Destination weddings involve more than just picking a location, sending out invites, and hoping everyone who RSVP’d shows up. It requires complete and thoughtful planning.
While planning your nuptials locally, your concerns may be a bit more simple, perhaps because your vendors are easily accessible to you. Your primary focus will most likely be choosing a venue that will accommodate your sense of style, your budget, and your guest count. You may go so far as to take into consideration driving accommodations to and from the location, as well as parking on the grounds.
Local vendors may prove to be more accessible for meetings, making you feel more at ease with your choice of doing business with them.
There is a big contrast when your wedding is not being held locally. What makes you feel more secure about the services you are going to receive?
You are completely at the mercy of management, internet reviews, and writers (such as magazines, like ours), hoping for an honest review about the experience at an establishment.
Thus the reason why we at WBM take it very seriously when we seek out venues, vendors, hotels, restaurants, caterers, florists, photographers and everything else that encompasses your big day. We realize that what we put in writing will affect one of the most important moments of your life.
As one of our favorite states in America, California continues to maintain a warm spot in our hearts. It is the state where the sun kisses your skin daily and the views are magnificent from one region to the next. On this trip, we decided to visit Rancho Santa Fe. This beautiful region totally impressed us with its rich history and Mexican-inspired architecture, which remains a part of its current lifestyle.
Our wedding location of choice would be Rancho Valencia a Relais & Châteaux property, right in the heart of this town. The view, before you even get to the grounds, proves to be breathtaking. You will realize, during the scenic ride to the property, that you have left all your cares and stress back at the airport!
The grounds are perfectly manicured, and the top-class service begins as soon as you hit the parking lot, complete with valet parking. The front desk is stationed through the courtyard of this brilliant piece of architecture that was built with the intent of complimenting the Mediterranean-inspired grounds. Thirty million dollars was invested to assure that your stay proved to be nothing but the best. This five-star resort makes promises that it has every intentions of keeping.
After checking into our three-bedroom suite with its private Jacuzzi, full kitchen, bathroom in each room, and a chef-like kitchen, a patio that clearly makes you feel at home, I knew that nothing would go wrong. After dropping our bags in our suite, we walked the grounds to get familiar with our surroundings.
The property is fully equipped with a full-service spa, fitness center, yoga space, swimming pool, tennis court and walking trail, which will bring you total peace. As if that wasn’t enough, the private areas for weddings are only one step short of perfection. You have a choice of having your wedding in the outdoor space on the property, or for a larger group, the ballroom space, which is more than suitable for the absolutely pickiest client.
This piece of paradise is not only fit for a queen, but his royal highness will be more than pleased with the private room that will enchant him and his groomsmen. From The Pony Room, The Wine Room, to the Veladora, nothing about this space will disappoint you.
On top of that, the food is absolutely divine. As you know, we are sticklers for customer service, and the Rancho Valencia food and beverage team did not disappoint us in that area. We were more than pleased with our treatment, the menu, and the list of options for all our dining needs.
If you decide not to drive in, Porsche has partnered with Rancho Valencia to provide you luxury at your fingertips. Why Porsche? Why not? Porsche is the how you spell luxury. The location calls for it, why not go all out and enjoy the toys that come along with it during your stay. The history of the brand is enchanting enough to enjoy it at the very least during your wedding or honeymoon stay and not feel guilty.
In addition to the already listed amenities, Rancho Valencia has a list of preferred vendors that will make sure your day is as perfect as you imagined it. And if after your day is completed and you just can’t imagine not being able to enjoy all of these amenities again, you are offered the opportunity to own a piece of paradise.
“Along with what may be the world’s most perfect climate, owners at Rancho Valencia enjoy a refined and quiet sensibility — the glamour of old Hollywood, the thrill of Del Mar racing, the simple pleasure of a picnic at the beach. It’s an inviting place where families come together, friends are made and life is cherished.”
May your quest for the right destination be filled with joy and great excitement. For us at WBM we will continue to journey across the globe to find you some of the world’s greatest Hidden Treasures.