26 Stylish California Venues For Your Micro Wedding

Planning a micro wedding in California? Whether that's always been your day-of dream or if it's the new Plan B, these small celebrations can pack a big punch when it comes to style and the guest experience offered. So if you’re looking to scale down that invite list to just your nearest and dearest, check out these beautiful venues that offer custom-curated packages that will save you time, money, and stress when it comes to planning your intimate event.



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



Harvey House

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA

Fab Features: luxury getaway in the San Bernadino Mountains tucked between lush forest and a sparkling creek • exchange vows on the outdoor stage, with the majestic mountains beyond, then enjoy cocktails on the spacious open-air deck • plush accommodations in 6 guest rooms, including 3 spacious suites, are the perfect home base for the wedding party

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

The Mountain Mermaid

Topanga, CA

Fab Features: historic 1930s gem with a colorful history situated on several mountain-view acres with lush gardens, fountains, and meandering pathways • intimate ceremonies set among the gardens or on the spacious patio, accented with cacti and Mission-style architectural details • start your honeymoon right away with lodgings in the unique indoor/outdoor Love Nest, with spectacular sunset views

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

The Pannikin Building

San Diego, CA

Fab Features: downtown building with historic charm • expansive event space with exposed-brick walls, a vaulted open-beamed ceiling, and a beautiful wood floor • generous rental fees include all-day exclusive venue use, chic dressing suites, and complete freedom with vendors!

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

The Coach House

Temecula, CA

Fab Features: dreamy private estate nestled in the heart of Temecula • romantic ceremonies on the lawn, bounded by shady eucalyptus trees and a sparkling pond • plush overnight lodgings in the Coach House for up to 9 guests

Catering: In-house
Price: $

Four Sisters Ranch and Vineyard

San Miguel, CA

Fab Features: hilltop setting with exquisite views of the surrounding vineyard • sprawling garden courtyard outfitted with a raised music stage, an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning oven & beer taps, and lawn games • cool hacienda-style tasting house has a great indoor/outdoor flow

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

River Ridge Golf Club

Oxnard, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows under the white wood gazebo, with a backdrop of sculpted lawns and the nearby Topatopa mountains • intimate events in the Sunrise and Sunset Rooms, with balconies overlooking the golf course • larger receptions in the airy Atrium or Ballroom

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: $ • $$

The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes, California

Fab Features: Mammoth Lakes’ only all-seasons luxury resort • spectacular views of the high peaks of the Eastern Sierras, offering a stunning showcase of golden aspens and quaking pines, the lush wildflowers of early spring, or a snowy winter wonderland • intimate cocktail hour in the modern-rustic Gallery Room, followed by delectable dining in the Whitebark Restaurant, surrounded by reclaimed wood and forest views

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Ojai Labyrinth

Ojai, CA

Fab Features: spectacular oasis with stunning views of the Ojai Valley and the Topa Topa Mountains (yet only 5 minutes from the historic downtown!) • romantic ceremony spot surrounded by natural flora and fauna, native landscaping, and cultivated agaves and cactus • unique cosmic stone walking labyrinth on the mountaintop

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$

Braemar Country Club

Tarzana, CA

Fab Features: intimate weddings on the airy terrace, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Masters Course and San Fernando Valley • elegant, modern clubhouse with gleaming marble floors, graceful columns, French doors, and a tiled wraparound deck • verdant ceremony lawn framed by a stand of tall cypress trees and a a tree-covered hillside

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

Occasions at Laguna Village

Laguna Beach, California

Fab Features: exchange vows on a cliff overlooking the ocean • expansive lawn for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres • built-in checkerboard dance floor

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

The Saguaro Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA

Fab Features: a colorful desert oasis with fab amenities like an in-house spa, daily yoga classes, and a gourmet tequila bar • customized small wedding and elopement packages include a poolside cabana and champagne toast

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

La Lomita Ranch

San Luis Obispo, CA

Fab Features: luxurious Spanish style estate in the heart of Edna Valley • exchange vows next to the water with a rolling hill backdrop • intimate celebrations on the terrace framed by palm fronds and Spanish olive trees

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

Avila Lighthouse Suites at Avila Beach

Avila Beach, CA

Fab Features: ceremonies on the beach or the sun deck • elopement and intimate wedding packages available for up to 15 guests • enjoy oceanfront suites and a full-service spa for day-of pampering

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$

Harmony Chapel and Garden

Harmony, CA

Fab Features: quirky-quaint chapel with beautifully hand-carved wood doors and a unique wine barrel facade • picturesque gazebo and rustic creekside stage are perfect for al fresco ceremonies • finish with small-batch, locally made ice cream from the Scoop Truck!

