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20 Best Southern California Wedding Venues

Ultimate Planning Guide to the 20 Best Southern California Wedding Venues (with Prices)

Southern California is an iconic location renowned around the world for sunshine and a perfect climate. Thus, it is not surprising that this area has some of the premier wedding venues for any season. Here are some of my personal favorite Southern California wedding venues. 

1) Casino San Clemente

Rental fee: $2,600 – $8,200

Modeled after a Catalina Island dance hall, this Orange County property was frequented by celebrities throughout its history. You’ll find a variety of spaces to choose from including a Rock Garden and Grand Ballroom. The Patio of the Stars is a great place for hosting a cocktail hour. 

2) Inn of the Seventh Ray

Rental fee: Inquire for rates

Los Angeles’ “most romantic restaurant” can be the site for your romantic nuptials. From a small wedding at the Waterfall Patio or Creekside Patio to a mid-sized celebration at the Fountain Patio with a gazebo, hill, and waterfall, you’ll have a romantic, upscale experience at this location. 

3) Darlington House

Rental fee: $3,800 – $5,500
Deposit: 50%

San Diego’s Darlington House is one of my personal favorite Southern California wedding venues. You’ll find a customizable space with outdoor gardens, a courtyard, and beautiful charm. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported into the past with its traditional California design. 

4) Le Haute Desert Aerie

Rental fee: Submit contact form for quote

Set in the Mojave Desert, Le Haute Desert Aerie creates a cactus strewn oasis amidst the rocky terrain. Your guests will cherish the memories under stringed twinkling lights with a Bohemian style while your special night is lit by the stars of the Milky Way. 

5) The Harper

Packages: Starting at $9,500

If a micro-wedding is your goal, Orange County’s The Harper will provide you with a modern venue with a bright and airy feel. There are a number of packages available which include 7 hours of venue rental, buffet, chairs, décor, alcohol, and many other perks. 

6) The Lafayette Hotel

Rental fee: Submit RFP for custom quote

A boutique hotel in San Diego, the Lafayette Hotel provides a wealth of options for your special day. Exchange your vows in the conservatory with funky artistic touches or say “I do” on a balcony overlooking the Weissmuller Pool. Then journey to either the Louisiana or Mississippi Ballroom to dance the night away. 

 

7) Japanese Friendship Garden

Rental fee: $450 – $860 per hour
Deposit: $500 – $800 refundable

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a hidden gem tucked away in San Diego. With some of the most elegant gardens you’ve ever seen, you’ll be blown away. My personal favorite is Upper Garden for an outdoor wedding and reception including a bonsai garden, koi pond, and moon viewing deck. The Earth Bridge makes for epic pictures. 

8) Ole Hanson Beach Club

Rental fee: Inquire for rates

Set on the oceanfront in San Clemente, Ole Hanson Beach Club is one of the best waterfront Southern California wedding venues. Exchange vows on a beautiful lawn in front of a wooden arch with the Pacific Ocean in the background before retreating into the main room of this Spanish villa by the sea. 

9) The Ace Hotel

Rental fee: Submit contact form for info

If you are longing for a Palm Springs wedding, one of the most popular venues is the Ace Hotel. The staff here specializes in creating custom, stress-free experiences, allowing you to fully transform the space to fit your desires. 

10) Kimberly Crest House & Gardens

Rental fee: Inquire for rates

Located in the San Bernardino area, Kimberly Crest House & Gardens is an 1897 Victorian mansion that allows for a European style wedding with six acres of Italian gardens and features including waterfalls, curved staircases, and terraced gardens. 

11) Villa De Martini

Rental fee: Submit contact info for rates

Your Palm Springs wedding will make beautiful memories with this Southern California wedding venue. Vilal de Martini’s iconic pink façade pairs well with the lush gardens on this 14,000 square foot estate. 

12) Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens

Rental fee: $6,000 – $8,000

This Orange County location has it all featuring stunning ocean views, beautiful Spanish architecture, and a flowing layout. This is truly a place for a photo-worthy wedding. This is a very popular venue so be sure to book early to reserve your date. 

13) Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

Rental fee: Inquire for rates

Dream about saying “I do” in a historic venue that overlooks the Santa Barbara coast? Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm has plenty of room for a ceremony and reception. The greenhouse is a picture-perfect setting for an evening wedding while rental provides the opportunity for exchanging vows overlooking the ocean. 

14) Kestrel Park

Rental fee: Inquire for rates

A garden setting that is perfect for a fairytale wedding, Kestrel Park features a 19th century English style house with equestrian facilities. Words simply cannot do justice to the beauty of the landscaping. This place has limited dates to keep the gardens immaculate.  

15) Hotel Joaquin

Packages: $16,000 – $28,000

A posh little resort nestled above Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach, Hotel Joaquin is a stylish Southern California wedding venue. Focusing on small weddings and creating intimacy, this is truly a beautiful location. 

16) Venue 808

Rental fee: $4,500 – $7,000 

Venue 808 is an amazing location that can hold up to 1,000 people. Located in San Diego’s East Village, modern industrial architecture complements an elegant design with trees carefully planted to create intimate spaces within. 

17) Ethereal Gardens

Rental fee: Submit contact form for info

With over 40 acres of edible gardens surrounded by old growth orchards, Ethereal Gardens in a Southern California wedding venue like no other. Whether you select the Starry Night Meadow, Brick and Timber Chapel, or one of the other options, you will have beautiful memories. 

18) Los Willows Wedding Estate

Packages: Starting at $7,500

Los Willows in Fallbrook will simply take your breath away. This all-inclusive venue will provide elegance and customization. Do you dream of a romantic boat ride for guests? An exit with pyrotechnics? A S’mores cocktail hour? This and so much more is possible including great props and backgrounds for photos.

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