and meet new contacts that will make your planning process stress-free and seamless.

Dozens of businesses will be on hand to help you plan the Livermore wine country wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Several beautiful venues including Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine and Stony Ridge and Wente Vineyards will give you a taste of just how affordable and beautiful a Livermore wine country wedding can be.

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A sophisticated table arrangement at a Casa Real wedding. Photo courtesy of Tyler Vu Photography.

A sophisticated table arrangement. Photo courtesy of Tyler Vu Photography.

Whether you’re just beginning to plan your wedding or are in the process of working out the last few details, be sure to check out the Modern Luxury Bridal Event on Saturday, August 15, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

More than 3,000 brides are expected to attend the event filled with decadent hors d’oeuvres and gourmet tastings from renowned chefs, champagne and martini bars, the glamour of the Vera Wang and Monique Lhuiller High Fashion Runway Show and magnificent exhibits.

Table design at Casa Real

A dramatic table display. Photo courtesy of Tyler Vu Photography.

While you’re there, stop by the Tri-Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau booth and discover all that the area has to offer for your wedding. Whether you’re planning a event for 30 or 300, the Tri-Valley has beautiful venues and creative vendors to help your visions become a romantic reality.

Be sure to ask about our exclusive offer for Modern Luxury Bridal Event attendees. When you book 10 rooms for your wedding using our complimentary wedding planning assistance, you’ll receive a $200 gift card.

Tickets are still available for the Modern Luxury Bridal Event and can be purchased online or at the door. If you choose to buy your tickets at the door, be sure to print your coupon for discount tickets.

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Flowers are a great way to add color and help convey the theme of your wedding. Beautiful blooms can also represent quite a chunk of your total budget. There are ways to help limit the money spent on flowers without sacrificing any of the beauty with a few strategic tips.

A striking bridal bouquet from Delford West Flowers

A striking bridal bouquet from Delford West Flowers

Incorporate flowers that are in season and available locally. This will cut down on additional fees from florists having to source blooms from other locations. The Petal Pusher, a Pleasanton-based European-style florist has a blog that lets customers know what’s in currently in the store.

Choose wisely when deciding how many arrangements to have and where they will be positioned. Get the most effective use of your flower purchase by placing flowers in focal areas that people will see throughout the ceremony. Centerpieces and bouquets are more essential, where flowers decorating the end of a pew may not be noticed.  Twigs & Ivy has great examples of flower arrangements that make a statement.

Schedule a consultation with your prospective florist. During this meeting you can discuss your budget, favorite flowers and colors. You’ll be able to look through the florist’s portfolio for inspiration and get your questions answered by the experts. Many florists, like the Flower House in Livermore have galleries from their previous events.

A unique arrangement utilizing fresh sliced lemons and limes offers a distinctive, affordable touch.

A unique arrangement utilizing fresh sliced lemons and limes offers a distinctive, affordable touch.

Florists are often knowledgeable about other wedding vendors in the area. Delford West Flowers not only provides custom flower arrangements for the big day, they also have a directory of other local vendors that specialize in everything from catering to attire to accommodations.

Your floral expense can also be reduced by choosing to have an  outdoor ceremony or reception at a venue with planted flowers when the plants are in bloom.

For a full list of florists and other wedding vendors in Tri-Valley, visit www.trivalleycvb.com or contact Wedding Sales Coordinator, Stacey Roth at Stacey@trivalleycvb.com.

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The bright sun, clear skies and little chance of rain make the summer months the popular for weddings. While brides don’t have to contend with the cold, excessive heat can also be a worry.

Murrietta's Well

Shade makes for a pleasant afternoon wedding at Murrieta's Well in Livermore.

The Tri-Valley can be very warm during the summer, with peak temperatures often flirting with the century mark. Fortunately, there are several things a bride can do to limit the heat’s affect on the big day.

Outdoor weddings are a favorite among many brides and grooms. Pick an outdoor venue that will have shade during the time of your ceremony.

Looking your best in the heat of summer can be a challenge. Consider weather when choosing your hairstyle. The Tri-Valley is typically hot and dry during the summer. Consider applying a leave-in conditioner the week before your big date to make your hair shiny and healthy and consider wearing your hair up.

Apply layers of light makeup instead of thick foundation to reduce shine.

Apply layers of light makeup for a radiant look.

For the perfect complexion in photos, apply light amounts of makeup in layers. Avoid heavy, thick foundation that will increase the appearance of shine.

Remember your guests will experience the heat, too. Recommend they wear lighter clothing and make sure to have plentiful beverages on hand throughout the event to stay hydrated.

There are many ways to get some relief from the heat without it putting a damper on the day. Many Tri-Valley venues allow weddings to be held in the morning or early evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. To find out more about some of the beautiful wedding venues in the Tri-Valley, check out the Tri-Valley CVB website.

With some advanced planning you will stay cool, look flawless and have a great time with your family and friends.

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