Finding the Perfect Central Coast Wedding Venue

Finding the Perfect Central Coast Wedding Venue 

San Luis Obispo + Santa Barbara County 

From lush gardens to rolling vineyards, rustic barns to expansive estates, luxury hotels to elegant restaurants, golf courses to community centers – and everything in between; there is certainly a Central Coast Wedding Venue for every taste and budget, but how do you go about choosing the right one when the options are so extensive? With insight from Kramer Events Coordinators, as well as some of our married and engaged team members who have been through the process, we have compiled a list of important questions to ask when selecting a location for your wedding day.  Read more

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Team Member Spotlight

Lathan Ford

Meet Lathan, Operations Leader at Kramer Events.  Currently living in Paso he’s married to his wonderful wife, Jackie, he’s a self-admitted beer snob and loves photography.  In fact, he’s a professional wedding photographer in addition to being a trained EMT.  But more importantly, he’s now a critical part of our Kramer Team.

 
Part of the magic behind Kramer Events is how our different departments work together on events to bring out the best in each other’s craft.  Lathan is the organizer of that magic.  As Operations Leader he ensures our team works well together and helps push us to raise the bar.  Even though he’s only been with us a short time, he is already pushing us to step up our game in all departments.
 

I have a ton of respect for his calm and thoughtful leadership style.  We’re lucky to have a person like him help lead our team.

Beau Kramer
Team Leader

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The Next Chapter

Real weddings begin with real engagements and we feel honored to be able to capture our couples’ stories from start to finish. Jessica and Travis are scheduled to get married at Terra Mia in the fall, so they spent an afternoon in Avila Beach getting acquainted with Justin Jacobs of Kramer Events Photography, and the results are breathtaking!  Read more

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Just Baked SLO

Who doesn’t love cake?! We sure do! The Kramer Events team has had the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented dessert vendors over the years and we wanted to share some of their goodies with you! Read more

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Real Wedding | Cass Winery | Sarah and Jordan

Real Wedding | Sarah & Jordan

Cass Winery • Paso Robles, CA

On April 27th, 2018, tucked away in the hillsides of Paso Robles Wine Country, Sarah and Jordan said “I do” under a lush oak tree surrounded by the ones they love the most at the beautiful Central Coast Wedding Venue, Cass Winery and the Kramer Events team was honored to be a part of their special day. 

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Real Corporate | Peachy Canyon Industry Party

Real Corporate | Peachy Canyon Industry Party

“Welcome to Zin City” 

Peachy Canyon was the place to be this past weekend if you enjoy great wine, tasty food and a night filled with games, music, dancing, and fun!

Our Kramer Events Lighting team as well as renowned Kramer Events DJ Lou Mars, killed it two nights in a row, helping to transform Peachy Canyon’s production facility into a beautifully lit and lively party that guests won’t soon forget. Read more

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Team Member Spotlight

Vanessa Robbins

Long overdue, Meet Vanessa, the head of our marketing efforts and the editor of our monthly newsletter.  

Vanessa, or as we call her, V, came to us less than a year ago but has been a huge part of our office team.  She’s brought a new sense of style and fashion to the upstairs Kramer Office.  Born and raised locally she now lives in Grover Beach and is engaged to her Fiancé Shonda.  So she understands the wedding industry.
 
You’ll mostly only see her if you visit the office.  She’s the one helping showcase our partner venues on our find a venue page.  She’s also creating all of our social media content and managing our media from our photography and video divisions. Probably the most organized person in the building she helps the rest of us stay on track.  She often helps me by taking things off my plate!
 
But, from time to time on busy weekends, you’ll also see her in the field helping run a photo booth or assisting one of our coordinators.
 
We knew from the minute we hired her that we were lucky to have her.  We’re excited to have her on our Kramer Team to help tell our story.
 
Beau Kramer
Team Leader

No Drinking and Driving – Call SLO Safe Ride!

No Drinking and Driving – Call SLO Safe Ride!

