Auberge du Soleil
Brittany Payton was amazing to work with. She helped us with everything and we couldn't have made our special day happen without her. Being this was a destination wedding, Brittany walked us through the entire wedding day process. She was perfect in every way possible.
Our wedding at Auberge du Soleill was absolutely spectacular!
Brittany Payton is extremely knowledgable in her craft-- she had a decisive answer for all of my *many, many, many* questions. Her honest feedback and opinions should be valued! She was perfect-- speedy responses to each of my queries and patient with me every step of the way.
Food and beverage were delish! Wait staff were also great! I did not have to worry about the image anyone would portray-- clean cut and well spoken help! Professional employees were attentive to each guest's needs.
Our guests are still raving about OUR wedding. Such a great feeling!! Thank you, B!!!
As a bride planning a Napa wedding from Chicago, I could not be happier with how our wedding turned out. While I had been to Napa many times, I had never been to the Auberge, but I decided to book the venue sight unseen! The pictures, reviews and speaking with the Auberge were enough to convince me it was the right venue, and it was! Catering Sales Manager Brittany Payton was amazing to work with - always answering emails promptly and patiently. Considering I was only able to go visit Napa once before the big day, it was paramount that the vendors I used be trustworthy and on top of things. Our wedding day was so incredibly beautiful, and the food, service and views at Auberge literally cannot be beat.
All of the staff at the Auberge ensured that our wedding day and weekend were perfect - complete with rose petals and champagne when we got back to our...
Auberge Du Soleil is one of the most picturesque, elegant, and beautiful wedding and reception venues in all of Napa Valley. Their exquisite food is unparalleled. To top it off, the wedding/event coordinator at Auberge that we worked with (Brittany) was extremely helpful and professional. Her timely responses to emails and questions and calming nature for a stressed bride were exactly what I needed. Our wedding couldn't have been more perfect. The staff at Auberge the day-of was also extremely professional and well-informed. They made the venue look exactly as I'd pictured and made the transitions through the evening go seamlessly. I had nothing to worry about our wedding day except for remembering to say "I do". If you're looking for an unforgettable place to host your wedding and reception, with amazing food and wine pairings, and an elegant ambiance with spectacular views of the valley...this is your place!
The pictures don't even begin do Auberge du Soleil justice, the view is simply breathtaking and our wedding was a fairytale come true! Everything about Auberge from the planners to the michelin rated cuisine and the impeccable service made this an absolute dream wedding destination. People will be talking about our wedding for years to come! You can't fully comprehend how amazing this place is until you see it for yourself..I assure you that you will be beyond impressed!
The Auberge du Soleil was the perfect place to have our wedding. From the view to the food to the staff, everything exceeded our expectations. The staff, especially our wedding coordinator, Brittany, made the wedding and reception amazing. Brittany was always quick to respond to every phone call and email and we basically put the wedding in her hands. She handled everything, worked with our vendors, gave recommendations on food and wine and any time there was an issue (which there were only a few small items) Brittany clearly explained the issue and had a proposed solution ready to implement. We cannot say enough great things about the Auberge du Soleil and their staff, service and venue.
We got married at Auberge last month, and I cannot thank Brittany and the staffs enough. We looked at many wineries in Napa before finally deciding on Auberge, and it was definitely the best vendor choice we made. I am not going to talk about how amazing the food or beautiful the venue looked, just because I think everyone knows that already :) I do want to mention that Brittany, the catering manager, did more than we expected to make us happy on our very special day. From the beginning to the very end, Brittany was AMAZING!! She was always always on top of everything and answered all my questions and emails promptly. The wedding day could not have went smoothly without her help. We had a few hiccups right before the ceremony, and she did her best to make me feel at ease and resolve the problems. She helped the groomsmen with their boutonnieres; helped me with makeup malfunction; made sure no non-wedding-guests was sneaking into our wedding area. And these are just a few things she did. Our guests still talk about how friendly and accommodating the Auberge staffs were at our wedding. The staffs were nice to me even when I went back after the wedding to pick up a few decor items I left out. We could not have asked for the better place to get married. Thank you so much, Brittany and Aurberge staffs!
