One of the best things about getting married is the where.
Santa Barbara wedding locations range from red-tile rooftops to sensational ocean views and dreamy vineyards. Besides the weather, deciding to get married in Santa Barbara is just easy, and a decision that provides both you and your guests with plenty to see and do, from wine tours to shopping trips, and more.
Here are eight beautiful places to consider for your wedding.
- Butterfly Beach
Found just across the road from The Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito, Butterfly Beach is a favorite with couples and guests. It’s a stunning location for a sunset or early ceremony.
Butterfly Beach is one of the few beaches that faces west along the Santa Barbara coastline, which means you can enjoy a spectacular sunset over the water as you say, “I do.” It’s also a great lookout point for dolphin watching later in the afternoon.
- Elings Park
If you’ve always dreamed of a wedding with stunning backdrops, consider Elings Park. From a rambling ocean view meadow to the hillside amphitheater enclosed in trees, this is an urban oasis complete with scenic spots for your special day.
Many couples choose to hold their ceremony in Godric’s Grove for the incredible view atop an elevated stone stage.
- Santa Ynez Valley
Located in the north of Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley is just 35 miles from the beaches and surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain ranges. Get wed amongst lovely vineyards and horseback riding trails before retiring to one of the many luxurious accommodations in the area.
- Belmond El Encanto
Nestled in the beautiful Santa Barbara hills in an area called Riviera, this wedding venue and hotel offers gorgeous bungalow rooms and sweeping views of the ocean. This venue is handy since it’s a hotel, which means you can use it to get ready, host your wedding and reception, and enjoy an after-party all in one place. What’s even better is that it doesn’t feel like a hotel. Rather, the cottage-type buildings and gorgeous greenery make it a dreamy location for any wedding.
- The Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Getting married in the open-air museum is a wonderful way to create a special and memorable day. The museum’s Adobe Courtyard, especially, is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and can accommodate small receptions. The wooden pergola, complete with trailing vines creates the ultimate romantic backdrop for your outdoor wedding. With a maximum capacity of 450 guests and a convenient location in downtown Santa Barbara, this is a venue well worth considering.
- Sunstone Vineyards and Winery
Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of wine country is home to Sunstone Vineyards, a romantic retreat that will leave you and your wedding guests feeling as though you’ve landed in the middle of the French countryside. The Tuscan-inspired courtyard is a dreamy ceremony location that overlooks the vineyard. Once you’ve said “I do,” you can head inside for an intimate reception, complete with awe-inspiring architectural details like the roof tiles that come from a lavender factory owned by Queen Victoria in the 19th century.
- Spreafico Farms
For a rustic chic wedding venue, consider Spreafico Farms located in San Luis Obispo. The venue can be found high on a hilltop that makes for panoramic views, ideal for your wedding photoshoot. There are five wedding areas here, including a spacious patio with bistro lights and a historical barn. The farm is a private estate and is home to a private cottage that’s ideal for an overnight stay or wedding preparation.
- La Arboleda
Located in the picturesque Santa Rita Hills, this wedding venue offers the perfect countryside escape without having to leave Santa Barbara. The estate is overflowing with expansive lawns, meandering paths, and lush gardens. You’ll even find acres of olive and walnut trees, just right for those sunset wedding shots. Ceremonies are held on the manicured lawns, while you can move to the rustic pavilion for a reception set amongst blooming vines for a truly dreamy day to remember.
Ready to Say I Do?
Planning a wedding is a big deal. The last thing you should worry about on your magical day is how to get around Santa Barbara. With a dedicated chauffeur, you can count on on-time transportation and shuttle transportation for your guests.
Whether you’re planning your wedding in Santa Barbara or even your bachelorette party, Silk Road Transportation offers professional and reliable private airport transportation and night out shuttles to take the stress out of your special occasion. Get in touch today to book your preferred method of transport.