5 Amazing Features of the Rough & Ready Vineyards

Path at the Rough & Ready Vineyards to wedding gazebo. Photo by Camden Ashley Photography

Heather Featherston

December 20, 2022

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Are you looking for a beautiful outdoor wedding venue for your rustic barn wedding? Rough & Ready Vineyards is one of the premier Nevada County wedding venues if you are looking for Nevada City wedding venues or Grass Valley wedding venues. Located in the scenic Sierra Nevada Foothills and close to Lake Tahoe, this location is a treasure with much to offer.

With the recent popularity of rustic barn wedding venues, Rough & Ready Vineyards has become ideal for brides and grooms. Our red barn-style home on the property will be a wonderful backdrop for your rustic wedding. It’s also a guesthouse that is ideal for out-of-town guests or for you and your wedding party to stay in before and after your wedding. If you have been searching for Grass Valley wedding venues or venues near there, keep reading to learn about 5 amazing features of the Rough & Ready Vineyards!
Rough and Ready Ranch Guesthouse, photo by Woman of Faith Photography

#1: The Barn-Style Guesthouse

The guesthouse is over 3,000 square feet, with beds available for 16 people. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, your guests will have plenty of room!
The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a romantic claw foot tub and a luxurious king-sized bed. It also has a small refrigerator and microwave in the room, making it a true oasis. And in our Vineyard Room, you’ll find a beautiful antique armoire and queen bed. There are two additional bedrooms and a sunroom with additional sleeping space.
The open-concept kitchen and living space is a great entertaining area and creates a sense of togetherness for your family and friends. In addition, the home has two porches with gorgeous views.
Not only is the guesthouse spacious, warm, and inviting, it is also very functional. With a beauty parlor on-site as well as laundry facilities, you can get ready for your wedding right on site. We can provide you with stylist recommendations if you’d like someone to travel to our venue to do your hair and makeup. There’s even a massage table if you’d like a masseuse to come by so you can indulge in a massage before your festivities begin! Special rates are available for the guesthouse when booked in conjunction with a wedding.
Aerial view of the Rough & Ready Vineyards & Rea

#2: Our Breathtaking Grounds

Your wedding day will be a memorable event on the grounds of our 16-acre property. With our heritage oaks that shade our beautiful, green lawns, a marble gazebo in our upper meadow, quaint bridge, and picturesque vineyard, we can help design your wedding so it’s uniquely yours!
You have many options for where to stage your ceremony and where you would like your reception to take place. With so many options, your guests will be able to move seamlessly from the ceremony area to the reception area without any additional time required for the breakdown and set up!

#3: Rustic Barn Wedding Décor

Our wedding package includes all the décor options you would like to use from our Something Borrowed Barn as a backdrop at Rough & Ready Vineyards.  From mason jars, wood rounds, lanterns, decorative wine bottles, and candelabras, you can design a beautiful wedding that is a reflection of your tastes!  We also have linens and place settings available to add on to your wedding package to compliment your look and design.
Start with a color and a theme, and we will provide you with many ideas to create the perfect look for your guests to enjoy. Your photographer is sure to have plenty of opportunities to capture your unique style!
Photo of a couple kissing on a bridge by Camden Ashley Photography 

#4: Abundant Amenities

In addition to the Rough & Ready Vineyard’s beautiful surroundings as a Nevada County wedding venue, the amenities are plentiful. These include:

  • ADA access
  • On-site parking for 125 guests
  • Beautiful Italian marble gazebo
  • Picturesque Vine Arch
  • Custom Built Dance Floor
  • Wi-Fi access for you and your guests
  • Wrought iron bridge
  • Hand Built Pergola in the Vineyard
  • Market lights for reception
  • Indoor bathroom facilities available for your wedding guests
  • Golf cart transportation for any guests that need some extra assistance.

Wedding guests dancing at the Rough & Ready Vineyards

#5: Wedding Investment

Our couples all say that we “make it easy” to have exactly the day they dreamed of!

  • Vendor freedom — Choose ALL your own vendors, even catering
  • BYOB — Bring your own beer & wine (no corkage fees!)
  • Many tables, chairs, farm tables, & more – all included!
  • Dance floor under the market lights included!
  • Lots of décor items to choose from in our Something Borrowed Barn – all included!
  • Wedding day access can start as early as 8 am if staying on-site
  • A variety of ceremony options, including our Italian marble gazebo or grapevine arch
  • Free Wi-Fi access so you can live stream your wedding
  • On-site parking, including ADA parking
  • For guests needing special assistance, golf cart transportation is available from parking areas to the ceremony site.
  • Set-up and clean-up of ceremony and reception, as agreed.

Our staff will be available to assist and make sure your day goes smoothly for you and your guests.
We have a preferred vendor list of caterers, florists, stylists, photographers, and many more that we work with often. We have full confidence in their ability to make your day special! You may also choose to use your own vendors, and we are happy to work with them, so your day is flawless.
Young wedded couple pose by the vine arch at the Rough & Ready Vineyards. Photo by Mindful Media Photography

Your Rustic Barn Wedding at the Rough & Ready Vineyards

Rough & Ready Vineyards is ideal for local weddings and an amazing location for a destination wedding. It’s an exceptional wedding venue near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
Every season is beautiful and unique here. From colorful blossoms in the spring to the rich, warm colors of fall, you will never be disappointed. Guests will be thrilled to travel to Nevada County. The area has much to offer every guest. For those who love the outdoors, there is skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing nearby in the winter and spring, and in the summer and fall, you will find great hiking trails, boating, fishing. If fine dining and shopping appeal to your guests, they will find exceptional dining and unique shops in the historic mining towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley. There are museums and historical sites throughout the county. For your guests that enjoy wine tasting or microbrews, Nevada County has them covered too. With more than a dozen wineries and some great breweries, you and your guests will have many options. Take a look at for an in-depth look at what Nevada County has to offer.
If you’re looking for Grass Valley wedding venues or Nevada City wedding venues, Rough & Ready Vineyards is an ideal location. There is an activity for every guest. The surroundings will make your wedding photos special, and the amenities available for you and your guests are stellar.
Most importantly, the Rough & Ready Vineyards staff are experienced, professional, and creative. If you have an idea of what you want, they will guide you through many options and show you looks that you can personalize to your tastes. They can make your vision a reality! Our staff will be there before and during your event to make sure your day is special and stress-free.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 2, 2021, and has since been updated. 

We’d love to help you plan your wedding day, your way, at Rough & Ready Vineyards!

Have you been looking for picturesque wedding venues in Northern California that are affordable and flexible with packages, vendors, and bar requirements? Maybe you want a relaxed and easy weekend, so you can enjoy every memorable moment with everything in one location. Learn more by choosing an option below:

Heather Featherston

Written by Heather Featherston

Heather, an Event Manager for the Rough & Ready Vineyards, oversees the day-to-day operations. She takes satisfaction in seeing everyone happy and is always grateful for the opportunity to make this happen. Heather enjoys meeting with brides-to-be in order to gather the details needed to ensure their wedding day is perfect! “Every wedding and reception at the Rough & Ready Vineyards is so beautiful,” she says. “I love being able to see people enjoy the amazing venue we have created here!”

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