Location: Conveniently located nearby Yountville, tucked away on hillside Rutherford.
Room Size: Perfect for an intimate setting less than 100 people
Service: Superb service
Food: Michelin stars quality
Our wedding was absolutely perfect!
I visited here with my fiancee and I was very impressed with the location.
I like food and I think it's almost the most important thing at a wedding, so let's start there. The food here is AWESOME! When I first arrived, I was starving so we had breakfast even though we had lunch reservations as well. I ordered a salmon and scrambled egg pizza which I could have eaten several of. Then we had lunch and we had a wonderful scallop dish and an awesome lobster dish. I'm not sure that you will be able to get better food for your reception.
The view was beautiful. Auberge is on a hill so it overlooks a valley. The grounds are beautiful as well. We met with the coordinator while we were there and my impression of her is that she would do a great job. I thought she was professional, attentive, and genuine. Some people you meet are a little over the top in their patronization.
This place is perfect if you're having a smaller wedding and want to treat your guests very, very well! Unfortunately, we weren't one of those people.
we had our wedding here last month and it was amazing. actually, 'amazing' doesn't do it justice. there were a lot of places we scoped out in napa/sonoma for a potential wedding venue, and all of them were beautiful (including gloria ferrer, meadowood, carneros inn), couldn't go wrong with any of them. auberge was on our list of places to check out but we were hesitant due to the cost...when we got to auberge, we walked down the stairs to the private deck area where they hold weddings, and we were blown away by the view and elegant yet rustic decor. we knew there was no way we could possibly have our wedding anywhere else, we were sold! and it turns out it didn't cost an arm/leg, prices were comparable to other places, and the service was amazing. our coordinator, layla, handled so much of the details and she was very responsive to all of our questions/needs. she was really on top of it and towards the last few weeks leading up to the wedding, really helped us with a lot of details. our guests were extremely complimentary of the view, food, service, all of this was important to us since so many of our guests flew in from out of town and we wanted everyone to have an amazing experience. now we're looking forward to going back to auberge next year to celebrate our 1-year anniversary!
This was a brilliant location to have a wedding. The service was outstanding! Casey - the coordinator was easy to work with, on-top-of her game, and very organized. The food was over the top perfect. Guests are still discussing a last minute request to do something different for a first course that the chef came up with that was not on the menu.
If I could only take off a .01% I would because of the Music Requirements. Realize that this is a gorgeous serene resort and your music selections need to be approved if played for cocktail hour and it has to be non-amplified . To go with the ambiance of the resort since dinner/lunch service for the restaurant is on the floor above- which is clearly written in the rules and contract. We would have liked our acoustic guitar players to play a bit more of some modern acoustic variances but the GM politely nixed quite a few songs. All in all we were so amazed by everything its the very least of a little bity challenge.
The service staff was flawless
The location was absolutely perfect.
HIGHLY recommended over and over again
This is the perfect place to have a wedding in Napa. The property is beautiful and the food is incredible. The service provided by Casey Hartenfels was perfect. She made planning a destination wedding super easy!
Auberge is perfectly wonderful - from the staff to the catering and special events team, you will be well taken care of at this premier resort. It's one of the only resorts in Napa Valley that I would recommend if you are looking for a combination luxurious accomodations, cuisine and customer service.
Having our wedding at Auberge was a huge success. The venue and panoramic views were breathtaking, the setting was rustic and intimate, but with class and charm. The food, which comes from the kitchen of the michelin star restaurant at Auberge, was excellent and all of their wines (even their house wine) was fantastic. It is the best wedding meal your guests will probably ever have. And everyone could not stop commenting that it was the most romantic and beautiful wedding they had ever attended. The venue requires very little decor and really, the view and ambiance will do all of the work in making your wedding feel like a celebrity event, even on a tight budget.
