What says love and romance better than the American Riviera? Santa Barbara and its beautiful beaches, dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains, and Spanish colonial architecture combine to create the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding.
There is no shortage of ballrooms, private clubs, museums, and swanky hotels. These 25 wedding venues in Santa Barbara will inspire any couple to begin the search for their ideal location.
1.The Riviera Mansion
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The Riviera Mansion is a stately and gorgeous historical house built in 1880 on the American Riviera situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. One of the most beautiful rooms in the mansion is the dining room, which boasts a grand fireplace, gorgeous artwork, and ornate chandeliers. The library is another notable space, featuring wall-to-wall bookshelves, stunning chandeliers, a fireplace, and rich woodwork. These are great for small sit-down dinners, pre-reception cocktails, or bridal suites. For the ceremony and reception, the Park Lawn, a secluded, lush green space overlooking Alice Keck Park, is the ideal venue.
1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-884-8703
2.Whispering Rose Ranch
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Whispering Rose Ranch is one of the most luxurious and opulent ranch estates in the world, situated in Santa Ynez Wine Country and overlooking the entire Santa Ynez valley and mountain range. This 100-acre estate features a race track, a pond, several barns, and dozens of galloping horses. The minute couples pass through the rose-covered gates they’ll be greeted with an elegance like no other, with several ceremony and reception location options. These include Sycamore Lane, surrounded by horses and sycamore trees; the park, featuring clusters of birch trees and lush greenery; and the covered barn. There is also a 200-year-old bride’s stone cottage for the bridal party and a groom’s saloon.
1316 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-878-5401
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The Cabrillo Pavilion is a stunning piece of Spanish-inspired architecture built in 1926 featuring an exterior of white stucco walls and a terra cotta tiled roof. The venue sits alone on the sand of East Beach in Santa Barbara, providing guests with a private and secluded space for their dream wedding. The interior is extremely spacious, featuring an A-frame wood-beamed ceiling, ocean view windows, wall-to-wall carpeting, and Mediterranean wrought iron chandeliers. This historic landmark also showcases rotating art exhibits, adding elegant artistry and color to the space. Beautiful archways, a mezzanine level, and two outdoor patios are also featured here.
1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-897-1983
4.Kimpton Canary Hotel
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The Kimpton Canary Hotel is a one-stop-shop for designing a dream wedding, featuring seven magnificent and romantic event spaces infused with Mediterranean design. Hand-painted tiles, trickling fountains, and wrought iron chandeliers are among the distinct accent pieces that lend to its Grecian atmosphere. The space is just as diverse as it is unique, offering a variety of venues from elegant ballrooms to relaxed rooftop pool receptions. Kimpton offers onsite event managers to aid with before and after-wedding celebrations, from bridal showers to post-wedding brunches. They also offer preferred group block room rates and delectable customized catering menus created by Finch & Fork Chef, Peter Cham.
31 West Carrillo, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-884-0300
5. Chase Palm Park - Carousel
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Chase Palm Park is a large park that sandwiches East Cabrillo Boulevard. The park is separated into two sections, the ocean side and the land side. It sits on 10 acres of land and is the ideal space for vintage and whimsical weddings. It features beautiful fountains, a lagoon, creeks, a snack bar, and a shipwreck playground. Chase Palm Park’s focal point is none other than an antique 1916 carousel created by the Allen Herschell Factory. The carousel is covered by a charming pavilion, which features magnificent archways. Couples can organize their ceremony around the carousel and plan their reception alongside one of the many creeks.
323 E Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-897-1982
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Destination Santa Barbara is run by the Parks & Recreation Department of the city of Santa Barbara. They provide more than 20 premier outdoor locations as well as nine exceptional indoor venues from the beach to downtown. An historic landmark, the Cabrillo Ballroom is an ideal event space for classic, grand weddings with a focus on luxury. The space can hold up to 400 guests featuring one-of-a-kind cantilevered floors, stunning landscaped front and rear courtyards, two fireplaces, and a mezzanine level. Outdoor weddings can be held at locations such as the Alice Keck Memorial Gardens, a beautiful space with lush greenery, plants, flowers, and a charming pond.
620 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-564-5418
7.Four Seasons Resort - The Biltmore Santa Barbara
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The Four Seasons Resort Biltmore Santa Barbara is the ideal destination for traditional luxurious weddings. They provide both indoor and outdoor spaces on over 20 acres of land and in the hotel, which features beautiful 1920s Spanish colonial architecture. Couples will find everything from ocean view ballrooms to lush exotic garden venues on this property. The La Pacifica Terrace and Ballroom, Escala Garden, Monte Vista Lawn, and the iconic private art deco club, Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, are among the top event spaces at the hotel. The Biltmore also provides an award-winning catering team, hair and makeup services, and pre-wedding spa treatments as well as blocked guestrooms and suites.
