The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its stunning bay views, picturesque natural landscapes, and beautiful historic buildings, making it a great choice for couples looking to tie the knot in scenic style. Unique historic venues such as the Corinthian Grand Ballroom and the Jefferson Street Mansion feature spectacular architecture and newly-renovated indoor and outdoor event spaces that accommodate large and small wedding parties alike. Estates and ballrooms on the grounds of the region's wineries are known for their stunning vineyard views and award-winning bar services, creating Old World ambiance. Event companies such as Fairview Weddings and Events or Wedgewood Weddings offer all-inclusive wedding day services, taking the stress out of wedding planning and putting the focus back on making romantic memories.
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Brownstone Gardens are one of the hidden gems of East Contra Costa County, stretching across a gorgeous landscaped garden area in Oakley. Up to 400 guests can be accommodated for ceremonies, receptions, or rehearsals underneath a canopy of gorgeous crepe myrtle and mulberry trees at the venue's classically-designed wedding temple. Lush seasonal flowers decorate the stunning property, which is also home to majestic scenery such as a traditional koi pond and patio, a fragrant rose garden, and a picturesque 12-foot waterfall that makes for a great wedding photo backdrop. Full service wedding packages include event planning and coordination services, a preferred vendor list, buffet or plated dinner catering packages, full bar service, and onsite parking for all guests. For couples looking for more intimate ceremonies, elopement packages are also available.
91 Brownstone Rd, Oakley, CA 94561, Phone: 925-418-4532
2.Canyon View Dining Hall
Canyon View Dining Hall offers spectacular views of California's Tri-Valley from its glamorous ballroom, which can be rented for private special events such as weddings, receptions, and banquets. The San Ramon estate venue is great for couples looking for a sophisticated wedding venue with classic charm, offering space for indoor and outdoor ceremonies overlooking the region's gorgeous mountain landscape. Expert wedding day planners ensure that all aspects of ceremonies are taken care of, ensuring stress-free special days with superior, personalized attention to detail. Italian-American cuisine offerings are available for standard or customized catering. All facilities are wheelchair accessible and offer ample free parking for all guests.
680 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, CA 94582, Phone: 925-968-1500
3.Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery is a lush Mediterranean-style oasis within the heart of California's Livermore wine region, located in the city of Pleasanton on the grounds of the Ruby Hill Winery estate. The 20,000-square-foot palace features elegant design elements like a grand salon and a rustic-style ceremony room with a 12-foot fireplace, creating Old World ambiance for luxurious wedding ceremonies. Outside, a verdant-walled courtyard showcases beautiful water features and fragrant citrus and olive trees, perfect for outdoor ceremonies throughout the year. Up to 450 guests can be accommodated for ceremonies and receptions throughout the venue's four ceremony areas. Full services offered include award-winning catering featuring three-course, four-course, or reserve menus.
410 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566, Phone: 925-931-0200
4.Commodore Cruises and Events
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Commodore Cruises and Events lets couples marry at sea aboard their choice of six luxurious yachts sailing the beautiful waters of the San Francisco Bay. The event company, which is based out of Alameda, offers all-inclusive wedding and reception packages aboard its unique fleet of wine-themed yachts, which are named after popular varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. All boats offer spacious amenities such as dance floors, sky decks, and full bars, accommodating up to 350 guests depending on boat choice. The company's boat captains are licensed to perform ceremonies, letting couples add their own special touches to standard vow scripts. Personalized food and cocktail menus are also offered, along with house DJs for receptions, custom-designed wedding cakes, and start-to-finish event planners.
2394 Mariner Square Dr, Alameda, CA 94501, Phone: 510-337-9000
5.The Corinthian Grand Ballroom
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The Corinthian Grand Ballroom is one of the Silicon Valley's most historic wedding venues, originally constructed in 1924 in San Jose as an Art Deco-style Scottish Rite Temple. After a midcentury stint as a movie theater palace and later as a fine dining restaurant, the ballroom was converted into a special event venue in 1982. It has been featured in motion pictures such as 1997's Mad City, starring John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman. Couples can choose from several sophisticated ceremony and reception areas, including a glamorous main ballroom that showcases a carved stone proscenium stage, a built-in dance floor, and the venue's original film screen, which can be used for presentations. Smaller spaces within the venue can also accommodate rehearsal dinners and offer room for bridal party prep.