And Casey, the event coordinator, is what makes Auberge a 5 star wedding venue. She's extremely professional, patient, kind, responsive, helpful, and most importantly, accommodating. She took care of a lot of the difficult organizational tasks, made suggestions on things we had never thought about before, and provided us with a list of resources that made our planning so much easier.
One of the most beautiful venues in exsistence. The food was perfect, and the service was the best service that I have ever recieved, anywhere. Auberge du Soleil delivers the highest standard in everything, could not reccomend them more.
Auberge du Soleil is a beautiful venue and an amazing location. We had a seated lunch reception in October 2008. The food was great and guests really enjoyed themselves. We did have some trouble with a staffing change mid-planning and we ocassionally had to follow-up with the venue regarding deadlines and paperwork - when I felt they should have been contacting me first. Overall, very satisfied with the experience and would strongly recommend Aubuerge.
Auberge is the perfect place to have a wedding. We loved the food, the views and the staff was stellar. Casey and her team really helped make our special day that much more special.
We had a wonderful time at Auberge du Soleil, and I couldn't imagine a more beautiful place for an intimate gathering (we had about 100 guests). The staff was incredible, and we did not feel stressed out at all during the wedding because they were so efficient at handling everything for us. Many of our guests remarked not only on the great venue, the amazing food, and the smoothness of the ceremony/reception, they also commented on how professional and helpful the staff was. They helped manage all the vendors so that we didn't have to do any organizational stuff on the day/weekend of the wedding. Casey, the catering manager, was especially wonderful, and helped make our wedding as special as we wanted it to be.
The only small ding on the ratings I have listed is on flexibility--they are relatively strict about things like music selections (you have to use an approved band or DJ) and timing (there are strict fines for overstaying). These things were fine with us, but I could imagine other people wanting more flexibility and choice.
Overall, the wedding couldn't have been better, and its success was largely because of the great venue.
Auberge offers a spectacular view of Napa Valley and the wedding coordinators are great to work with. They are extremely professional, organized and prompt in responding to your questions and concerns. Did I mention they are also Michelin rated?
For our small ceremony and reception, Auberge du Soleil was absolute perfection. We did not have a wedding planner and there was absolutely no need for one because the exceptional staff at Auberge took care of every little detail. Their suggestions for local vendors were spot on and they were always available if we had any questions or concerns.
My husband and I are foodies and everything, from the hors d'oeuvres to the wine to the dinner was incredible. They even had a special cocktail for our reception and worked with us to create a dinner menu that would be enjoyable for even our most finicky guests!
And nothing can top the location. The view from the ceremony deck is breathtaking and it will be a wonderful place to go back and visit on our many anniversaries to come!
Gorgeous venue at a reasonable price. Our friends had their wedding there (80 people). Great views and terrific food - Auberge has a Michelin star. Really sweet coordinator.
However, I couldn't hear the wedding at all. No mike-ing is allowed, and it's difficult to hear above the clatter of the diners above you. Try to stay away (unless you don't care if people can hear the ceremony) if you have more than 50 people coming. Beyond about 5-6 rows in, you will only hear snippets of the wedding, namely guys with booming voices.
I've booked this venue for my wedding next year, and I am so excited about the decision. My goal is to have a small, intimate wedding, sharing good food and wine with family and friends. I know I won't be disappointed. The service so far has also been impeccable, with the coordinator answering all of my neurotic questions!
UPDATE: The wedding came and went, and we could not have asked for a more magical night! The evening went by very smoothly, and we received several compliments. Highly recommended!
