Guernville California

16467 CA-116

Guerneville, CA 95446


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The Journal

This Season’s Hottest Wedding Trends
September 21, 2023

As the wedding season unfolds, couples are looking for the latest trends to incorporate into their wedding to make it unique and memorable. From intimate wedding destinations to weekend-long celebrations, these wedding trends will guide couples to plan their special day that reflects their style and leaves a lasting impression on all who attend. Here is a list of the season’s hottest wedding trends that will make your wedding memorable.

Dawn Ranch in Guerneville, CA has been known for decades for unique outdoor weddings

1.   Intimate Locations

With intimate weddings trending this season, couples are seeking wedding destinations that will provide the perfect blend of privacy and romance. Having an intimate wedding allows room for the couple to focus on adding personal touches to their big day without the hassle of planning a big wedding. Imagine exchanging vows in a meadow adorned with fragrant lavender and towering redwoods, followed by cocktails beneath apple trees and dancing to live music. Or at sunset on a private beach location, with the soft swell of waves breaking on the shore, followed by a dance party to the scintillating beats of the drum. It is all about what resonates with you. 

2.   Local Wonders

Another trend this season is to find a wedding destination where you can not only celebrate your special day but also embrace what the region has to offer. Be it the location’s history or nature’s local beauty, couples are looking forward to incorporating these elements into their wedding. Dawn Ranch is a property steeped in history, which dates back to 1905. Sprawled along the banks of the Russian River, this property pays homage to the region’s redwood trees with the stunning wedding venues within its grounds. Celebrating Guerneville’s local bounty, the menus feature locally sourced ingredients and wine for the couple and the wedding party to enjoy. 

3.   Sustainable Options

Couples are getting more mindful of the environmental impact their wedding has, leaning towards sustainable options. Applying eco-friendly practices to their big day is the trend of the season. One way is to select a local wedding destination, which helps minimize travel. Another way to incorporate sustainability is to find a venue that prioritizes operational efficiency, by providing all-inclusive venues and locally sourced supplies. Find a venue that takes care of every aspect of your wedding sustainably. This includes using locally sourced ingredients and wine for your wedding menu, providing guest accommodations to reduce travel, and offering unique on-site locations for your ceremony, reception, and after-party. 

4.   Weekend of Celebrations

A trend of the wedding season is having a weekend full of celebrations. Couples are opting for wedding resorts that are the perfect backdrop for not just their special day but for their special weekend. With the rising popularity of multi-day celebrations, planning a whole weekend is the perfect way to commemorate your love among your loved ones. It also is the best way to show appreciation for your out-of-town guests by planning an itinerary with special experiences. It could include welcoming guests with personalized picnic totes and local specialties, pre-wedding cocktails at a private setup, or even roasting marshmallows by the fire pit under the night sky. 

5.   Personalized Experiences

Weddings are becoming more personalized and unique as couples are looking for ways to make the wedding unforgettable for their guests. Surprising guests with bespoke experiences is the perfect approach to accomplish this. Couples can opt for tailor-made experiences for their wedding guests. From tranquil yoga and meditation sessions to rejuvenating spa massages and engaging creative workshops, you can plan out your itinerary to provide personalized experiences for your guests that reflect the mood of the wedding celebration.


As couples embark on this beautiful new chapter in their lives, they have the opportunity to create celebrations that are as unique as their love stories. From incorporating sustainable practices to exploring unique wedding destinations, the possibilities are endless. Ultimately, these details are what make each wedding unique. At Dawn Ranch, we plan each wedding meticulously to ensure that this wedding destination resonates with every kind of couple.

Cheers to a season filled with love, creativity, and unforgettable celebrations!

Weddings at Dawn Ranch – Guerneville, CA