7 Santa Barbara Venues Perfect for Small Weddings and Elopements

From the crystal-blue shoreline to its rustic Wine Country, Santa Barbara is pure romance—and not surprisingly, a popular elopement destination. Whether you’re on a budget or willing to splurge, you’ll find some tempting options among these venues that welcome small weddings.


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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Loquita

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: authentic Spanish-inspired eatery located in the Santa Barbara "Funk Zone" • outdoor garden courtyard with a fireplace hosts intimate events with flair and fun • Spanish-dominated wine list can be enhanced with a gin-and-tonic cart, and delectable wood-fired grilled seafoods and meats are accompanied by locally sourced produce

Catering: In-house,
Price: $ • $$ •
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Convivo Restaurant

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows on the manicured lawn beneath towering palms • stroll to the beach for glorious sunset photo ops • intimate celebrations on the fireplace patio with ocean views

Catering: In-house,
Price: $ • $$ •
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The Lark Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: polished restaurant in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone • host guests on the intimate patio or in the private wood-and- brick-walled dining room—or take over the entire place for your own unique celebration • delectable menus feature tasty New American fare with handcrafted cocktails, local brews, and an outstanding wine list

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

Los Alamos, CA

Fab Features: historic Victorian in Santa Barbara Wine Country • rose garden, vintage interiors, and cozy outdoor hearth • romantic bridal suite with fireplace and copper tub

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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Plenty on Bell

Los Alamos, CA

Fab Features: charming garden patio for intimate ceremonies, with a splashing fountain and a fire pit • laid-back ambiance with world class menus from acclaimed chef Jesper Johansson • pet and DIY friendly

Catering: In-house,
Price: $ • $$ •
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