I got married here in 2005 and I loved it! The food was amazing! You definitely cannot beat the views. The only drawback is that you can't customize too much - for example we asked about having a chocolate fountain and were told no and we asked if they could do pigs in a blanket and were told no on that too. Overall, not a huge deal, and I'm sure that they feel that they have a culinary standard to live up to, but if you check out the menu and want to be able to change things - probably not going to happen. Also, fyi - I found the on-site coordinator to be a little ditzy leading up to the event (we'd already been there, paid a deposit and signed a contract, and talked to her several times and we made an appt to go back and see the place again and she came out and introduced herself and started showing us around again as if we'd never been there before) BUT when it came down to it, as we got closer to the event and the day of - she was great. Saying this more to put people at ease that although she may seem a little ditzy at first, she really does get it all straight when she needs to. All in all, if I had it to do all over again, I'd have my wedding here again. By the way - we did have a small wedding - about 50 people.
Randy and I got married at Auberge du Soleil in December, 2007. Auberge has been a World Class institution in the Napa Valley for decades and continue to deserve their reputation for excellence. Our day was flawless - excellent food in such a fantastic setting. We got married on the deck in the sunshine followed by a superb luncheon. The event staff was warm, flexible and hospitable from the very beginning of the planning stage. Our day was absolutely perfect as they guided us through the plans we made ahead of time. Randy and I are older and our standards and expectations are high. Auberge du Soleil earned an A+ for every detail during our day. First cab - highy recommended by both of us as well as all our guests who felt treated like royalty. Magical place - and warm, unpretentious and hospitable staff.
* beautiful panoramic view of the entire napa valley
* facility fee is low for what you get ($2500 for daytime weddings, $4000 for nighttime weddings)
* facility fee includes a quality setup - chiavari chairs, fine caramel linens, orchid centerpieces, built-in pinspotting.
* food! where else can you get a michelin-rated restaurant to cater your wedding? =)
* Auberge has won many awards and is frequented by celebrities. Christina Aguilera stayed here the night of her wedding. Also, my fiance and I spotted the coach of the Dallas Mavericks during lunch.
The not so good (at least for my wedding specifications):
* small space.. only 120 people for the reception, and only 75 seats for the ceremony (the other people stand)
* $12K minimum for daytime weddings, and $14K minimum for nighttime weddings...$$$$$
* small portions will not fly with the chinese relatives (for chinese it's about quantity moreso than quality)
I ended up going with another location just because my guest count exceeds 120 people. This is a great place for a small intimate country wedding.
My husband and I happened to have a lunch here during a wine tasting trip with some friends. When we got to the Auberge we basically had the same thought...this would be the perfect wedding site. It was so easy! We both loved it and that was it for us - we made everything else work around this site. I also have to mention that my experience overall with the catering staff, event staff and coordinator were above and beyond amazing. I had a dream day and did not deal with a single headache or hiccup during our special day. We were able to focus on our day and not think about anything else. The site is a beautiful location in the middle of Napa - and the view from our ceremony deck was a terrific background.
I still can't believe we actually pulled off having our wedding at a hotel I, until this year, had only dreamed of staying. We decided a small guestlist with a grand party was the way we best wanted to celebrate the start of our married life. Auberge was the only way to go. The coordinator was wonderful to work with. We felt in very capable hands the entire time. The food was spectacular. The service was impeccable and refined but not stuffy. Unparalleled views of the Napa Valley still have my friends talking about how amazing the whole night was. Not to mention, staying in the suite was a beautiful dream gift from my in-laws. Ahh, I wish we could do it again!
"Beautiful location and amazing staff..." -- Maria Chang of PMA
You will always receive superb, white glove service at Auberge du Soleil.
One of the most romantic spots for a wedding in the Napa Valley.
We look forward to each wedding season there.
You can't beat the incredible views from the terrace at Auberge du Soleil. The staff is friendly and organized. As ceremony and cocktail hour musicians, we enjoy playing on the terrace because it is sheltered from wind or too much sun, and the acoustics are good when we are placed on the cement, in front of the glass doors, as opposed to being out in an open grassy area where the sound can get lost.
