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Frequently Asked Questions

INQUIRING & RESERVING

  • I would like to set up a tour with a wedding coordinator to view the venue.  When can we meet, and how much time should I set aside?
    We are happy to show you our winery estate!  We offer ours by appointment only, we are available daily from 10:30am – 3:30pm for tours.  Please contact our office to schedule a tour.  Our tours typically take about 30 minutes.  Check out our blog with tips on visiting your potential wedding venue!
  • Do you require a food and beverage minimum?
    Some dates in peak season (April – October) require a food and beverage minimum.  Please contact our office for more information.
  • Can we place a hold on the date?
    Yes, we can place a tentative hold on available dates for 7 days. We do require that you tour the venue and receive an estimate before being able to place a hold on a date.
  • What steps must I take to reserve a date?
    To book a date on a definite basis we require the signed contract and deposit.
  • May I bring in my own vendors?
    Yes, while we highly recommend using one of our seasoned and vetted Preferred vendors, you are welcome to bring in outside vendors.  All vendors must be approved by Elliston.
  • What is your maximum capacity?
    Our ceremony lawn can hold up to 225 guests for a sit down ceremony.  Our patio can hold up to 75 guests at dining tables, and our indoor Terrace Room can hold up to 150 guests at dining tables.  We can accommodate up to 225 guests with tables indoors and on the patio.

PROPERTY

  • Are you handicap accessible?
    Yes, the first floor of our mansion, ceremony area, patio and Terrace Room are all handicap accessible.  Please ask your coordinator for more information.
  • Do you have a Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room? 
    Yes, the ceremony fee includes use of the Bridal Suite and Groom’s room located in our historic mansion.
  • Is there ample parking?
    Yes, we have enough space for 250 guests to park.  We include parking attendants for weddings who will direct guests.
  • Can guests leave their car overnight?
    Yes, guests are welcome to leave their cars in the parking lot over night.  Please note that our gates will close at the end of the night, and will not be open until 10am the next day.  The Elliston property is closed for some holidays (such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Independence Day, etc.), and guests may not be able to retrieve their cars.
  • Do you allow candles?
    Yes, candles are allowed as long as they are contained in a votive.
  • Do you allow pets?
    Yes, pets are allowed outdoors only and must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.
  • When can my vendors begin setting up? 
    For weddings & receptions, vendors may begin setting up 2 hours before the event start time.  Please note that set up times are different for ceremony-only events.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

  • Can we bring in our own catering?
    No, all food must be purchased through Elliston with the exception of dessert items.  Please see our full menu options here.
  • What types of meal service do you offer?
    We offer buffet style, plated meals, and heavy hors d’oeuvre options.
  • Can you accommodate any health or dietary restrictions?
    Yes, we can accommodate most restrictions upon request with advanced notice.
  • Do you offer menu tastings?
    Yes, we offer menu tastings several times throughout the year for our booked couples.  Please ask your coordinator for more information.
  • Do you allow hard alcohol?
    We are happy to offer several hard alcohol packages for weddings and events.  Please contact your coordinator for more information on our spirits packages.
  • Do you include a bartender?
    Yes, all of our beverage packages include a bartender.
  • Can I take home leftover food or beverages?
    Local Health Department rulings regarding proper refrigeration and sanitation prohibit you from taking any food or beverage from Elliston Vineyards with the exception of wedding cake and your dessert items.
  • Is there a cake cutting fee?
    No, we are happy to serve and cut your cake for no additional fee.

WEDDING DETAILS

  • What does the Day-Of Coordinator do?
    Our day-of coordinators assist with creating your floor plan, timeline, rehearsal coordination, managing your vendors the day-of, set up, clean up, and keeping you on schedule.  We will also assist with setting out your table-top decor.  Meet our coordinators here.
  • Is someone able to set out our table top decor such as favors, photos, place cards, etc?
    Our event staff is happy to put out table top decor for you.  Our staff cannot assist with floral arrangements, or hanging decorations.
  • Do you provide tables for gifts, the guest book, etc?
    Yes, we have several 6ft and 8ft tables that can be used.
  • What do we do in case of rain?
    With advance notice, we can contact one of our contracted tending vendors and arrange to have the ceremony area tented. Prices vary depending on the size and type of tenting you request. We can also look at other options such as having the ceremony inside the Terrace Room.
  • Do you include a rehearsal?
    Yes, we include a 1 hour rehearsal with your day-of coordinator before the wedding.
  • Do you offer a head table or sweet heart table?
    Yes, we can provide a head table, or a round or rectangle sweet heart table.

"Our event coordinator from Elliston was Madeline and she was AMAZING. Elliston has a beautiful setting with lots of water features, beautiful old stone manor house, gazebos, a perfect cocktail deck with gorgeous natural setting. The indoor event space has beautiful high ceilings with exposed light wood. On the day of the wedding food was actually better than our menu tasting!! The staff was amazing and made sure everyone taking family portraits after the wedding got a chance to try the hors d'oeuvres. So the venue is beautiful, the staff were very responsive, polite and easy to work with, food was great, and to top it off it was one of the most affordable bay area wedding venues. I want to make a shout out to Madeline who was beyond amazing on the day of. If anything went wrong, I didn't hear about it. She was always easy to get a hold of and on the day of placed all my decor perfectly. I even left placement of some stuff up to her and it turned out great! I can't recommend Madeline and Elliston enough. P.S. try the champagne - we're hooked!" - Pam & Ian - June 24, 2017