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Nicole and Danny Kelsey Wedding at Holman Ranch Photography by Hey Keylsey Kay

Essential tips for planning the perfect Holman Ranch wedding

High above sea level, there exists one of the most picturesque locations in all of Carmel Valley: Holman Ranch. A historic destination with a charm all its own, Holman Ranch is unlike any other property you will experience. 

Rustic yet sophisticated, Holman Ranch weddings are genuinely one-of-a-kind. And that’s not because we only host one event at a time. We are simply amazed at the creativity and imagination of our brides and wedding planners, inspired by the natural beauty surrounding them on our site. 

That said, we want to provide you with some tips and insights into planning the perfect “big day” at our ranch. 

Tip #1: The best part of planning a Holman Ranch wedding is the exclusivity we provide. 

One of the best parts of hosting your wedding at Holman Ranch is the intimacy many of our spaces (indoor and outdoor) provide our guests. For bridal parties or rehearsal dinners, there’s nothing like a private wine tasting, featuring your favorite wines along with close friends and family. Or perhaps the groomsmen would like to go on an ATV ride? No matter which group you’re responsible for entertaining, we can arrange something magical and memorable just for you. 

Many of our brides even treat their weddings as family reunions. You can secure our 14 Guest Rooms along with your event booking and have your friends and families stay for a few days. Catching up with one another and making memories before, during, and after the wedding is a highlight for guests.

Also, we only hold one event at a time, so you can be sure of the exclusivity your event will provide guests. There are no tours or other guests on the day of your wedding or for however long you book our spaces. All 400 acres are available for your party to explore or for you to set up the picture-perfect backdrops and Insta-worthy moments. 

Tip #2: We want to help you find the right vendors for your special occasion. 

A Holman Ranch bride appreciates the fact that we have our own list of preferred vendors. These professionals know the space and how to maximize budgets (while throwing in bells and whistles to make your event special). Our event expertise means that if you get started planning with us, we can help you build a team of professionals. We want to be your support system for what can be a huge undertaking.

However, don’t feel like you’re obligated to use our preferred vendor list. If you want to use the same caterer as a family member or bring in someone you have a special relationship with, talk to us, and we’ll let you know exactly what you need to work with whomever you wish. 

We also have our own tables and chairs for each event space. All your vendors will need to take care of are those unique details that make your wedding truly one-of-a-kind. 

Our number one piece of advice for any bride just starting the wedding planning process is to ensure you have a support system in place. Working with our events team means that we understand the diligence it takes to pull off the wedding of your dreams. Contact us today to learn how we can help you build a team of wedding event professionals using our vendor list. 

Tip #3: Have some wine, or whatever you wish!

Our award-winning wine is a wonderful way to immerse yourself fully into the Holman Ranch experience. We do produce our own wines on our property, so many brides choose to serve wine at their wedding that was grown on-site. This is a special “extra” that allows all wedding guests and wedding parties to savor the moment using all their senses. 

Our wine club allows guests to relive their Holman Ranch experiences again and again in the comfort of their own homes and kitchens. Think ahead and get your significant other or parents of the bride and groom a membership to the Wine Club so they (and you) can enjoy the same wine you had at your wedding. 

For brides who have already gotten married at Holman Ranch: our Wine Club makes a terrific anniversary gift! 

If a member of your wedding party isn’t a fan of wine, not to worry. One of the assumptions about hosting your wedding or wedding-related events at a vineyard and winery is that only wine lovers will enjoy the experience. In reality, we’ve found that non-wine-drinkers enjoy the experience of Holman Ranch, too. 

Not only do we permit guests to serve whatever beverages they wish, but we also can arrange incredible wine experiences for intimate dinners and beyond. If you enjoy wine, you’re sure to find something you love at Holman Ranch; however, even if you’re not a wine lover, that’s okay. Many of our visitors who do not drink wine enjoy walking through the vines, enjoying the scenery, or imbibing on other preferred beverages.

Tip #4: Save money on decor and entertainment by getting inspired by natural surroundings and thinking outside the box (or bottle). 

Holman Ranch is the most beautiful blank canvas you’ve ever seen. Not only do our outdoor areas inspire brides and wedding planners from all over the US, but our indoor spaces can be suited to a variety of needs. Get away from it all, or enjoy all the modern conveniences you wish! 

Our history means that we’re a well-established venue in Carmel Valley, yet we keep up with trends and traditions that make wedding guests “ooh” and “ahh” all night long. Think of ways to incorporate our vineyard or olive oil press into your wedding festivities, food, and catering. We particularly love the idea from Venue Report of picking up bottles of olive oil as favors for your guests. 

Don’t forget to include the family dogs, too! Holman Ranch is dog-friendly, and we enjoy seeing the different ways our brides incorporate their pets into the ceremonies. 

With a Holman Ranch wedding, there are so many ways to kick back, relax, and have fun while making memories that will last a lifetime. View our event kit to help you get started planning. It’s sure to spark creative ideas for any budget or preferences. From beer burros to flower crowns, we have a host of ideas to help you make your special day truly amazing. 

Plan your wedding with us

If your interest is piqued, we want to hear from you. We work with brides daily and know that the last thing you want to do is sweat the small stuff. Let us help you work out the details for your event. Talk with us today about making Holman Ranch the perfect backdrop, complement, and venue for the wedding of your dreams. Click here to fill out one of our forms, and an event specialist will be with you as soon as possible. Or, you can contact us by clicking here

Contact us today so that we can help you make lasting memories. Holman Ranch is a private estate in Carmel Valley, CA. All visits are by appointment only. Contact: [email protected] or 831-659-2640 if you have any questions.


Featured photo: Nicole and Danny Kelsey Wedding, Photographed by: Hey Kelsey Kay