196 N 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone: 408-938-2323
6.Fairview Crystal Springs
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Fairview Crystal Springs is a gorgeous country club venue in Burlingame offering country charm near the city, located less than 15 minutes away from San Francisco. Weddings and receptions can accommodate guest lists as small as 25 or as large as 250, within spaces overlooking the beautiful Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir and its surrounding rolling hills. A recently-renovated banquet room features classic chandeliers and charming modern design elements, while a spacious countryside ceremony space is perfect for outdoor ceremonies. All-inclusive wedding packages take away the stress of event planning, offering customizable package options and services such as audiovisual equipment and personnel, full setup and cleanup services, and a list of trusted vendors and caterers.
6650 Golf Course Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, Phone: 650-399-7767
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Fairview Metropolitan is overseen by the Fairview Weddings and Events corporation, which brings more than three decades of operations experience in the event industry to each of its ceremonies at locations throughout the Bay Area. The outdoor venue in Oakland showcases beautiful golf course views, with panoramas of the San Francisco showline visible from all ceremony seats. Next door, a fully-enclosed pavilion makes for a great reception venue, showcasing floor-to-ceiling windows and a built-in dance floor hosting up to 250 guests. All-inclusive wedding packages can be tailored to suit each couple's unique needs, including event planning services, customizable catering, and a list of trusted vendors.
10051 Doolittle Dr, Oakland, CA 94603, Phone: 510-695-5886
8.Hastings House Garden
Hastings House Garden is a stunning one-of-a-kind venue in Half Moon Bay, located right on the Pacific Ocean waterfront in a gorgeous private garden setting. The outdoor wedding venue is a perfect location for couples looking for unique scenic ceremony settings, originally landscaped in 1984 by gardener and artist Linda Montalto Patterson. Up to 100 guests can be accommodated at the venue, which showcases blooming plants and flowers designed to showcase vibrant colors all throughout the year. Music services are provided by Patterson's husband Richard, with personalized planning and event services available to help couples through every step of their special day.
347 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, Phone: 650-726-2513
9.Jefferson Street Mansion
Jefferson Street Mansion is a stunning historic venue in Benicia, originally constructed in 1861 in the Federal Italianate Neoclassical architectural style. The venue originally served as a private estate for the commanding officer of the Arsenal and has recently been renovated as a full-service event venue hosting weddings, receptions, banquets, and other events throughout the year. Gorgeous double parlors feature ornate design and 12-foot windows, while a private bridal dressing room is stocked with antique decor elements. For ceremonies, couples can choose from the venue's outdoor Italianate-style veranda, wisteria-draped arbor, or beautifully-landscaped outdoor gardens. A reception tent accommodates up to 200 guests, featuring lovely chandeliers, twinkling lights, and a full dance floor. Services provided by Wedgewood Weddings including DJ services, catering and bar services, audiovisual packages, and full setup and cleanup.
1063 Jefferson St, Benicia, CA 94510, Phone: 866-966-3009
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Kohl Mansion is a lovely historic venue in Burlingame, originally constructed as an estate mansion by Frederick Kohl in 1916. The grand-scale mansion is known for its stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, featuring impressive architecture, a romantic outdoor patio, and a beautifully-landscaped English-style rose garden. Up to 300 people can be accommodated across the venue's five event spaces, which include indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces. All spaces are wheelchair accessible, making the venue a great choice looking for accessibility options in an historic venue. More than 100 preferred vendors offer catering, bar, music, floral, and audiovisual services, ranging from DJs to transportation staff. A professional kitchen is also offered for guests providing their own catering services.
2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, Phone: 650-762-1137
11.The Ranch at Little Hills
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The Ranch at Little Hills is a lovely wedding venue in San Ramon, located within the picturesque Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. The intimate 25-acre venue is nestled within a setting of majestic redwood trees, which make a picture-perfect backdrop for its outdoor pergola deck ceremony space. After the ceremony, a romantic white canopy tent features candlelit atmosphere and a full dance floor and bar under a backdrop of stately oak trees. All couples can utilize services from the venue's onsite wedding coordinator and professional event staff, including full setup and cleanup services. Catering options highlight Italian-inspired favorites such as chicken piccata, tortellini, eggplant parmesan, and ribeye roast, complemented by full bar services throughout the evening.
