16 Best Wedding Venues in California

Jun 09, 2023 | Planning

Wedding venues in California are everywhere: from the epic views of Big Sur to mid-century modern Palm Springs to foodie Napa Valley. Wherever you opt to host your event, the best California wedding venues are right here. No matter the season, you'll find beaches, mountains and everything in between.


Alila Ventana

About: Coastal views and epic redwood trees surround you here. Idyllically situated near both the Pacific Ocean and Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur brings the best features of wedding venues in California into one area. The Alila Ventana is best suited for elopements and intimate ceremonies, but you can also buy out the property for larger affairs.

Location: 48123 CA-1, Big Sur, California 93920

Guest count: Up to 100

Price range: $$$

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Alila Ventana Big Sur | Photography: Carlie Statsky


Auberge du Soleil

About: Nestled in a 33-acre sunlit olive grove on the slopes of Rutherford Hill, Auberge du Soleil is not only one of wine country's most iconic venues, it's also one of its most romantic. In addition to breathtaking views, its five-star accommodations, service, and Michelin-starred culinary program have made it a magical destination for weddings.

Location: 180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, California 94573

Guest count: Up to 120

Price range: $$$$

Auberge du Soleil | Photography: Weddings by Scott & Dana

Beaulieu Garden

About: Beaulieu Garden is a private, family-owned estate and is one of the oldest wine producing vineyards in the Napa Valley. In 1899 French winemaker Georges de Latour purchased a parcel of farm land and planted the first 600 acres of European grape stock in the Napa Valley. Beaulieu Garden is a stunning event site with formal gardens that reflect the European influence of the de Latour family. Old stone fountains, reflecting pools and elegant statues are tucked throughout the park-like gardens. Just beyond the original stone winery is a beautiful thick sycamore arbor which is the perfect setting for al fresco dinners. It is intimate and private and perfect for romantic weddings or corporate gatherings. For one day this very special venue could be yours.

Location: Rutherford, California 94573

Guest count: Up to 400

Price range: $$$$

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Beaulieu Garden | Photography: Rebecca Yale


About: This modern and pristine resort backdrops as the perfect palette to create a wedding celebration that allows you to pamper and unwind so you can enjoy your special day in relaxed style. With a clean, chic design, this wine country wedding venue allows you the freedom to imagine your dream wedding the way you want it. At Solage, you can entertain your guests with private pool house wine tastings, onsite luxury spa treatments, and riding cruisers bicycles to local wineries and through the nearby town of Calistoga.

Location: 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA

Guest count: Up to 500

Price range: $$$$

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Solage | Photography: Rebecca Yale


Avalon Hotel

About: Clay tile roofs and bungalows on this property give the Avalon a romantic, secluded feel for your wedding day. Larger affairs are held in the outdoor Regency Courtyard, and it’s popular for guests to head over to the renowned Presidio Pool for the reception.

Location: 415 South Belardo Road , Palm Springs, California 92262

Guest count: Up to 80

Price range: $$$$

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Avalon Hotel | Photography: Alex W

Joshua Tree National Park

About: You can say 'I do' in Joshua Tree National Park BUT you can’t have your wedding reception here. There are however, many adorable places in the area where you can have your reception that have the same aesthetic and are perfect for your Joshua Tree wedding.

There are so many great Joshua tree reception venues to choose from including: The Desert Lily in Joshua Tree, Ma Sa Ya Ranch, and Tumblewood Sanctuary

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Guest count: Up to 100

Price range: $

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Joshua Tree | Photography: Alicia Mink

Parker, Palm Springs

About: Imagine Palm Springs estate where luxury is fun. The Parker is thirteen acres with 144 rooms and villas, the Palm Springs Yacht Club, 15,000 square foot spa, four tennis courts, petanque courts, and four pools. Norma's over the top breakfast and mister parker's French bistro with indoor and outdoor space perfect for weddings.

Location: 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

Guest count: Up to 125

Price range: $$$

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Parker, Palm Springs | Photography: KT Merry

Lorimar, Temecula

About: The Vineyard Lawn is Lorimar's all-outdoor venue, and it's a beauty! Here, you'll follow a paved walkway to exchange vows on a raised platform covered by a wooden arbor wrapped in climbing vines. The space is surrounded by vineyards, and is bathed in a romantic glow as the sun slips down behind the distant mountains. Hold your cocktail hour beneath a shady pergola, then dine on the lawn by the glimmer of bistro lights as a fire crackles in the brick-and-stone hearth. Your band or DJ can set up on the elevated stage (there's even a built-in dance floor!).

