18 California Destination Wedding Venues with European Vibes

Who doesn't dream of jetting off to Europe for a destination wedding? There's a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to transatlantic travel: The colorful cliffside village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, the ultra-romantic Bridgerton vibes of the English countryside, the grand art and architecture of Paris... Europe's Old World charm and rich history are enough to set anyone's heart a-flutter. But what if we told you that a European-style wedding venue may be closer to home than you think? We've found 17 dreamy California wedding venues that'll make you feel as though you've been whisked away to Europe. No passport required!



If You Dream of the Coastal Cliffs of Ireland...



Slide Ranch

Muir Beach, California

Fab Features: breathtaking ceremonies on a grassy bluff overlooking Muir Beach • a trail stretching from the bluff to the sands offers plenty of stunning natural locations for portraits, backed by the rugged rock formations of the coast • glamping and late-night celebrations on the adjoining campground

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Switzer Farm

Westport, CA

Fab Features: 1884 Victorian farmhouse perched on a striking bluff overlooking the Pacific • the 22 private acres provide unfettered ocean and headland views, a private meadow, a garden cottage, historic barn, and garden • the rental includes 3 nights lodging for up to 27 guests in plush yet cozy accommodations

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

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, CA

Fab Features: a luxurious resort with manicured grounds and panoramic ocean views • exchange vows on the bluff overlooking the water • the ballroom is designed with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, and space to accommodate up to 300 guests for a wedding reception

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


If You Love Old World Architecture...



The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

Riverside, California

Fab Features: extraordinary castle-like venue with European charm and dazzling Spanish architecture • the Grand Parisian Ballroom resembles a baronial hall in an Old World castle • Spanish Art Gallery richly appointed with regal 17th-century European décor

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Berkeley City Club

Berkeley, CA

Fab Features: designed in 1929 by famed architect Julia Morgan, this historic hotel is like a miniature Hearst Castle • Moorish Gothic-style building features landscaped inner courtyards and fountains, plus a wealth of graceful arches, domed ceilings, pillars, leaded-glass windows and doors, and art • time-honored guest rooms include classic vintage décor

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

The Club at Pasadera

Monterey, CA

Fab Features: private country club overlooking the rolling northern slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains • the hacienda-style clubhouse takes its inspiration from the region’s Spanish Colonial heritage, with a traditional red-tile roof and ivy-clad façade • outdoor features include a splashing triple-tiered fountain, a 100-year-old oak tree, an arched stone wall, and ornate wrought-iron entry gates

Catering: In-house
Price: $$


If You Want To Wed in the French Countryside…



Hans Fahden Vineyards

Calistoga, California

Fab Features: charming winery nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains • the picturesque gardens are reminiscent of the French countryside, inspired by Monet's paintings of the gardens at Giverny • romantic candlelit receptions inside the one-of-a-kind wine cave

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Paso Robles, California

Fab Features: a 20-acre vineyard resort populated with art and artifacts from South America, Asia, Europe and beyond • exchange vows in a French-inspired Abbey, or dine under the stars in the Italian-inspired courtyard • with European-style hospitality, guests are invited to relax in lush gardens, soothing spa experiences, or in a private pool cabana

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


If an Opulent Italian Villa Makes You Swoon…



Grand Island Mansion

Walnut Grove, California

Fab Features: Italian Renaissance styled villa is the largest private estate in Northern California • distinctive original features include marble fireplaces, unique handmade tile work, inlaid parquet flooring, and imported wood paneling • riverfront setting boasts expansive views and outdoor spaces, including an Italian Statuary Garden

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Cielo Farms

Malibu, CA

Fab Features: magnificent Tuscan-inspired estate on 30 lush acres • the lovely, verdant lawn bordered by olive trees offers expansive views of the majestic San Antonio Mountains • photo ops set against the classic stone villa, with bistro lights glowing above

Catering: In-house
Price: $$$

Vista Valley Country Club

Vista, CA

Fab Features: Tuscan-inspired architecture surrounded by stunning mountains and rolling hills • ceremony site boasts elaborate 18th-century French gates and pillars imported from Provence, France • the Mission Revival-style clubhouse is reminiscent of a traditional Mediterranean abbey, with huge wood doors, soaring archways, and a pale stone exterior

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$


If You're Seeking a Mediterranean Oasis…



Montalvo Arts Center

Saratoga, California

Fab Features: a 1912 Mediterranean-style estate in the secluded Saratoga Hills • expansive manicured lawns, colorful gardens, and the scenic Spanish courtyard • non-profit organization hosting over 100 artists each year from diverse backgrounds across the globe

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

Emerson Ranch Estate

Indio, CA

Fab Features: luxurious 20-acre private estate surrounded by expansive lawns, towering palm trees, and views of the Santa Rosa mountains • 8,600 square foot Mediterranean villa includes 13 bedrooms and a lavish pool • reserve the entire estate for an exclusive 3-night wedding weekend

Catering: BYO
Price: $$


If You Adore Greek and Roman Art and Architecture…



Legion of Honor Museum

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: majestic Neoclassical building standing on the highest point of Lincoln Park • exchange vows against a breathtaking panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean • an impressive collection of more than 70 Rodin sculptures reside in three adjacent galleries with vaulted ceilings

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$

The Hibernia

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: iconic 1892 treasure features unique Neoclassical Revival-style touches, including a grand corner location, giant exterior colonnade, and famed verdigris domed entrance • the Main Hall boasts a soaring 30-foot ceiling, massive arched windows, and ornately gilded fixtures • historic San Francisco experience coupled with state-of-the-art amenities

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

James Leary Flood Mansion

San Francisco, California

Fab Features: a symphony of classical styles, including Italian Renaissance, Rococo, Tudor and Georgian • the Reception Room features a magnificent coffered ceiling; painted murals in golds, blues, and greens; a marble fireplace; and a parquet floor • enjoy stunning bay views from the Grand Hall and Courtyard

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$


If You Want a Taste of Italy or Spain…



Convivo Restaurant

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: restaurant within a boutique hotel with a California Mission meets Spanish Mediterranean architecture style • "Nomad Italian" cuisine including house-made pastas and wood-fired pizza, along with a full-service bar • prime seaside location and outdoor patio offers breathtaking views of East Beach

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Europa Village

Temecula, CA

Fab Features: a variety of event spaces inspired by the landscapes and architecture of Spain, Italy, and France • al fresco receptions are right at home in the outdoor courtyard, veranda, or Tuscan-style open-air terrace • menus from Bolero Restaurante will take you on a culinary journey throughout Spain—tapas style

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


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