Yet unless they ask, they’ll never know, and sometimes the answer can be surprising, great news.
For example, if you’ve been thinking of getting married, there’s no better time to do it than February 2013, and no better place than Madrona Manor in Healdsburg.
Yes, Madrona, home of $400 suites, $68 five-course wine-paired Michelin Star suppers, and extravagance befitting a beautifully restored 1881 mansion set on eight acres of English gardens and wooded hillside.
“It’s sweet in its simplicity,” said Madrona’s spokesperson Anne Alderete. “The package takes the stress out of planning and lets couples focus on what really matters – each other.”
It’s also sweet in its pricing. Designed specifically for the intimate groups that the Westside road estate caters to, the package welcomes 10 to 25 people for $150 per person, and includes the ceremony set-up and site fee, the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutineer, a three-course dinner, a Champagne toast for the whole party, the bride and groom suite for one-night deluxe accommodations, a complimentary bottle of Champagne en suite, and gourmet breakfast.
The only restrictions are wine pairings with dinner (an extra charge), and a blackout date of February 14.
“It’s quite a steal, considering the three-course meal is included, and you can barely get dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant for that ($150) price,” acknowledged Alderete. “It’s a great chance for people who never thought they could get married at Madrona Manor to do exactly that.”
The special is not advertised on Madrona’s website, so the only way a couple-in-love could know would be to ask. The message is clear: for that dream wedding, dare to dream about your most lavish fantasy. Dreams do come true.
Details: Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, 800-258-4003, madronamanor.com.