12 Fall Wedding Venues in California for a Seasonal Soiree

Have your pick of vineyard views, historic sites and magical settings under vibrant fall foliage.
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Wendy Rose Gould
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Wendy Rose Gould
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  • Wendy Rose Gould is a freelance reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona.
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  • Wendy has a degree in editorial journalism and a second degree in philosophy.
Updated May 17, 2024

If you're currently exploring various types of wedding venues for your fall wedding in California, you're definitely in for a treat—and perhaps some tough decision-making as you narrow down your options. From enchanting vineyards nestled in rolling hills to whimsical gardens bursting with autumnal hues, fall wedding venues in California come in all shapes and sizes and are speckled throughout the Golden State.

A wow-worthy space is certainly a requirement when booking a wedding venue during fall in California, but you'll want to consider some other important details, too. For example, double-check that indoor spaces are equipped with heating so your guests can keep warm or arrange for outdoor heating options and ways to stay warm if outside.

Also, consider what sort of visual impact you're going for. If it's serious leaf peeping, then stick to fall wedding venues in Northern California where trees are aplenty. If a scenic beach is more your vibe, then fall wedding venues in Southern California will hit the mark.

Whether you're dreaming of a rustic California wedding or a glamorous affair in a historic mansion, these fall wedding venues will make for memorable celebrations.

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Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, California

Nestled in the beautiful wine country of Alexander Valley, Trentadue Winery offers a romantic and picturesque backdrop for your fall California wedding. The space features European-inspired architecture and breathtaking views of redwood trees, sprawling lawns, mountains and a vine-covered arbor. You'll have your choice of six reception sites, including outdoor spaces and indoor areas depending on your preferences. Note that only a few places across Sonoma and Napa allow for weddings, and Trentadue is one of them.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250

Castle Green in Pasadena, California

Have your heart set on a historic fall wedding venue in California? Built in 1898 and registered as a Historic Monument, Pasadena's Castle Green might make your heart swoon. This Golden State treasure offers a one-of-a-kind indoor-outdoor experience boasting turn-of-the-century glamor. Tucked inside you'll find the grand staircase, impressive lobby, vintage salon and ballroom. The lawns promise an unforgettable elegant setting for dinner and dancing.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

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Nowhere California in Joshua Tree, California

Those eyeing a desert wedding in California—like in iconic Joshua Tree—should plan to tie the knot after summer and before late spring since the temperatures can soar. Instead, opt for mid to late fall for perfect autumn weather. Nowhere California is situated on 15 acres of land, giving you and your guests lots of privacy and plenty of room to have a great time. The property itself is set up like a compound with two three-bedroom houses and three private suites, sleeping up to 40 people.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

Mission Springs Barn in Paso Robles, California

Yes, you can have a barn wedding in California! Located in beautiful Paso Robles on a massive 2,800-acre ranch, Mission Springs Barn offers an impeccably restored, 4,000-square-foot barn that overlooks a natural spring water creek. A fall wedding here promises a spectacular setting among pistachio trees and those picture-perfect rolling hills and vineyards California is known for. There's also a quaint bar built into a restored grain silo.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 300

Park Winters in Winters, California

For a fall wedding venue in Northern California, consider the beautiful Park Winters with its panoramic views of Blue Hills. Whether you've got an intimate elopement in mind or a grand shindig, this private country estate has everything you need for a five-star experience including winding gardens, several barns, a pool and hot tub and organic farm. On that note, the venue's bar and catering services give you access to award-winning chefs who wow with both seasonal buffets and plated menus.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 300

Venue 808 in San Diego, California

When you think of fall wedding venues in California, you don't necessarily need to head into the outdoors. An indoor location, like Venue 808 in San Diego, offers a cozy and welcoming reprieve from chilly weather for you and your guests. This modern industrial setting is easily outfitted with autumnal hues and decor, and their Social Tap Catering services will work with you to craft a custom menu that speaks to the season.

  • Guest Capacity: 300+

Spring Ranch Mendocino in Mendocino, California

You can have your beachy celebration in the autumn, too. Nestled along the rocky coast, the historic 20-acre Spring Ranch Mendocino offers a secluded and scenic space for your autumn nuptials. The Grand Victorian (originally built in the early 1800s), well-preserved barn shipped from Ontario and outdoor space with towering eucalyptus trees create a truly dazzling experience.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, California

The Mountain Terrace is a Northern California wedding venue among the majestic redwoods that promises a serene setting for both indoor and outdoor autumn nuptials. Couples can exchange vows in the grassy meadow with bay views overlooking the redwood grove, then mosey to the large redwood deck to celebrate. Or, for a more intimate gathering, the rustic country-style lodge provides an intimate indoor setting. The culinary team will craft a custom seasonal menu, too.

  • Guest Capacity: 300+

City View Penthouse at South Park Center in Los Angeles, California

Those looking for a fall wedding venue in California's center should add Los Angeles' City View Penthouse to their list. Located 30 floors high with floor-to-ceiling windows, it boasts incredible unobstructed views overlooking the city, making it a top-tier option for those who prefer to have their autumn wedding indoors. You can even take advantage of the building's helipad for spectacular photo opportunities before the festivities begin.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 400

Saratoga Springs in Saratoga, California

Family-owned and operated since the late 1800s, Saratoga Springs is considered the Bay Area's oldest continuously operating event facility. This elegant-meets-rustic fall wedding venue in California sits creekside within a redwood forest and promises a truly picturesque backdrop for your big day. From April through October, couples can celebrate amidst the fresh air and unforgettable beauty of the surroundings (with tents available as an easy backup plan). Each package also includes the use of a get-ready room, twinkle and bistro lights, redwood tables, a China package and a bonfire area.

  • Guest Capacity: 300+

Sacred Mountain Julian in Julian, California

For an ultra-romantic fall wedding venue in California that puts you outdoors, check out Sacred Mountain Julian. Located just outside of San Diego, the venue sits on 61 acres of lush and unspoiled earth, offering 360-degree views of autumn splendor. We love this option for destination weddings since it accommodates up to 32 guests overnight. Each package includes complimentary decor that you can customize according to your preferences and the season and the site also has a flexible vendor policy that allows you to further personalize your big day.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150

The Oaks at Duncan Lane in Pala, California

The Oaks at Duncan Lane is a newly built wedding venue in California situated on acres of serene countryside complete with towering oak trees. This secluded and peaceful site immerses you fully in nature, giving you and your guests a prime opportunity to soak up the autumn air. Couples seeking a simplified planning process will also appreciate the venue's all-inclusive package. It covers everything from champagne in the dressing suites to firepits turned on during cocktail hour to cake cutting, passed hors d'oeuvres, a venue coordinator, catering and beyond.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

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