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Saratoga Springs is one of the prettiest wedding venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nestled in the woods of Saratoga, with twinkle lights wrapped around the trees, a Saratoga Springs wedding is like a fairytale come to life.

Saratoga Springs Wedding Venue, Saratoga CA in morning sunlight

With five different ceremony and reception sites to choose from, Saratoga Springs is perfect for weddings of all sizes and budgets. Saratoga Cove and Redwood Grove are smaller sites, while Hilltop, Longbridge and Cathedral Grove can hold hundreds of guests.

Saratoga Springs Wedding Venue Wooden Sign Post

One of the oldest pieces of on the property is the ivy covered stone wall from an old sugar mill, which is often used for first looks.

Saratoga Springs Wedding Venue Sun coming through ivy covered stone wall

Longbridge is one of the larger ceremomy/reception sites. With the gorgeous old bridge in the background, twinkle lights draped on the trees and the fun saloon, Longbridge is a gorgeous place to hold a wedding! For a real wedding at Longbridge, see this blog post.

Saratoga Springs Longbridge Ceremony SiteSaratoga Springs Wedding Venue Longbridge in beautiful light

Hilltop is right above Cathedral Grove, so the two sites are never rented at the same time.

Hilltop Saratoga Springs Wedding Venue

Cathedral Grove is one of the most popular sites at Saratoga Springs, partly because of its namesake. Past the ceremony site is a grove of gorgeous redwoods that you can reach by crossing a small wooden bridge. I personally also love Cathedral Grove for its fairy-light wrapped trees.

Cathedral Grove Saratoga Springs RedwoodsCathedral Grove Twinkle Light Wrapped Tree Saratoga Springs Wedding Venue

One thing to note about Saratoga Springs is they are pretty much booked solid from April-October with two weddings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You might be worried about there being another wedding at the same venue… but don’t be! The Saratoga Springs staff have everything down to a science. They ensure there’s time for both couples to take photos wherever they want on site without interfering with the other wedding. This means that even if you choose to hold your wedding at Longbridge, you’ll be able to take some photos at Cathedral Grove and vice versa!

If you’re hoping to have your wedding at Saratoga Springs, definitely try to reach out a year in advance. That being said, there are still a few open days in 2017, so don’t assume you are out of luck if you’re hoping to have your wedding this year!

The stats:

Number of Guests: 500 max.

Catering:  Catering is all done in-house by Saratoga Springs.

Average price: Prices vary depending on the date, with Saturday afternoons commanding the highest prices. Site fees range from $0 for Saratoga Cove, $500 for Redwood Grove, and $2450 to $5950 for Hilltop, Longbridge and Cathedral Grove. Food starts at $60/head. A Saratoga Springs wedding can cost as little as $12000.

Standard package: The standard package includes park entrance for all guests, dinner, set up and clean up, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, picnic tables, plastic utensils and services of Saratoga Springs’ in-house wedding consultant. Longbridge and Cathedral Grove both have string lights wrapped around trees and scattered across the venues. There are various additional add-ons that couples can choose from as well, including linen, china, chairs, arches. Saratoga Springs even offers the option of s’mores, giant jenga and corn hole!

Alcohol: Couples can choose from a variety of wine, champagne and beer to serve at an open bar.

Contact the Director of Celebrations, Jennifer, at jennifer@saratoga-springs.com with any questions… don’t forget to let her know Alice Che Photography sent you! Jennifer is super sweet and so incredibly helpful, so definitely don’t hesitate to reach out to her if you’re interested in Saratoga Springs as a wedding venue.

Contact me or email me at alice@aliceche.com to book your Saratoga Springs wedding now. For photos from a real wedding at Saratoga Springs, check out this blog post. For similar woodsy wedding venues, take a look at OVY Camp + Event Center or Mountain Terrace.

Alice Che is a San Francisco Wedding Photographer based in the Bay Area specializing in intimate, emotional wedding, engagement, couple and boudoir photography. Serving the South Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, Burlingame, Los Altos, Milpitas, Union City, Fremont, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and surrounding areas.

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