A perfect Photo opportunity awaits every corner of this breathtaking Napa Valley property. Couples can stroll our vineyards, sculpture garden and perfectly appointed grounds during their stay. The most romantic location in Napa Valley, Auberge offers a unique elegance and French Mediterranean inspired location, hidden away in the hills in the heart of the Wine Country.
Find yourself lost in the romance of the Auberge du Soleil - Inn of the Sun. Each of our couples has full service attention from the beginning planning stages to the very last toast. Auberge offers the most romantic location in all of the Valley.
Let the Auberge take you to a new level in your lives. Begin your new future together, by celebrating your love at the Auberge. One of the most popular Ceremony locations at the Auberge is on the Terrace and Ceremony Deck, which have unparalleled vistas of the Napa Valley. A stone- sculpted fountain is set off to one side of the Terrace, and terra cotta pots filled with brilliantly colored annuals are placed around its periphery .The Ceremony Deck, an intimate circular area extending out from the Terrace, offers the bride and groom a special location to take their vows while their guests can enjoy the ceremony, as well as take in the breathtaking panorama beyond. A wisteria-entwined trellis at one end of the Terrace, offers guests a sheltered spot where they may enjoy both your ceremony, and the reception that will follow. Auberge du Soleil is one of the few locations that boast beautiful valley views and combined indoor / outdoor event facilities. Afternoon ceremonies typically begin at 11am and are a perfect start to a beautiful daytime wedding, while sunsets at the Auberge offer a romantic prelude of the evening to come, with evening events beginning at 6pm.
Ceremonies at Auberge are intimate and romantic, a perfect location to begin your lives. Begin your journey by saying, "I do," set against the breathtaking back drop of the world best destination - Napa Valley.
Perched on the slopes of Rutherford Hill, overlooking the valley of verdant vines, Auberge du Soleil echoes the Mediterranean feeling of the wine country with its French-accented country inn ambiance. The 52 rooms and suites, each with its own private terrace, provide extraordinary panoramic views. The sun-drenched ambiance is reflected through simple yet elegant furnishings: hardwood floors, huge fluffy pillows on luxuriously made king-size beds with Italian Frette Linens, and oversized, comfortable chairs. The fireplace awaits the cool evening air. The small service area has everything: a refrigerator with soft drinks, snacks, plus a wet bar, and coffee maker. French doors leading to the terrace are shuttered and double-glazed for privacy.
Our exclusive Auberge Spa offers services to indulge the senses, with individual and couples treatment rooms, plunge pools, aqua yoga and a full service salon and spatique. This on site Inn - Guest only amenity, offers guests premium relaxation overlooking the vineyards below. Relax and enjoy the best of the “Inn of the Sun” at La Plage, our exclusive swimming pool, boasting the best views in the Valley, a full bar serving light fare, lounge chairs and covered canopies for couples looking for a private Mediterranean-style getaway.”
Once you have selected your date, Auberge du Soleil will draft a contract for you, outlining your event times and deposit schedule. You then have one week to review and sign the contract, and send it back to us with your first deposit payment. Upon receipt of the signed contract and processed deposit, your date is guaranteed. Deposit amounts are dependant on your party size and date.
DO I NEED A WEDDING COORDINATOR?
Auberge du Soleil provides a Sales and Catering Manager to aid in planning your event, as well as a Private Dining Manager on site the day of your event to help coordinate the service and dining aspects of the day. Event consultation and on site coordination of your event is included in your facility fee. We do not require that couples work with a wedding coordinator, however if you are interested in hiring a wedding coordinator, we would be happy to provide you with a list of recommended coordinators in the area to suit your individual needs.
HOW DO I RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS? DOES AUBERGE DU SOLEIL REQUIRE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF ROOMS TO BE RESERVED AT THE HOTEL?
