Table Of Contents
- Why Choose a Southern California Wedding
- Bel Air Bay Club
- Beverly Hills Hotel
- Calamigos Ranch
- Malibu Rocky Oaks
- Saddlerock Ranch
- The California Club
- Hummingbird Nest Ranch
- Terranea Resort
- Hotel Bel Air
- Four Seasons Beverly Hills
- The Biltmore
- Rancho Valencia
- Monarch Beach Resort
- The Resort at Pelican Hill
- Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
- Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort
- Dos Pueblos Ranch
- Kestrel Park
- Ojai Valley Inn
- San Ysidro Ranch
- Parker Palm Springs
Why Choose One of the Top Wedding Venues in Southern California
From the incredible beaches to the notable vendors, the luxury accommodations, and more, there are many reasons why Southern California is a top wedding destination for so many couples. Your only difficult decision when planning your wedding day will be just where in Southern California you should tie the knot! Whether you are considering a coastal celebration in Santa Barbara, a grand reception under the dazzling lights of Beverly Hills, or a desert destination in Palm Springs, there are endless options for you on your special day.
Keep reading below for a look at our favorite top wedding venues in Southern California!
Built in 1927 and boasting beautiful Mediterranean architecture, the Bel Air Bay Club has long been a fixture along the coast-line of Los Angeles. The club originally served as a gathering place for leisure and social activities for families and members of Hollywood, and continues to be a go-to place to gather for the local community and a must sought-after venue for weddings and events. Unparalleled ocean views, privacy, a luxurious atmosphere, and an unforgettable celebration are just a few of the benefits you can expect when choosing Bel Air Bay Club for a local or destination Southern California wedding!
Lovingly known as the “Pink Palace”, the Beverly Hills Hotel has been an iconic Hollywood landmark for over a century. The famous blush facade and lush landscaping has been home to some of the most prestigious weddings and special events in Los Angeles and offers a timeless atmosphere for sophisticated and chic celebrations of all kinds. Between the beautiful Crystal Garden, Crystal Ballroom, and several other available event spaces, couples can make a piece of Hollywood history part of their never-ending love story. The luxurious hotel’s motto is that guests are “entitled to the best of everything”, and their attentive event staff will ensure you get the very best of everything on your wedding day and stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel!
Calamigos Ranch sits on over 130 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the heart of Malibu wine country in Southern California. The surrounding Santa Monica Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to this lush and rustic destination which is not only known for being an event space but is also a go-to destination for relaxation and wellness. Event spaces at Calamigos Ranch include the Birchwood Room for more intimate occasions, the Redwood Room which is shaded by a canopy of eucalyptus and redwood trees, the stunning Oak Room, and the Pavilion at North Point. At Calamigos Ranch, you’ll find the perfect combination of a rustic and whimsical ambiance, leaving you tons of opportunities to make your wedding decor your own!
This 37-acre award winning winery is also home to some of the most beautiful views in the Santa Monica Mountains. Malibu Rocky Oaks is just 30 minutes from Los Angeles, making it accessible to couples and guests, but its unique and stunning landscape takes you out of the city and into a breathtaking scene with 360-degree views of the surrounding hillsides and the Pacific Ocean. From ceremonies on the helipad to cocktails on the patio and dinner by the pool, Malibu Rocky Oaks will provide you a super luxurious and super private setting for a memorable Southern California wedding.
Dating back almost 300 years, Saddlerock Ranch is a historic property in the Santa Monica Mountains and is home to Malibu Family Wines, Malibu Wine Safari tour, several event spaces, and even a host of exotic animals. Stars like Lisa Kudrow, Kelsey Grammar, and many more have chosen Saddlerock Ranch as their wedding destination of choice. With its scenic rolling hills, ancient oaks, and beautifully manicured spaces, it’s no wonder this wedding venue is one of Southern California’s most popular choices! The Main Lawn, Oak Grove, Vineyard, and Hilltop venues are must-sees to add to the top of your list of considerations!
For more than a century, The California Club has been a premier social club in Downtown Los Angeles and has served as an intimate gathering place for important milestones, intimate events, and longstanding gatherings. With 22 distinct dining rooms and over 30,000 square feet of available event space, The California Club can accommodate both intimate celebrations or grand gatherings for up to 400 guests. Award-winning cuisine, personalized service, and a timeless atmosphere are just a few of the benefits you can expect when choosing The California Club!
