26 of Northern California's Most Romantic Wedding Venues

With its towering redwood forests, rugged coastline, and renowned wine country, you don’t have to look very hard to find a jaw-dropping romantic venue for your Northern California wedding. From a cliffside inn overlooking the Pacific to a Mediterranean-style villa surrounded by formal gardens, these dreamy locations set a stunning stage and provide all ambiance and gorgeous photo ops you’ll need for an unforgettable celebration.



REDWOOD COAST | HUMBOLDT



Benbow Historic Inn

Garberville, CA

Fab Features: charming inn nestled on the banks of the Eel River • exchange vows on the manicured lawn with the Stone Bridge in the background • tented receptions on the lush terrace or gather on the intimate porch surrounded by lush foliage

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


NORTH COAST | MENDOCINO



Spring Ranch

Little River, California

Fab Features: historic ranch set on the coast near Mendocino • exchange vows the oceanside bluff or beneath towering eucalyptus trees • enjoy exclusive use of the property with lavish accommodations for up to 23 guests in the Grand Victorian and chic barn loft

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


SHASTA | NORTH STATE



Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge

Redding, CA

Fab Features: upscale hotel tucked within the grounds of the 300-acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park • dramatic ceremonies overlooking the river or within the wooded park and botanical gardens • exceptional hospitality and the park’s delights—including an animal center, museum, and forest trails—are at guests' doorstep

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Canyon Oaks Country Club

Chico, California

Fab Features: contemporary club nestled in Bidwell Park • gorgeous photo ops on the manicured greens, romantic bridges, waterfall made of natural rock • elegant receptions in the 2nd-story Vista room with its banks of large windows, muted earth tones, wainscoted walls, a large stone fireplace, and crystal chandeliers

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


NAPA | SONOMA



Annadel Estate Winery

Santa Rosa, CA

Fab Features: striking turn-of-the-century estate set on 40 acres of woodlands, vineyards, and heirloom rose fields • magical Old World-style ruins boast hand-hewn stone walls and lush trellises • artful lighting illuminates expansive lawns, terraces, and a rustic barn

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

Beaulieu Garden

Rutherford, California

Fab Features: gorgeous estate setting with a sunken garden • pool and lawn area perfect for a warm, casual cocktail hour • delectable dinners served beneath a lush, vine-covered arbor adorned with twinkle lights

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


NORTH BAY | MARIN



Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate

Sausalito, California

Fab Features: restored Colonial Revival complex set on 75,000 acres of national parkland • stunning views of the Bay, Golden Gate bridge and SF cityscape • luxurious amenities include the Healing Arts Center & Spa, an award-winning restaurant, and glamorous family-friendly suites and guest rooms

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Stemple Creek Ranch

Tomales, CA

Fab Features: serene woodsy oasis just 5 miles from the Pacific Coast • exchange vows on the hilltop stand flanked by Eucalyptus or beneath towering redwoods • cocktails on the outdoor deck overlooking the West Marin hills followed by country-chic receptions inside the large barn

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


LAKE TAHOE | NORTHERN SIERRAS



Rainbow Lodge

Soda Springs, CA

Fab Features: riverfront retreat surrounded by 114 unspoiled acres • exclusive use of the lodge's event spaces, common areas, and 26 guest rooms • large stone fireplaces and warm wood tones provide a cozy setting for intimate events

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$

Twenty Mile House

Graeagle, California

Fab Features: secluded 200-acre eco-estate offering a scenic backdrop of creeks, gardens, and blue skies • choose from 3 truly all-inclusive packages with organic catering, DJ, florals and much more • elegant accommodations for up to 36 guests in the historic main house, or romantic creekside & forest cabins

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


YOSEMITE | MAMMOTH



M&M Events at Convict Lake Resort

Mammoth Lakes, California

Fab Features: say "I do" lakeside with stunning views of Mt. Morrison, Laurel Mountain, and the surrounding hillsides • their on-site restaurant provides a romantic atmosphere for post-nuptial celebrations • gorgeous photo ops year-round

