16 Cool Wedding Venues for your East Bay Outdoor Ceremony

With glorious bay views and iconic bridges to the West, and forested hillsides and regional parks to the East, the bustling metropolis that makes up the East Bay has no shortage of jaw-dropping locations for the ultimate al fresco celebration. Feel like you're miles away from civilization as you exchange vows beneath towering redwoods, from the deck of a sleek yacht, or take in the sparkling city lights high up in the hills on a rooftop terrace. Whether your big day style is glamorous or casual, rustic or refined, Mother Nature takes center stage at these gorgeous outdoor venues.



BERKELEY



The Vista Terrace at UUCB

Kensington, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows on the red brick Terrace with a spectacular vista of San Francisco Bay and city skyline beyond • another option is the simple, elegant Sanctuary, outfitted with soaring beams and stone walls • bring the outside in for cocktail hour in the light-flooded Atrium, which boasts soaring glass ceilings and living rubber trees

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

UC Botanical Garden

Berkeley, CA

Fab Features: spectacular 34-acre garden of earthly delights, nestled in Strawberry Canyon and overlooking the San Francisco Bay • say "I do" in a grove of majestic redwood trees • intimate receptions on the elevated Tour Deck that overlooks the New World Desert garden below

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Brazilian Room

Berkeley, CA

Fab Features: architecturally striking building nestled high in the hills of Tilden Park • ceremonies on the flagstone patio with its dramatic panorama of sloping lawn and tree-studded hillsides • the interior boasts impressive floor-to-ceiling leaded-glass windows run along both sides of the hall, and the rear windows frame a closeup look at the forest

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

City Cruises San Francisco

San Francisco and Berkeley, CA

Fab Features: affordable weddings on SF Bay • their wide range of vessels include glamorous yachts to a replica of a turn-of-the-century coastal steamer • to-die-for views of SF skyline, bridges, and Alcatraz

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


OAKLAND



Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland, CA

Fab Features: state-of-the-art science center perched high in the Oakland hills • numerous floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass skyway, and a catwalk-like loggia frame views of the surrounding 13 wooded acres • ceremonies in the tree-lined Amphitheatre transition into chic indoor/outdoor cocktail hours in the adjacent Pleiades Courtyard

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Fairyland Weddings

Oakland, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows under the canopied pavilion or in the colorful garden • fun al fresco receptions with a whimsical storybook set backdrop • guests will enjoy discovering a pirate ship and dragons or taking a ride on the iconic Jolly Trolly train

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Temescal Beach House

Oakland, CA

Fab Features: neighborhood oasis with a secluded beach right in the middle of Oakland • exchange vows in the terraced garden beneath twinkling lights • receptions on the beach, on the picnic lawn, or in the Beach House

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $

Preservation Park

Oakland, CA

Fab Features: eye-catching recreation of a Victorian neighborhood in the heart of Oakland • ceremonies in the graceful bandstand surrounded by vintage architecture, colorfully painted homes, and lush landscaping • receptions follow in the adjacent Fountain Courtyard with a stunning two-tiered fountain at its center

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


DANVILLE



Crow Canyon Country Club

Danville, California

Fab Features: versatile indoor/outdoor venue set against the Mt. Diablo foothills • light-filled Grand Ballroom with a fantastic view of the golf course and Mt. Diablo • exchange vows under soaring redwoods on the verdant greens

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


WALNUT CREEK



The Gardens at Heather Farm

Walnut Creek, CA

Fab Features: garden oasis with 6 acres of colorful flowerbeds, herb and rock gardens, and water features • romantic ceremonies beneath the Gazebo designed with a unique, slate-tile roof and enhanced by climbing roses • al fresco receptions on the Meadow Lawn surrounded by Rugosa roses and pine trees

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

Shadelands Ranch Museum

Walnut Creek, CA

Fab Features: 1903 Colonial Revival house framed by stately shade trees, gardens, and a terrace • exchange vows on the expansive back lawn in a gazebo encircled by roses or under a shady oak • paths went through fragrant citrus, pomegranate, walnut, and quince, and lovely herb and vegetable gardens

Catering: BYO
Price: $


OAKLEY



La Grande Estates

Oakley, California

Fab Features: picturesque 10-acre estate evoking a Tuscan villa • alongside the main mansion is a sprawling Piazza courtyard, lushly landscaped gardens, and a chandeliered Pavilion Tent • breathtaking sunset views of Mount Diablo

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $ • $$

Brownstone Gardens

Oakley, CA

Fab Features: enchanting garden setting in the heart of town feels a world away • a stone aisle, bordered by verdant lawns, crepe myrtles, and rose-covered trellises, leads to the stone sanctuary at the heart of the stunning Grand Court ceremony site • the intimate Koi Garden boasts a sweet gazebo ceremony site, a sparkling Koi Pond, and an old-fashioned wood swing, all framed by a profusion of mulberry and sycamore trees, fragrant rose bushes, and lush shrubbery

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


SAN RAMON



The Bridges Golf Club

San Ramon, California

Fab Features: romantic ceremonies unfold on velvety lawns or in the glowing Fireplace Room • villa-style interiors boast high wood-beam ceilings, antique-style chandeliers, and arched picture windows • outdoor spaces include the cozy Back Fireplace Patio and the elegant Looking Terrace

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $ • $$


LAFAYETTE | MORAGA



Hacienda de las Flores by Wedgewood Weddings

Moraga, CA

Fab Features: authentic Spanish-style mansion • ceremonies on the large lawn or in the Pavilion, a semicircular building with huge Corinthian columns • the inviting interior is designed with hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and a grand fireplace

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Wildwood Acres

Lafayette, California

Fab Features: garden hideaway set in a wooded canyon • exchange vows under a canopy of big-leaf maples • al fresco receptions on the redwood terrace with a sunken dance floor surrounded by ferns and impatiens

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


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