Affordable Santa Barbara Weddings: 12 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 Zoological Gardens

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: 30 acres of lush gardens with ocean views, set between a bird sanctuary and the beach • intimate weddings in the Discovery Pavilion, with its floor to ceiling windows, built-in audio, and doors that open to an outdoor patio for cocktails • no need to rent elephants—they're already on-site, along with giraffes, lions, penguins, and other delights!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Glen Annie Golf Club

Goleta, CA

Fab Features: rustic-chic clubhouse with distinctive California Mediterranean architecture tucked in a serene suburb of Santa Barbara • exchange vows on the pretty garden lawn with an ocean view, followed by cocktails on the stone terrace illuminated by stringed market lights and an outdoor fireplace • the picturesque grounds boast rolling greens, lush trees, a charming footbridge, romantic water features, and more!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: beautiful 1930s Spanish-Revival style church • the sanctuary impresses with vintage lantern-style light fixtures suspended from the vaulted ceiling’s open beams and a stunning stained-glass Rose Window • the neighboring park and garden make for great photo ops

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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The Community Arts Workshop Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: this cool art complex just off State Street is a DIY dream and industrial-chic blank canvas • celebrations flow from the bistro-lit Courtyard into the spacious, skylight-studded Assembly Room • your rental fee goes to support this worthy non-profit whose motto is "Workspace for the Inspired"

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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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: $ • $$
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Gainey Vineyard and Barn

Santa Ynez, CA

Fab Features: beautiful vineyard nestled in the rolling, oak-studded hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country • say "I do" on the Vineyard Lawn, framed by two massive oaks and a commanding vista, then host a reception on a grapevine-draped terrace • indoor celebrations in the pretty, hacienda-inspired Tasting Room, or the dramatic Cellar, with its wine bottle-lined walls

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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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: $ • $$
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Barbieri & Kempe Wines - Los Olivos

Los Olivos, CA

Fab Features: welcoming boutique tasting room specializing in intimate events • sweet celebrations on the garden patio or in the inviting interior • the winery can connect you with local vendors to arrange all your celebration details

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $
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Loquita

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: authentic Spanish-inspired eatery located in the Santa Barbara "Funk Zone" • outdoor garden courtyard with a fireplace hosts intimate events with flair and fun • Spanish-dominated wine list can be enhanced with a gin-and-tonic cart, and delectable wood-fired grilled seafood and meats are accompanied by locally sourced produce

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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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: $ • $$
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VILLA & VINE

Santa Barbara, CA

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: $ • $$
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The 1880 Union

Los Alamos, CA

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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