Spanish-style architecture and breathtaking outdoor spaces are just a few of the highlights of Hummingbird Nest Ranch, a wedding and event venue nestled in the Santa Susana Mountains just thirty minutes outside of Los Angeles. This Southern California venue is considered one of Simi Valley’s best-kept secrets and could be an incredible option for a stunning outdoor wedding! Choose a large tented reception on the Grand Prix lawn or a rustic ceremony at the 1920’s ranch house known as Sitting Bull. Gazebos, winding pathways, native plants, and a tranquil lake are some of the additional and special features Hummingbird Nest Ranch has to offer.
At Terranea Resort, brides and grooms can say “I do” just inches from the Pacific Ocean. This luxurious seaside resort off the coast of Southern California offers beautiful event spaces as well as bungalows, suites, high-end dining, pools, and more, making it an ideal location for destination weddings as guests can stay and enjoy the beautiful accommodations of the resort. Whether you choose a beachside ceremony or a reception in one of Terranea’s exquisite ballrooms, the exceptional team at Terranea will make sure every detail of your wedding day is picture perfect!
Hotel Bel Air has been a fixture of the Hollywood hotel scene since 1946 and continues to be a leading destination and sanctuary for relaxation just outside the hustle and bustle of the city. This 5-star luxury hotel is located on 12 acres of land among the wooded hills of Bel-Air, making it feel both private and exclusive. The legendary Hotel Bel Air has three main event locations onsite. Swan Lake is known for its soft tranquility and romantic atmosphere. The Garden Ballroom is one of LA’s most sought-after wedding venue destinations. And lastly, the Front Lawn offers an idyllic scene for ceremonies and receptions of all sizes, offering your guests an unforgettable experience.
With resort-style pools, award-winning cuisine, a top-rated spa, and luxurious accommodations, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills is a top contender in the relaxation scene in Los Angeles and is also a top wedding venue destination! The Four Seasons Beverly Hills has more than a dozen venue locations within the property, making all wedding day dreams possible whether that means an open-air reception overlooking the lights of Los Angeles or an intimate reception in the beautiful green gardens. Towering palm trees and the glowing sun make the Four Seasons Beverly Hills the quintessential Southern California wedding destination and its expert hospitality staff will ensure your day goes off without a hitch!
Built in 1923, The Biltmore embodies the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood and continues to be a premier destination within Los Angeles. The Biltmore has been a venue of choice for many years for weddings and events and has served as the backdrop for many Hollywood productions. In 1927, the Biltmore’s Crystal Ballroom became known as the “birthplace of the Oscars” when the original sketch for the Oscar statuette was first sketched on a Biltmore napkin during a banquet. Couples can make their own history at The Biltmore when choosing one of their stunning event spaces for their wedding, which include the Crystal Ballroom and the Gold Room. Both regal and glamorous, and perfect for a timeless love story!
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is a premier hotel in San Diego with a Spanish-Hacienda-inspired look. This award-winning resort is not just known for its impeccable hospitality, it’s also a much sought-after wedding venue in sunny Southern California! The lush oasis of the resort provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding day and the Mediterranean climate of San Diego makes this resort a remarkable venue for any time of the year. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate elopement or an extravagant reception for hundreds, the dedicated staff will ensure that your wedding day will be nothing short of exceptional.
Incredible ocean views, luxurious suites, and a spectacular range of leisure activities make Monarch Beach Resort a top wedding destination in Orange County. Spanning 175 acres of beachfront property in Southern California, Monarch Beach Resort offers both grand and intimate event spaces, including the Pacific Lawn and Ballroom which can accommodate up to a stunning 700 guests, or the Botanical Garden which is more ideal for up to 100 guests. Whether your event is large scale or more intimate, it’s sure to be amazing if it’s at Monarch Beach Resort!
Covering 500 acres of Newport Beach coastline, The Resort at Pelican Hill is an iconic Orange County resort and wedding venue with incredible accommodations and stunning event spaces. Most notably, the Italian Rotunda on the lawn has come to be a fixture in the wedding and event world as many couples have said “I do” beneath its shadow. Dressed up or left alone, the Rotunda is stunning and a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony which can be followed by an al-fresco reception beneath the stars, or take the celebration indoors to the glistening ballroom. The wedding concierge team at Pelican Hill takes care of all the details and makes your experience truly one of a kind!
With easy access to the beach, incredible views, and amazing hospitality, it’s no wonder that both California natives and couples planning destination weddings choose The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel as their wedding venue of choice! Overlooking the Pacific Ocean up high on a bluff, the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel is a stunning combination of an elegant atmosphere and modern design and pays homage to the spirit of the relaxed beach community it resides within. The Bluff is arguably one of the most beautiful event spaces at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel with panoramic views of the shoreline and a perfectly manicured lawn. The Dana Lawn and Ritz Carlton Ballroom are equally beautiful spaces and are fully equipped to be transformed into the wedding day of your dreams!
