Affordable Santa Barbara Weddings: 9 Cool Venues That Are Easy On Your Budget

Bounded by white sandy beaches and forested mountains, Santa Barbara has a temperate climate, tons of historic charm, and a vibrant culinary and arts scene. All this makes it among the most desirable (read: pricey) places to live—and to wed. But if your wedding budget is less than celebrity-size, don't despair! Here are 6 places where you can celebrate without breaking the bank (especially if you're willing to be a little flexible on the day of the week and the season).


Santa Barbara Woman's Club - Rockwood

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: historic Spanish-Colonial architectural landmark tucked in a secluded canyon above Santa Barbara • ceremonies on the stone-walled Terrace beneath a spreading oak, and wooded grounds for rustic photo ops • dine + dance inside the handsome Ballroom, which boasts vintage chandeliers, a stage, and a gleaming oak floor

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$

Plenty on Bell

Los Alamos, CA

Fab Features: charming garden patio for intimate ceremonies, with a splashing fountain and a fire pit • world class menus from acclaimed chef Jesper Johansson paired with local wines • full-service planning matches you with local vendors for an all-inclusive experience

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Carousel House at Chase Palm Park

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: scenic 10-acre beachfront oasis • variety of event spaces from the unique Carousel House to the Great Meadow • cool photo ops include a lush pond, green meadows, burbling fountains, a floral gateway, and of course…the beach!!

Catering: BYO
Price: $

VILLA & VINE

Santa Barbara, California

Fab Features: downtown State Street venue • olive trees, fountain, and rustic-chic details • elegant indoor dining room with fireplace • party until midnight

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Elings Park

Santa Barbara, California

Fab Features: urban oasis with seasonal color • expansive oceanview meadow and hillside amphitheater surrounded by trees • oak-shaded terrace for dining

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Cabrillo Pavilion at East Beach

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: charming Spanish-style venue right on the beach • two oceanfront terraces steps from the sand • light-filled reception room with a wall of windows framing ocean views

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Fab Features: landscaped courtyards • sanctuary with stunning stained-glass Rose Window • neighboring park/garden for great photos

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$

The Historic Carrillo Ballroom

Santa Barbara, California

Fab Features: outdoor garden courtyards • unique cantilevered dance floor • balcony for the bouquet toss

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

The 1880 Union

Los Alamos, California

Fab Features: historic Victorian in Santa Barbara Wine Country • rose garden, vintage dining room, and entertainment mezzanine • romantic bridal suite with fireplace

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

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