By Mara Dobyns

If you’re like most girls you’ve probably been day dreaming up your wedding since you were a little girl, playing house with your dolls, marrying off your Barbie’s and Princesses, or even just imagining what your dress would look like, these things were all a part of it. Or even if you’re not like most girls maybe you’ve simply always pictured a wedding outdoors. Either way we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of favorite wedding venues here in our beautiful neck of the woods in Northern California.

Think Outside The Box Or In This Case Outside The Venue “Today’s wedding themes have become as diverse as the people getting married. One new popular addition to many outdoor wedding decors is the nostalgic tipi. Some couples rent just one and use it as the preparation area for the bride and her party when the wedding is in a remote outdoor location while others are choosing to house the bar and lounge inside the tipi lending a historic ambiance to the celebration.”


The Bidwell House In Chester, California sits next to gorgeous Lake Almanor “An intimate setting, makes for a perfect wedding with beautiful gardens and views for miles; this bed & breakfast inn is both charming and accommodating. They have both indoor and outdoor sites for the ceremony. Indoors, charming antiques and a cozy fireplace set the scene. Outdoors, gorgeous meadow views stand behind the beautiful flowers and greenery that surround this grand white structure which stands at the far edge of Chester on the edge of the meadow, surrounded by birds and wildlife.” The owners also own a local restaurant around the lake that offers unforgettable catering.

Come Say “I Do” At Chalet View Lodge – Portola. “Imagine your wedding day surrounded by your closest family and friends, magnificent gardens and a backdrop of blue mountain skies, serene foresttrails and flowing creeks, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The Twenty Mile House offers a stunning backdrop for your wedding, done in a fashion as “green” as the forest. They will even make your expertly crafted organic wedding cake.”

Thinking About a Lake Tahoe wedding? Think About This: Picture yourself dancing with all of your family and friends next to the beautiful turquoise water and peaceful surroundings of Lake Tahoe. Thinking about a winter wedding? Even better! Tahoe is a blast in the winter and is the perfect place for hitting the slopes before or after your big day. Rain or shine it’s beautiful any time.

Lassen Steak House – A Historic and Beautiful Location With Country Cuisine “An outdoor patio and bar, just outside the wine room, overlook the garden pond offering a stunning little oasis for wedding parties, family reunions and all sorts of group events. Pulled pork, baby back ribs and chicken from the grill are just a few of the favorites locals enjoy in the shade.

Lassen Steak House believes in letting your hair down and kicking up your heels so live country music fills the oasis on a regular basis. Dance, dine or just relax with an icy cold, locally brewed beer.”

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