Solvang, California is located in the Santa Ynez Valley in the middle of California wine country. Solvang provides one of the most idyllic settings for outdoor weddings with great weather most of the year, beachfront accommodations, and historical landmarks. Solvang features old world Danish-inspired architecture and several Danish bakeries and boutiques. Windmills are a popular feature in the town that means "Sunny Field: in Danish. Solvang is located on the Pacific coast and is only 140 miles from Los Angeles and less than 45 minutes from Santa Barbara.
1.FIRST & OAK
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FIRST & OAK is an upscale, award-winning Michelin star restaurant located inside the Mirabelle Inn. The restaurant offers a catering menu that uses fresh, local ingredients for all your wedding events. FIRST & OAK can host your rehearsal dinner, intimate reception, farewell brunch, or bridal luncheon. Menus are customizable, and a wedding cake is also available for order through the restaurant pastry chef. New menu feature items are created seasonally, and other events such as wine tours and tastings are also available for use by the bridal party and family.
409 1st Street, Solvang, CA, 93463, Phone: 805-688-1703
2.Kestrel Park Weddings & Events
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The 19th century English Style country house and gardens at Kestrel Park is an elegant and romantic wedding venue in the Santa Barbara countryside. The boutique venue offers exclusive rental with a limited number of events allowed to be held on the grounds annually. The private estate boasts grounds that are always in perfect condition including the 17th century Norman Barn and Dovecote and the sycamore-lined allee. The one-acre garden is enclosed by a 12-foot hedge and includes a kitchen garden and fruit orchards as well as more than 1,000 irises and roses.
5200 Armour Ranch Road, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460
The Mirabelle Inn is an elegant boutique hotel bed and breakfast that offers a well-trained staff and 12 guest rooms with private bathrooms for guest accommodations. The 5 Star FIRST & OAK restaurant is award winning and provides some of the most exquisite food in wine country. The chef, who was classically trained in France, can provide all the catering, including a wedding cake, for your wedding event at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The venue features a Northern European Renaissance style architecture.
409 1st Street, Solvang, California, 93463, Phone: 805-688-1703
© Riviera Mansion
The Riviera Mansion, whose name is actually The University Club of Santa Barbara, is a historic home and gardens that was built in 1880. The stately sophistication and charm of the mansion make it the ideal property for destination weddings in downtown Santa Barbara. The Riviera Mansion is a full-service venue that covers all of your catering, bar, and staffing for setting up and break down of your wedding. The venue can accommodate 150 guests indoors or 220 outdoors. Bride and Groom dressing suites, two dance floors, a grand piano, complimentary parking and WiFi, and private use of the mansion and grounds on the day of your event are included with the rental fees as well as all tableware, chairs, and linens.
1332 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Phone: 805-884-8703
5.Santa Ynez Inn
The Santa Ynez Inn is a Four Diamond rated hotel found in the romantic Santa Barbara Wine Country. This luxury inn was modeled after turn-of-the-20th-century inns with upscale, modern amenities. The Inn offers gourmet breakfast wine tastings, and seasonal dessert and features an onsite spa. Couples can get married in the lush garden or recently renovated Coach House and are welcome to use the vendors of their choice, although the inn can also cater to a custom menu. Next read: Best California Wedding Venues
3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA, Phone: 805-688-5588
6.Whispering Rose Ranch
Couples who seek a whimsical and romantic wedding venue will love Whispering Rose Ranch in Santa Barbara County. The ranch feature indoor and outdoor space including The Park, The Covered Barn, Bride’s Stone Cottage, Groom’s Saloon, The Grounds, Sycamore Lane, Fountain Court, and The Grand Entry. Venue rental is by the day and includes 22 wooden picnic tables with benches for outdoor dining, as well as the cottage and saloon for bridal suites. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated at Whispering Rose Ranch and couples can choose from an extensive list of preferred vendors for their wedding needs.
901 E HWY 246, Solvang, CA, 93463, Phone: 805-697-6984
7.The Kimpton Goodland
The Kimpton Goodland is a boutique hotel where surf lodge meets luxury retreat in Goleta. Couples wishing to soak up the California sunshine during a beach wedding will enjoy what the Kimpton Goodland has to offer including ballroom space that can accommodate up to 300 guests and outdoor patio space that can seat 200 for a wedding reception. The boutique hotel can host other wedding events such as the rehearsal dinner or brunch with all catering handled by the in-house culinary team and chefs.
5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA, 93117, Phone: 805-964-8467
8.The Union Hotel
The Union Hotel is a historic landmark wedding venue that can accommodate up to 300 guests in the extravagant hotel that began as a 19th-century stagecoach stop. Couples receive exclusive use of the venue, an in-house wedding coordinator, and an entire team to set up and tear down your wedding the day of your event. The Union Hotel welcomes couples use of any of their exclusive vendors and offers indoor and outdoor space that is rustic and themed for the Old West of California's Wine Valley. The venue is decorated with antiques and several balconies that provide excellent photographic opportunities.
