10 Do’s and Don'ts for Planning a Paso Robles Wedding

I_0452by Valerie Gilliss

Paso Robles wedding season is in full swing!  Planning for a wedding in our area has some unique benefits and challenges.  Read-on for Do’s and Don'ts for your Paso Robles wedding!

1. DO – check local festival and fair dates.  We have a lot to celebrate here in Paso Robles, and booking venues, vendors, and hotels is tough if your wedding is on a big festival weekend.

2. DON’T – forget to block hotel rooms for your out-of-town guests (and DO it early!!)

Bride&GroomVineyard3. DO – research to find your venue.  Many amazing sites don’t advertise and are off the beaten track.  So DON’T be afraid to explore!  Grab a brochure from the Travel Paso Robles Alliance, the Main Street Association or the Wine Alliance and head for the hills!

4. DO – Use local vendors, especially a coordinator!  Local coordinators give you a face and voice in Paso Robles which builds a quality relationship between you and your wedding pros.  Your planning will be less stressful, more efficient, and your vendors more eager to please.

5. DON’T – judge vendors by their prices.  If you’re from a “big city” you’re used to seeing “big city” prices.  Don’t be afraid to hire local pros if their fees seem lower than you expected.

6. DO – expect friendly service.  Paso Roblans thrive on personal relationships.  Your vendors will not only be stellar professionals, but might invite you to coffee to laugh about the latest bridesmaid drama.  It’s a small town, we like people (and not just on Facebook).

7. DON’T – expect vendors to have experience at your venue.  Paso Robles boasts over 200 wineries, plus lots of ranches and private estates.  Local vendors are genius at working cooperatively with new venues.  Just confirm they’ll do a pre-wedding walkthrough with your coordinator.

8. DON’T – bring Bridezilla.  If she sneaks into that overnight bag, head out to a gorgeous winery, breath in the view (glass of wine in-hand), and kiss that Zilla goodbye! DSC_0715

9. DO – find activities for your guests.  Showcase your amazing destination with a Welcome dinner or wine tour!  Most venues shut down by 10pm, so plan an after-party for those night owls.  If extra events aren’t in the budget, list wineries, restaurants, and family activities on your wedding website and in your guests’ welcome bags.

10. DON’T – count on your guests catching a cab if they “overindulge”.  Block rooms at hotels that are walking distance from the party, or hire shuttles to get everyone home safely.

Valerie Gilliss is a wedding coordinator and co-owner of Lavender Blue Events. Her company specializes in designing and coordinating custom weddings in Paso Robles and across the Central Coast. Follow her blog for the latest wedding trends, planning tips, and etiquette advice.


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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 3:42pm
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Tue, 07/03/2012 - 6:43pm
Great post Valerie! I didn't know you were in CCWP... I hope you're getting a lot out of membership! (I'm a past president...)
Thu, 07/05/2012 - 10:35am
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Tue, 10/09/2012 - 11:05am