13 Wedding Venues In Southern California That Will Take Your Breath Away

Your wedding photos will look straight out of a fairytale.
Kristine Fellizar
by Kristine Fellizar
Updated Jun 14, 2021

If you've been dreaming about the perfect place to hold your wedding ceremony, look no further than beautiful sunny Southern California. There's so much to love about SoCal from Santa Monica pier to the many golf courses of Palm Springs, to the family-friendly fun of Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood. But the fun touristy spots aren't the only things that make SoCal one of the best places to have a destination wedding.

Southern California is home to so many hidden gems. Whether you're looking for a quick, no-fuss, yet beautiful elopement destination like the Albertson Chapel in Los Angeles, or a historical site like the rustic Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, the Golden State really has something for everyone. Not to mention, the weather is nearly perfect all year round. Your wedding photos are guaranteed to be amazing. Check out The Knot to discover some of the best wedding venues to celebrate your big day. Wedding planning has never been easier. With that said, here are 13 of the most beautiful wedding venues in Southern California.

The Marquess in Murrieta, California

The Marquess, an Old World Garden Wedding Estate, is located just one hour north of San Diego, not too far from Temecula Wine Country. It's five acres full of romantic picturesque spots such as the hand-designed Italian Bridge or the Oaks and Gardens, which features 250-year-old oak tree frames and and an inlaid stone path. Instead of a typical banquet hall, the Marquess has a vintage greenhouse, which can be used for your rehearsal dinner or reception venue.

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California

A health spa may not be the wedding ceremony site you had in mind, but Cal-A-Vie Health Spa is worth a look. Located in Vista, CA, this wedding venue promises a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your wedding guests. Wedding planning can get really stressful, so Cal-A-Vie wants to take care of everything for you with its all-inclusive 3-day destination wedding experience. You and up to 120 guests will have private access to the resorts facilities, unlimited fitness classes and group activities of your choice, and daily spa treatments. Plus, you can choose to have the ceremony at the French chapel or the Parish House, which were both imported from France, the 5,000 square foot manicured lawn, or the windmill.

Camarillo Ranch in Camarillo, California

Camarillo Ranch in Ventura county is "where rustic charm meets Victorian elegance." This 19th century ranch is an important part of the community, and actually has a romantic history. The estate was a romantic gesture built by Adolfo Camarillo for his wife, Isabella. The event space can host up to 1,000 guests and has is used for weddings, retreats, private parties, and other social events. It offers destination-style wedding packages, and you have the choice between two outdoor wedding venues, as well as the Red Barn, which is a big banquet hall, and the Victorian mansion.

The Vineyards in Simi Valley, California

The Vineyards, located in Simi Valley, is considered to be a true hidden gem in Ventura County. This award-winning wedding venue has several indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, all of which, are unique and absolutely gorgeous. The Star View Room and Deck is set under a starlight ceiling, perfect for a nighttime ceremony or reception. The Sunset View room accommodates up for 100 guests, and has great views of the mountains. The Water Wall ceremony site is the largest of them all, and features cascading waterfall backdrops and cafe bistro lighting. Regardless of which event space you choose to use, your guests will remember your wedding day for years to come. That's just how special this venue is.

NOOR in Pasadena, California

If outdoor venues aren't your thing, NOOR in Pasadena may be the right spot for you. This family-run boutique venue is versatile and can accommodate both larger and smaller parties. The Sofia Ballroom, the largest space of them all, is an art nouveau inspired banquet hall that can fit up to 600 guests. If your dream wedding includes saying "I do" under the stars, NOOR even has an outdoor courtyard known as the NOOR Terrace. It's perfect for those looking for a more intimate setting.

La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach, California

No list of Southern California wedding venues would be complete without at least one beach venue. If you've always dreamed of having a beach wedding, La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach is where you want to be. Laguna Beach is the epitome of SoCal's cool and laid-back vibe. At La Casa del Camino, you can relax, enjoy the beach, explore the town, and then celebrate your love with your friends and family in a beautiful setting.The venue has eight reception and banquet spaces, and a one of a kind rooftop space with amazing views of the Pacific ocean.

Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista in Malibu, California

If you're looking for something luxurious, look no further than Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista in Malibu, CA. This private estate features amazing views of the ocean, a dance pavilion, a pool, a rose garden, a vineyard, a waterfall courtyard, seven fountains, and more. It's an award-winning venue that's meant to make guests feel as if they're on a European getaway. This Tuscan estate is very in demand and slots get filled fairly quick. If this is the venue for you, be sure to book your wedding date as soon as you can.

The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, California

The Loft on Pine was built in 1903 and is a unique "chic urban venue" located in downtown Long Beach. It's the type of indoor wedding venue that's perfect for those who appreciate historical buildings, interesting architecture, and vintage furniture. The old brick walls and vaulted barn-like ceilings make this a great setting for a themed wedding. Best part is, only one event is booked at a time. So whether you have 100 guests or 300, the space will be fully yours to use.

Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates, California

Classy, sophisticated, and elegant is what you'll get when you book a wedding at the Rolling Hills Country Club on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This private club features a number of distinct indoor and outdoor event spaces such as the Skyline Ballroom and the Atrium room. Best part is, you'll get an amazing panoramic view of the Los Angeles cityscape.

Bel-Air Bay Club in Malibu, California

Bel-Air Bay Club is considered to be one of the best wedding venues Los Angeles has to offer. This private Mediterranean-style mansion in Malibu overlooks the Southern California coastline, and offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces to exchange your vows. Just imagine yourself surrounded by palm trees saying "I do" as the sun sets in the background. What a way to start your marriage. The venue itself has a rich history. It was built in the 1920s as part of a project conceived by Alphonzo Bell, one of the primary developers of Los Angeles.

The Retreat in Corona, California

The Retreat by Wedgwood Weddings is a Tuscan-style private estate located in Riverside county. The venue sits in the hills above Corona, CA, and is private, gated, and aims to have a "prestigious clubhouse vibe." If you're looking to make the most out of The Retreat, be sure to book your wedding day for the springtime. That's when the world-famous California poppies bloom. The estate has an outdoor reception terrance you can use to get a good view of the wildflower valley.

Forever and Always Farm in Murrieta, California

If you're going to promise to love your partner forever and always, why not do so at the Forever and Always Farm in Murrieta, CA. This is considered to be one of the best wedding venues in the Inland Empire, and it's just as romantic as you'd hope it would be. The location of the ceremony is decorated with white roses, lavender, and star jasmine. The reception site is situated next to a three tier foundation surrounded by white peacocks, sheep, and alpacas. The farm even has a canopied outdoor garden room that can seat up to 150 guests. As a bonus, a 1957 Porsche Speedster Convertible is available for you to use in your getaway car photo.

Arrowhead Pine Rose Weddings in Lake Arrowhead, California

If you want to wow your guests with a wedding venue they've never seen before, you may want to consider Arrowhead Pine Rose Weddings located in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest. The venue provides couples with a "rustic natural forest wedding" experience, where you'll have your ceremony in a custom log and branch gazebo situated within a wooden amphitheater. You'll dance and celebrate with friends and family underneath the stars. The site even offers lodging for you and your guests at the Pine Rose Cabins for the night of the event. If you and your partner love nature, this is definitely worth looking into.

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