362 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA, 93440, Phone: 805-344-2744
9.The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
© The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Santa Ynez Valley is situated on more than 10,000 acres and combines the ambiance of the old West and modern rustic amenities to create an enchanting setting for any wedding event. There are dozens of miles of trails for horseback riding, a spring-fed lake, and two championship golf courses on site. The resort also features plenty of space for sporting and 75 separate vineyards. The Alisal can accommodate groups of all sizes indoors and outdoors and also offer winemakers dinners.
1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA, 93463, Phone: 805-693-4208
© Hotel Corque
Hotel Corque provides a romantic setting for California wine country weddings. Hotel Corque features vineyards, elegant brick paved courtyard with a fountain and award-winning chefs to cater to your wedding events. The menus can be as simple as a breakfast buffet or as elegant and sophisticated as a gourmet plated dinner. The Harvest Ballroom can seat up to 250 guests and provides lavish wedding accommodations with AV equipment rental available and free WiFi. There is also a resort style pool on site and a shuttle that runs 24 hours per day from Hotel Corque to the Chumash Casino Resort.
400 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA, Phone: 805-688-8000
11.K'Syrah Catering and Events
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K'Syrah's wedding venue is a banquet facility in Solvang that can seat up to 200 guests or 345 cocktail style reception guests. The venue is located just minutes from many downtown hotels and attractions. The theme of K'Syrah's banquet hall is rustic with dining room and patio spaces with cozy fireplaces and wood folding chairs against Farm style dining tables and wine barrel cocktail tables. The 3,600 square foot venue also includes a full bar and alcohol packages. There is no site fee and includes all table and chairs rental. K'Syrah's provides both onsite and offsite catering.
478 4th Place, Solvang, CA, 93463, Phone: 805-245-9564
12.La Arboleda Orchard and Venue
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La Arboleda Orchard seeks to combine old world rustic charm with sophisticated wine country luxury. The La Arboleda features outdoor lawns, gardens, and paths that couples are invited to hold their ceremony or outdoor reception on surrounded by the Santa Rita Hills amid walnut trees and olive groves. Indoor space is available on the glass-enclosed dining pavilion, and couples can also use space for a bar and stage. Bride and Groom will also both enjoy the use of a dressing area, and caterers will enjoy the ease of the indoor/outdoor commercial kitchen. In case of rain, the venue is prepared with trellis rain covers.
Between Buellton and Lompoc, Highway 246, Phone: 805-680-2412
© Lincourt Vineyard
Lincourt Vineyard overlooks the Alamo Pintado Vineyard and embraces the rustic charm and simplicity of rural countryside living. A 1926 Craftsman Kit House sits on the property amid a quaint flower garden with the Lincourt Vineyards as the backdrop. Intimate indoor or outdoor ceremonies under the stars are perfect for the vineyard which can also accommodate multi-day celebrations on multiple venue spaces. The Barrel Room can accommodate up to 150 guests with the outdoor standing area for the Barrel Room able to seat an additional 200 people.
1711 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 707-657-4856
© Mattei's Tavern
Mattei's Tavern is a historic location that has been hosting weddings for more than 130 years with guests such as John D. Rockefeller and Clark Gable. The romantic ambiance and classic luxury of the tavern in the picturesque Santa Ynez Wine Valley make the tavern an excellent location for outdoor lawn weddings and receptions. The grounds are decorated with lush landscaping and transport guests back in time to the old west. Site rentals also include use of the guest cottages that are on the property. An event coordinator will help you plan your wedding at Mattei's Tavern.
PO Box 1704 Santa Ynez CA, 93460, Phone: 805-770-7100
MK Ranch is a 20-acre working ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley with the majestic Santa Ynez Mountain Range providing a beautiful backdrop for weddings. There are more than 180 acres of olive trees and horse ranches that are surrounding the ranch and oak trees that are more than a century old. The lawn and rose gardens are perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies and couples looking for a more rustic theme can make use of the campfire circles, barbeque, and wooden benches. The MK Ranch only allows so many weddings per year and is an exclusive venue in the valley.
2000 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460, Phone: 805-686-4449
© Shoestring Winery
Shoestring Winery is a boutique vineyard and winery in the Santa Ynez Valley that offers spectacular views, and multiple venues to suit nearly any size wedding. Nestled between Solvang and Buellton the boutique winery has 63 acres of property surrounded by mountains and is the perfect backdrop for outdoor weddings. Shoestring Winery allows couples to rent one or more of their venues or buy out the entire property for an ultra-exclusive wedding event. Shoestring Winery can also cater to your wedding with gourmet food prepared by local chefs with ingredients from local farmers.