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


SACRAMENTO | GOLD COUNTRY



Mettler Family Vineyards

Lodi, California

Fab Features: family-owned winery set on 7 lush acres • exchange vows beneath a graceful willow tree overlooking a bright blue pond • intimate celebrations in the cozy tasting room

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $

Union Hill Inn

Sonora, CA

Fab Feature: rustic and refined B&B steeped in Gold Country history • endless photo ops on the grounds with includes pavilions, a gazebo, foot bridge, various ponds, barns and a pool • the ask about their Weekend Wedding Packages that give you exclusive use of the grounds from Friday noon through 2pm Sunday

Catering: BYO
Price: $$ • $$$


EAST BAY



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: $ • $$

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: $ • $$ • $$$


SAN FRANCISCO



The San Francisco Mint

San Francisco, California

Fab Features: iconic 1874 Greek-revival building offers 19th-century architectural details and modern conveniences • al fresco events in the expansive courtyard enjoy sky views and total privacy • overseen by Non Plus Ultra, they offer several packages that include furnishings, lighting, design consultation, and outside vendor negotiations

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

Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: iconic glass landmark set in Golden Gate park • tented al fresco events held on the adjoining lawn • celebrations amid exotic plants, from orchids and water lilies to amazing palms and ferns

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$


SF PENINSULA | HALF MOON BAY



Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards

Woodside, California

Fab Features: ridgetop winery with stunning panoramic vistas • ceremonies on the expansive, beautifully landscaped lawn • the Pavilion boasts a peaked, cedar roof and a partially glass-enclosed terrace with 270-degree views of vineyards and the bay

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


SOUTH BAY | SAN JOSE



Montalvo Arts Center

Saratoga, California

Fab Features: landmark Mediterranean-style private estate • garden ceremonies in the open-air, white-columned pavilion • the Main Hall impresses with a beamed ceiling, gilded chandeliers, and an enormous fireplace topped with a tile and carved-wood mantel

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

Nestldown

Los Gatos Mountains, California

Fab Features: an ethereal hideaway tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains • say "I do" at the lakeside amphitheater or beneath towering Redwoods • rustic receptions inside the Barn, a soaring glass-and-fir structure with a steep-pitched ceiling, supported by slender wooden columns illuminated by glowing chandeliers

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


MONTEREY | CARMEL



Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Carmel Valley, California

Fab Features: Old World-meets-Monterey-style resort • exchange vows under a classic stone pergola adorned with flowering vines • the elegant Meritage Ballroom impresses with a 22-foot vaulted ceiling and wrought-iron chandeliers

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Club Del Monte at Historic Hotel Del Monte

Monterey, CA

Fab Features: an Art Deco jewel set amongst 25 acres of landscaped grounds • spacious ballroom with an ornately tiled wall fountain and floor-to-ceiling arched windows • European-inspired rose gardens and the Peacock Lawn provide beautiful celebration backdrops • have a beach ceremony & reception on scenic Crocker's Cove

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Holly Farm

Carmel, California

Fab Features: chic tropical hideaway • whimsical redwood bungalow comes with “island wild” décor and a wraparound redwood deck • a koi pond, sparkling waterfall, and majestic oak tree make a lovely backdrop for your celebration and photos

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


SANTA CRUZ



Chaminade Resort & Spa

Santa Cruz, CA

Fab Features: Mediterranean-style retreat • set on a mountain bluff overlooking forested hills and bay views • say "I do" beneath an arbor laced with climbing roses and wisteria

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

The Vineyard at Rock Ridge

Soquel, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows surrounded by oaks, grapevine-studded hills, and a sparkling, waterfall-fed pond • historic barn and tasting room converted to a chic Saloon with fireplace • luxurious dressing suite with makeup mirrors and shampoo station for expert on-site prep

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$


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