Sixty miles away from Los Angeles, the city of Riverside is an excellent wedding choice for anyone who wants a sunny California wedding without an LA-style price tag. Options abound, but some of the more unique options include a historic aircraft museum and a charming European-style castle. The best known venue in the city is arguably the elegant Mission Inn, a breathtaking Spanish Mission hotel with two on-site chapels, but there are also plenty of other hotels, country clubs, banquet halls, and historic mansions that are perfectly equipped to help you plan the perfect wedding day. Here are the 25 best!
Conveniently located right on the mall walk in downtown Riverside, the Avila Terrace is a two-story event space with an indoor banquet hall and an outdoor terrace overlooking the neighboring Mission Inn. The space can accommodate 95 guests seated inside and 30 people seated on the terrace, and it's equipped with audiovisual equipment including an indoor/outdoor sound system that reaches every part of the venue. Full-service catering is provided in-house, and both plated dinners and self-service buffet menus are available. Couples can also choose to add hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.
3663 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-660-5390
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Set on more than six acres of Italian Renaissance style gardens, Kimberly Crest is a three-story French chateau that looks more like a castle than a private residence. The home was built in 1897, and the grounds have looked much the same since 1909, when they were adorned with a Venus fountain, a magnificent magnolia tree, and two ponds. Ceremonies and receptions take place in the garden with the chateau as the backdrop, and guests will have access to a modern building with restroom facilities. There is also a beautiful bridal suite where the bridal party can relax and get ready before the ceremony.
1325 Prospect Dr, Redlands, CA 92373, Phone: 909-792-2111
3.Loft 84 Wedding and Event Venue
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Dating back to the 1920s, the Loft 84 Wedding and Event Venue is an elegant ballroom venue located inside the Aurea Vista Hotel. Both reception and ceremony packages are available, and the space can accommodate up to 150 people for a ceremony and up to 200 for a reception with space for a dance floor. Tables, chairs, and a ceremony arch are included. For an additional fee, the venue can also provide a decor package, the services of a wedding coordinator, and access to a luxurious penthouse bridal suite and groom's room. Catering can be done in-house or by an outside vendor.
3840 Lemon St, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-858-9962
Owned and operated by the Riverside County Regional Park, Crestmore Manor is a historic colonial-style mansion that was built by one of the area's top thoroughbred breeders in the 1950s. The manicured lawns can be used for both ceremonies and receptions, and they feature a peaceful pond, a courtyard with a fountain, and a handful of majestic old trees. There is also a carriage house that can be used for indoor receptions of up to 300 guests. There is no list of preferred vendors, and beer, wine, and champagne can be served but not sold.
4600 Crestmore Rd, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509, Phone: 951-955-4587
Only a few minutes away from the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, Benedict Castle is an unforgettable venue whose construction was inspired by the beauty of traditional European castles. The castle is surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds, and the impressive entryway opens up into a lobby flanked by twin staircases that make for a stunning photo backdrop. Ceremonies can be held outside in the stone courtyard or in the banquet hall, and the Grand Ballroom is the perfect place for an elegant indoor reception. Both plated and buffet style meals are available, and beverage packages can conveniently be purchased through the venue.
5445 Chicago Ave, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone: 951-683-4241
6.Citrus Park Wedding and Events
Known for the exquisite orange grove that give the park its name, Citrus Park Wedding and Events is an outdoor event venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The breathtaking scenery provides plenty of incredible photo opportunities for the newlyweds and their guests, and it makes the perfect backdrop for both ceremonies and receptions. Couples are welcome to bring in their own decor and the outside vendors of their choice, but the venue can also help arranged everything from invitations to flowers to a photo booth. In house catering and beverage services are available if needed.
