Finding the perfect venue was the first step that made our wedding “official”. Before we found out venue we did not have a date or any idea of when we would be getting married. As soon as a date was held it all became real. I had a date to prepare for. I had a deadline for projects. I had an answer when people would ask me the infamous, “So when are you guys getting married?” question. It felt so real and so perfect. We toured several locations, but from the moment we set foot onto Lorimar Winery it felt perfect.
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You know that feeling of “the one”? Well, it turns out it doesn’t just apply to your significant other. It applies to your venue, your cake, your save the dates, your engagement pictures, your flowers, your DJ, all your vendors, and your dress (more on all that later). The feeling of “the one” is for your WHOLE WEDDING! If you don’t get that feeling then keep on searching. I could sit here and try to explain how much I love our venue, but instead I’m going to tell you WHY ! Why we love it, why it’s “the one”, and why you should put them on your venue list too!
1.The Lorimar Wedding Coordinators
First and foremost, the wedding department is amazing! We had the pleasure of having our tour with Amy and speaking to Tina Marie their event and wedding manager. Both amazing women! Amy showed us around both of their facilities and gave us some ideas of the ways we could set up and a general overview of what our day could look like. She answered all of our questions and even provided us with additional information we did not realize we would need to know. They are such sweet, down to earth, and caring ladies. I felt a sense of security and trust. I felt as if I knew that I could trust them to make my vision come to life, and that is a great feeling to have as a bride.
I loved to see that they had experience in hosting weddings. Not only do they have experience, they also have fantastic reviews. Seeing other happy brides sharing their love for Lorimar really added to that sense of security. Because no bride wants to have even the slightest feeling that something could go very wrong. Follow them on Instagram so you can see the beautiful events they put together.
A girl loves having options. Lorimar has the vineyard lawn and then their barrel room & lawn options, both beautiful locations. I loved having the ability to choose between the two and having the ability to have a wedding with both an indoor and outdoor option.
Wine country is beautiful enough to need very, very, very little decor. Lorimar’s beautiful vineyards and facade are picture worthy. From the moment you set foot you think “Wow!” With the orchards nearby and the vineyards as your backdrop you hardly need to put in anything extra. There are so many locations to take breathtaking photos! We are both suckers for natural beauty and Lorimar definitely took that prize!
5.Day of Coordinator
There is one thing I want to advise all my soon to be brides-make sure you have a coordinator! When we first started planning this wedding I thought I wanted to pull together the most DIY wedding ever and that somehow I would have the time and energy the day of to run it too. Silly me! There is no way ! I mean there probably is, but that means you take focus and energy from enjoying your day to working it. And NO ONE wants to have to work on their wedding. Our coordinator, Michaela will be making sure our day runs smooth and that all we have to worry about is looking fabulous and enjoying our day.
Every vendor I have spoken to has asked for our venue name. Every single vendor has said the words “I love to work at Lorimar”. Lorimar‘s coordinators have a great reputation in their industry and it really shows when you deal with outsiders. Finding vendors to work with has been such a breeze because they are familiar with the professionalism that Lorimar offers.
Love is in the air! Like literally, I felt all the love. The good vibes! And the good wine! After our tour we were treated to a complimentary wine tasting and we got to enjoy some time at the winery. It was so much fun! The staff was super nice and helpful, not to mention knowledgable. We enjoyed the most delicious wine I have ever had, so much my mother in law and I are planning our next trip to Lorimar!
8.The Bridal Suite & Grooms RV
Did you know that not all venues have a place for you to get ready? This was actually something I did not seem so focused on until…I realized how much easier it would be to walk out to my wedding if I was already there. No car ride hoping my dress doesn’t wrinkle or that my hair doesn’t mess up, or that I’m late! Not only is there a very comfortable suite with dressing rooms and a full length mirror (a total must for a bride) there is also a 2 bedroom super cool RV for my soon to be hubby and his groomsmen to get ready too. The women get to sip on wine while the boys get some beer to get everyone relaxed and ready! AND they are nowhere near each other so there isn’t an accidental “oops I saw the bride” moment!
I did not realize how thankful I would be for choosing a venue which includes just about everything in their packages. Even those things they don’t include-they give you recommendations for! Having to find just a few extra vendors is so much easier than trying to find a caterer, a rental company, bartenders, servers, etc. Now that we are elbows deep in wedding plans I appreciate that the majority of my wedding is already set!
10.Packages to Fit Your Budget
A wedding budget is one of the most important parts of a wedding. Staying within budget was something I explained was top priority. Amy reassured us it was definitely doable. Lorimar has such a great range in pricing to be able to accommodate a great variety of budget sizes. Along with their package pricing, the ladies work with you to create a package that fits your desires and your wallet. Whether it be a buffet vs plated food, or changing the bar type that you have, they will make a package for you.
Lorimar was the first venue we toured. The moment we got back in the car I turned to him and told him Lorimar was the one. He knew once I had my heart set on it anything else wouldn’t compare. We were both so in love it was a no brainer. Lorimar made my heart skip a beat and gave me those warm and fuzzy feelings. I could envision myself marrying this amazing man there. I could envision calm and peace and pure joy. That is all I could ask for on our special day, pure joy. So my brides to be, find a place you love, find a place that makes your heart smile.