18013 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583, Phone: 925-837-8158
12.Mountain House Estate
Mountain House Estate is an award-winning event venue located within the heart of Cloverdale's wine country, known for its spacious indoor and outdoor event spaces surrounded by a landscape of gorgeous rolling hills. The rustic-style venue received the WeddingWire Couple's Choice award for its exceptional services and purpose-built design, which can accommodate up to 250 guests. Beautiful venue spaces include a vintage barn, a rustic main house with a great room and bar, a fully-landscaped patio, and a gorgeous outdoor lawn with a scenic pond and flower gardens. All spaces may be used for weddings or receptions at couples' discretion. Full event services include audiovisual services, BYOB service, and a list of preferred vendors for catering, music, and floral.
38000 CA-128, Cloverdale, CA 95425, Phone: 707-385-1410
Nestldown is a spacious 180-acre property located on a private estate in Los Gatos, nestled within the gorgeous redwood forest scenery of the Santa Cruz Mountains. A private wedding chapel is located on a lushly-forested hillside, featuring a flagstone-paved amphitheater, wisteria-covered pergola, and earth-and-wood staircase that makes for beautiful natural photo opportunities. More than seven acres of landscaping includes a forest-lined lake, a Japanese-style wooden bridge, and a small picturesque waterfall. Receptions are housed within the facility's spacious barn, which features gorgeous glass and fir design elements and is surrounded by year-round blooming gardens and a grand meadow. Unique attractions on the estate's grounds include a full tennis court, a baseball field, and a children's fantasy playhouse with carousel animals and topiary sculptures.
22420 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033, Phone: 408-353-5311
14.Palm Event Center in the Vineyard
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Palm Event Center in the Vineyard is an elegant estate located within the heart of the Livermore Wine Valley, surrounded by sweeping views of the Pleasanton region and nearby winery vineyards. The luxurious estate and event center features a sophisticated ballroom, a trendy indoor bar and lounge, and an exclusive estate room featuring wine barrel lining and tea lights, all of which can be used for ceremonies and receptions at couples' discretion. Couples can also marry outside on the estate's lush vineyard terrace, which offers unparalleled sunset panoramas. Full venue services include event planning services, audiovisual equipment, setup and cleanup services, and world-class catering inspired by wine country flavors.
1184 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566, Phone: 925-426-8666
15.Terra Gallery and Event Venue
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Terra Gallery and Event Venue is one of the San Francisco region's top event venues, featuring more than 24,000 square feet of event space set across two floors. The contemporary-style venue is a popular spot for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners, featuring a gorgeous 5,000-square-foot upper level gallery showcasing Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, art-lined gallery walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a carpeted reception area hosting up to 725 guests. On the venue's lower level, 200 guests can be seated for ceremonies at a built-in oak stage or enjoy reception service at stunning inlaid glass tile serpentine bars. A baby grand piano and leather furniture are offered within a cozy lounge area, while gorgeous landscaping provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor ceremonies on the venue's 3,000-square-foot landscaped terrace.
511 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone: 415-896-1234
16.The Brazilian Room
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The Brazilian Room is a unique historic venue in Berkeley, taking its name from its Imbuya, Mahogany, Jacaranda, and Brazilian Chestnut hardwood paneling that was reclaimed from the Brazilian Pavilion at Treasure Island's 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition. Following the exhibition, its Brazil Building was presented to the East Bay Regional Park District by the Brazilian government and was reconstructed into a permanent English-style building within Tilden Regional Park in 1941. Today, it serves as a popular city spot for weddings and receptions, seating up to 150 guests for ceremonies or hosting 225 standing guests for receptions. Patio ceremonies are also offered, along with a full kitchen for catering services.
