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Elings Park

Santa Barbara Wedding Venue
1298 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, California 93105
Contact: Event Coordinator
Phone: 805/569-5611


Why We Like This Place

Located in beautiful Santa Barbara, Elings Park is a 230-acre nonprofit park blessed with incredible city, mountain and ocean views. This recreational paradise encompasses sports fields, picnic grounds, tennis courts, a hang-gliding hill, a sculpture garden, a Veteran’s Memorial Walk—plus hiking and biking trails galore. However, Elings also has three lovely sites for romantic wedding celebrations.

To reach the first, take a short curvy drive up to Godric Grove, an estate-like venue at the park’s summit. You’re only 400 feet above sea level here, but the multifaceted perspective makes you feel like you’re on top of the world: From one direction, the grove surveys velvety-green park meadows; from another, the Santa Barbara cityscape unfolds against the silhouette of the Santa Ynez Mountains—and whichever way you face, a ribbon of ocean winks in the distance.

Wedding ceremonies make the most of this dynamic vista at the Grove’s stone amphitheater, gently terraced into the hillside overlooking a forest of oaks. The amphitheater is completely secluded, blissfully quiet (save for the occasional birdcall or rustle of leaves), and harmonizes with the surrounding landscape. The adjacent reception area is just as pleasing. A large free-form redwood deck is spread out along the rim of a plateau. Gnarled oak trees grow up right through the deck and around its perimeter, providing dappled shade for your cocktail hour and reception. Next to the deck there’s a sizable patio with built-in barbecues that’s just right for a buffet or dancing. A cozy, treelined lawn nearby also has event possibilities. From spring to summer, cheery matilija poppies are in bloom around the lawn, while in the autumn the liquid amber trees put on a colorful show.

The second site, Singleton Pavilion, provides a more expansive setting with its own special charms. The centerpiece of Singleton is a sweep of lawn that can easily accommodate both your ceremony and reception seating. At one end, a copse of trees on a slight rise makes a leafy milieu for exchanging vows; or say “I do” in front of a handsome gazebo at the opposite end. A path partly encircles the lawn and culminates in a stone terrace poised at the edge of the hillside. Here a petite grove of saplings creates a magical atmosphere for intimate dining or a novel cocktail hour. And one more (wonderful) thing about Singleton: It also boasts serene city and mountain vistas, as well as peeks of the Pacific Ocean.

Ocean view ceremonies are held at the South Bluffs, another meadow that captures a 180-degree Pacific panorama. Sunset weddings here are absolutely magical.

Both Godric Grove and Singleton Pavilion can accommodate large canopies, and site rental includes dedicated parking along with a Park Host. You can also reserve time on one of the playing fields for friendly competitions among families—think a genial round of croquet or softball. The Events Director will help with ideas and finding quality local vendors.

This spectacular, unspoiled setting can be styled as elegantly as you please, but you really don’t need to add a single flower, plant or ribbon because Nature has provided all the decoration.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 325

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 325
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 325

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 325

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds up to 325 guests outdoors.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

The full rental fee is required to reserve your date. A credit card number is required to keep on file for any damages at the venue. Rental fees range $1,200–5,000 depending on the season, day of the week and the space selected.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Services/Amenities

Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: none
Tables & Chairs: through caterer or BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer or BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: BYO
Bride’s Dressing Area: none
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: BYO
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
Cleanup: renter
View: panorama of ocean, mountains and cityscape; park, garden, landscaped grounds
Other: picnic area


Venue Views

Cityscape
Coastline
Garden
Hills
Landscaped Grounds
Mountains
Ocean/Bay
Panoramic
Park

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Garden
Historic/Landmark Building
Park

Restrictions

Alcohol: through caterer or BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: select from approved vendor list
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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