21 of Southern California's Best Hidden Gem Wedding Venues

Searching for that one-of-a-kind Southern California wedding venue? From gorgeous beaches to dreamy desert landscapes to lush forests, you'll find no shortage of stunning locations to tie the knot. This destination-worthy region welcomes nearly perfect weather all year round and also includes some rare gems in places you wouldn't expect to find them, like a garden oasis in the middle of a bustling downtown or a lavish private estate just off the beaten path. Check out these surprising and unexpected locations that are often hiding in plain sight!


Elings Park

Santa Barbara, California

Location: on a hilltop above beautiful Santa Barbara

Fab Features: 230-acre nonprofit park and urban oasis with seasonal color and incredible city, mountain, and ocean views • expansive oceanview meadow and hillside amphitheater surrounded by trees • oak-shaded terrace for dining

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


The Fillmore on Central

Fillmore, CA

Location: an agricultural small town in the Heritage Valley

Fab Features: lovely former church reimagined as a stunning event venue • a white brick outdoor fireplace is the unique focal point for the landscaped garden courtyard ceremony site • The Sanctuary boasts rich wood finishes, vintage fixtures, open-beamed ceilings with hand-stenciled rafters, and a gorgeous stained glass rose window

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Newhall Mansion

Piru, CA

Location: in Heritage Valley, a mere 10 minutes from Valencia’s Magic Mountain

Fab Features: an enchanting Queen Anne-style historic mansion • dine under the stars in the tiled garden Courtyard • open-air celebrations on the lovely hedged lawn with a splashing fountain and panoramic mountain views

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


Mount Palomar Winery

Temecula, CA

Location: gracing the highest hill of Temecula’s famous Wine Trail

Fab Features: sprawling 300-acre property offers a completely separate hillside for weddings with an unobstructed panorama of Temecula Valley • they specialize in highlighting personal, cultural, and religious preferences with a wide array of menus options, expert chefs, and suggested vendors • dreamy al fresco reception plaza surrounded by blooming florals and herbs, fountains, and lawns

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Morgan Estate

Temecula, CA

Location: hilltop estate in Temecula Wine Country

Fab Features: Georgian country manor on 20 acres • the grounds boast a historically designed rose garden and a 3,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion • endless photo ops thanks to the vineyards, gardens, grand southern staircase, southern rocker clad porches, and more!

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$


Metate Ranch by Desert Adventures


Location: a private 800-acre off-the-grid reserve in the Coachella Valley
Fab Features
: unspoiled desertscape surrounded by mountains • unique celebration areas include the grotto with a fountain and fire table, an outdoor game arcade, a cozy amphitheater, and a ceremony stage • book a signature "red jeep tour" mini-adventure with your wedding party!

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

La Quinta Country Club

La Quinta, California

Location: at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the Coachella Valley

Fab Features: romantic ceremonies on the sweeping green fairways have up-close views of a stunning mountainscape • receptions are held in a unique open-sided pavilion that frames the desert panorama • affordable, all-inclusive catering packages

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


The Retreat by Wedgewood Weddings

Corona, California

Location: quiet hilltop above Temescal Valley

Fab Features: Sophisticated country club set on estate-like grounds, complete with a grand ballroom, a fountain courtyard and outdoor fireplace • a dramatic 80-foot aisle leads to a manicured ceremony lawn • Tuscan-inspired clubhouse boasts an adjacent terrace overlooking a garden landscape and the tree-studded hills just beyond

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Lakeside Mansion

Lake Elsinore, CA

Location: alongside the shore of sparkling Lake Elsinore
Fab Features: luxurious 1.5-acre estate • private beach, lawn, and terraces for a romantic lakefront ceremony and reception • on-site lodging for up to 50 guests, plus fun amenities like a fire pit, game room, dramatic stairway entry, and more!

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Pond Oaks

Mount Baldy, CA

Location: tucked on 3 picturesque acres on Mount Baldy

Fab Features: picturesque hideaway offering all-inclusive packages and unbelievable views • exchange vows with a mountain backdrop, either under a canopy of oaks or beside the sparkling pond • al fresco receptions under an airy tent or under the lounge areas' twinkling lights

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Hilltop Ranch and Inn

Apple Valley, California

Location: rustic retreat in the High Desert

Fab Features: adobe ranch set on 60 acres • sunset ceremonies with stunning panoramic views • accommodations for up to 350 guests

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

Lake Arrowhead, California

Location: nestled along the lakeshore in the richly forested San Bernardino Mountains.

Fab Features: full-service AAA Four Diamond Resort • exchange vows on the lovely lakeside lawn, flanked by towering pines • the Lakeview Terrace Room boasts warm tones, picture windows, and glass doors that open onto an al fresco terrace

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



Los Angeles, CA

Location: in the urban Art District of downtown LA

Fab Features: loft-style warehouse with large skylights and wooden bowstring-truss ceiling • exposed brick and unique, hand-made, gold ceramic tile walls • two oversized glass roll-up doors connect the Grand Hall to the lush courtyard garden

Catering: BYO
Price: $$


Descanso Gardens

La Canada Flintridge, California

Location: down a quiet, oak-lined residential street in La Canada Flintridge

Fab Features: private estate set on 150 acres • enchanting ceremonies on a broad, open lawn under wide-spreading coast live oaks • the grounds boast a serene Japanese garden, a 5-acre rose garden, the classic Boddy House, and craftsman-style Van de Kamp Hall for indoor receptions

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


Reptacular Animals Ranch in the Forest

Sylmar, CA

Location: sequestered in the Angeles National Forest

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

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


Rancho Las Luces

Palmdale, CA

Location: a secluded garden paradise in the outskirts of Palmdale

Fab Features: exchange vows beneath the iron gazebo or in the garden • romantic receptions surrounded by colorful flowers and large trees decorated with thousands of lights • event upgrades include a DJ, lighting packages, and a photo booth

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


The Maker's Son

Los Alamos, CA

Location: in the heart of charming, historic Los Alamos

Fab Features: former filling station transformed into a restaurant, bar, and rustic-chic indoor/outdoor event venue • garden courtyard and patio with oaks, lovely landscaping, a fire pit, and wood benches, plus an airy, open-beamed indoor banquet space • customized culinary creations prepared with local wine country ingredients

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


Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

Pismo Beach, CA

Location: set on an elegant clifftop overlooking the Bay

Fab Features: ocean view ceremonies on the Lido Patio • dance the night away inside the Pacific View tent with its 25-foot peaked ceiling, overhead lighting, and clear sidewalls that highlight the breathtaking views • intimate celebrations inside the cozy and serene Coastal Room

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


Villa Loriana

San Luis Obispo, CA

Location: in the hills just 5 minutes east of Pismo Beach

Fab Features: Italian-inspired private estate surrounded by lush landscaping • ceremonies on the manicured lawn accented by indigenous oaks, and stunning water features • grand receptions inside the 2-story, old-world villa with arched windows and a glamorous chandelier

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

CaliPaso Winery and Villa

Paso Robles, CA

Location: on a lovely hilltop just outside Paso Robles

Fab Features: Tuscan-style inn framed by hundreds of acres of lush vineyards • exchange vows in a dramatic courtyard framed by gorgeous circular staircases • elegant al fresco receptions on the tree-lined terrace or among the manicured gardens

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

The Piccolo

Paso Robles, CA

Location: overlooking Paso Robles wine country

Fab Features: charming boutique hotel with plush accommodations • warm, modern event spaces include a cozy library, wine cellar, and a romantic al fresco courtyard • covered bridge, formal gardens, airy patios, and sprawling vineyards

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

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