All guests who wish to stay at Auberge du Soleil may call our reservations office directly at (800) 348-5406. Due to the intimate size of the Auberge du Soleil, we are unable to reserve group blocks of hotel rooms over any weekend, however we encourage your guests to call on an individual basis to reserve an Inn room. Auberge is designed for adults seeking a tranquil atmosphere, and is therefore unsuitable for children under 16 and we do not permit pets at the Inn.
Auberge du Soleil does not require that you or your guests stay here, and there is no minimum room requirement to host your event with us. We would be happy to provide you with a list of nearby accommodations with a wide range of rates. For more information on our rooms and rates, please visit www.aubergedusoleil.com under Accommodations.
WHERE CAN YOU HOLD A CEREMONY OR RECEPTION AT THE RESORT?
The Auberge provides several locations for your special event:
Ceremony Deck – On our private terrace, overlooking the vines of Napa Valley, the "ceremony deck" accommodates up to 120 guests (75 guests seated with additional guests standing), viewing the breathtaking Napa Valley backdrop.
La Pagode - Set in the atmosphere of our lush olive grove and beautiful sculpture garden, providing a unique and private setting for your special event. La Pagode can accommodate up to 10 guests for an intimate ceremony. Please inquire about our special packages offered to hotel guests only.
Cedar Room – An intimate space perfect for events with 40 guests or less. It is a rustic yet elegant room with hardwood-edged floors, a fireplace and French doors that open onto the terrace with panoramic valley views.
Private Dining Level - Our Vista dining facilities comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests seated. The Vista rooms have Cedar beams, large framed mirrors reflecting the glass French Doors with views of the Napa Valley, and access to the private terrace. The Vista I room can accommodate a dance floor and band or DJ.
IS THERE A SPACE FOR THE BRIDAL PARTY TO GET READY BEFORE THE CEREMONY?
We can offer one of our Private Events spaces available to the Bridal Party 45 minutes before the wedding, in order for the Bride to remain out of sight of the Groom or the arriving guests. We do not include a hotel room in the facility fee, as many couples opt to stay elsewhere. Most Brides will prepare their hair/makeup and dress in their hotel room then arrive and wait in the Private Events space for the ceremony to begin.
DO YOU HAVE SPECIFIC VENDORS THAT I SHOULD USE?
Upon contracting with Auberge du Soleil we will provide a complete referral list for vendors who may assist you with flowers, photography, cakes, music and transportation. We do ask that all vendors are from our pre-approved list. If you are interested in hiring an outside vendor, they must be professional vendors and they must receive written approval by the Auberge du Soleil prior to contracting with you. Auberge du Soleil reserves the right to approve or refuse any vendors.
MAY WE HAVE A DJ OR BAND?
You may have a DJ or band play inside the Vista I dining room. We have a list of pre-approved DJs from the Bay area for you to select from, as well as local bands and musicians in a variety of musical styles.
DO YOU HAVE A PIANO THAT WE MAY RENT?
Aubere has a Yamaha upright piano that may be played by professional musicians for your event. The piano rental fee is $150 per event.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND SOMEONE TO DO HAIR AND MAKE-UP?
We are happy to provide you with a list of recommendations for local beauty salons and make-up artists upon booking.
ARE THERE ANY LOCAL CHURCHES FOR AN OFF-SITE CEREMONY?
We are happy to provide a list of local Churches and Temples upon request.
DO YOU ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN AT PRIVATE EVENTS?
Auberge du Soleil Private Dining is able to offer a children’s meal for guests under 12 years of age attending a wedding or function. This is a single-course meal at a reduced price. Please note that while children are permitted to attend weddings and events, hotel guest rooms at the Auberge du Soleil are reserved for adult guests; and therefore we do not work directly with local babysitting services in the area, please inquire with your coordinator.
DO YOU PROVIDE A MENU TASTING?
