Destinations down the road

Published 2:42 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009

There are plenty of local sites for a wedding that will feel unique without requiring extra time and money.

THE CATES HOUSE – This beautiful facility offers opportunities for garden or indoor weddings with anywhere from 10 to 150 guests. They can provide the catering, photography services, hair and make-up, florals and, really, just about anything you need. For more information, contact Brenda Lee at 368-8000.

OZAN WINERY – Located on 24 acres in the heart of Calera, Ozan Winery is an idyllic, gorgeous place to have your wedding ceremony. Toast the happiest day of your life with wine made on-site. For more information, call 668-6926.

TURNBROOKE MANOR – This gorgeous Victorian estate home, located just between Columbiana and Chelsea, provides a variety of possible outdoor sites, replete with spectacular views of the mountains and lake, for your wedding. You can choose an all-inclusive package to make your day simpler if you like. Call 678-8607 to find out more.

ALABAMA 4-H CENTER – The Alabama 4-H Center offers a natural feel for your wedding with a wood and stone open-air chapel that seats 200. The facility also has a pavilion on Lay Lake as well as an auditorium so you can choose how you want your reception to feel. To schedule an event, contact the center at 669-1364.

MORGAN CREEK WINERY – Harpersville’s Morgan Creek Winery offers a lush green 10 acres for your outdoors wedding. The winery, which offers a variety of wines, including a muscadine wine, offers parking for 400 cars. Call 672-2053 to schedule an event.

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS MANOR – This lovely two-story white house, located on a perfectly landscaped acre in Helena, has gorgeous gardens and the perfect picturesque charm for your big day. For more information, call 664-8052.

THE AMERICAN VILLAGE – Located in Montevallo, the American Village’s Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel is patterned after early American chapels to give a historically beautiful edge to your wedding. There’s also a historic barn that can be used for a memorable reception, finishing off your historical wedding in style. To find out more, call 1-877-811-1776.

GASLIGHT HOUSE – This lovely Pelham location is a one-stop spot for all your wedding needs, with ample room for weddings and receptions as well as available services such as photography, catering, florals, valet parking and more. The house can accommodate 175-200 guests and is handicap-accessible. Call 733-1951 for more information.

BLUE SPRING MANOR – Tucked away close to the fresh water springs of Vincent, Blue Spring Manor is a bed and breakfast with a touch of the exotic. You can choose to have a small, personal wedding with 50-100 people inside or a larger wedding with all your friends for up to 250-300 people outside. For more information, call 672-9955.

THE DENSLER HOUSE – The Densler House, in Wilsonville, is a throwback to the days of the late 1800s, when Wilsonville was the largest town in Shelby County. The house has been beautifully restored to its original architectural condition and is on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. To schedule an event, call 669-1450.