Wedding Venues: 7 Ways to Find The Perfect Location

Wedding Venues: 7 Ways to Find The Perfect Location

The perfect wedding starts, of course, with the perfect soul mate. Now, it's time to find the perfect wedding venue for starting your new life together. Before you slice the cake, open the gifts, or send out a thank you note, you've got to have the wedding venue which will support your wedding and reception plans.

Size of Your Wedding

If you're inviting just your very closest family and friends, your options are almost limitless. You could hold your wedding and reception in a backyard, family room, or even just the county clerk's (usually tiny) office. But if you've got a small wedding party, don't let that limit the size of your wedding venue. Private country clubs, like Copper River, often have wonderful, small, intimate locations such as our Alicante Vineyards or the Lower Terrance.

For larger events, you'll want to seek out a venue with not only a large space for the wedding, but plenty of room to spread out for the reception. Our clubhouse accommodates up to 300 people.

Geography of Your Friends and Family

While destination weddings can be a wonderful thing, so is being surrounded by the people you love. Do you want to stay closer to home for your friends, family, and even co-workers who live in the area? For our brides in the Fresno and surrounding areas, Copper River Country Club has been a wedding venue of choice with our unobstructed view on the very edge of northeast Fresno, nestled between the foothills and the San Joaquin River.

Type of Wedding

Will it be a formal occasion? Or are you looking for a casual, garden-style wedding in a beautiful setting? Are you looking for a traditional ceremony or something more innovative? You may want to let the wedding venue itself present you with multiple options, from an outdoor ceremony to indoor event, followed by a formal, sit-down dinner.

Consider the Weather

Fresno, CA and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have mild weather. Rain or storm events won't be likely at all to keep your guests away. While our outdoor wedding venues are beautiful, keep in mind that the summer gets extremely hot, even hotter when you're wearing lace or taffeta! And, your older relatives may appreciate the heat even less.

The Lower Terrace does face the west and we've enjoyed many spectacular sunsets. The backdrop is free of buildings and if you're willing to have a later ceremony, you could have a gorgeous outdoor venue for your summer wedding.

Evaluate the Costs

While your wedding is an incredible experience that you want to be the absolute best, you also want to start your life together by being smart about your spending. Many locations seem reasonable until you add in the cost of tables, chairs, place settings, catering and staff, in addition to the food and beverages. Copper River Country Club wedding packages can be set to make sure there aren't any last-minute additions or surprises so you can accurately budget for your event.


Some wedding venues are so popular, you've got to plan years in advance! While Copper River Country Club is one of the most gorgeous outdoor wedding venues in Fresno, CA, we're still a bit of a secret. September, October, & November are typically our busiest months for weddings, but you are likely to be able to get the date you want by calling a year in advance.

Reserve Your Date Now

Getting married sooner? Don't assume you can't get in. Contact our Banquet Office at (559) 434-8978 to find out if your perfect wedding date and venue is available.