Tilden Regional Park Wildcat Canyon Road at, Shasta Rd, Berkeley, CA 94708, Phone: 510-544-3164
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17.The Douglas Beach House
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The Douglas Beach House is a scenic oceanfront venue in Half Moon Bay, overlooking the unparalleled panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and Miramar Beach. The intimate wedding venue can host up to 120 guests, offering full event packages that can be customized to meet couples' individualized needs. Rental spaces include a lovely concert room complete with a ceremony stage, dance floor, full bar, and catering prep kitchen, along with an adjacent solarium and upper-level deck area for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. The venue's intimate banquet hall is perfect for sit-down receptions, showcasing large windows and cedar paneling. Additional lounge, bar, and kitchen spaces can be rented for extra fees.
307 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, Phone: 650-726-4143
18.The Freedom Hall and Gardens
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The Freedom Hall and Gardens is one of Santa Clara's most idyllic wedding venues, opened to the public in 1995. The scenic venue has been named as one of the Bay Area's best event venues by Wedding Bridal Magazine and has been inducted into the prestigious Knot Hall of Fame, one of only approximately 250 event venues in the nation to receive the prestigious award. It showcases surrounding outdoor panoramas of towering redwood trees, carpeted blooming flowers, and gorgeously-landscaped fountains and ponds, creating a romantic ambiance for couples' special day. A lovely event hall can host up to 250 guests, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious bar, and modern seating. Couples can enjoy full event services, including catering and bar services.
PO Box 27, Santa Clara, CA 95052, Phone: 408-379-3733
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19.The Glass House
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The Glass House is one of downtown San Jose's most beautiful event venue spaces, conveniently located near top area attractions such as the San Jose Museum of Art and the Tech Museum of Innovation. The modern-style venue is one of San Jose's largest, spanning 12,000 square feet across six separate wedding and reception event spaces. Up to 700 guests can be accommodated for ceremonies at the contemporary-style venue, which features sleek modern furnishings, elegant lighting fixtures, and beautiful lush lounge spaces. Two dining areas are also available for event use, along with a gorgeous outdoor patio. All-inclusive event planning packages include full setup and cleanup services, in-house catering and bar services, audiovisual services, and valet parking for all guests.
2 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-606-8148
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20.The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange
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The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange is one of San Francisco's most gorgeous historic event venues, known for its legendary Beaux Arts-style architecture and newly-updated modern amenities. The venue, which is located within the city's Financial District atop the Merchants Exchange building, offering unparalleled professional services and amenities to make couples' big day special. Up to 380 guests can be hosted within the venue's 4,300-square-foot ballroom, which features three separate spaces for ceremonies and receptions. Additional venue areas include the decadent Daniel Burnham Bar and Lounge and a full bridal suite area. Full event services include audiovisual and music services, a photobooth, and delicious buffet, plated, or hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception catering services.
465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, Phone: 415-591-1833
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21.The Mountain Terrace
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The Mountain Terrace is a rustic wedding venue in Woodside, easily accessible via Skyline Boulevard along the gorgeous San Francisco Peninsula. The lovely venue showcases an historic lodge with a lovely redwood deck, offering unparalleled mountaintop views for indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Up to 400 guests can be seated inside or outside for ceremonies, with reception dining service offered within the resort's lounge and on its deck. In-house catering services are available for all events, showcasing elegant entree selections like butter-poached lobster, coq au vin, slow-roasted prime rib, and salsa verde halibut. An award-winning wine selection is also offered, along with full bar services for receptions.
17285 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA 94062, Phone: 650-851-1606
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Villa Ragusa is a charming venue in downtown Campbell, located approximately 90 minutes from the attractions of San Francisco. The European-style venue, which opened in 2002, can host up to 650 guests at ceremonies and receptions, features recently-renovated design elements including natural woodwork, elegant marble columns, and spacious mahogany beverage bars. A stunning banquet hall offers 12,000 square feet of space, featuring a one-of-a-kind wraparound balcony that provides natural lighting and beautiful views of the city's quaint downtown. Full-service American-style catering showcases both entree and appetizer selections that are customizable to couples' needs. Other services available include in-house bar services, cake catering, full setup and cleanup services, and all-inclusive packages.
