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Central Coast Venue Guide: What to know, what to ask

Central Coast Venue Guide

What to know, what to ask

 

One of the first and most important steps in planning any event is the selection of your venue! There are so many unique venues to choose from on the Central Coast, it’s important to take your time and ask lots of questions. Your venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day; it helps set the scene of your day as well as determine the flow of your event. We suggest to start your search using our Central Coast Wedding Venue Guide to get your ideas flowing, and make initial contact with the venues that catch your eye. With so many things to consider (and some you may not have thought of); we put together a list of points to ponder, and questions to ask when deciding on a venue.

 

Whispering Rose Ranch/Photo by Opendoor Wedding Photography

Whispering Rose Ranch/Photo by Opendoor Wedding Photography

 

Location

Is the venue close to accommodations for your family and friends? If you have a large number of guests travelling in, you’ll want to make sure there are adequate options nearby, or, plenty of transportation options such as Uber or possibly reserving a shuttle service such as SLO Safe Ride for your event and the safety of your guests.

Style

From Paso Robles to Santa Barbara, the Central Coast is wide open and varied in terrain from mountains to vineyards, cool downtown districts, and coastal areas- which makes it perfect to satisfy any wedding style or theme!

Does the venue match the style and feel you are hoping for? Wedding venues such as Greengate Ranch and Vineyard offers rustic charm with a vintage twist, while Whispering Rose Ranch in Solvang provides breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Valley from a gorgeous working horse ranch with an air of Santa Barbara sophistication. If you are dreaming of a coastal wedding; venues such as Point 16 in Big Sur offer wide open views of the California coast line, while Avila Beach Golf Resort offers a beach front location with stunning sunsets. And of course, we have no shortage of vineyard and winery locations up and down the Central Coast!

Point 16, Big Sur/Photo by Kramer Events

Venue

When you’ve narrowed down your list of venues, there are a few questions to keep in mind that may save you money and hassle come event day:

How far in advance can you reserve the venue, and, does the venue offer an off-season discount? The wedding season on the Central Coast is typically late April through early November, when the weather here is best. Many venues and vendors (like Kramer Events) offer off-season discounts on venues and services if you book during November through early April.

What is included in the rental fee? Some venues offer tables, chairs, and other wedding related items and fold it into the cost of the rental; however, not all do. Make sure to get the list of what’s included to make the most of your budget and vendor needs.

Can you choose your own vendors? Another very important question! Most venues will allow outside catering, and liquor; however, there are several on the Central Coast that utilize their own in-house catering or liquor license. Often, you can still bring in outside wine, beer, or liquor, but there may be a corkage fee. Be sure to outline this clearly ahead of time with the venue’s Event Manager.

-Finally, time of year is also very important when determining a venue. While the temperature throughout much of the coastline and inland valleys of the Central Coast stay sunny and temperate throughout much of the year; our summertime and early fall temperatures in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Ynez can climb into the 90’s and higher. Does the venue have an indoor option for coverage, or, enough room for tenting should the weather call for it?

As you begin your search for the perfect Central Coast wedding venue, keep these points in mind and look for venues that will bring the vision of your perfect day to life!

Pear Valley Winery, Paso Robles/Photo by Kramer Events

For more venue and style inspiration, be sure to follow our Pinterest boards.  

Need Plans for Ringing in the New Year?


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   These past 12 months certainly have been wild, leaving many of us ready to enthusiastically bid farewell to 2016 and greet the year to come. If you’ve been a bit too preoccupied with the upcoming holidays to give proper consideration to your New Year’s Eve plans, don’t worry- you can welcome 2017 in style while one of our Kramer Events DJs mixes the night away. Plenty of party with all the Kramer Events pizzazz, join us at one of these select events for a night you won’t forget!  Read more

Voted Best DJ 2016!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Kramer Events has won California Wedding Day’s award for Central Coast’s Best DJ 2016 !!! Our team is honored to be considered alongside such innovative and top-notch talent, and we humbly congratulate all of our fellow local nominees and winners.

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This award is especially sweet considering each finalist is chosen by our peers; the brides, grooms, vendors, and California Wedding Day staff through an open voting process held online. Read more

Project Prom 2016

Kramer Events is excited to announce our part in Project Prom 2016! We will be one of the many local drop off venues for this amazing charity event! Drop off your donations of dresses and accessories anytime between now and May 3rd at our office and help a local young lady go to prom. Every girl deserves to have an amazing prom experience and this is a great way to help.

