Just a short two-hour drive from Los Angeles, the picturesque beach town of Santa Barbara offers an abundance of wedding venues that are nothing short of spectacular. Here, five stunning locales that will bring your dream wedding to life.
With its lush gardens and rustic elegance, it's no wonder Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier chose to tie the knot at this romantic Santa Barbara hideaway — and why John and Jacqueline Kennedy enjoyed their newlywed bliss honeymooning here. Get hitched on the Upper Estate Lawn dotted with sycamore trees, which features awe-inspiring ocean views, or exchange vows in the lower gardens where the sweet scents of magnolia and orange blossom trees fill the air. For a more intimate affair, turn to the enchanting storybook Hydrangea cottage for a celebration to remember.
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This sun-drenched Mediterranean-style oceanfront resort boasts 78 acres of seaside luxury brimming with romance. Choose from one of the resort's three lushly landscaped lawns — each offering sparkling views of the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. If you crave a little more privacy, the enclosed Oval Lawn garden setting is for you. Whatever site you choose, follow the ceremony with a lavish reception inside the Bacara Ballroom.
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With its captivating Spanish architecture, verdant gardens, and prime seaside location, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has all of the swoon-worthy features required for a picturesque wedding. Say your vows in the Escala garden, which enchants with its winding spiral staircase and blooming bougainvillea. If your heart desires an ocean backdrop, go with the palm tree-filled Mariposa Garden. Then take the party inside one of the resort's various reception spaces.
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Once a private estate now owned by the University Club of Santa Barbara, this 1880-built magnificent mansion will make you fall head over heels in love. Its stunning Spanish Colonial Revival architecture enchants at every turn and the outdoor lawn is the perfect setting for a picture-perfect ceremony. You'll especially love the plush bridal suite adorned with dazzling mirrors and chandeliers. While your soon-to-be hubby will dig the billiards tables in the groom's suite.
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The posh Belmond El Encanto offers jaw-dropping settings for weddings of all sizes. The resort's magical wisteria-filled Arbor and Lily Pond spaces is a terrific choice for couples with their heart's set on a garden celebration. Large parities can unfold in the elegant Riviera ballroom replete with a covered heated patio and offering views of the gardens.
For more luxe locales to host your big day, head to our Santa Barbara Venues page!