1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-969-2261
8. Godric Grove
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Godric Grove is located within Elings Park situated at the top this estate-style venue, providing extraordinary views of the ocean and cityscape. This event space can host weddings with up to 175 guests. It features a stone amphitheater and a reception deck shaded by towering oak trees. A grand lawn is surrounded by liquidamber trees and lush gardens boasting magnificent matilija poppies from spring to summer. There is also a comfortable and roomy serving area and space for a caterer or bridal canopy as well as an expansive parking lot that can be used for valet or self-parking. This is an excellent venue for pastoral or ethereal-style weddings.
1298 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-569-5611
9. Heartstone Ranch
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Heartstone Ranch is a private event space situated in coastal Santa Barbara ideal for any style of wedding from rustic to elegant. The venue features a beautiful lodge, barn, and pond as well as a reception and dance terrace with romantic strings of twinkling lights overhead. An outdoor entertainment pergola with a fireplace and bar, plus the Heartstone Wedding Pergola, combine to make a magical location. The space is surrounded by towering palm trees, ancient oaks, rose gardens, and epic views of the mountains and ocean. Heartstone has indoor dressing rooms for the bridal party, extravagant restrooms, and complimentary use of their Vintage Collections to personalize every wedding.
4188 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA, Phone: 805-628-2555
10.Jamie Slone Wines
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Jamie Slone Wines is situated at the primary entrance to historic El Paseo in the colorful and lively Presidio neighborhood of downtown Santa Barbara. El Paseo is an excellent example of magnificent Spanish colonial architecture and is surrounded by old theaters, high-end shopping boutiques, extraordinary restaurants, and historical museums and is just over the hill from wine country. The Jamie Slone Wines tasting room is the ideal location for small traditional weddings with a rustic elegance, accommodating up to 50 guests. They also feature the intimate and romantic Reserve Room, which can accommodate up to 10 guests. This location is perfect for elegant, romantic, or rustic-themed weddings.
25 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-560-6555
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11. La Arboleda
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La Arboleda is a private estate located in Santa Barbara County with orchards of walnut and olive trees. It’s nestled in California’s wine country and is the ideal destination for rustic outdoor weddings with a dash of Old World charm. The indoor spaces can be used for ceremonies and/or receptions. Known as Pavilions, these Spanish-style buildings feature retractable sidewalls, full bars, and kitchens. Additionally, there are two wedding party spaces that can be utilized for pre-ceremony preparations – the Mill House for the groom and his groomsmen, and the Wheel House for the bride and her bridesmaids.
4955 Hapgood Road, Lompoc, CA, Phone: 805-680-2412
12. Romantic Santa Barbara Weddings
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Romantic Santa Barbara Weddings is a premier company that has been planning and coordinating weddings for the last 14 years in Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Ventura. They offer an eclectic array of pre-planned, all-inclusive wedding ceremony and reception packages that relieve each couple of the stress of planning their wedding. Whether couples are looking for an elegant elopement or a small wedding party ceremony, they have a suitable package. Many include a beautifully decorated arbor, officiant, champagne, cake, décor, onsite coordinator, professional photographer, flowers, and processional music. Package options include Essence of Love, Bed of Roses, A Woodland Wedding, and Rustic Romance.
Santa Barbra, CA, Phone: 805-901-4624
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13.Santa Barbara Carriage Museum
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The Santa Barbara Carriage Museum is located within historic Pershing Park situated near Santa Barbara’s waterfront. It’s the ideal venue for couples who want to design a rustic-style or Wild West-inspired wedding ceremony. Their collection features an array of stunning vintage carriages such as circus and mud wagons. They also feature a collection of 50 saddles, all of which once belonged to famous people like Will Rogers, Cisco Kid, and Clark Gable. The interior is all wood from the ceilings to the flooring, boasting rustic details such as wheel well chandeliers, checkered table coverings, and fur draperies. There is a full kitchen and a barbecue area for use by the couple’s caterers.