9400 Dufferin Ave, Riverside, CA 92503, Phone: 951-515-6689
7.Canyon Crest Country Club
Widely considered to be Riverside's best golf and country club, the Canyon Crest Country Club is a beautiful wedding venue that offers an inviting ambiance and unparalleled service. The ceremony site can be found outside overlooking the pond, and there are three spectacular indoor event spaces for couples to choose from, the largest of which can hold up to 250 guests. Catering is done by the club's talented culinary staff, and the executive chef can customize menus to suit couple's tastes and budgets. There is also a dedicated event planner who can help with entertainment, flowers, audiovisual equipment, and all the other little details.
975 Country Club Dr, Riverside, CA 92506, Phone: 951-274-7900
8.Fiesta Max Events Center
Offering an excellent selection of all-inclusive wedding packages that can be customized or used as-in, the Fiesta Max Events Center is a fantastic choice for weddings with between 100 and 400 guests. The packages cover all the essentials like tables, chairs, and linens, but even the most basic package includes uniformed servers, venue decor, and cake cutting services. Optional add-ons include a Cinderella carriage, a photo booth, and an all-day video service. The business offers two Riverside venues to choose from, but they also offer their wedding planning services and packages to couples who have already booked their weddings at a different location.
9900 Indiana Ave #14, Riverside, CA 92503, Phone: 951-710-0026
9.Jurupa Hills Country Club
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With its rolling green golf course, the Jurupa Hills Country Club is a spectacular venue for both ceremonies and receptions. The club is proudly family-owned, and it only books one event per day to ensure that each group will have exclusive access to the space and the best possible service. The charming gazebo on the first tee serves as a romantic ceremony site, and from there, it's an easy walk to the club house dining room where most couples choose to have their reception. A full-service bar is available, and the club's catering staff offer a variety of excellent dining options.
6161 Moraga Ave, Riverside, CA 92509, Phone: 951-685-7214
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Undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaurants in Riverside, Mario's Place is also a spectacular reception venue. The food is a delightful interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine with some influence from Southern France, and both three and four course menus are available. Wood-fired pizzas and non-alcoholic beverages can be added to any menu for a small fee, and options are available for people with special dietary needs. There are three indoor dining spaces to choose from, and for couples who would rather have their celebration outdoors, there is a charming patio that can be covered or uncovered depending on the weather.
3646 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-684-7755
11.My Love Wedding Chapel
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If you've always dreamed of getting married in a charming chapel, look no further than My Love Wedding Chapel. This simple but sweet venue is operated by wedding minister Leah Figueroa, and it offers personalized ceremony services in an invitingly decorated space. Ceremonies can be done in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two, and the venue can also provide customized music and a long white aisle runner decorated with flower petals. The space can accommodate up to 100 guests, and couples who would prefer to bring their own officiant can also rent the chapel on its own.
2850 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone: 909-553-8109
12.The Orangecrest Club
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A beautiful banquet hall located only minutes away from the 91, 60 and 215 freeways, the Orangecrest Club can accommodate wedding receptions with up to 150 seated guests. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee, and the venue will set them up and take them down at no additional charge. The space is also furnished with complimentary Wi-Fi, a wooden dance floor with a movable stage, a wet bar, and a fenced patio area where guests can get some fresh air. Outside vendors are welcome for all services, and caterers are free to use the on-site prep kitchen if needed.
1175 E Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA 92508, Phone: 951-656-7232
13.Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living
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The Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is a non-denominational community that believes in celebrating and supporting diversity, and it welcomes all couples to celebrate their love in its beautiful sanctuary. The sanctuary is typically used for ceremonies with up to 300 guests, and it boasts special touches like stained glass windows, soaring cathedral ceilings, and a 100-foot-long center aisle decorated with a white runner. Couples who like the idea of having their entire celebration in one place can also book the banquet hall for their reception. Wedding coordination services are included in the rental fee for both spaces.
4498 NW High Dr, Riverside, MO 64150, Phone: 816-741-4172
14.The Palms Room
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Situated in Cooley Ranch, the Palms Room is a classic event space that can easily be accessed from both Interstate 10 and Interstate 215. The business prides itself on helping couples create a truly memorable celebration, and experienced event coordinators and service staff are available to help every step of the way. Privacy is a priority as well, and couples can rest assured that their group will have exclusive access to the entire space on the day of their wedding. The space can easily be customized to suit almost any theme, and round tables and chairs are provided by the venue.