Guests interested in experiencing Auberge du Soleil’s cuisine and wine may dine in the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. Our Executive Chef inspires the food in our restaurant and for all private events, so you will be able to experience the service, atmosphere and cuisine on an individual basis. We do not offer a formal menu tasting for private events, and if you have any questions about the menu items we are happy to discuss them with you.
Auberge can provide a paid menu tasting on request. Please note that scheduled tastings are limited to weekday dates in December through March, during our Restaurant lunch service only, for a maximum of 4 people. Tastings are paid for by the Client and prices are based on the current Private Dining Menus; tasting must be arranged at least 3 weeks in advance, blackout dates may apply, and not all items may be available for tastings.
CAN MY GUESTS HAVE A CHOICE OF MENU OPTIONS?
For parties of 40 guests or less, you may offer an onsite choice of two pre-selected main courses for a charge, and there is a minimum of four-courses. Events over 40 guests may select two main courses, provided a pre-count of each entrée is given to us at least 7 days in advance. Entrée selections must be indicated to us on a table map and identified by a place setting indicator.
SOME OF MY GUESTS ARE VEGETARIANS OR HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES. CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE THIS?
Our Chef is happy to create an alternative and corresponding menu for any guests with dietary restrictions, at no additional cost. Please inquire about specific dietary needs.
CAN WE BRING IN OUR OWN WINE?
All food and beverages must be catered by Auberge du Soleil and serviced by our staff. The California State Liquor Commission regulates the sales and service of all alcoholic beverages. Auberge du Soleil is responsible for the administration of these regulations; therefore policy indicates that no alcoholic beverages be brought into the resort for a private event.
CAN WE HAVE A CEREMONY REHEARSAL PRIOR TO THE WEDDING?
Wedding rehearsals may be scheduled by appointment, are subject to availability of the site, and are normally scheduled two weeks prior to your date. Most of our couples do not actually schedule a rehearsal, because we provide a Private Dining Manager the day of, to help cue all of your transitions and toasts/dances/etc. Many choose to hold a rehearsal or walk-through at another location (such as where you choose to have your rehearsal dinner). If you would like to inquire about scheduling one, we would be happy to set aside a ½ hour time period for you on the Ceremony Deck, depending on our events schedule the day before your wedding.
WHAT IS THE CUT-OFF TIME FOR MUSIC?
For all events, music must conclude no later than 15 minutes prior to the end of the scheduled event booking.
MAY WE BRING IN CANDLES?
You may bring in candles for your event. All candlelight must be covered and/or contained outdoors; taper candles above table height are permitted only in the dining room set on candelabras. Included in our facility fee, we will provide white tea lights in clear votives on each table in the dining room and foyer, and we can also set out contained tea lights on the terrace upon request.
DO YOU PROVIDE LINENS, CHINA AND CHAIRS?
Included in the facility fee are all tables, Italian white linen overlays on caramel linens, natural wood Chivari dining chairs, Riedel stemware, glassware and silver. You are welcome to bring in rental items with prior approval through an outside company if you would like something other than what we provide. Please note that the Auberge du Soleil may have specific delivery times for rental items, based on scheduled events and storage availability. If extensive décor is to be set-up or moved during an event, additional labor fees may apply.
WHAT IS THE SEATING CAPACITY AND WHAT SIZE/SHAPE ARE THE TABLES?
Our maximum capacity per event is 120 guests. Our Cedar Room can accommodate up to 40 guests, and each of our Vista Rooms can accommodate up to 60 guests each. The Vista I and II Rooms combined can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Our standard tables are 5’ in diameter and can seat anywhere from 6 to 10 guests each, with 8 being the ideal number of guests per table.
WILL THE SPACE WE RENT BE PRIVATE FROM OTHER HOTEL OR RESTAURANT GUESTS?
When you rent the entire Private Events Level, you will have exclusive use of the terrace and dining rooms on this floor throughout your event. The Restaurant and main Bar upstairs remain open to the public and our hotel guests. Smaller events may be able to book one of the individual Private Events spaces, without exclusive use of the entire level. Please inquire about reduced fees and minimums for this type of an event.