129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-962-2353
14.Santa Barbara Historical Museum
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The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is a historic venue that showcases how the county became America’s Riviera. It celebrates the history of the community from the Chumash times to modern day Santa Barbara through exceptional exhibitions of the iconic Fiesta festival, glamorous film era, and pioneering aviators. This cultural landmark is nestled in the center of the historic district and has Spanish-style architecture, two interconnected and private courtyards, and gorgeous adobes. It’s an excellent venue for classic weddings immersed in Old World charm. Its courtyards are the focal point and ideal ceremony and reception areas with exotic and native landscaping accented by streams of twinkling lights and splashing fountains.
136 East De la Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-966-1601
15. Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
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The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is situated between the magnificent Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountain on 87 sprawling acres of perfectly manicured grounds. There are three locations that can be used to host a wedding on the property – a tented lawn, their historic clubhouse, or a beautiful terrace. Couples can also use a combination of the three. A ceremony on the vast open lawn with mountain views and ocean breezes followed by pre-reception cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres on the terrace and a dinner and dance reception in the clubhouse would create the perfect wedding day.
3375 Foothill Road, #1200, Carpinteria, CA, Phone: 805-684-6683
16.Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
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For an elegant nautical-inspired wedding, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the perfect choice, situated in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The museum can accommodate up to 150 guests at a sit-down dinner reception for up to 400 guests. Weddings can take place on the first floor of the museum, which features hardwood floors, beautiful glass chandeliers, a stunning palette of rich navy blue, coral, and teal, and a mezzanine level. They also offer a beach venue, which boasts stunning views of the Santa Barbara Channel, the Santa Barbara Harbor, and the extraordinary Channel Islands, perfect for a sunset beach ceremony.
113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-962-8404
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17. Santa Barbara Women’s Club
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Nestled among Mission Canyon’s lush vegetation and giant oaks is the Santa Barbara Women's Club, also known as Rockwood, a secluded architectural gem and premier wedding venue. Created in 1927, this Spanish colonial clubhouse showcases the classic Santa Barbara style with a red tile roof, open-beam ceiling, iron chandeliers, stucco walls, hardwood floors, a stage, and a stone patio. The Women’s Club only hosts one event per weekend, allowing couples to set up everything on Friday free of charge and enjoy their ceremony and reception on Saturday. They also provide two employees onsite to assist with any questions or issues, and a preferred vendors list.
670 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-682-4546
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Serra Hall is located within Old Mission Santa Barbara on 13 acres of land that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The mission’s grounds include a nine-room museum of historical artifacts and artwork, the gorgeous Serra Hall, and the historical cemetery and mausoleum. It also features magnificent lush gardens, including La Huerta Historical Garden, featuring ancient and authentic mission-era trees and plants. Serra Hall is a dynamic and versatile colonial-era space that can accommodate up to 350 guests, depending on the chosen layout. The interior features an open-beam ceiling, wrought iron candlelight holder chandeliers, stunning archways, a dance floor, and a main stage for a DJ or band setup.
2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-682-4713
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19.Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery is located on 55 acres in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley in the heart of Santa Barbara County. This organic vineyard, winery, and villa is the perfect place for a weekend wedding experience featuring picnic grounds, stone barrel-aging caves, and Provencal French courtyards that can accommodate up to 80 guests. The wedding party can enjoy the awe-inspiring 8,500-square-foot Sunstone Villa, which overlooks the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. Built from imported French limestone, 19th century reclaimed roof tiles, and wood beams, it offers guests Old World charm with its Tuscan-inspired architecture. The interior features five master suites, a billiards room, and numerous fireplaces, patios, and terraces.
125 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA, Phone: 805-688-9463
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20.The Fess Parker Resort
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The Fess Parker is a Doubletree by Hilton Resort named after 1950s American icon Fess Parker and located in Santa Barbara. This 24-acre Spanish-style resort features 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces including romantic grand ballrooms, patios, and terraces. There are nine venue options ranging in size and capacity from the Fiesta Room & Terrace, which can accommodate up to 60 guests and features floor-to-ceiling windows, to the Grand Ballroom & Foyer, which can accommodate up to 600 guests. Midsize options such as the Rose Garden, a tree-lined courtyard with a beautiful Spanish-style water fountain and incredible views of the beach, can also be found here.
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 800-879-2929
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21.The Firestone Winery
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Located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Los Olivos, the Firestone Winery is a 400-acre estate of renowned vineyards. It is a romantic wonderland, ideal for any style of wedding with six unique event spaces, each with its own personality. For couples planning a rustic-themed wedding, the Vineyard Mesa or the terrace are excellent choices as they provide exceptional views of the vineyard. Intimate and romantic weddings are good matches for the garden and courtyard, where tall oak trees and green ivy surround a Spanish-influenced indoor tasting room. For larger weddings, the barrel room, with an attached deck overlooking the wine barrels below, is the perfect choice.
