Introducing Our Redwoods Wedding Venues

Are you searching for Redwoods wedding venues? Looking to say I do under a soaking canopy of 100-year-old Redwoods trees? You’re in luck! Our venue, Ridgefield, which opened in the winter of 2022, is now hosting weddings and elopements on our property in Northern California (Humboldt County, to be exact!) ..and we have a massive private Redwoods grove that you need to see for yourself. Keep reading to see more of our venue, ceremony, reception sites, and scenery.

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Welcome to Ridgefield – Heaven on Earth

Ridgefield holds a cherished place in our hearts, as we became stewards of this breathtaking property back in 2004. Since then, our passion has been poured into its preservation. In a testament to our commitment to the environment and the majestic Redwoods, we recently bestowed this land as a conservation easement to the city of Arcata. This act ensures the perpetual existence of the Redwood forest habitat, allowing future generations to revel in the tranquility and enchantment of this unique space.

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Plan Your Dream Redwoods Wedding at Ridgefield

We’ve created this helpful map so you can visualize your wedding experience at our Northern California wedding venue. Learn some local history, try a new restaurant, visit our secret spots, and make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

Support Our Conservation Efforts

Within the embrace of these towering giants, you’ll discover more than majestic trees symbolizing resilience and enduring strength. These Redwoods serve as pillars, akin to the ones that will support your marriage, fortifying it against the tests of time. Our dedication to preserving these magnificent trees extends beyond a personal vow; it mirrors the enduring commitment you are making to each other—a shared responsibility echoing the lasting bond these Redwoods embody. As you exchange vows amidst this timeless backdrop, you become part of a legacy, contributing to the preservation of nature’s wonders and cementing your love in the embrace of these enduring Redwoods.

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Why Ridgefield is Your Ideal Redwoods Wedding Destination

Choose Ridgefield Events for a wedding destination that combines natural splendor, exclusive rental experiences, and organized planning, creating the perfect backdrop for your love story.

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Towering Redwoods, Lush Gardens, and a Private Forest

  • Exchange vows under the majestic canopy of towering redwoods, surrounded by the natural beauty of lush gardens and your very own private forest.
  • The enchanting backdrop sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration, creating timeless memories amidst nature’s grandeur.
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Private Access to Miles of Trails

  • Embark on incredible forest adventures with private access to miles of trails. Immerse yourselves in the serenity of nature, creating unique moments and lasting memories.

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Incredible Local Activities

  • Explore the coastline or venture into the awe-inspiring Redwood forests, enjoying a plethora of local activities that add a touch of magic to your wedding experience.
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Private, Gated Property for Intimate Celebrations

  • Ensure an intimate celebration with exclusive access to our private, gated property. Revel in the privacy and seclusion that Ridgefield Events provides for your special day.
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Convenient Flights from Major Cities

  • Enjoy easy accessibility with convenient flights from major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, making Ridgefield Events an accessible and sought-after destination.

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Organized Planning Experience for Destination Weddings

  • Experience seamless wedding planning with our organized services tailored for destination wedding couples. We prioritize every detail, ensuring a stress-free and memorable celebration that exceeds your expectations.

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FAQs

Why Choose Redwoods for Your Wedding Ceremony?

Embracing the cathedral grove allure and majesty of a redwood forest wedding venue for your special day is a decision you won’t regret. From the natural high ceilings to the breathtaking scale of the ancient trees, redwoods present a unique charm that not many other wedding venues can offer. These age-old, towering giants have been around since before dinosaurs, offering you a comforting sense of timelessness on your wedding day.

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I Want Something OUT OF THIS WORLD for My Wedding. Can You Deliver?

Imagine strolling through the captivating forests of Ridgefield, hand in hand with your beloved, surrounded by an awe-inspiring scene. The Ridgefield Redwoods, with their magical circles of mushrooms known as fairy rings, offer a breathtaking and out-of-this-world experience. These towering trees, standing resilient and timeless, set the stage for a romance that transcends the ordinary.