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


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA



China Cabin

Belvedere, CA

Fab Features: one-of-a-kind first-class social saloon extracted from an 19th-century steamer • ornate interior boasts a crisply painted arched ceiling highlighted with gold leaf, etched glass windows, and crystal chandeliers • decks on three sides offer jaw-dropping views the San Francisco skyline and the colorful boats berthed nearby

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Swedish American Hall

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: historic 1907 landmark building with four beautiful Arts & Crafts-style halls • full-service options include delectable catering, craft cocktail service, top-tier lighting and sound systems, and more • the iconic speakeasy Café du Nord—accessed from the main level through a hideaway staircase!— is perfect for a unique reception

Catering: In-house, Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$

Brix Napa Valley

Yountville, California

Fab Features: restaurant surrounded by vineyards and bordered by a huge kitchen garden • ceremonies set amidst flowers and fruit • outdoor Vineyard Reception Site with sweeping views of nearby grapevines and the Mayacamas Mountains

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Argonaut Hotel

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: historic 1907 hotel with stylish waterfront charm • beautiful event spaces outfitted with exposed brick, Douglas fir beams, and stunning waterfront views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz • delectable customized menus showcase the best of the region, from top-shelf wines to fresh, locally-sourced seafood

Catering: In-house
Price: $

Mountain House Estate

Cloverdale, CA

Fab Features: historic estate on 40 acres with gardens, a rustic barn, and a tentable lawn • gorgeous pond-side ceremonies transition to al fresco receptions on the verdant lawn • Grand Ballroom and landscaped patio with market lights

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Garden Valley Ranch

Petaluma, California

Fab Features: historic 5-acre working rose farm with an idyllic garden setting • exchange vows on lawns, beneath rose-wrapped pergolas and columns, or among carefully selected perennials, annuals, and bulbs • warm, indoor events in the barn-like Carriage House with its wraparound deck, courtyard, and gardens

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Fab Features: playful, bohemian-chic hotel • 3 distinct event spaces: the light-flooded Durant Room, the preppy plaid-accented California Room, and Henry's, a classic wood-paneled bar • conveniently located steps away from trendy Telegraph Avenue

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa

Sausalito, CA

Fab Features: treasured historic landmark blends its Victorian legacy with contemporary elegance • spectacular panoramic views of Richardson Bay from the Alexandrite Suite, with its floor-to ceiling glass doors and airy patio • boutique lodging in the B&B plus easy access to activities makes for an ideal destination wedding spot

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Agate Cove Inn

Mendocino, CA

Fab Features: say "I do" in the enchanting gardens, overlooking a spectacular vista of the sparkling Pacific • dine by candlelight in front of the cozy fireplace, where wide glass windows frame panoramic views • 12 unique cottages for you and your guests to enjoy the ambiance, each with a private deck

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

Winchester Mystery House

San Jose, CA

Fab Features: magnificent Victorian mansion with a spooky past • intimate weddings in Sarah Winchester's restored dining room, among the manicured gardens, or vintage-style in the airy Greenhouse • generous elopement packages are truly all-inclusive, with wedding photography, officiant services, florals, refreshments, and more

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

The Tahoe Ridge Resort

Stateline, Nevada

Fab Features: up-close views of the mountains and valley • lakefront or garden ceremonies framed by pine trees and a rustic stone altar • the versatile event space can accommodate everything from elopements to grand events up to 150

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


FEATURED SO CAL INTIMATE WEDDING VENUES



Common Sense Events

San Diego, Temecula & Inland Empire

From wineries, wooded orchards, and lavender gardens to private estates and a luxury ranch, Common Sense Events has the perfect al fresco setting for your wedding. Whether you’re looking for an intimate, backyard vibe or dreaming up a grand SoCal soiree, you will be sure to find your dream location in their portfolio of spectacular venues.




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