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Reception Alternatives – Half Moon Bay – California

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Reception Locations & Dining

There are many choices on the San Mateo County Coastside for a wedding reception location. Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant is one good choice for a reception in the Half Moon Bay Princeton Harbor area. Whether you are choosing a more casual style dinner reception or a full blown dinner reception with music and dancing, the Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant has options for both. Mezza Luna has delicious, authentic Italian food, served mostly by an Italian speaking staff, in a romantic atmosphere in Princeton By The Sea (Half Moon Bay). Their small banquet room, which seats up to 40, has harbor views from the arch-framed windows and is available as an option for the more casual style dinner reception. The larger banquet room seats up to 135, has intimate lighting, a vaulted wood ceiling, an elevated stage area and an oversized fireplace. This room is available for private or semi-private receptions. If you choose the larger banquet room for a private reception you and your guests can dance the night away. A full service bar and specially designed banquet menus are available for either room. For more information go to Best Regards,

“Where Do I Start?” – Half Moon Bay – California

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Wedding Tips

“We are getting married! ”  Ok, you’ve now made the announcement to family and friends. There’s excitement in the air and the ideas and years of stored dreams begin flowing between you. You may even find yourselves getting immediately into the finer details for your “big day”. Then you wonder, “Where do we start?” Let us suggest a few “first steps”. First, establish a budget. This isn’t always the easiest subject to talk about between couples and families, but it is a critical piece of information before you can move forward. It’s very important to have an established budget before you start planning and stick to it. If parents are going to be involved, now is the time to ask them what they are willing and able to contribute financially. Also, decide if and how much each of you can contribute to the wedding costs. Now that you have your budget,  ask yourselves whether you want to focus your spending on the ceremony or the reception or whether both are equally important to you and any other different options available to you that you can think up. Fortunately, there is no set  approach to how you should have your wedding ceremony, reception, or how you use vendors  for your ceremony or reception. Finally, create a worksheet ; list the categories for the ceremony and reception and prioritize them before you begin visiting locations or obtain pricing from vendors. Keep in mind that if you are planning on a luncheon or dinner reception most of your costs are for food and beverages. Through it all, don’t forget this is supposed to be an enjoyable, special time in your lives, so listen to and respect  each other’s ideas. And have fun!

Wedding Ceremony Package – Half Moon Bay – California

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Weddings By The Sea offers an affordable wedding package in Half Moon Bay that provides a stress free option for a wedding ceremony. The general package is specific and fully coordinated by our staff wedding coordinator.

  • The arrangements include ceremony location, officiant, photographer, and flowers for the Bride and Groom starting at $1,620.00
  • A classical guitarist and additional flowers may be added for an additional fee.
  • Lodging can be arranged for the wedding couple in one of Half Moon Bay area Bed & Breakfast Inns within a cost range of $310.00 – $770.00 for a 2 night’s stay, plus applicable lodging taxes.
  • Choose one of the beach locations listed at here. View still images and video clips there to choose a location.

A wedding ceremony at a beach location is considered more informal, with the wedding couple and guests standing for the ceremony on the beach or on a bluff-top overlooking the ocean.

The photographer will provide a minimum of 72 digital color photographs taken during the key points of the ceremony and of the wedding couple and guests following the ceremony. The images are provided on a CD within 2 weeks of the ceremony date and can be printed to create your own customized wedding album.

The flowers include a wedding bouquet for the Bride and a boutonniere for the Groom. Couples may choose specific flowers and a color scheme for the arrangements. Or the decision can be left to the coordinator and floral designer based on the couples desired color scheme and the flowers in season.

If you love the ocean and the sound of rolling waves and are looking for someone to handle all your wedding ceremony arrangements, this is a good option for you.

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