There is nothing worse than getting stuck as the designated driver when you would prefer to let loose with your friends and family; even worse though is getting stuck in a situation where you and your loved ones are intoxicated and do not have a safe mode of transportation. The Kramer Events team is here to tell you that you and all your guests can go hard on your wedding night and still remain responsible and safe throughout. SLO Safe Ride will give you the peace of mind you need to thoroughly enjoy the party from start to finish.

As the Central Coast’s leading group transportation service, SLO Safe Ride prides themselves on being professional, punctual, and personable. They work closely with Central Coast Wedding Coordinators to ensure that your transportation arrives in the right place at the right time with no hassle to you. Their fleet includes luxury cars, vans, buses, and limousines as well as business class Charter vehicles. No party is too big or too small.

Reserve the perfect vehicle for you ahead of time to ensure that you can enjoy your special day worry free; and if any of your guests find themselves in a pinch, they can call and request a ride on the spot.

This service makes it possible for people to enjoy their lives responsibly. So, NEVER drink and drive, just call SLO Safe Ride, and party on! 

 

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Say “I Do” on Friday or Sunday

Why have a Friday or Sunday Wedding?

It’s no secret that the go-to day to plan a wedding is Saturday, but we have found that there are some enticing reasons to jump out of the box and schedule your Wedding on a Friday or Sunday instead. 

The first reason is a no-brainer; cost efficiency! Venues typically book their Saturdays for the year well in advance, so they often provide a discount to couples who choose to have their Wedding on an off day instead. This is great because you get the same services you would normally get, but now you can apply those extra savings to another important aspect of your big day. 

If cost saving appeals to you, or your dream venue is booked every Saturday for years out, then read on. A Friday or Sunday wedding can make for a unique wedding experience, but how do you know which one of these days is right for you? Kramer Events Wedding Coordinators took their experience planning Central Coast Weddings and helped us explore this question a bit. Let’s begin with a Friday Wedding. 

“I like the idea of a Friday wedding because it extends the weekend! You can host a bunch of different activities and get togethers with your special people and keep the party going- not just one day only!” – Bri Cormier 

This is a great option for couples whose guests don’t have to travel far to attend the wedding. The Wedding ceremony can be held on a Friday in the late afternoon/evening so that guests don’t have to take a full day off of work if they don’t want to and can thoroughly enjoy the party afterwards and still have the whole weekend to relax with their family, friends, and the newlyweds. This option may be best if you know you and your guests plan to party-hardy and won’t want the fun to stop after the wedding comes to an end. 

If going hard the night of the wedding is less of a priority for you and your loved ones, and your more interested in something intimate and relaxed, a Sunday Wedding may be your best option. You can plan something unique, like a morning wedding with brunch and mimosa’s to follow and an early end time for the reception so your guests don’t feel exhausted as they begin their work week on Monday.

Sunday is also a great option when it comes to destination weddings, as guests will be able to leave Friday evening, and have plenty of time to rest after their travels before enjoying your wedding on Sunday. 

Ultimately, when making the decision about your wedding date it is important to go with the day that feels right for you and your partner. Your guests love you and will do what it takes to make whatever date you choose work for their schedules. Most people will choose to take a day off. Whether it be the Friday before your Wedding or the Monday after, they will plan accordingly so they can celebrate this big day with you. 

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Planning a Central Coast Tasting Tour

The Central Coast Tasting Experience 

In a previous Kramer Buzz blog post we explored the many ways in which San Luis Obispo County is an ideal location for your Destination Wedding – the beautiful landscapes, amazing food, and diverse culture make the Central Coast a great place to relax and enjoy yourself, and it just so happens to be home to some of the most unique tasting experiences California has to offer.

With over 250 wineries and dozens of craft breweries and Cideries to choose from, planning a tour may feel a bit daunting, but we are here to tell you it doesn’t have to be! When planning your tour, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Whats your taste? Do you like award-winning wines, handcrafted beers, or traditional ciders? – whatever your taste, the Central Coast has something for everyone’s palette.

