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Top 5 wedding venues in the Inland area, according to readers

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By Stephanie Schulte

From an opulent affair, a wine country wedding, park setting or a simple courthouse ceremony, Inland Southern California has something for every couple’s nuptial wish.

And those picture-perfect locations are getting busier in the fall. A study by the popular wedding resource The Knot said that in 2016, 34 percent of couples chose a summer wedding while 40 percent exchanged vows in the fall. Both September and October played host to 16 percent of weddings and tied as the most popular wedding months, followed by June which came in at 13 percent.

RELATED: Readers share even more great places to get married in the Inland area

But venues in the Inland area are attractive any time of the year.

After getting engaged on Christmas Eve in 2014, longtime Riverside residents Kevin and Rebekah Manning immediately set out on a quest to find the perfect spot for the big day in April 2015.

“We wanted to have a short engagement so we needed to find something quickly,” Rebekah Manning said. “And it needed to be within our limited budget.”

A self-described history geek, Rebekah Manning said it was important to have a cool historic location and she wanted to keep it local to make it convenient for family and friends.

The couple looked at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and White Park in downtown Riverside as well as Crestmore Manor in Jurupa Valley.

“Then I thought about the Riverside Art Museum,” she said. “We thought it would be really cool to get married there.”

She said the setting exceeded their expectations and the fact that the museum’s architect, Julia Morgan, also designed Hearst Castle hooked her.

“We got married on the rooftop and the fireplace just amplified the beautiful setting,” she said. “Everyone thought it was so unique to get married at an art museum. It […]    

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