800 East Highway 246, Solvang, CA, 93463, Phone: 805-693-8612
17.Sogno del Fiore Wine Club and Estate Resort
The Sogno del Fiore Wine Club is a beautiful Santa Ynez Valley Estate Resort and winery that offers a romantic and exclusive ambiance with the 3-acre vineyard as the backdrop. The private estate is a gated property with rose gardens, outdoor patio space with firepits and market lights, and expansive lawn space. There is also a salt water pool and outdoor seating provided. Sogno del Fiero only allows a few weddings per year and can host up to 75 guests. The venue rental includes two bungalows, a dance floor, and lighting. Bride and groom will also get one-night accommodations.
2045 N Refugio Road Santa Ynez CA 93460, Phone: 949-510-8139
18.Solvang Festival Theater
Couples can enjoy both indoor and outdoor space at the Solvang Festival Theater, including the Patron’s Garden, Lobby Garden, and 700 seat amphitheater. The grounds feature mature trees, an expansive lawn, and a private outdoor garden area. This affordable location charges an easy all day or hourly fee that includes exclusive use of the grounds and allows couples to use the vendors of their choice. Solvang Festival Theater also offers their umbrellas and stands, garden tables and chairs for rent.
433 2nd Street, Solvang, CA, 93463, Phone: 805-686-1789
19.Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Couples who love the environment will adore Sunstone Vineyards, an organic vineyard just a half hour outside of Santa Barbara. The courtyards are French-inspired, and there are also stone barrel-aging caves on site and lush lawn space for outdoor weddings and receptions. The 25-acre vineyard is surrounded by fields of fresh French lavender and rosemary. The vineyard’s excellent culinary team can provide all of your catering needs for your reception at the 55-acre estate and Villa at Sunstone which was constructed with limestone imported from France and features more than 8,000 square feet of event space.
125 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460, Phone: 805-688-9463
20.Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is across the street from Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and provides a beautiful, sanctuary space for couples of any faith, background, or sexual orientation to get married in a nondenominational, historic atmosphere. Wedding rentals include use of the sanctuary, courtyard, and commercial kitchen. Couples are allotted 10 hours for whole day rentals and can use the vendors of their choice. The maximum capacity for receptions is 200 guest, although 285 people can be seated in the sanctuary for ceremony only events. For weddings with more than 50 guests, Unitarian Society requires couples to use a professional wedding coordinator.
1535 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Phone: 805-965-4583
21.Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables, Lodging, and Events
© Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables, Lodging, and Events
The Circle Bar B Ranch is perfect for elegant events that embrace simplicity and sophistication. The ranch can accommodate up to 150 guests with 18 overnight rooms available including cabins that can sleep up to 68 people. Circle Bar B Ranch is a great venue for destination weddings where the entire family can stay together for a wedding weekend where the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and farewell brunch can all be held at the same place you’ll be sleeping at. Horseback riding, spa services, and a full-service dining room are also available on the property.
1800 Refugio Road, Goleta, CA 93117 Phone: 805-968-1113
22.Dos Pueblos Ranch
Dos Pueblos Ranch is a 16th century Pueblo just outside of Santa Barbara. The 214-acre working ranch features an oceanside beach, fig tree grove, glass greenhouse, walking trails, a barn with horses, multiple storage barns, and a historic blacksmith shop, silos, and stables. The Casa Grande Estate and Mansion feature a formal dining room and five master bedroom suites, which makes it perfect for private wedding events with family and friends where you can stay all weekend. Couples can choose any vendors they wish from the list of preferred vendors provided by Dos Pueblos Ranch.
220 La Casa Grande Circle, Goleta, California, 93117, Phone: 805-968-1116
22 Best Wedding Venues in Solvang, California
- FIRST & OAK, Photo: FIRST & OAK
- Kestrel Park Weddings & Events, Photo: andrii kobryn/stock.adobe.com
- Mirabelle Inn, Photo: resul/stock.adobe.com
- Riviera Mansion, Photo: Riviera Mansion
- Santa Ynez Inn, Photo: pvstory/stock.adobe.com
- Whispering Rose Ranch, Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com
- The Kimpton Goodland, Photo: pressahotkey/stock.adobe.com
- The Union Hotel, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, Photo: The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
- Hotel Corque, Photo: Hotel Corque
- K'Syrah Catering and Events, Photo: K'Syrah Catering and Events
- La Arboleda Orchard and Venue, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Lincourt Vineyard, Photo: Lincourt Vineyard
- Mattei's Tavern, Photo: Mattei's Tavern
- Ranch, Photo: stanislav_uvarov/stock.adobe.com
- Shoestring Winery, Photo: Shoestring Winery
- Sogno del Fiore Wine Club and Estate Resort, Photo: sevdastancheva/stock.adobe.com
- Solvang Festival Theater, Photo: savytska/stock.adobe.com
- Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Photo: shevtsovy/stock.adobe.com
- Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, Photo: shevtsovy/stock.adobe.com
- Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables, Lodging, and Events, Photo: Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables, Lodging, and Events
- Dos Pueblos Ranch, Photo: maxwellmonty/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: olegparylyak/stock.adobe.com