A West Coast dream wedding awaits you in Santa Barbara, California where the weather is near perfect all year round and the palm trees sway in the ocean breeze. Located about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the city lies between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara is the perfect wedding destination with plenty of outdoor activities to explore as well. Famous for its Spanish-style architecture, downtown beaches, and beautiful weather, read below as to why Santa Barbara is the perfect wedding destination. 


Santa Barbara is one of our favorite destinations to film for its gorgeous ocean views and near-perfect weather. If you are looking for a coastal wedding venue with an ocean view, look no further than Dos Pueblos Ranch which is full of rich historical elements, and Ritz Carlton Bacara a venue that really encompasses the beauty that Santa Barbara offers. 

If a coastal wedding is not exactly what you’re looking for, we suggest the unique and breathtaking venues that are nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Think of gorgeous views, countryside ambiance, and lush gardens if you are looking at booking one of these next venues in Santa Barbara.. Kestrel Park will transport you to the English countryside with its stunning gardens, 19th-century architecture, and iconic Sycamore Allée (perfect for an alfresco reception). Another luxurious and highly private venue is San Ysidro Ranch. It is surrounded by 500 acres of gardens and mountain range and is a hot spot for many celebrities to visit. 

No matter where you choose to tie the knot in Santa Barbara, you really can’t go wrong. From the beach to the foothills, Santa Barbara venues are some of the top wedding venues in Southern California!


Santa Barbara is known for its near-perfect weather all year round. Whether you choose the summer, spring, fall or winter, you will most likely be graced with some sunshine and ocean breezes. We would describe Santa Barbara as having a warm-summer Mediterranean climate and it’s no surprise that it was ranked #1 in the United States in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report for its wonderful weather. 


From beach days to hiking, to wine tasting, there are endless opportunities to get out and have some fun in this coastal California city. If history and architecture is your thing, you don’t want to miss The Santa Barbara Mission and the Santa Barbara Courthouse which provides a sweeping view of the downtown area from its open-air tower. Home to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, this event draws over 50,000 attendees during what is usually Santa Barbara’s slow season in late January. The Downtown area of Santa Barbara is home to plenty of unique and beautiful shops along with some amazing restaurants with delectable menus you don’t want to miss. Overall, there are so many wonderful activities to enjoy and compliment your wedding day in this beautiful city, you really can’t go wrong! 

Regardless of what you envisioned for your big day, we guarantee you will find it in Santa Barbara. Of course, you will want to ensure your wedding day is captured on film, and Elysium Productions would love to be the videography team for you. Check out a few of our Southern California wedding videos HERE