This space sets the scene for urban-luxe events: Couples can get married in the airy white-on-white gallery, then do dinner and dancing in the cavernous candlelit lounge.
Project One Gallery & Lounge, 251 Rhode Island Street, between 15th and 16th Streets (415-938-7173 or p1sf.com).
Cowgirl Bootcamp promises bridal parties practical skills for impending companionship (cattle roundup, archery). Corral guests with the Alisal Harvest package, an all-inclusive weekend with horseback rides, line dancing, and a lakeside dinner. Or take the mister to BBQ Bootcamp for a foodie honeymoon, complete with a spice-blending class and grilling tutorials.
The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, 1054 Alisal Road, Solvang (805-688-6411 or alisal.com).
Not all all-in-one venues trigger your gag reflex. North Block Hotel (formerly Hotel Luca) has contemporary interiors by local phenom Erin Martin, twenty rooms to handle your peeps, in-room (wine) bottle service, and a restaurant reception option at adjacent Redd Wood.
Don’t go chasing … well, you know the rest. Head to Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe & Inn. The space has premium newlywed accommodations and rustic food from chef Rusty Johns (the name’s not a joke — nor are his baked oysters) for a picturesque lakeside ceremony.
West Shore Cafe & Inn, 5160 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood (530-525-5200 or westshorecafe.com).
The Stone Building at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa has classic romance written all over it. The resort’s Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar (helmed by Andrew Wilson) and Raindance Spa are perfect for a rehearsal dinner and day-of pampering, respectively.
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma (707-935-6600 or thelodgeatsonoma.com).