  • If wine is your thing, you are in the right place; to the North is Paso Robles which is famous for its warm weather AVA (American Viticulture Area) and the top-notch Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon it produces on its expanding vineyards. South in San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley, the cooler climate wineries are widely dispersed and are popular for their rich Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Whether you’re new to the wine scene or a knowledgeable connoisseur, you’ll find something you love.  

           Check out some local wineries here

  • Breweries specializing in craft beers have thrived on the Central Coast; downtown San Luis Obispo’s beer scene is hoppin’ – pun intended. Dating back decades, a focus on small-batch brews has made the Central Coast a pioneer of the West Coast style IPA, as well as niche beers such as Gose, Sours, and Mead. There is a special quality here in that everything created is very unique. Local breweries, wineries, and distilleries often team up with one another to create once in a lifetime collaborations. 
  • Cideries are yet another unique offering of the Central Coast; this is a newer trend that has taken off in San Luis Obispo County, making use of the many fruit orchards scattered around the area. Ciders come in a diverse range of flavors but are most commonly known for their sweet taste and apple aroma. 

The great part about planning a Central Coast tasting tour is that you don’t have to choose just one type of tasting, but can mix and match to suit your mood. 

What aspects of SLO County do you want to experience? 

Think about what your overall hope for the day is; the Central Coast is very diverse and no one area is exactly the same. Do you want to explore the fun-filled college town of San Luis Obispo, breathe in the ocean air on the coast, or experience the rolling hills of wine country?

  • If you’re all about new and exciting, then the lively-college town of San Luis Obispo may be the perfect place for you to begin your tour. The city is bursting with breweries, pubs, and tasting rooms to explore and there will be no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a spot for lunch. 
  • Or maybe its the coastal charm that appeals to you, in which case you can enjoy a scenic drive down the historic highway 1 stopping in beach towns such as Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria to enjoy wine, beer, and cider tastings as well as the opportunity to enjoy authentic, locally sourced seafood.
  • Its no secret that San Luis Obispo County is wine country; if you’re interested in exploring the rich history of viticulture on the Central Coast, you may want to tour the countryside where you can enjoy expansive views of rolling hills and vineyards. Many wineries and tasting rooms have an onsite deli or grill, but if such amenities are not available, it may be the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view.  

So whether you want to take it easy as you take in the remarkable beauty the Central Coast has to offer or delve into the history and unique processes’ of each establishment you visit. There are options to suit any agenda but its important to pinpoint what kind of experience you want to have before embarking on your tour.

How do you want to get around? San Luis Obispo County has lots of different options when it comes to professional transportation and many of them specialize in tasting tours. Whether you are a hardcore planner and just need someone to take you where you want to go on your time schedule, or want to sit back and let someone else do all the planning for you, SLO county has options for you. 

  • SLO Safe Ride is one of San Luis Obispo County’s leading transportation services. They are professional, punctual, and knowledgeable about the area and work in collaboration with many local tasting facilities, making them a great resource throughout your tour. They provide everything from limousines to shuttles to luxury buses and can accommodate groups of all sizes. 
  • Hop On Beer Tour is a great option if you’re looking for a laid-back experience with a knowledgeable beer connoisseur. Their buses are 15- or 20-passenger pubs-on-wheels, perfect for turning up the music and having a lively ride between stops. They offer custom tours as well as their preplanned Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo tours which visit some of the most popular spots in the region. 
  • 101 Wine Tours specializes in wine tours throughout the Central Coast in their comfortable Mercedes Vans. Their knowledgeable tour guides can plan a tour perfectly tailored to the tastes and preferences of any group. Whether you prefer large estate wineries or small boutique tasting facilities, 101 Wine Tours will be able to create the perfect tour for you. 

Regardless of which option you choose, with a little bit of planning – or finding the right people to plan for you-you are sure to have an unforgettable time cruising around the Central Coast getting a taste of all it has to offer! 

 

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