Recently engaged? Or just planning your dream wedding before officially getting the ring (Guilty as charged). If you are planning your wedding in Southern California but don’t even know where to begin, stay seated and read on we have got you covered. So, you’ve found that special someone in this big old world and one of you popped the question that’s something totally worth celebrating with loved ones. So, you know you either want to plan a wedding or an elopement but where to begin? I think the natural first step after getting engaged is deciding on your guest list. It can be really hard to decide who makes the cut and who doesn’t but it’s a necessary step before nailing down your venue which is way more fun to do than create the guest list. Southern California has a plethora of wedding venues to choose from. With the weather in Southern California pretty much hovering around that sunny and 75 constant paradise it’s a natural region for wedding venues to sprout up without worrying about seasonality. The good news here is you have a TON of options, the bad news here is you have a TON of options. We are constantly asked what our favorite Southern California wedding venues are because people just don’t even know where to begin looking. So here is our jump start guide to our favorite Southern California wedding venues, we’ve linked their websites and Instagram handles and listed them in no particular order. Happy wedding planning!
Looking specifically to get married in Temecula, CA? Check out our top Temecula Wedding Venues.
If you are looking for a wedding venue in downtown San Diego or the surrounding area then check out which San Diego wedding venues made our list.
A 40 acre estate of edible gardens, how cool is that? This is one of our FAVORITE places to photograph weddings, it’s the type of venue where we find something new around every corner and it seems we will never grow old of adventuring with our couples there. Oh and they have a rustic barn where you can have your ceremony or cocktail hour something we haven’t seen anywhere else!
Address: 8561 W Lilac Rd., Escondido, CA 92026
A historic garden estate sure to transport you back in time. Lush ivy, twinkling lights, cascading fountains and epic bridal and groom suites that will transport you to the Great Gatsby era of timeless elegance. Needless to say, we’re obsessed!
Address: 134 Woodland Pkwy, San Marcos, CA 92069
An old school house turned wedding venue this location packs major charm and character. The grounds and venue are so beautiful on their own you really don’t need to bring in too much outside décor but if you want to you totally can, we’ve seen it both ways and it’s always GORGEOUS!
Address: 236 Deer Springs Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
Rustic Country Charm and the most adorable ranch located right in Carlsbad, CA. Oh and did we mention peacocks?
Address: 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Lush green hedges and Spanish colonial flair make this San Juan Capistrano wedding venue one of our top Southern California wedding venues.
Address: 31815 Camino Capistrano #7, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Hidden away in the foothills this spot is a gorgeous zoological garden with multiple ceremony locations that are all equally as gorgeous. Choose from El Teatro, La Terraza and Grand Salon.
Address: 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, CA 92676
We tied the knot at the Grand Tradition Estate in 2015, so needless to say we kind of love it there. If you want to treat your guests to the California experience, maybe more like the Maui experience The Grand Tradition Estate is it! They have two locations, the Arbor Terrace which features lush tropical greens, huge cascading waterfalls and a beautiful tented reception space with a fireplace. They also have Beverly Mansion if you’re looking for a more traditional vibe with chandeliers a beautiful wooden staircase and stained-glass windows. The ceremony location for Beverly Mansion is in a gazebo on a heart shaped lake and you can be brought there by horse and carriage, straight out of a fairytale!
Address: 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Looking for love under the willows? Los Willows private event and wedding estate is a serene and tucked away wedding venue in Fallbrook allowing you and your guests to enjoy privacy at the lush estate. Enjoy views of the private lake and roll up to the beautiful ceremony site in a white horse and carriage!
Address: 530 Stewart Canyon Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028
Circle Oak Ranch offers all of the rustic charm and whimsy of feeling like you and your wedding guests are off to summer camp.
Address: 40402 De Luz Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028
Tropical waterfalls and thick foliage along with a ceremony site overlooking a lily pad pond, yes and yes! Paradise falls is a hidden gem. This Oceanside wedding venue is tucked away in the rolling hills and is a tropical oasis. Blending the tropical vibes with glamorous chandeliers this spot can be imagined elegant, glamorous or boho whatever suits your fancy!