952 S. Mount Vernon Ave, Suite E Cooley Ranch, CA 92324, Phone: 909-433-9884
15.Marinaj Banquets & Events
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One of the most popular wedding venues in the Inland Empire, Marinaj Banquets & Events provides Los Angeles style glamour for couples on a budget. The company offers three elegant ballroom spaces to choose from; all are decorated with stunning crystal chandeliers, and the largest can accommodate up to 500 people. There is also a beautiful veranda with iron chandeliers that can be used for outdoor receptions and ceremonies with up to 150 attendees. All wedding packages include tables, chairs, catering, a professional DJ, and a photographer, and optional add-ons include a custom cake, a candy buffet bar, and cocktail-hour hors d'oeuvres.
22605 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, Phone: 951-880-8067
16.951 Event Center
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With its central location and affordable prices, the 951 Event Center is a wonderful choice for any couple looking for a banquet hall style venue for their wedding reception. The modern room can easily be transformed into the space of your dreams, and the event staff are committed to taking care of every detail imaginable so that you can relax and enjoy your special day. Catering can be arranged through the venue. Couples are welcome to use the audiovisual equipment in the room, and there is plenty of space for a live band or any other form of entertainment.
2460 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone: 951-294-2406
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17.Aurora's Golden Moments
Named after the owner/operator, Aurora's Golden Moments is a family-run event center conveniently located in the center of the Inland Empire. Professional wedding coordination services are included in the venue rental fee, and the staff will take care of decorating the space before the celebration and setting up and tearing down the chairs. Catering and beverage services are both provided in-house, and table service is included in the cost. The space can seat up to 300 people seated for a formal dinner, and optional special touches include fresh flowers in crystal vases and musical entertainment arranged by the venue.
194 W Club Center Dr, San Bernardino, CA 92408, Phone: 909-728-2977
18.Life Arts Center
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Built in 1909 to serve as the home of the local YMCA, the Life Arts Center is a historic Italian Renaissance style building that has been hosting weddings and other special events since 1993. There are three elegant banquet halls to choose from, all of which boast unique architectural details like skeleton ceilings, romantic arched windows, and sleek hardwood floors. The same wedding package is offered with all of the spaces, and it includes tables and chairs with chair covers and bows, catering services complete with dinnerware and silverware, and bartending and security staff to ensure the event runs smoothly.
3326, 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-784-5849
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19.March Field Air Museum
Boasting an impressive collection of approximately 80 historic aircraft, the March Field Air Museum is a truly unique place to have a wedding. The museum can accommodate celebrations of between 10 and 300 people, and couples can choose from a variety of locations, with popular options including inside one of the exhibit hangers and aboard a vintage aircraft. Outside caterers can be brought in for all services, but the venue offers a list of preferred vendors to simplify the selection process. Couples can also arrange to use the space for a private photography session before their wedding.
22550 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518, Phone: 951-902-5949
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20.Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
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It's hard to go wrong with booking your wedding at a Marriott hotel, and the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center is no exception. The hotel boasts almost 13,000 square feet of event space spread out over eleven distinct venues, offering the perfect space for weddings of every size and budget. The Grand Ballroom and its attached courtyard can accommodate up to 300 seated guests, but couples planning a more intimate event might choose to book the smaller Regency Ballroom or the outdoor poolside patio instead. A certified wedding planner is available to help iron out the details, and delicious in-house catering is provided.
3400 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-784-8000
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21.Mind & Mill
Home to a coworking space, an art gallery, and several beautiful event venues, Mind & Mill is a stylish, modern wedding venue perfectly suited to couples looking to have their wedding somewhere a little different. Event spaces include a rustic mountain lodge style room and a cozy kitchen, but couples planning larger celebrations can choose to book the entire 4,200 square foot space. Outside caterers are welcome for a small fee as long as they're approved by the venue, and couples can also bring in other outside vendors on a case-by-case basis. A security guard is required for gatherings of more than 100 people.
