For most, getting married is a one-shot deal and the event needs to be perfect and memorable. When thinking about where to hold a wedding reception, there are so many details to consider. Some families want to keep things simple and intimate by doing things in a backyard or public park. The majority of society wants to go all out and find a place with amenities and beauty to spare. Indoor, outdoor, urban or rural, Sacramento venues have the recipe for success and happiness on that special day.

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(credit: vizcayapavilion.com)

Vizcaya
2019 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 594-9285
www.vizcayasacramento.comVizcaya is your reception venue if you are looking for a fairytale without leaving the downtown Sacramento area. This longtime Sacramento bed and breakfast will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a far away place upon walking through its doors. One of the services setting Vizcaya apart from the rest is not charging guests a corkage fee for their reception. Most notable is that the new couple will get a free honeymoon suite the night of their reception. Whether your reception is for 50 people or 250 people, Vizcaya and its highly trained staff will help put it together.

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(credit: librarygalleria.com)

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 264-2800
www.librarygalleria.comTsakopoulos Library Galleria is a thing of fantasy. If you’ve ever pictured your reception being held in a castle, this venue will be the closest you will get in Sacramento. For your dining needs, the Galleria has an entire list of approved caterers which happens to include some of the finest cuisine our city has to offer. This space will absolutely complement your photos as almost every inch of the venue is a picture waiting to be taken. People have traveled great distances to have their receptions here and our locals are fortunate enough to have it available nearby.

Beatnik Studios
2421 17th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-5808
www.beatnik-studios.com

This venue is very different from the rest. If the urban vibe is more your style, Beatnik Studios is your spot, hands down. With a space reminiscent of a Manhattan loft, you’ll feel like you’re in an episode of “Sex and the City.” Of course, having photographers on property makes for a convenient one-stop shop. Beatnik also poses as a gallery and music venue and is one of Sacramento’s best-kept secrets.

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Frasinetti’s Winery & Restaurant
7395 Frasinetti Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 383-2444
www.frasinetti.com

Enter the “Old World.” Frasinetti has been around for a long time. This family-run business is most well known for its restaurant and winery. The winery itself is over 112 years old and provides the perfect escape from the day-to-day routine. These guys know how to put things together in an intimate setting. If you want your reception to be held in a truly historic setting, you need look no further.

Helwig Winery
11555 Shenandoah Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-5200
www.helwigwinery.com

If you’ve never visited Plymouth, then you are missing out on one of the benefits of living in Sacramento. This is less than a 30-minute drive from Sacramento and is home to great wines and even better people. In the world of wineries, Helwig is new to the scene but has definitely hit the ground running. There’s something about being at a winery surrounded by grapes and sunshine that makes for a perfect day. The winery experience is always a romantic one and the facilities and the wine at Helwig will blow you away. This is your venue if what you want is something picturesque.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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