35 S 2nd St, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-364-1900
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23.Brentwood by Wedgewood Weddings
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Brentwood by Wedgewood Weddings is a lovely country club wedding venue in Brentwood, known for its picturesque landscaping elements and stunning panoramic views. Couples can take their vows within the venue's lovely Italian-style wrought-iron rotunda, which is flanked by a backdrop of scenic mature trees. A spacious patio makes for a perfect setting for cocktail receptions, offering views of the venue's quaint stone fountain, gorgeous waterfall, and beautiful landscaping. Inside, up to 300 guests can be accommodated within the venue's grand reception ballroom, which features a built-in dance floor and lovely floor-to-ceiling windows. Wedding package options include appetizer catering, vendor coordination, and guest direction services.
100 Summerset Dr, Brentwood, CA 94513, Phone: 866-966-3009
24.Sam Ramon by Wedgewood Weddings
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Sam Ramon by Wedgewood Weddings is a lovely country club venue in San Ramon, offering all-inclusive services to make couples' special days unforgettable and stress-free. The romantic venue is ideal for couples looking for sophisticated venues with natural settings and design elements, offering an outdoor ceremony space surrounded by tall willow trees along the banks of a pristine natural lake. It is especially popular as a site for sunset weddings, thanks to its unparalleled panoramic backdrop. Up to 350 guests can be accommodated for receptions within the venue's ballroom and reception hall, which features floor-to-ceiling windows creating ample natural lighting. Cocktail and appetizer catering service is offered, along with photography services, furniture arrangement, rehearsal walkthroughs, and personalized wedding cakes.
9430 Fircrest Ln, San Ramon, CA 94583, Phone: 866-966-3009
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25.Willow Heights Mansion
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Willow Heights Mansion is a stunning Morgan Hill venue, accommodating up to 250 guests for indoor and outdoor ceremonies within multiple event spaces. The Old Hollywood-style mansion is home to four separate event spaces for ceremonies and receptions, including recently-renovated interior spaces and a beautiful outdoor space overlooking a charming pond. Marble fireplaces, wrought-iron railings, and crystal chandeliers line the mansion's interior, while a gorgeous sweeping veranda makes a great space for cocktail and appetizer receptions. Many services are available to make couples' big day perfect, including in-house catering and bar services, full setup and cleanup services, photobooths, and personalized wedding cakes.
1978 Willow Springs Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-778-1978
25 Best Wedding Venues in the Bay Area, California
- Brownstone Gardens, Photo: Brownstone Gardens
- Canyon View Dining Hall, Photo: hafizismail/stock.adobe.com
- Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, Photo: Freddy/stock.adobe.com
- Commodore Cruises and Events, Photo: Commodore Cruises and Events
- The Corinthian Grand Ballroom, Photo: The Corinthian Grand Ballroom
- Fairview Crystal Springs, Photo: Fairview Crystal Springs
- Fairview Metropolitan, Photo: Fairview Metropolitan
- Hastings House Garden, Photo: myronovychoksana/stock.adobe.com
- Jefferson Street Mansion, Photo: malkovkosta/stock.adobe.com
- Kohl Mansion, Photo: Kohl Mansion
- The Ranch at Little Hills, Photo: The Ranch at Little Hills
- Mountain House Estate, Photo: olegbreslavtsev/stock.adobe.com
- Nestldown, Photo: Nestldown
- Palm Event Center in the Vineyard, Photo: Anton Zabielskyi/stock.adobe.com
- Terra Gallery and Event Venue, Photo: Terra Gallery and Event Venue
- The Brazilian Room, Photo: The Brazilian Room
- The Douglas Beach House, Photo: The Douglas Beach House
- The Freedom Hall and Gardens, Photo: The Freedom Hall and Gardens
- The Glass House, Photo: The Glass House
- The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange, Photo: The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange
- The Mountain Terrace, Photo: Marina Varnava/stock.adobe.com
- Villa Ragusa, Photo: Villa Ragusa
- Brentwood by Wedgewood Weddings, Photo: Brentwood by Wedgewood Weddings
- Sam Ramon by Wedgewood Weddings, Photo: Sam Ramon by Wedgewood Weddings
- Willow Heights Mansion, Photo: Willow Heights Mansion
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