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Wedding season is full of excitement, joy and love. Composing your wedding weekend itinerary can be stressful, and every moment of your special day deserves thoughtful consideration. From your arrival to the joyous reception festivities, Arroyo Grande sets the stage for a truly unforgettable celebration of love. Explore a curated and memorable itinerary that reflects the essence of this unique wine destination and a backdrop that will capture the hearts of everyone attending.

Day 1

Kick Off the Wedding Festivities

Wine Tasting and Welcome Dinner

Create your own wine country haven with wedding guests at one of Arroyo Grande’s many wine tasting locales. Center of Effort provides visitors with artisan Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, sparkling wines and a stunning view of their Edna Valley estate. If you’re looking to wow your guests, level-up with one of their private dining experiences for groups large or small.  

For an authentic taste and feel of Arroyo Grande, plan a visit to Peacock Cellars, a family-run farmstand and boutique winery with award-winning wines. Enjoy your tasting at the bar or at tables overlooking the vineyards. Browse their farmstand glass in hand, with displays of farm-fresh produce and home decor gifts. This one of a kind Arroyo Grande tasting room even offers warm baked breads, cobblers, jams and other savory delights to nibble on or take back home. Behind the tasting room, don’t miss the large outdoor seating area for picnics and afternoons spent in the sun. Tip: You can also tie the knot under the shaded canopy of walnut trees at the Gardens at Peacock Farms.

Officially welcome the wedding party with dinner at Ember. The experience at this beloved locals’ favorite is authentic food cooked by a wood fire, resulting in passionate Italian-inspired Californian cuisine. Start with small plates, like the arugula and winter squash, then move on to wood-oven-fired pizzas, freshwater steelhead salmon, or delicious ribeye steak. Pair your dishes with cocktails, wines and local draft beers. Experience true Central Coast cuisine while reminiscing with your friends and family and toasting to love!

Day 2

Say “I Do”

Enjoy Your Wedding Day at the Perfect Venue

Your big day is finally here! Flowers, dresses, suits and smiles are all around. Local Arroyo Grande wedding planners have completed your event with fine food, floral designs and photographers who snap endless pictures. Of course, the basis of every picture-perfect wedding is a venue that represents you as a couple. No matter your desired aesthetic, Arroyo Grande has the right location for you to say “I do.” From classic elegance to rustic chic, here are a few of our favorite picks:

The Casitas of Arroyo Grande  is a 12-acre private estate steeped in luxury with four lodging houses, its own vineyard, gorgeous panoramic views and various wedding packages to make your vision come true. Guests will be blown away by the Spanish architecture, immaculate landscape with gardens, groves and impressive lap pool. Owners Pat and Tony have thought of everything, from offering an in-house wedding planner to a shuttle service, en suite massages and gifts for guests. At this exclusive retreat, no detail is overlooked. Get married amongst the vines and dance the night away under the stars.

Get swept back in time on your magical day at The Victorian Estate. This majestic turn-of-the-century mansion (a true historic gem in the Arroyo Grande community) offers indoor options, as well as expansive grounds for an outdoor wedding set amongst lavender and wisteria-filled gardens, a period-style gazebo and detailed fountains. Receptions include use of the grounds, indoor banquet room, and the Estate’s 130-year-old bar. This romantic getaway has four room options for overnight stays including the Carriage House or Bunkhouse. Let your timeless love story begin!

Your fairytale romance can come to life at Heritage House Museum and Gardens. Prepare to walk down the aisle in the elegant Victorian dressing suite at Ruby’s House (built in the 1800s), adding old-world glamor to your bridal experience. This outdoor venue is located creekside at Heritage Square, with a gazebo option and gardens for a little wedding whimsy. And for an extra touch, inquire about the replica 17th-century carriage, allowing you to truly feel like royalty on your wedding day.

Tar Creek Ranch is a “throwback to simpler times” situated on 95-acres of beautiful land on a working ranch, and just minutes away from the Village. One of Arroyo Grande’s newest venues, Tar Creek Ranch boasts an authentic wooden barn with sliding doors for your grand entrance as a couple, complete with a bar and patio area for a dance floor and entertainment. Finished with shimmering string lights, a performance stage, vast grassy fields and a three-bedroom vacation rental, it’s country luxe at its finest. 

Tee off your wedding day with a hole-in-one at Cypress Ridge Pavilion. Whether you envision an intimate affair for 20, or a grand celebration for 250 plus, Cypress Ridge Golf Club can cater to your needs with unparalleled elegance. Exchange vows amidst the breathtaking views of the lake and towering cypress trees in the garden area or on the patio. For the reception or as an indoor option, the main dining hall exudes warmth and sophistication with its cathedral wood beam ceilings, expansive windows, and crackling fireplace. For ease, the Library Room can be utilized as a bridal changing room leading up to the big moment. With its picturesque setting and thoughtful amenities, Cypress Ridge Pavilion ensures your wedding day is nothing short of spectacular.

Day 3

The Send Off

Relaxing Morning Activities for Guests

For the ultimate farewell celebration, organize a group brunch at Mason Bar & Kitchen, or opt for the luxury of a private catering service such as Flora & Fauna Fine Food. With their expertise, they can tailor the menu to suit your group’s preferences and budget. 

After goodbyes, friends and family can get in a few more adventures including visiting nearby beaches. Just a 5 to 15-minute drive from Arroyo Grande, reach Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Shell Beach, or Avila Beach, to easily get some sand between your toes. Take a moment to collect shells or do a quick dip in the Pacific all while reflecting on an amazing wedding weekend.

While in Arroyo Grande, be in the center of fun at Lopez Lake Recreation Area. Go fishing or hit the hiking trails. For some water fun, rent a boat or waverunners at the Lopez Lake Marina and take a scenic cruise across the lake. Vista Lago Adventure Park (Seasonal. Check website for hours of operation.) offers ziplining and more for your crew! Trust us, it’s a thrilling way to celebrate before or after taking the plunge. 

Amidst the whirlwind of planning and finalizing wedding details is Arroyo Grande, a laid-back wine country destination in the heart of the Central Coast where wedding bliss awaits. Let this itinerary serve as a guide and inspiration for your momentous day. Explore hotel options and book a room block today! Guests will appreciate Arroyo Grande’s proximity to local landmarks, beaches and a variety of shops and restaurants. Cheers to love, laughter, and a happily ever after!