As sunlight filters through the majestic branches, the forest comes alive with an ethereal beauty that feels almost surreal. The fairy rings, forming natural and enchanting circles on the forest floor, add a touch of magic to the atmosphere, creating an extraordinary backdrop for capturing unforgettable moments.

Choosing to exchange vows amidst the Ridgefield Redwoods isn’t just a wedding; it’s an immersion into an extraordinary, breathtaking experience. It’s an invitation for you and your guests to be part of a celebration in a place where the beauty of nature takes center stage, leaving an indelible mark on your special day.

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What Wedding Venue Spaces Do You Offer?

Well, the Redwoods grove of course, but keep reading to see our other gorgeous sites!

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Garden Terrace – Outdoor Ceremony Area

  • Immerse yourselves in the enchanting ambiance of our Garden Terrace, surrounded by vibrant blooms and lush greenery.
  • Perfect for intimate ceremonies or cocktail hours, offering a picturesque setting for your special day.
  • A romantic and serene space, providing a charming backdrop for your wedding festivities.

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Redwood Grove – Outdoor Ceremony Area

  • Exchange vows beneath the towering Redwoods, where nature’s grandeur meets the celebration of love.
  • The majestic trees serve as natural pillars, symbolizing strength and endurance—ideal for couples seeking a timeless and awe-inspiring setting.
  • Capture breathtaking moments amid the serene beauty of the Ridgefield Redwoods.
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Lawn and Meadow – Outdoor Reception Area

  • Host your ceremony or reception on our expansive and well-manicured lawn, offering versatility and a touch of open-air elegance.
  • The lawn provides a spacious canvas for creative setups, ensuring your wedding vision comes to life with ample room for guests to celebrate.
  • Tented Area:
  • For those who desire a blend of outdoor and sheltered spaces, our tented area provides a flexible option.
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds—open-air festivities under the tent, surrounded by the beauty of Ridgefield, while still having comfort and protection from the elements.
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Onsite Ready Rooms and Lodging

  • We also offer separate ready rooms and onsite lodging in a cottage for the couple. Scroll through our website for more info :) And look at the wedding photos on our gallery…to die for!
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What Makes Redwoods So Unique?

  1. Towering Heights: The coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) holds the record as the tallest tree species on Earth. These arboreal skyscrapers can reach staggering heights of over 370 feet (113 meters), which is taller than a 30-story building.
  2. Ancient Wisdom: Redwoods are known for their longevity. Some individuals have been around for more than 2,200 years, making them some of the oldest living organisms on the planet.
  3. Seismic Survivors: The shallow root system of redwoods intertwines with the roots of neighboring trees, creating a network that helps them withstand earthquakes. This communal root system can extend over an acre in size.
  4. Breathtaking Girth: In terms of trunk size, redwoods are no slouches either. The diameter of their trunks can exceed 20 feet (6 meters), making them some of the most massive trees in the world.
  5. Rapid Growth: Despite their immense size, redwoods are fast growers. In optimal conditions, they can add more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) to their height each year.
  6. Carbon Storage Champions: Redwood trees are excellent carbon sinks. A single tree can absorb and store several tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, contributing significantly to combating climate change.
  7. Coastal vs. Giant Sequoias: There are two primary species of redwoods: the coastal redwood (found along the California coast) and the giant sequoia (found in the Sierra Nevada mountains). While both are impressive, giant sequoias are known for their colossal trunk volume.
  8. Fire-Resistant Bark: Redwoods have a unique defense mechanism against wildfires. Their thick and fibrous bark can reach up to 1 foot (30 centimeters) in thickness, providing excellent insulation from fire. California needs all the help it can get!
  9. Inspirational National Parks: Some of the most famous redwood groves are protected in national and state parks. Notable locations include Muir Woods National Monument, Redwood National and State Parks, and Sequoia National Park.
  10. Cultural Importance: Redwoods hold cultural significance for Native American tribes. They are often considered sacred, and their wood has been traditionally used for various purposes.