Location: 39990 Anza Road, Temecula, CA 92591

Guest count: Up to 400

Price range: $$$

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Lorimar Vineyards | Photography: Jenny Quicksall


The Resort at Pelican Hill

About: Located in Newport Beach, California, just steps from the ocean and the beautiful beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill is unlike most other resort properties. With three miles of gorgeous beaches, stunning pools, and beautiful grounds, you and your guests will want to explore all that The Resort at Pelican Hill has to offer before your special celebration even begins.

Location: 22701 South Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Guest count: Up to 500

Price range: $$$$

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Pelican Hill | Photography: Alex W

Montage, Laguna Beach

About: Perched on a coastal bluff high above the Pacific, Montage Laguna Beach resort offers 30 acres of seaside luxury at the heart of Southern California’s preeminent artist colony. Each of the 259 guest rooms feature sprawling views of the ocean, as well as craftsman-style architecture and a museum-quality collection of art.

Location: 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, California

Guest count: Up to 500

Price range: $$$

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Montage Laguna Beach | Photography: The Grovers


Rosewood Miramar Beach

About: The unrivaled seaside setting at Rosewood Miramar Beach creates a uniquely romantic stage for the exchange of vows and celebratory moments. Events are held in stunning venues that showcase the resort’s unrivaled oceanside settings. The 8,000 square-foot Great Lawn enhances wedding ceremonies with infinite ocean views, while Miramar Beach provides an unforgettably romantic beachfront stage for the exchange of vows and private soirees.

Location: 1759 S Jameson Ln, Montecito, CA 93108

Guest count: Up to 400

Price range: $$$$

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Rosewood Miramar Beach | Photography: KT Merry


About: From outdoor venues with spectacular ocean views to indoor spaces that embrace the Santa Barbara landscape with natural light and terraces, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara offers a romantic setting for every wedding. This grand venue features 23-foot-high ceilings, gilt-framed mirrors and six balconies. It can accommodate up to 1,250 guests and features an additional venue that includes a foyer, ocean-view terrace and lawn.

Location: 8301 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Guest count: Up to 1,250

Price range: $$$

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Ritz-Carlton Bacara | Photography: Rebecca Yale

San Ysidro Ranch

About: A favorite getaway for celebrities, Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at San Ysidro Ranch and John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned here. Your experience will have its own place in history. You and your guests will enjoy extraordinary accommodations and gracious service amidst 500 acres of gardens surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Location: 900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito, California 93108

Guest count: Up to 100

Price range: $$$

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San Ysidro Ranch | Photography: Ashleigh & Erik Fine Art Wedding Photography


Rosewood Sand Hill

About: Epitomizing the casually sophisticated California lifestyle, Rosewood Sand Hill weddings vary from Hollywood Glamor and traditional stylings to Bohemian Sophisticate. The natural beauty of the landscape and extraordinary venues offer endless possibilities.

Location: 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA

Guest count: Up to 350

Price range: $$$

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Rosewood Sand Hill | Photographer: Nathalie Cheng

San Francisco City Hall

About: Among the many Northern California wedding venues available, San Francisco City Hall will always go down as perhaps the most classic. Civil ceremonies can host up to six guests, but for couples who want to go big, you’ll need to book through the San Francisco City Hall Events Department.

Location: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, California 94102

Guest count: Up to 6

Price range: $

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San Francisco City Hall | Photography: Ditto Dianto

Pebble Beach Resorts, Carmel

About: Few occasions are celebrated as elegantly and joyfully as weddings at Pebble Beach Resorts. We cater to your every need, working with you to plan the perfect event for you and your guests in one of the world's most magnificent settings. Be it an intimate gathering or a grand ceremony and reception, your wedding at Pebble Beach will be an unforgettable celebration.

Location: 17-Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, California 93953

Guest count: Up to 800

Price range: $$$$

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Pebble Beach Resort | Photography: Hillary & Erik


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