27 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 aflutter. 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…



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: $$ • $$$

Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa

Lafayette, CA

Fab Features: Four Diamond Award French Chateau style hotel • distinctive architecture showcases dormers, shuttered French windows, and peaked roofline • the Spa offers luxe treatments along with a fitness pavilion, pool, seasonal poolside café, and an outdoor fireplace

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: $ • $$

Tivoli Villa

Fallbrook, CA

Fab Features: beautiful estate perched atop edible olive & herb groves • ceremony sites amonng the manicured gardens boast stunning mountain views • handcrafted custom wedding packages with fun extras like lawn games and lounge furnituret

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: $$ • $$$

The Maxwell House

Pasadena, CA

Fab Features: Mediterranean Italianate-style mansion • intimate celebrations in the private rose garden or open-air patio • the interior impresses with a coffered ceiling inset with decoratively painted panels and paintings on loan from the historic California Art Club

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…



Gavilan Vale at Eden Rift Vineyards

Hollister, CA

Fab Features: grand vineyard and event space nestled among the rolling hills of the Cienega Valley • exchange vows perched atop a deck or in front of the classic California Mission doors • dine and dance under the stars or in the expansive, glass-walled Ballroom, which offers a remarkable indoor/outdoor flow

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

Santa Ynez Ranch

Santa Ynez, CA

Fab Features: stunning Santa Barbara Wine Country luxury retreat is set amidst a 105-acre organic vineyard and farm • vineyards views and lavender-scented breezes enhance your vows on the Wedding Lawn, which overlooks a pretty pond • a gorgeous upscale event barn with a chic lounge hosts exquisite celebrations

Catering: Preferred list
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: $$ • $$$

Bella Collina San Clemente

San Clemente, CA

Fab Features: Tuscan-inspired estate nestled on 230 pristine acres of a private valley in South San Clemente • a red brick aisle leads to the tiered ceremony amphitheater, framed by verdant lawns and greenery • receptions in the luxurious Clubhouse or among the stunning gardens, which include an event lawn, organic vegetable garden, rose garden, bocce ball and horseshoes courts

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

The Hacienda

Santa Ana, California

Fab Features: flagstone courtyard with ivy-covered balconies • 200-year-old carved wooden doors provide a stunning backdrop for photos • stained-glass windows, oversized fireplace, and candelabras add romantic charm


Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

CaliPaso Winery and Villa

Paso Robles, CA

Fab Features: hilltop Tuscan-style inn framed by hundreds of acres of lush vineyards • exchange vows in a dramatic courtyard framed by gorgeous circular staircases • elegant al fresco receptions on the tree-lined terrace or among the manicured gardens

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

Seven Branches Venue and Inn

Sonoma, California

Fab Features: a multifaceted venue made up of a cooking school, inn, and convivial event facility • the inviting spaces evoke old Sonoma’s Spanish heritage with rammed-earth walls, charming balconies, and a sun-dappled courtyard • seasonally inspired and locally sourced cuisine from their exclusive caterer, Folktable

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

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: $ • $$


If You Wish For a Mountain Wedding in the Swiss Alps...



Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Fish Camp, California

Fab Features: four-diamond lodge set in the incomparable Yosemite National Park • exchange vows on the two-story deck of the Terrace, in the secluded wedding garden, or off the beaten path in the surrounding forest • unwind at Ascent Spa, go horseback riding, golfing, or just take in the spectacular scenery

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Resort at Squaw Creek

Olympic Valley, California

Fab Features: all-season resort set on 195 acres of forests, meadows and towering granite peaks • exchange vows on a multi-level terrace before a 250-foot waterfall or beside a roaring fire on the deck • exquisite dining options, luxe amenities, and plenty of access to outdoor activities

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


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