Sources

  1. National Park Service – Redwood Facts
  2. Save the Redwoods League – Redwoods and Climate Change
  3. USDA Forest Service – Redwood Ecology and Management
  4. National Geographic – Redwood Trees
  5. American Forests – Coastal Redwood
  6. UC Berkeley – Gymnosperm Database: Sequoia sempervirens
  7. Sempervirens
  8. Visit Redwoods
  9. Tree Hugger
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When Is the Best Time to Plan Redwood Weddings at Ridgefield?

Season

Average Temperature Range (°F)

Best Time for a Wedding

Spring

45°F – 60°F

Late spring (May-June)

Summer

55°F – 65°F

Late summer (July-Aug)

Fall

45°F – 60°F

Early fall (Sep-Oct)

Winter

40°F – 55°F

Indoor wedding

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What Are Some Tips for Planning a Redwood Forest Wedding?

Forget fighting the traffic and crowds in San Jose, Santa Cruz mountains, Los Gatos, or the San Francisco Bay Area. And DOUBLE forget trying to get a peaceful and quite ceremony at any Redwoods state park or winery venue. Our venue is completely private, secluded, and gated, and offers you the ultimate retreat. But keep reading for some more tips to plan your redwoods elopement or weekend wedding.

  1. Choose a Meaningful Location: Select a specific grove or area within the Redwood forest that holds sentimental value or resonates with you as a couple. This personal touch adds depth to the ceremony.
  2. Natural Decor Elements: Embrace the natural beauty of the Redwoods and minimize additional decor. Let the towering trees and lush surroundings be the focal point, adding only minimal, eco-friendly decor to complement rather than compete.
  3. Forest-Friendly Attire: Opt for attire that complements the natural setting. Consider earthy tones, lightweight fabrics, and attire that allows you to move comfortably among the trees. Don’t forget practical footwear for walking on uneven forest terrain.
  4. Morning or Evening Ceremony: Take advantage of the ethereal lighting during morning or evening ceremonies. The interplay of sunlight filtering through the towering trees creates a magical atmosphere that enhances the romance of the moment.
  5. Redwood Seedling Favors: Instead of traditional favors, offer guests redwood seedlings. It’s a symbolic and eco-friendly gesture, allowing them to plant a piece of your wedding day and watch it grow, much like your love.
  6. Acoustic Music: Opt for acoustic instruments or unamplified music to maintain the serene atmosphere of the Redwoods. The natural acoustics of the forest provide a unique and enchanting backdrop for your ceremony.
  7. Redwood-Themed Invitations: Carry the theme through to your invitations. Consider designs featuring redwood trees or incorporate elements like pressed leaves from the forest.
  8. Forest-Inspired Cuisine: Work with a caterer who can create a menu inspired by the local flavors and ingredients. Consider incorporating elements like cedar-plank salmon or dishes featuring herbs found in the forest.
  9. Tree Planting Ritual: Include a tree planting ceremony as part of your vows. Choose a sapling that can grow alongside your marriage, and symbolize your commitment to nurturing your relationship over time.
  10. Professional Photography: Hire a photographer experienced in capturing outdoor and forest weddings. Someone familiar with working in natural light and capturing the unique essence of a Redwood forest can ensure your memories are beautifully preserved.
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Schedule a Tour of Ridgefield

Ready to escape the ordinary? Schedule a personalized tour with us at Ridgefield Events. Our passionate team is thrilled to unveil the enchanting charm of our venue and delve into conversations that bring your wedding dreams to life. Discover the perfect setting for your elopement or weekend wedding, and let us be your guide in envisioning a day as extraordinary as the love you share. We eagerly anticipate welcoming you to Ridgefield Events, where your unique celebration takes center stage amid scenic splendor.