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Centerpieces

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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After engagement season comes bridal fair season.

It can be overwhelming to go to a wedding fair;  however you can structure your visit very efficiently and get out of it at least your admission fee:

1. Wear comfortable shoes and bring only people you want to hang out with for several hours.

2. Have address labels ready to put on all the forms in all the booths that offer you a prize drawing.

3. In order to avoid overflow in your regular INBOX, please create a special email address that is given to vendors with the sole purpose of planning your wedding efficiently   e.g. RomeolovesJulietDec2012@yahoo.com.

http://www.brocadeweddings.com in one of many Tri-Valley venues

4. Think Green, only take material(s) that you really plan to review; use your time wisely to inquire about services you seek, listen to offers that are being made and keep a positive attitude- the vendors are there to help and assist you, really!

5. Have fun, use this day to get into the grove of being the center of attention for a very long time; enjoy the food and drink samples that are being offered, relax your feet during the fashion show and just CARPE DIEM!

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According to theknot.com, 40% of engagements occur between November through February.
And, if you are looking for the ultimate place to pop the question, check out these romantic spots in Tri-Valley, California.

Blackhawk Grille's romantic setting sets the mood.

Romantic Restaurants

Tri-Valley’s most romantic restaurants offer romantic atmosphere,  delicious food and wine for your engagement.  Be sure to call ahead to make arrangements for your proposal.  These restaurants can offer a special menu or dessert and the best seat in the house and make sure to your proposal is perfect.

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards: This place is just special.  The award winning restaurant features American dishes, influenced by Italian, French and California cuisine paired with Wente Vineyards wine.  The dining rooms are warm and inviting and the location amongst Livermore Valley Wine Country can’t be beat.

Bridges Restaurant: Stroll the streets of downtown Danville, and you’ll arrive at this very special spot.  Bridges offers California-American cuisine with Asian and European influences in a elegant atmosphere.

Blackhawk Grille: Another classic romantic spot tucked into the Blackhawk Plaza, you’ll stroll along the fountains admiring the swans and koi in the pond just in front of Blackhawk Grille. The food here is always spot on and the service and atmosphere are perfect for a BIG night!

Faz Restaurant, Danville: Pop the question in Faz’s unique dining room with a redwood grove in the heart of the restaurant.  The restaurant features simply elegant Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh, quality ingredients.

Barone’s Restaurant: Located in historic downtown Pleasanton, Barone’s offers innovative pastas, seafood and meat entrees in a romantic dining room.

Get Engaged Front of Concannon Vineyards

Love Wine? Propose in Livermore Valley Wine Country.

Picture it, you on bended knee, surrounded by vineyards and vistas.  Propose to that special someone at one of the 47 wineries in Livermore Valley.

Mitchell Katz Winery:  Popping the question in front of the tasting rooms fireplace in winter makes it extra special.  This winery is actually associated with Palm Event Center – one of the most popular spots to host weddings in the region.

Bent Creek Winery: Down a dirt road, this quiet and quaint winery offers scenic views and excellent wine.

Concannon Vineyards: The winery grounds are expansive and you are sure to find the perfect spot to propose, either in their newly constructed tasting room or outside in front of the white victorian house or under a canopy of grapevines.

McGrail Vineyards and Winery: This new winery specializes in big bold cabs.  They’ve got a tastefully decorated tasting room, and a large lawn as well.

Murrietta’s Well: Tucked off of the main roads, this quaint winery and the historic barrel room at Murrieta’s Well sets the stage for any special evening.

A view from the summit of Mt. Diablo

The Splendor of Nature

Looking for the perfect atmosphere for a proposal is pretty easy when you incorporate nature in the mix.  For the outdoorsy type of proposal check out these fantastic spots to pop the question where she’ll least expect it.

Mount Diablo State Park: Drive up to the summit and on a clear day you can see just a 360 degree view of the Bay Area.  It is a scenic spot to ask that special someone to spend the rest of their life with you.  Afterwards, drive down and have dinner or lunch in historic downtown Danville to celebrate.

Del Valle: If the weather cooperates, you can take a canoe into the middle of Lake Del Valle and pop the question on the water.

Pleasanton Ridge: This ridgeline follows along Pleasanton to Sunol and every bit of it is GORGEOUS! Just enter through August Bernal Park and start hiking. It’s an easy, pretty hike, and near civilization – so you’ll be able to hurry back to call friends and family the great news!

Romantic Stays

Where ever you decide to propose in Tri-Valley, you’ll probably want to spend the night in a romantic hotel.  Try  the Rose Hotel in downtown Pleasanton.  They offer a romance package and is the perfect place to spend the night as a newly engaged couple!

Good luck and be sure to check back for ideas on where to plan your wedding in Tri-Valley, California.

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A couple enjoying the vineyards in Livermore Valley

A couple enjoying the vineyards in Livermore Valley

So you’re going to the chapel to get married?  There are few places in the country you can plan a wedding year-round and the Tri-Valley is one of them.  Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall you can be sure your special day will be picture perfect.

The Tri-Valley hosts thousands of weddings a year and whether it be in the brightly colored fall, warm summer, colorful spring or crisp winter the Tri-Valley offers event venues, attractions and entertainment for all.  Wineries, estates, churches, museums, galleries and golf course are a sampling of the more than 100 event facilities available to couples and their guests.

Popular Event Venues:
•    Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery – The perfect place for old-world luxury built in the foothills of wine country and is surrounded by 54 acres of lush vineyards.  It features a dramatic entry hall, rustic ceremony room and beautiful courtyard.

•    Palm Event Center – Elegantly situated in the Livermore Valley and wrapped by expansive, verdant vines, the Palm is a luxurious winery estate perfect for any wedding ceremony or reception.

•    Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Events Center – Nestled in the rolling hills of wine country, Wente Vineyards provides a setting and experience unmatched by any other in the Bay Area offering beautiful vistas and a lush natural environment.

Once you have your special place picked out you may want to tell your guests about the many dining and activities located in the area.  These are perfect for that last minute bachelorette party, golf outing or rehearsal dinner.

A Fun Rehearsal dinner spot - Campo Di Bocce

A Fun Rehearsal dinner spot - Campo Di Bocce

Wedding Weekend Activities
To welcome your guests to a weekend of fun, visitors can meet in one of Tri-Valley’s historic downtowns for a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants or pubs.  To start the weekend off right, why not take part in a fun game of bocce ball with Italian cuisine at Campo di Bocce?

If the bride and her girls want to relax and enjoy a little pampering before the big day, they can visit any one of the indulgent spas of the Tri-Valley including the Purple Orchid Inn Resort & Spa or The Pleasanton Spa.  The groom and his friends may enjoy a round of golf at one of the areas pristine courses such as Poppy Ridge Golf Course, The Bridges Golf Club or Callippe Preserve Golf Course.

From intimate barrel rooms to grand event centers, the Tri-Valley offers all the details to make your special day simply breathtaking and memorable.

Best of all, the Tri-Valley, California Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) provides complimentary event planning assistance for couples including venue selection, site tours, accommodations, activity planning and more.  For a complete list of Tri-Valley event venues, restaurants and activities or to contact the Tri-Valley CVB, visit www.visittrivalleyca.com.

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