24 Charming Southern California Wedding Venues With A Backyard Vibe

Dreaming of a backyard-style shindig but don't want to tie the knot at home? We've picked some of our favorite Southern California wedding venues that give us all the feels when it comes to their laid-back vibe and cozy charm. From gorgeous gardens to romantic ranches, these spaces serve as the perfect home away from home for your special day.



ORANGE COUNTY



Red Horse Barn at Huntington Central Park

Huntington Beach, California

Fab Features: upscale equestrian club on acres of pastures, paddocks, and barns • expansive lawns for tents and a warmly inviting great room • gorgeous show horses are playful “extras” in wedding photography

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

Muckenthaler Mansion

Fullerton, California

Fab Features: 1924 Gatsby-esque art-filled estate • octagonal Solarium flooded with natural light, plus 9 acres of outdoor space highlighted by lush lawns, a rose garden, and a romantic stone gazebo • delectable and creative five-star cuisine from Colette's Catering

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

1621 Alton

Irvine, California

Fab Features: hidden garden and gazebo • helipad for a dramatic entrance or send-off • cocktail receptions in the Atrium, a modern skylit building with a built-in bar

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

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Santa Ana, California

Fab Features: a lovingly restored 1898 Victorian • the grounds boast 10 acres of historic gardens, jasmine covered walkways, an orange grove, and turn-of-the-century buildings • proceeds from weddings and receptions go to support the museum's nonprofit programs, which provide "hands-on" historical enrichment for visitors

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY



The 1880 Union

Los Alamos, California

Fab Features: former Wells Fargo stagecoach station-turned-hotel • enchanting ceremonies beneath a vine-covered arbor in a serene rose garden • chic receptions in the dining room, with its chandeliers in beaded cages, jazzy Art Deco bar, and eclectic mix of wood and marble tables with plush velvet chairs

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Zinke Wine Co.

Los Olivos, CA

Fab Features: early 1900s Sears & Roebuck kit house and winery • cozy celebrations on the manicured lawn beneath string market lights • guests can indulge in lawn games and wine tasting

Catering: BYO
Price: $


SAN GABRIEL VALLEY/PASADENA



The Maxwell House

Pasadena, CA

Fab Features: Mediterranean Italianate-style mansion • intimate celebrations in the private rose garden or open-air patio • the interior impresses with a coffered ceiling inset with decoratively painted panels, and paintings on loan from the historic California Art Club

Catering: BYO
Price: $$

The Historic Lindley-Scott House and Gardens

Azusa, CA

Fab Features: historic Georgian-style home • ceremonies on the manicured lawn beneath an arched arbor shaded by mature trees • the Carriage House is enhanced by vintage-style chandeliers and French doors that open to a patio overlooking the landscaped grounds

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


INLAND EMPIRE



Christmas House

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Fab Features: historic, landmark 3-story Victorian mansion and grounds • ceremonies in an English garden and dining beneath magnolia and guava trees • six distinctive guest rooms, including a luxurious bridal suite with a fireplace and private garden courtyard with a hot tub

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

La Villa Bella San Antonio

Upland, CA

Fab Features: garden receptions beneath stringed market lights • cozy receptions in the main hall in front of a large stone fireplace and giant picture windows • exchange vows on the stone patio shaded by an expansive pergola

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


SAN LUIS OBISPO



Dallidet Adobe and Gardens

San Luis Obispo, CA

Fab Features: state historic landmark boasting original adobe architecture and luxuriant gardens • lovely ceremonies beneath a rustic wooden arbor and receptions in a garden courtyard surrounded by lush greenery • picturesque bricked paths wind through the gardens and the front patio

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


LAKE ARROWHEAD



Willow Woods Park

Skyforest, CA

Fab Features: this majestic redwood setting was once the home of an early 20th-century logging camp • exchange vows among the soaring trees, before a sparkling rock waterfall, or beneath a natural wood arch in the wildflower gardens • intimate receptions under glowing bistro lights with the historic cabins as your romantic backdrop

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


PALM SPRINGS



EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge

Palm Springs, California

Fab Features: 3 private dining rooms each offer their own unique art and ambiance • al fresco receptions on the patio beneath strings of market lights • a buyout is available for indoor/outdoor progressive parties of 300 or more people

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


SAN DIEGO



Nolita House

San Diego, CA

Fab Features: fabulous first-class restaurant in the heart of Little Italy • event spaces are accented by airy greenery and chic architectural details • bathed in natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a massive skylight

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

River Garden

Vista, CA

Fab Features: dreamy indoor/outdoor gated hideaway filled with lush gardens, waterfalls, mature trees, and water features • al fresco ceremonies under the expansive Pavilion Lawn or in the lovely Conservatory garden atrium • flexible open vendor policy and generous 12-hour rental time

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

Sacred Mountain Julian

Julian, CA

Fab Features: mountaintop private ranch and retreat • exchange vows in the meadow with 360-degree views of mountains and ancient oaks • variety of event spaces from the vine-covered cottage with a deck overlooking the secret garden to the restored rustic barn

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


TEMECULA WINE COUNTRY



CrossCreek Golf Club

Temecula, CA

Fab Features: secluded golf club with views of the San Jacinto Mountains • exchange vows beneath an ancient oak • cocktails and games on the manicured lawn followed by open-air dining beneath the wedding canopy

Catering: In-house
Price: $

California Ranch Company (CRC Ranch)

Temecula, CA

Fab Features: romantic 53-acre wine country ranch with a 150-year legacy • working horse & cattle ranch and California's premiere horse training and competition facility • airy, light-flooded barn and 2-bed, 2-bath dressing suite

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


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY



Ranch Indian Springs

Sylmar, CA

Fab Features: 40-acre ranch nestled in the LA National Forest • garden celebrations with rolling hills backdrop • grass-and-stone paver courtyard offers a sweet setting for outdoor receptions

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Reptacular Animals Ranch in the Forest

Sylmar, CA

Fab Features: ceremonies beneath a giant oak or in the sprawling field with mountain vistas • open-air celebrations in the meadow with panoramic mountain views • event enhancements include photo ops with animals and a petting zoo

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Upper Las Virgenes Ranch

Calabasas, CA

Fab Features: unspoiled 5,600-acre parkland landscape • exchange vows overlooking a sycamore-lined canyon • stunning receptions on the expansive lawn surrounded by majestic oaks and panoramic vistas

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


VENTURA COUNTY



McCormick Home Ranch

Camarillo, California

Fab Features: a white, wood-frame Colonial surrounded by picturesque grounds • ceremonies in the charming brick courtyard bordered by trees • al fresco celebrations on the front lawn beneath twinkling lights and Japanese lanterns

Catering: BYO
Price: $$


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