3615 Main St #103, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-384-1881
22.Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
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The largest Mission Revival style building in the country, the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been a Riverside landmark since the early 1900s. The hotel is perfectly suited to romantic weddings; it boasts not one but two onsite chapels, and there are more than a dozen indoor and outdoor reception venues to choose from, including a grand ballroom with a balcony, a 17th-century-style art gallery with a marble staircase, and an intimate outdoor courtyard. A team of dedicated wedding staff is available to assist couples with their every need, and blocks of hotel rooms can be booked at a discounted rate.
3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-784-0300
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23.Rancho De Amor Country Club
Hidden away down a countryside road, the Rancho De Amor Country Club is a spectacular outdoor wedding venue owned and operated by a local family. The spacious property offers five acres of manicured lawns and terraced event sites that offer stunning views of the surrounding hills, and wedding parties will have exclusive access to the space for the entire day. Couples can bring in their own vendors or take advantage of one of the club's all-inclusive wedding packages. The venue is located only half an hour outside downtown Riverside, and on-site parking is available for up to 100 cars.
7971, 28345 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Redlands, CA 92373, Phone: 909-816-9458
24.Wedgewood Weddings Indian Hills
Perched on a hill overlooking the distant city lights and the rolling hills of the neighboring golf course, Wedgewood Weddings Indian Hills is a delightful country club style venue that was purpose-built for weddings and other special events. Outdoor ceremonies can be held in front of the charming white gazebo on the lawn, and there are two beautiful banquet rooms to choose from for the reception, both of which are equipped with full-service bars. The venue also offers customizable all-inclusive wedding packages that allow couples to relax knowing that the planning, entertainment, food, invitations, and decor are all taken care of.
5700 Club House Dr, Riverside, CA 92509, Phone: 866-966-3009
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25.Wedgewood Weddings The Retreat
True to its name, Wedgewood Weddings The Retreat is a is a private sanctuary located inside a hilltop gated community overlooking the valley below. Not only is it a stunning location, but it's also an ideal choice for couples who want to keep things as simple as possible, as it offers incredible all-inclusive packages that take care of everything from rehearsal and ceremony coordination to DJ entertainment and customized table centerpieces. It also caters to both ceremonies and receptions, and couples can say their vows on the perfectly manicured lawn before heading inside to the ballroom for an evening of celebration.
8007 Soft Winds Dr, Corona, CA 92883, Phone: 866-966-3009
25 Best Wedding Venues in Riverside, California
- Avila Terrace, Photo: shevtsovy/stock.adobe.com
- Kimberly Crest, Photo: Kimberly Crest
- Loft 84 Wedding and Event Venue, Photo: Loft 84 Wedding and Event Venue
- Crestmore Manor, Photo: shevtsovy/stock.adobe.com
- Benedict Castle, Photo: nazariykarkhut/stock.adobe.com
- Citrus Park Wedding and Events, Photo: kostyazar/stock.adobe.com
- Canyon Crest Country Club, Photo: PhotoSpirit/stock.adobe.com
- Fiesta Max Events Center, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Jurupa Hills Country Club, Photo: Jurupa Hills Country Club
- Mario's Place, Photo: Mario's Place
- My Love Wedding Chapel, Photo: My Love Wedding Chapel
- The Orangecrest Club, Photo: The Orangecrest Club
- Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- The Palms Room, Photo: The Palms Room
- Marinaj Banquets & Events, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- 951 Event Center, Photo: 951 Event Center
- Aurora's Golden Moments, Photo: ruslan_shramko/stock.adobe.com
- Life Arts Center, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- March Field Air Museum, Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center, Photo: Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
- Mind & Mill, Photo: romannoru/stock.adobe.com
- Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Rancho De Amor Country Club, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- Wedgewood Weddings Indian Hills, Photo: Ortis/stock.adobe.com
- Wedgewood Weddings The Retreat, Photo: morrowlight/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Svetlana/stock.adobe.com