Santa Barbara Top-5 Wedding Venues according to TheKnot.com
Wedding Venues in Santa Barbara, CA
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Impeccable architecture and design, personalized service, ocean views and inspired cuisine set the stage for your big day. Hotel Californian offers outdoor venues, rooftop spaces featuring panoramic ocean and mountain views, and light-filled indoor venues perfect for your ceremony, reception and late-night revelry. Set against the beautiful California Coast and the backdrop of the Santa Ynez mountains, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque wedding venue than Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian.
With local attractions like world-class wineries, the emerging food & beverage centric Funk Zone, Lotusland, the beach, and plenty of hiking & outdoor activities, Hotel Californian welcomes you and your loved ones to an exciting and statement-making wedding destination.
This immaculate hotel, designed by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, is the premiere wedding destination in Santa Barbara. With 121 breathtaking guestrooms and plenty of outdoor and rooftop event space, we challenge you to find a more perfect place for your memorable day.
Hotel Californian features 3 Rooftop event areas, all with breathtaking views. From Ceremony to day-after brunch, these spaces are ready for any wedding occassion.
The largest, our Mirador Rooftop Deck, features panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and towering Santa Ynez mountains, just one of our favorite places in this elegantly designed kingdom.
We have developed close relationships with local wineries and farmers to ensure sustainable, hyper-local, and utterly delicious food & beverage catering options. You probably already know about our buzzworthy dining options, but you may not have heard about our passion for unique craft cocktails.
Whether you need catering for a large reception, rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch—or ALL of them—we are passionate about accommodating any and all needs to prepare menus that are perfect for you.
Iberian Charm on the West Coast
For the idyllic seaside wedding you have always dreamed of, look no further than the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, situated in Santa Barbara, CA. Boasting stunning views of the Pacific Coast, this getaway offers prospective newlyweds a slice of paradise and showcases the best of California’s style. This landmark venue is characterized by its romantic outdoor settings and elegant interior, replete with Iberian-inspired decor. Having been welcoming happy couples and their loved ones for years, this coastal retreat can provide solace from the bustle of LA. Allow the golden sands and jaw-dropping vistas to welcome you and your partner into marital bliss.
This fabled venue has enjoyed a rich and varied history. Originally the site of two locomotive roundhouses erected in 1911, they were given a Spanish-style makeover in 1926, contributing to its distinctive look. The idea of transforming the site into a luxury resort was conceived by actor Fess Parker, best known for his Disney work. One of the project’s co-developers, he moved to the Golden State in 1950 and his family tend the property to this day. Opening its doors to curious nearlyweds from the resort buildings’ completion in 1986, the venue was reopened under the Hilton banner in 2018. Now a staple of Santa Barbara’s hospitality scene, this illustrious venue maintains its reputation as one of the area’s most sought-after destinations.
Couples who choose to wed at this hotspot will be treated to an abundance of captivating sites and settings. Its striking facade is an inviting introduction to the property. The cream-colored walls and Spanish-influenced architecture are designed to dazzle, with lines of palm trees adding to the curb appeal. Expansive as well as beautiful, you and your partner have over 60,000 square feet of event spaces to choose from. Many couples opt for a beach ceremony on one of the many local seafront settings. Back at the resort, its splendid Plaza del Sol provides a superlative al-fresco setting fit for an outside ceremony. Encircled by stately arches and lofty trees, this standout venue presents endless photographic opportunities. The Grand Ballroom features intimate lighting and a dance floor, setting the scene for a sophistication. Smaller gatherings can be held in the Santa Barbara Ballroom; an atmospheric event space that can set the tone for your first dance.
The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort offers a wide variety of services tailored to your satisfaction. Their myriad of event spaces will leave you spoilt for choice, and they can host several hundred attendees. Their team will be on-hand to assist you through the occasionally frustrating planning process. Their culinary staff can create your mouth-watering, personalized menu served by the experienced wait staff. After an unforgettable day, you can relax in one of their deluxe suites. Event items including tables, linens, glassware, and flatware can be provided at your convenience.
