Most people who know me well, know that I love planning events, so planning my destination wedding has been a lot of fun so far! A lot of work, but still fun. I sure wish this was my job, but alas, I’m not so lucky I spent quite a bit of time compiling information for our guests for our wine country wedding in August. Here is a quick peek at what our guests received. I’ve included some PDF links to the actual (some partial for privacy of our guests) documents that I developed.
Invitation: The ceremony will be held at Kunde Family Estate, and performed by my bestie! Reception to follow immediately at St. Francis Winery, prepared by Executive Chef David Bush. Transportation is provided for all guests by limo bus. Wedding Invitations
Wedding Week Itinerary: Itinerary of major events from Monday through Sunday (days most guests will be in town). This was a tri-fold with a list of guests and their relationship to the bride and groom on the back (I didn’t include this part in the PDF link to protect the innocent ). Wedding Itinerary
Travel Information: Through Vacation Rental by Owner, we are renting a house in Santa Rosa where our guests will be staying. All important travel information including flights, car rentals, shuttles, lodging address and amenities, and tips on packing for the trip. Travel Information
Driving Directions: Turn by turn directions from San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport to rental house.
What To Do: A brochure I put together specifically for this group of people. We have mostly couples coming and one family with two small children. I compiled a list of popular activities for the adventurer, families and children and the wino (ME!). Price ranges from free and higher, and include activities such as state parks, Train Town, Charles Shultz (Peanuts creator) Museum, shopping, gardens and day trips. In this brochure, I’ve also included a list of wineries that we recommend. Being that there are far too many for anyone to make it to all of them in a single trip (let alone a lifetime), I thought a list of those that we’ve been to and enjoyed with a few highlights might be helpful for the first timers. Sonoma Brochure
Restaurant Recommendations: This list includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night options for guests, ranging in casual to fancy, inexpensive to pricey. Most are restaurants that I’ve been to. I used information from my very favorite travel advice site, Trip Advisor, for options close to where we are staying and highly rated by Trip Advisor users. Restaurant Recommendations
Spa Menu: We are planning a spa day while we are out there. In order to make reservations for everyone before we arrive, I included a menu of the spa services and requested guests let me know what services they’d like, if any. Spa Menu