10 Of The Best Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Venues

With its gentle ocean breeze, charming Spanish influence, and breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is the perfect place for your destination wedding. Whether you’re picturing a romantic white sand beach ceremony or dreaming of a storybook celebration on a 40-acre vineyard, this location offers an abundance of inspiration and stunning scenery. Explore the list of our favorite venues for your destination affair on The American Riviera.



BEACH



Rincon Beach Club

Carpinteria | Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: private club located in the seaside community of Carpinteria just south of Santa Barbara • choice of ceremony locations: a white-sand beach or a leafy courtyard enclosed by 10-foot-high walls of flowering vines and roses • enchanting open-air garden receptions beneath a starry sky

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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WINERY



Sunstone Villa

Santa Ynez, CA

Fab Features: an organic vineyard, winery, and villa retreat in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley • make a grand entrance as you descend down the romantic stone steps into your ceremony space • celebrate with your guests on the lawn and dance under the starlight and twinkling market lights

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$$
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RANCH / FARM



Whispering Rose Ranch Private Estate

Solvang, CA

Fab Features: majestic ranch estate set on 100 scenic acres • the grounds boast a grand entry beneath a canopy of sycamores; a romantic fountain court; and a manicured lawn with stunning mountain vistas • a covered barn for dining & dancing that's the epitome of rustic elegance

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$ • $$$
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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 that hosts exquisite celebrations

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$$
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San Ysidro Ranch

Montecito, CA

Fab Features: an idyllic venue in the leafy foothills of Santa Barbara offering privacy, peace, and tranquility • exchange vows in the gardens surrounded by lush landscaping and sweet-smelling roses • celebrate your reception in the Stonehouse Restaurant featuring creekside views looking out onto a covered terrace with treetop views of the Pacific Ocean

Catering: In-house
Price: $$$
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GARDEN



Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: elegant hotel nestled on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Pacific, located just minutes from world-class restaurants, fine galleries, and boutique wineries • ceremonies in the lush gardens, beneath lush Wisteria Arbor and set against a sparkling lily pond, followed by ballroom receptions that flow onto a picturesque terrace • excellent California coastal cuisine highlights organic and locally-sourced ingredients

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: 30 acres of lush gardens with ocean views, set between a bird sanctuary and the beach • intimate weddings in the Discovery Pavilion, with its floor to ceiling windows, built-in audio, and doors that open to an outdoor patio for cocktails • no need to rent elephants—they're already on-site, along with giraffes, lions, penguins, and more!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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The 1880 Union

Los Alamos, CA

Fab Features: a glam makeover of this historic Victorian boasts vintage lobby, retro dining room and fun entertainment mezzanine • rose garden ceremonies followed by celebrations on the neighboring brick patio with twinkle lights and outdoor fireplace • romantic overnight wedding suite with fireplace, copper tub and antiques

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



The Maker's Son

Los Alamos, CA

Fab Features: reimagined former filing station • the one-of-a-kind interior boasts an authentic 1920s service garage with the original open-truss high-vaulted ceiling and an intimate Western tavern, both with curated décor and Western-style antiques • customized menus made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients paired with signature cocktail inspirations, along with wines, beers, and ciders from artisan Central Coastal producers

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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VILLA & VINE

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows in the olive tree courtyard with a splashing fountain and bistro lights • elegant affairs in the indoor dining room with fireplace • you can dance the night away thanks to their late-night curfew

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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