Gilroy, California is a beautiful location to get married just about any time of the year. 

The sunny, mild temperatures found in our beloved little city are perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, and parties. 

At the Best Western Forest Park Inn, we host our fair share of party planners, honeymooners, and out of town wedding attendees each year. 

Today we will share the inside scoop on some of the most accommodating and beautiful Gilroy, California wedding venues that will make your big day completely picture perfect. 

1. Gilroy Gardens

couple at gilroy gardes a beautiful California wedding venue

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True, Gilroy Gardens may be your favorite theme park, but the jaw dropping garden scenery makes this location the perfect spot to say, “I do.” 

Tucked away from the busy city and the drab dessert, the lush floral landscaping – complete with babbling creeks and waterfalls – make an ideal backdrop for vows, photos, and dancing. 

The park has four idealistic locations that you can choose from for your ceremony and reception.

Claudia’s Garden boasts an over the water platform where you can exchange vows in front of a flowing waterfall. 

Creekside Terrace is the place to be if you want an outdoor reception. A babbling creek flows through the lush garden site, and the terrace can hold up to 300 guests. 

The Events Plaza is perfect for your indoor reception. With a massive 450 guest capacity, the plaza is easily transformed into a twinkling banquet and dance hall where you will spend your evening being treated like royalty. 

If you’d prefer a smaller reception outdoors, Picnic Grove’s patio and grassy lawn are perfect for feasting, chatting, and strolling through the lush grounds of the majestic gardens. 

2. Lodge On The Hill

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This one of a kind hilltop venue has jaw dropping views of the Santa Clara Valley mountains. 

The beautiful views from the outdoor patio is the ideal place to say your vows. 

The stunning indoor event space can occupy up to 250 guests, and is complete with a full service bar and spacious dance floor for your reception. 

If you have a smaller ceremony in mind, the Mt. Madonna Room holds 100 people, includes a full service bar, and creates a perfectly intimate atmosphere to celebrate with your closest loved ones. 

Lodge On The Hill offers a wide variety of top notch dining options that are all delicious and sure to impress your guests.

3. Local Wineries

Gilroy and the surrounding area boast a multitude of beautiful, local wineries.

If you’re dreaming of a winery wedding, here are three of our absolute favorite wineries that are ideal for a wedding celebration: 


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This charming winery offers two different event spaces that are perfect for formal events.

The Redwood Terrace is a spacious outdoor patio lined with stunning redwood trees that sit on a picturesque, sloping hillside vineyard. This gorgeous terrace is a beautiful spot to dance, dine, and take incredible photos with woodsy, picturesque backdrops. 

If you’d prefer and indoor venue, The Barrel Room is a romantic, tuscan hideaway. 

In the past, the barrel room housed aging wine in oak barrels, and with it’s jaw dropping vaulted ceilings and large redwood doors, it’s an ideal backdrop for a wedding celebration. 

Hecker Pass

Couple at Hecker Pass, a California wedding venue with sunset photo shot

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Tucked away at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains is Hecker Pass Winery and La Vigna event center – a third generation family winery. 

To this day, the family prides themselves on helping you each step of the way as you throw a stunning and memorable dream wedding. 

The wedding venue, La Vigna, overlooks rolling hills, offering panoramic views of the entire vineyard. 

A rustic-chic banquet room with stunning hardwood floors is perfect for hosting an indoor reception. 

Or you can take the party outside onto the large oak tree lined patio and dance the night away under the stars. 

The venue’s custom barrel bar will keep your guests occupied as you take your photos among endless stunning vineyard backdrops. 

You can create your menu in house, or with a seperate caterer – either way, the staff at La Vigna will be sure to suggest pairings with their sustainably grown, award winning wines.

Kirign Cellars

Kirign Cellars beautiful California wedding venue with barrels and trees lining the aisle

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Kirign Cellars is truly a sight to behold. 

With over 33 acres of vineyards, expansive cricket lawns, 1,000 rose bushes, and 100 redwood sequoias, it’s easy to see how this magical venue is the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. 

Take your pick from the many arbors, lawns, terraces, and vineyard areas for your ceremony itself. 

After the wedding you can move into the new 7,000 square foot Tuscan style banquet building, perfect for toasting, eating, and dancing the day away with up to 200 guests. 

And of course, Kirign Cellars offers a wide variety of handcrafted wines and California champagnes to make your toasts all the more special. 

Whether you’re ready to come into town to check out some of these awe-inspiring venues, or you need a place for out of town guests to stay, Best Western Forest Park Inn of Gilroy is here to be your perfect host.

 Contact Forest Park Inn to book a room today!