Category Archives: Weddings

Enhancing Your Stay With In-Room Delivery Amenity Options

picnic-basketWhether it is a special personal occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding,  you are thanking a client, or simply want to add something memorable for a group stay to each of your attendee’s overnight rooms, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort welcomes the opportunity to provide that extra special touch to make their arrival and stay extra memorable.

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Family Picnic Baskets

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Benefits of Renting the Ranch Exclusively

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Photo Credit: Guest Craig Townsend

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort can be bought out for corporate events, reunions and much more (Alisal River Terrace does not require a buy-out) to assure not just privacy and exclusivity, but also that the legendary service guests receive on a normal basis is actually personalized for each guest, based on the group’s goals and wishes.  Here are just some highlights of what buying out 10,000 sprawling acres provides: Continue reading Benefits of Renting the Ranch Exclusively

Wedding Menus at The Ranch : A Look at One Couple’s Delicious Buffet

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Photo Credit:  Kacie Jean Photography

Chef Pascal Godé and his team possess the talent to create virtually any menu that one can create and welcome the opportunity to customize special touches for Alisal wedding couples.  That said, most choose to take advantage of the ranch’s already-famous specialties, including menus with succulent BBQ, farm-fresh vegetable dishes and salads, and homemade ranch-goodness comfort food items.  The fact that Chef Pascal and/or his team personally man the grill on site to provide heavenly scents for the evening’s special event menu is always a huge plus, too. Continue reading Wedding Menus at The Ranch : A Look at One Couple’s Delicious Buffet

Special Event Rental Prop & Decor Inspiration

At Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, we are privileged to see all sorts of event styles and decor and work with the finest event professionals from all over.  This year, we’ve seen a few things we especially love and wanted to share them with you here.  These are specialty items that can be ordered with the service provider mentioned below the photo and whose specialty includes these items, as well as many others.  Below is our “inspiration board” for a few rental items (please see service providers mentioned for all proper photo credit and sources).

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Above Photos all from Ventura Rental Party Center blogs and social media (see their pages for details on photo credits) (Top):  Dark Cherry Wood Chairs are a wonderful option at the ranch for our outdoor events | Bottom Left Photo: Chivari Chairs paired with Ranchero Tables (that don’t even need linens – just a gorgeous runner and placesettings with colors that pop) |  Bottom right photo: Whether a cake stand or unique table for items at the ceremony altar or at a lounge seating area, this matte gold antler side table is sure to spark conversation! Continue reading Special Event Rental Prop & Decor Inspiration

Expert Tips on the Do’s & Don’ts for Maximizing Your Alisal River Terrace Event

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Alisal River Terrace. Photo by: Kacie Jean Photography

This article originally appeared in a publication that featured local wedding planner expert  and author Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events talking about her top tips for weddings at Alisal River Terrace.  Here is a summary of her “do’s” and “don’ts” to help better-prepare for extra seamless weddings at Alisal River Terrace when you say ” I do”:


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What is the Difference Between a Wedding at the Ranch vs. Alisal River Terrace?

imageAlisal Guest Ranch and Resort has had their decadent weddings featured in many national publications and highly-regarded wedding blogs.  It has also been the chosen destination wedding spot of many a celebrity over the years.  While there are many locations in Santa Barbara’s wine country that offer gorgeous backdrops for exchanging nuptials, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort offers something unique:  a variety of location types, exclusivity (more on this in a moment) and the legendary service of a major resort and culinary skills of a world-renowned Executive Chef.  In some cases, Alisal Guest Ranch also offers guests the opportunity to stay at the same location – just steps from the wedding taking place.  Convenience can be such a necessary comfort. Continue reading What is the Difference Between a Wedding at the Ranch vs. Alisal River Terrace?

Alisal River Terrace Offers Exceptional Value for the Wine Country Private Event

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by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

One of the biggest mistakes clients make when booking a wedding or private event venue is to  fall in love with the venue so deeply they are not paying attention to the site fee, according to local wedding and event planner Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events.   “What ends up happening later on in the planning process is that suddenly the event client realizes that due to the amount they spent on the site fee (which is often just the rental fee alone and does not include many other necessary items), they don’t have the proper budget for other essentials for the event,” Dickey says.  Items such as proper amount of heaters, in some remote locations, portable VIP restrooms, proper shading on hot days and much more, get neglected because there aren’t enough funds left after spending so much of the budget on the site fee.  Continue reading Alisal River Terrace Offers Exceptional Value for the Wine Country Private Event