If relaxed California vibes with a touch of elegance are your thing, look no further than the Ritz Carlton Bacara in sunny Santa Barbara, California! In true coastal fashion, this resort offers both beachside ceremonies and ballroom receptions. Breathtaking views of the ocean can be seen from The Bluff, a stunning outdoor space at Bacara that can accommodate up to 300 guests. After saying “I do” outdoors among Bacara’s immaculate landscaping, newlyweds and their guests can head indoors to one of two indoor reception venue spaces where the celebration can continue. With tons to do in the surrounding Santa Barbara area and also on the Ritz-Carlton Bacara property, this luxurious resort is one of the top destinations in Southern California for a local or destination wedding location.
Dos Pueblos Ranch is considered one of the top luxury wedding venues in Southern California, but it’s not just a beautiful location and place to get wed. The property dates back to 1542 when explorer Juan Cabrillo first discovered the location and dubbed it Los Dos Pueblos, or “two villages”, for the two native tribes that inhabited the bluffs on either side of the canyon. Over the years, the expansive property has been home to one of the world’s largest orchid farms and is still a working farm to this day! With over 200 acres of coastline, you can imagine that the possibilities are endless at Dos Pueblos Ranch! The property offers both a private beach and Bluff location, as well as the property’s 100-year-old barn which is located next to a sycamore grove and the historic Casa Grande Estate garden and lawn. No matter the location selected on the property, it’s sure to be magical and memorable!
Offering privacy and tranquility, Kestrel Park is located within the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara but will transport you and your guests to the English countryside! The 100 acres of scenic land at Kestrel Park include breathtaking gardens, stables, and an English country-style house. One of the great benefits of Kestrel Park is that the property limits the number of events booked each year, ensuring you have the property to yourself the weekend of your wedding. Kestrel Park’s Dovecote and 17th-century style barn have an unparalleled level of character and charm to provide while the Ceremony and Reception Lawn offer wide-open greenery and stunning mountain views. The property’s gardens featuring fruit trees, a vegetable garden, roses, lavender, and more, are a lovely space for guests to explore during cocktail hour. The Sycamore Allée sets a breathtaking scene for a reception at long banquet-style tables, alfresco style!
Just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles is Ojai Valley Inn, a premier destination for leisure and relaxed Southern California celebrations! The surrounding Topa Topa Mountains and the Ojai Valley make this venue ideal for those hoping for scenic surroundings. Ojai Valley Inn offers multiple locations within the property for weddings, allowing couples to choose the right vibe for their envisioned wedding day. The Hacienda Courtyard and Artist Cottage Lawn offer mountain views, while the Farmhouse Lawn is a perfect blend of rustic charm and luxurious elegance. Five different reception spaces offer the best of what Ojai Valley Inn has to offer. If you plan on celebrating your wedding at Ojai Valley Inn as well, their team of wedding specialists will help you customize your dream day along with pre and post-wedding activities such as treatments at Spa Ojai, golfing, workout classes, art lessons, horseback riding, and more. Its versatility is one of the many reasons Ojai Valley Inn is a one of the top wedding venues in Southern California.
Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. This Santa Barbara hideaway is known for its blend of natural beauty, classic luxury, and romantic heritage. For the celebration, the magical Hydrangea Cottage is great for cocktail hour or intimate reception, with French doors opening up to a private stone patio for entertaining outdoors. The stucco walls and original artwork in the Wine Cellar are perfect for small gatherings, with a canopy of trees shading the wood-burning fireplace on the patio. The exquisite appeal of the Old Adobe features charming décor as it is the oldest structure on the property, providing a remarkable location for vintage photos. San Ysidro Ranch is absolutely breathtaking inside and out, offering quaint yet luxurious scenery for a special celebration.
Only four minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport, the Parker Palm Springs offers ultra-cool style, and the ultimate Palm Springs experience! This resort is a top destination location for both travelers and couples seeking unique decor and understated opulence in a wedding venue. It’s also home to the newly renovated Palm Springs Yacht Club which has been ranked one of the top 10 spas by Conde Nast Traveler. This desert resort is available for full buyouts, including rooms, restaurants, and the Palm Springs Yacht Club, meaning you and your guests can enjoy the 14 acres of the property on your own.
No matter where you choose to say I Do in Southern California, your wedding day is sure to be incredible. It’s always an amazing opportunity to work at any of these top Southern California wedding venues. Contact Elysium Productions today to see how we can help you capture every magical moment of your wedding in a film you will treasure for years to come.