WILL THERE BE OTHER EVENTS TAKING PLACE DURING MY WEDDING?
When you book the entire Private Events Level, we do not book more than one private event at the same time. There is the possibility that we may have an event earlier or later in the day, but we ensure enough time between events to avoid any overlap. When you book the entire level, you have exclusive use of all the Private Events spaces throughout the course of your wedding. Please note that the main restaurant and bar area are open to the public throughout the day.
MAY WE BRING IN A MICROPHONE OR OTHER SOURCE OF AMPLIFICATION FOR THE CEREMONY?
Amplification is not permitted on the terrace or Ceremony Deck. Because our space for ceremonies is so intimate, microphones or amplification are not necessary. Non-amplified live instrumental music is permissible outside, and you may have amplified music with vocals inside the dining rooms during the meal and for dancing.
DOES THE HOTEL HAVE HANDICAP ACCESS TO THE EVENTS SPACES?
Please note that for all private events, we provide alternative handicap access for your guests, leading to the Private Events Level, Ceremony Deck and Cedar Room. Once within the private spaces, everything is wheelchair accessible, including restrooms.
DO YOU PROVIDE A BACKUP CEREMONY LOCATION IF IT RAINS?
In case of inclement weather, we guarantee to provide an indoor private space for your ceremony. The decision to move inside is up to the Bride and Groom on the day of the wedding. The most appropriate location is designated by the on-site Event Manager on the day of, based on availability.
DO YOU CHARGE A CAKE CUTTING FEE?
We are happy to serve your cake as the dessert course for your guests. On the day of the event, after the ceremonial cake cutting, our staff will bring your wedding cake to our kitchen where our Pastry Chef will slice, plate and serve the cake for each individual guest. The cake is served with housemade accompaniments. Since this is considered your dessert course, it is included in the menu pricing in lieu of a plated dessert, and therefore we do not charge an additional “cake-cutting/plating” fee.
MAY WE PLAY AN IPOD FOR OUR RECEPTION MUSIC?
As an exception for smaller parties in the Cedar Room, an iPod may be used for background music only. iPod music is permitted to play inside the dining room only, and dance music from an iPod will not be permitted. You must provide a designated person to supervise the music throughout the event, and you will need to provide a complete song list in advance for approval prior to the date. The Auberge du Soleil requires a professional DJ from our pre-approved list for dancing. Amplified and recorded music is not permitted outside.
For parties in the Vista Rooms, or for any music other than background music, you may either have the Auberge in-house music turned on throughout your event, or you may hire live musicians or a professional DJ to perform, from our list of pre-approved vendors. Please note that all music on the terrace, including ceremony songs, must be unamplified and acoustic. No microphones, speakers, or recorded music may be played outside. Inside, we do allow amplified music to be played. All musicians must be from our pre-approved list, and if you would like to use a DJ, we would be happy to provide you with our list of professional DJs from around the Bay area. All music should be suited for the style of the Auberge du Soleil and deemed non-disruptive to outside guests.
DO YOU HAVE A DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA?
We do provide a designated outdoor space for cigarette smoking, which is adjacent to the Private Dining Level. For Cigar smoking, we ask that guests enjoy their cigars within our main Courtyard, which is located adjacent to the hotel entrance.
HOW DO MY GUESTS FIND THE WEDDING?
Our website features maps with written directions to the property from the three nearest major airports and cities. Please visit http://www.aubergedusoleil.com/html/directions.shtml for more information. We do not recommend using MapQuest because of our location.
WHAT ARE YOUR SERVICE CHARGES AND TAX RATES?
Food and beverages are subject to a 20% service charge. The food and beverage total, service charge and facility fee per California State Law, are subject to the appropriate sales tax, currently 7.75%.