13 Magnificent Malibu Wedding Venues

Malibu is a California dream. Why not make it your dream wedding location?
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
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Taylor Carson
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
The Knot Contributor
  • Taylor writes wedding venue roundups for The Knot.
  • Taylor was formerly the Assistant Managing Editor at Philadelphia magazine, and she continues to freelance for Philadelphia’s lifestyle and wedding verticals.
  • She received her degree in journalism, with a minor in English, from Temple University.
Updated Jun 11, 2021

It's no secret that Malibu is a stunning, special place. (As Miley Cyrus put it, "The sky's more blue in Malibu.") The Southern California city spans 30 miles along the Pacific Ocean, and it's home to popular Los Angeles County beaches like Zuma Beach. But it's more than just a place for beach-going, celebrity-spotting and enjoying breathtaking views. It can also be the perfect backdrop for your wedding day, with many Malibu wedding venues to choose from.

If you've never been to Malibu, it may seem mythical—the type of place you want to get to because only good times will be had. What better excuse do you have for heading to this dreamy city than for your wedding? After all, wedding planning becomes a lot less daunting when you imagine spending your big day at a Malibu vineyard, next to the Pacific ocean, or in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Below, explore 13 wonderful Malibu wedding venues, from ocean-view event spaces to private estates to inland outdoor spaces.

Cielo Farms in Malibu, California

In 2019, WineEnthusiast ranked Cielo Farms one of the top 10 wineries in the U.S. for weddings. And we totally get it: Situated on 30 acres overlooking the Malibu Hills, this Tuscan-inspired estate and outdoor wedding venue will provide you with a truly beautiful wedding day backdrop. Cielo Farms can accommodate up to 200 guests and will assist you with other big day needs, including menu design, rentals, valet services, lighting and event design. Cielo Farms is so breathtaking that an aerial view of the facility looks like it could be a painting or a postcard. Seriously, it's that spectacular, which gives us the confidence to say the venue would make your special event unforgettable.

Rancho del Cielo in Malibu, California

When you think of Rancho del Cielo, think of it as "a ranch in the sky." The Malibu barn and farm venue has stellar views of the Pacific Ocean and California's beautiful gardens, mountains, rustic trails and more. Couples can utilize an uncovered outdoor space for everything from rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties to the big day itself. Let jasmine, lavender and rose gardens surround you as you say "I do" Rancho del Cielo style. Your wedding here comes with an event planner and other amenities, such as cleanup, getting ready rooms, lighting/sound, Wi-Fi and valet services. The venue also allows outside vendors.

Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, California

Triunfo Creek Vineyards is a private, family-owned estate in Agoura Hills. The site is idyllic—a French country farmhouse amid sycamore and oak trees on 55 acres of land, with the Santa Monica Mountains in the background. Your event here includes the rental location, with a capacity of up to 300 guests outdoors, from 10 a.m. on your wedding day until 10 a.m. the following day. (Music cuts off at 10 p.m.) You can work with outside vendors, and Triunfo Creek Vineyards provides a list of vendors for catering, rentals and beverages. Also included is a canopy with bistro lights.

Malibu West Beach Club in Malibu, California

Closer to the coast, Malibu West Beach Club is the spot for your Malibu beach wedding. Located between Zuma Beach and Broad Beach, the two-story event space has an elevated deck that you can use to exchange vows as Pacific Ocean waves crash behind you. Your reception will take place in a large mid-century modern room adorned with georgette chiffon and three crystal chandeliers. Despite being inside, you won't be missing out on those breathtaking views of the ocean because they are still visible via floor-to-ceiling windows. There is also an on-site bride's room for the entire wedding party to get ready in. There's nothing to dislike about this Malibu, CA, wedding venue.

Malibu Solstice Vineyards in Malibu, California

What's cool about Malibu Solstice Vineyards, a short drive from Los Angeles, is that the villa can be utilized for a weekend's worth of fun. The Malibu wedding venue itself has many vantage points from which to take in awe-inspiring mountain and ocean vistas. Luxury awaits if you choose to stay the weekend because of amenities like an outdoor jacuzzi, a patio, a fully-equipped kitchen—and many nearby trails for you to explore. Inside the villa, soaring windows bring in plenty of natural light. Your wedding ceremony and reception cap out at 200 guests, and up to 10 can stay overnight. For you, your spouse and a few friends, this means the fun doesn't have to end.

Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Disappear in nature at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch. In the Santa Monica Mountains, this woodland oasis occupies an astounding 130 acres of land. It's rustic, lush, enchanting and romantic, and that's evident from photos alone. Around since 1937, when it was founded by the Gerson family, the captivating countryside ranch has time and history on its side. Four distinct Calamigos Ranch locations can be the perfect backdrops for your big day: the Pavilion at North Point, the Birchwood Room, the Oak Room, and the Redwood Room. Because you have options, the venue can accommodate parties ranging from 75 to 500 attendees.

The Lodge at Malibou Lake in Agoura Hills, California

The Lodge at Malibou Lake has over 80 years of experience hosting spectacular weddings and events within the Santa Monica Mountains. At the historical lodge, find coverage under sycamore and oak trees, and look out at the private lake. An indoor reception in the ballroom can include up to 180 guests for a seated dinner. If you opt for the outdoors, host a reception on the Great Lawn with 280 friends and family members. Other highlights include the Front Porch and the Library Bar, both of which guests can mingle at for cocktail hour. Bonus: The Lodge is fully furnished with farmhouse tables, chairs, antiques and more.

Duke's Malibu in Malibu, California

Duke's Malibu honors surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, and the oceanfront retreat is also available to honor you and your spouse-to-be on your wedding day. Your special event at Duke's will include coastal-inspired cuisine, amazing ocean views and easy access to eye-catching locations for your first look or post-ceremony photos. Your wedding ceremony and reception will take place in the aptly named Ocean Room, built directly over the water so you can feel fully immersed in the breaking waves. Pricing starts at $500 for room rental fees on Monday through Thursday dates, $750 on Friday and Sunday dates, and $1,000 on Saturday dates. Additional charges may be added for ceremony fees and peak season weddings.

Malibu Sea View Estate in Malibu, California

Malibu Sea View Estate describes itself as a place "where the mountains meet the sea." It's yet another great Santa Monica Mountains location, and—fun fact—it's also used for photoshoots, music videos and TV and movie filming. The private home sits 250 feet above the Pacific Coast Highway, and it boasts a 440-foot-long flat grass lawn with unobstructed views of the ocean. Speakers are hidden in rocks throughout the property, so you won't have to worry about your guests missing out on the music. (Plus, there are no neighbors, so noise won't be an issue.) The biggest challenge at Sea View Estate may be getting your foot in the door, as the site notes that only limited dates are available by referral.

Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista in Malibu, California

The team at Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista wants you and your guests to feel like you've been transported to the South of France or Tuscany on your wedding day. The gated Tuscan estate is a standout because of the many amenities on the property, including a vineyard, a rose garden, private beach access, a dance pavilion, a giant chess set, a pergola, an outdoor kitchen, a pool and seven fountains. With room for 300, you and your squad can enjoy a remarkable day and evening at this private and prestigious Malibu wedding venue.

Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California

About a half hour from Malibu, the stately Sherwood Country Club is a top-tier choice for your nuptials. On the property, you'll find a historic Georgian-style clubhouse, scenic terraces, oak trees, a golf course, a grand ballroom that was remodeled in 2015 and more. Enjoy your ceremony on a canopied terrace as you delight in the Santa Monica Mountains in the distance. The grand ballroom reception space also has grand views, as well as a stunning chandelier and an overall air of sophistication. Alternatively, if an outdoor wedding is your dream, you can host your reception on the croquet court lawn.

Le' Sangreal in Malibu, California

In the rolling hills of the Malibu Wine Trail, Le' Sangreal is a secluded estate and vineyard perfect for weddings. The Southern California vistas are, of course, amazing. As is the on-site bridal villa, which boasts a pool, a fire pit and an outdoor bath. There are several mini-venues within this venue, including the Upper Plateau, the Cigar Patio and the Olio Garden. What else? Le' Sangreal offers on-premises accommodations for up to 14 individuals, valet parking for up to 100 vehicles, and a selection of trusted in-house vendors for all your needs—wedding planning, catering, florals, decor, photo and video, furniture rentals, entertainment and more.

Bel-Air Bay Club in Malibu, California

Rounding out our Malibu wedding venue list is the Bel-Air Bay Club, an exclusive Los Angeles wedding venue and private estate. The award-winning 1920s Mediterranean-style mansion is a vision: Exchange your vows in the garden in front of 275 guests, with the Pacific Ocean behind you, and then head to the living room and courtyard for your cocktail hour followed by your reception in the elegant dining room. The setting is like something out of a movie (or your imagination), but it's real and readily available to you. Bel-Air Bay Club also only hosts one event at a time, so on your big day, it will be all about you and your partner.

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