Are you a Vendor that serves proms in the area?

Donate your time in helping these girls get ready for their special day – or set your office as a collection site for local donations!

Apply today

Are you looking for a dress for your prom?

Project Prom is open to ANY SLO County high school student looking for assistance in getting ready for prom. Shopping Day, where girls try on and pick out their dresses, will be Thursday, May 4th from 4pm – 6pm at Something Bridal. 

To participate you simply need parental permission and to complete this online planning form.

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Congratulations Brian & Amber!

We had an amazing time being apart of the first ever Finally I Do Wedding in San Luis Obispo! Brian and Amber were voted on by their community to receive a completely free wedding from participating wedding vendors. Their love story captured the heart of all of us and their undying love was evident from the moment they stepped into our office.


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“Amber teaches seven art classes at Templeton High School and dedicates countless hours before, after school, and on weekends, mentoring her students. Amber started the student Art Club, served as the Assistant Activities Director /ASB advisor, and doubled the participation in the California Scholarship Federation club which emphasizes students serving their community. Brian is a Volunteer Firefighter with SLO County Fire and is the Training Officer for his station. In the role of Training Officer, Brian is also a mentor to new recruits, many of whom are students straight out of high school still trying to decide their paths in life. Instead of spending hours volunteering as mentors and roles models, Brian and Amber could take on second jobs to help save for their wedding. But the couple says they’re not interested in giving up their passion for helping and guiding others, simply to spend more money and energy on themselves. They were nominated by a former student and fire academy trainee.”


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2016 DJ Mix Off

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The annual battle of the DJs was celebrated in true Kramer fashion last week as five of our amazing DJs competed for the Mix Off Championship. 10 songs, 20 minutes and multiple surprises along the way made for an awesome party with unique mixes from each of our guys. A huge shout out to the 2016 winner, Pearce Bley for showing he has what it takes to drink from the Mixing Champ trophy.

 

We had a great time partying and bonding with our team and cannot wait to see what the 2016 wedding season has to offer! And of course huge thank you to The Grilled Cheese Incident providing us with the most delicious food.


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Sarah & Travis

This past Saturday was an amazing day as we again had the privilege of working with an amazing and fantastic couple from Orange County. With stormy weather and consistent rain threatening to postpone the engagement shoot, fate won out and the skies opened up for a 3 hours of beautiful cloudy skies and a jaw dropping sunset. Sarah and Travis were nothing short of a blast and their genuine love for one another was so evident. The Coast was beautiful and Montana De Oro could not have been more picturesque and perfect. The shots we got were stunning and again, we felt so privileged to be working with such an amazing couple.
We love what we do.
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Kramer Events attends Mobile Beat LV!

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Part of our mission is to raise the public’s expectation of event professionals. A key component to achieve this is continuing education.  

Since our DJ division is still a large part of our business, Melissa, Pearce and I set off to our annual trip to the largest DJ convention in America, the Mobile Beat convention in Las Vegas. It’s always a great show where we get to learn from industry experts, demo the latest gear, and see our colleagues and mentors from around the globe. This year was great and we brought back a ton of things we will be sharing with our team, our industry, and our clients.

I was honored to be on a panel discussion hosted by QSC, the leading speaker manufacturer, to share some our our knowledge with peers from the industry. I’m always excited to give back and help others as others have helped us get where we are today. It’s exciting to see the excitement in the eyes of others just starting their journey and ready to grow their business. I am excited to announce that QSC has selected us to be an industry expert blogger on their site. We will continue to give back to our industry in any way we can.

All in all a great trip and the Kramer Crew will keep going back each year. Education is everything!

 

Beau Kramer
Team Leader

 

 

CCB Bridal Show Discount!

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You’re Invited!

 

Come out to the Central Coast Bride Spectacular Spring Bridal Show on April 10 at the Madonna Inn! This will be the largest Spring Bridal Fair on the Central Coast, with 120 Wedding Exhibitors in attendance, making it the perfect place to plan your entire wedding weekend. And the best part is that the Kramer Team has a discount code for you!

Use our discount code “kramerevents” at checkout to save $3 off your tickets!

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