For Opulent Weddings With Splendid Coastal Views
Nestled in the hills of Santa Barbara, CA, Belmond El Encanto is a historic wedding venue. This luxury hotel was originally built over 100 years ago. Lovingly restored to reflect its original 1920s style and charm, this iconic location will captivate you and your esteemed guests. Experience the beauty of the American Riviera from the comfort of this glamorous hotel.
The Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture and breathtaking panoramic views bestow an idyllic backdrop upon every celebration. Belmond El Encanto has established a variety of event spaces that can suit intimate and grand occasions. Arbor and Lily Pond exudes tranquility with a serene water feature and red brick arbors for an outdoor cocktail hour and reception. The Channel Islands Room and adjoining terrace captivates with its refined interiors and sweeping views of the ocean, city, and gardens below. For intimate events, enjoy the warmth of the crackling fire and comfortable lounge area of the Fireside Room and Patio. With a private dinner in the Wine Room, you can taste the best wines the hotel has to offer. The venue’s largest space, the Riviera Ballroom, is bright and spacious. Large glass doors welcome natural light while elegant chandeliers provide a soft glow. You and your loved ones can spill out into the two connected rooms and the adjacent patio for an easy-flowing event.
When you book your wedding at Belmond El Encanto, you will experience a luxurious retreat. With 70 guest rooms and 22 suites, on-site dining, a swimming pool, and a spa, you and your nearest and dearest can delight in many modern amenities. Local waterfront attractions, wine trails, and golf courses are waiting for you to explore. The hotel’s friendly staff can assist you in planning your dream wedding. Their culinary experts are on-hand to provide a fine dining experience with mouthwatering meals.
Welcome to The University Club of Santa Barbara, also known to insiders and area residents as The Riviera Mansion. The historic house and surrounding gardens of the Mansion estate invites you to be a part of its Santa Barbara event tradition. Built in 1880, the Mansion’s stately charm and resplendence make it the premiere destination for weddings on the American Riviera.
Located conveniently in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, California, it’s exquisite and historic ambiance throughout and central location makes it a highly sought after event and wedding venue. Members and invited guests can enjoy the fine cuisine and private dining experiences, with easy and complimentary on-site parking and indoor as well as outdoor dining options among other Mansion amenities. The Riviera Mansion is the best kept secret for those seeking an extraordinary backdrop for their event!
We take great pride in making every event a memorable and exquisite one. From start to finish, as a guest client of ours, we make sure every detail is in place for your special day and you are able to experience the exceptional level of service and personal care that goes into the planning of your event. As a full service wedding venue location, we take care of all food, beverage, staffing, bar, setup and breakdown. You will be able to focus on other more important details, saving time and money in the process of planning your wedding event.
We welcome you to set up a time to tour the Mansion and meet together to review the vision of your perfect day. In fact, you may just fall in love with The Riviera Mansion and decide to host several events here including your Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Ceremony & Reception and Next Day Brunch. Every event is designed individually with a whole-host of complimentary inclusions to draw upon. We look forward to working with you in making your event a successful and memorable one that you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
ROMANTIC WEDDINGS ON THE SANTA BARBARA COAST
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara expresses the romance of this coastal city with a collection of distinctive wedding venues and expert planning services. Exchange vows against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, or celebrate with a lavish reception in the Bacara Ballroom, where 23-foot ceilings and gilt-framed mirrors create an aura of romantic indulgence. Whether you envision an outdoor ceremony or an indoor reception, each of the hotel’s wedding venues responds with curated amenities like natural light, ocean or garden views, flexible square footage and outdoor terraces.
Event planners are also available to assist couples in mapping out every detail, from décor and customized menus to lighting and audiovisual services, for weddings that feel both personal and impeccable.