5017 Zaca Station Road, Los Olivos, CA, Phone: 805-688-3940
22.Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
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The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, a nondenominational and historical church, is located across from the magnificent Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. All couples are welcome to say “I do” in this stunning sanctuary with a reception hall, two garden courtyards, and a terrace. The Spanish revival-style church features a rustic beauty with antique architectural elements. Vaulted open-beamed ceilings with dangling vintage lantern-style light fixtures, original wooden pews, grand rectangular stained-glass panels, a Steinway concert piano, and a 1,500-pipe organ create an ethereal and tranquil ambiance ideal for the ceremony. The open-air brick patio bordered by twin lawns featuring olive saplings is the perfect reception locale.
1535 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-965-4583
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23.Villa & Vine
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Villa & Vine is located in downtown Santa Barbara across the street from the Arlington Theater. This villa and sun-soaked Riviera garden courtyard are both rustic and whimsical, featuring a beautiful fountain, gorgeous fireplace, and olive trees. Draped in ivy, the romantic and ethereal space rents with tables, chairs, linens, glassware, place settings, bistro lights, heat lamps, restrooms, and a dance floor. It can accommodate anywhere from 70 to 260 guests, depending on the chosen setup. Villa & Vine also provides catering services from Chef/Owner Petros Benekos, who offers various signature packages from gourmet cheese displays to family-style dinners.
1316 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-878-5401
24.Villa Rosa Inn
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Villa Rosa Inn is a quaint, cozy hotel featuring 18 uniquely designed rooms located just under 100 steps away from a gorgeous beach. It has a warm and sophisticated ambiance that is all its own with a charming pool and spa nestled in the completely walled-in courtyard. This is the ideal destination for couples who want an intimate destination wedding experience with their closest loved ones. It features Spanish revival-style architecture and décor, providing a rustic vibe with a red tile roof, open-beam wood ceilings, window archways, and tiled flooring. Ceremonies can take place in their stunning courtyard or at the beach, followed by a reception in their Courtyard Conference Room.
15 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-966-0851
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25.The Granada Theatre
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The Granada Theatre is a gorgeously restored theater featuring a warm and spacious lobby, an elegant and lavish 1,500-seat performance hall with a 60-foot stage, and a stunning banquet room. There are a few event spaces to choose from, including the McCune Founders Room, a 1920s-inspired room boasting gold and red décor that can accommodate up to 100 seated guests. The main stage is another option for a seated dinner of up to 200 guests. It overlooks the enthralling performance hall and can be decorated in the most elaborate ways thanks to their stage and lighting crew. There is also a first floor lobby that is ideal for pre-reception cocktails.
1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Phone: 805-899-2222
25 Best Santa Barbara Wedding Venues
- The Riviera Mansion, Photo: The Riviera Mansion
- Whispering Rose Ranch, Photo: Courtesy of E-LEET - Fotolia.com
- Cabrillo Pavilion, Photo: Cabrillo Pavilion
- Kimpton Canary Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of bondvit - Fotolia.com
- Chase Palm Park - Carousel, Photo: Courtesy of Panama - Fotolia.com
- Cabrillo Ballroom, Photo: Courtesy of Karl - Fotolia.com
- Four Seasons Resort - The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Photo: Four Seasons Resort - The Biltmore Santa Barbara
- Godric Grove, Photo: Godric Grove
- Heartstone Ranch, Photo: Heartstone Ranch
- Jamie Slone Wines, Photo: Jamie Slone Wines
- La Arboleda, Photo: La Arboleda
- Romantic Santa Barbara Weddings, Photo: Courtesy of Artem - Fotolia.com
- Santa Barbara Carriage Museum, Photo: Courtesy of alex.pin - Fotolia.com
- Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Photo: Santa Barbara Historical Museum
- Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Photo: Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
- Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Photo: Courtesy of Santorines - Fotolia.com
- Santa Barbara Women’s Club, Photo: Santa Barbara Women’s Club
- Serra Hall, Photo: Courtesy of mariiakhanzeruk - Fotolia.com
- Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Photo: Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
- The Fess Parker Resort, Photo: Courtesy of fivepointsix - Fotolia.com
- The Firestone Winery, Photo: The Firestone Winery
- Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, Photo: Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
- Villa & Vine, Photo: Courtesy of unguryanu - Fotolia.com
- Villa Rosa Inn, Photo: Courtesy of Countrypixel - Fotolia.com
- The Granada Theatre, Photo: The Granada Theatre
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