Address: 190 Wilshire Rd. Oceanside, CA 92057
18th Century gates to enter the ceremony site and columns imported from Provence , France? YES PLEASE! Nature and history collide in the most beautiful and harmonious way at Vista Valley Country Club making this a must see spot for your wedding day.
Address: 29354 Vista Valley Dr. Vista, CA 92084
If you are looking for something different, trendy a bit edgy and you LOVE beer this is the spot! Plant walls, chevron multicolored wooden backdrops and all the delicious beer you and your guests can drink make this one of our FAVE brewery wedding venues!
Address: 2545 Progress St. Suite D Vista, CA 92081
Epic sunsets! We have never been to Cordiano and not seen an epic sunset. Also their in house wedding planner and stylist is amazing at throwing the fete of your dreams!
Address: 15732 Highland Valley Rd. Escondido, CA 92025
Cobblestone roads, a lake with fire lanterns and Tuscan charm Lake Oaks Meadows is one of our favorite Temecula wedding venues. The entire venue is beautiful during the day and then at night transforms into a twinkling paradise.
Address: 36101 Glen Oaks Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
If you want a winery wedding but you’re not here for the rustic vibe then Callaway Winery is the perfect Temecula winery wedding venue for you. More modern with stainless steel accents, gorgeous water features and a view this is a definite must see before deciding on a venue.
Address: 32720 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
Views, views, views! Malibu Rocky Oaks is a spot for anyone looking for sun drenched photos and expansive views. Absolutely breathtaking!
Address: 340 Kanan Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Located in the iconic city of La Jolla The Darlington House offers stunning architecture a beautiful patio beneath market lights and rose gardens to boot. All of that and the kind of charm that only comes with historic sites.
Address: 7441 Olivetas Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tropical meets historic at this elegant courtyard wedding venue. Serious classy timeless vibes from this stately wedding venue. The Ebell is a must see.
Address: 290 Cerritos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Gardens, glamour, almost castle like charm & an iconic zip code. Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills gives us all the Great Gatsby Vibes and is a head turner! This is a Southern California wedding venue that is sure to make you and your guests feel like you entered a royal fete.
Address: 905 Loma Vista Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
If you’re here for the glam, the luxury and the elegance this is the spot. The iconic rotunda will make anyone swoon.
Address: 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657
The Parker Palm Springs just reeks of cool. This spot is trendy and definitely has those “hipster vibes” on lock.
Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92264
We have oogled at photos of the iconic ACE sign for years now and just love the hip and trendy vibe this spot has to offer. If you’re wanting something a bit mid-century retro or totally desert boho this is the spot.
Address: 701 E Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92264
I have wanted to vacation here for an anniversary for years. Nagging the hubs to take me to this Moroccan looking oasis. Seeing weddings here makes my eyes big as saucers! Unlike some venues that look very similar, the Korakia is one of a kind Moroccan inspired diamond in the rough.
Address: 257 S Patencio Rd. Palm Springs, CA 92262
Bright splashes of color compliments of the bouganvillea’s on the property along with cacti and palms really makes this spot shine out of the many Palm Springs wedding venues.
Address: 412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Frank Sinatra’s original Palm Springs Estate, need we say more?
Address: 1145 E Via Colusa, Palm Springs, CA 92262
If you’ve seen our photography you know we love bright, punchy colors so naturally The Saguaro Palm Springs makes the list!
Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Address: 815 W Panorama Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Address: 2500 N Palm Canyon Dr. Suite B-5, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Transport yourself to Colorado in the middle of Southern California! Serendipity Garden is a scenic treat for you and your guests and is the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. This Southern California wedding venue is nestled in the mountains and covered in pine trees. Serendipity Gardens spans the hillside and has no shortage of beautiful spaces.
Address:12865 Oak Glen Rd. Oak Glen, CA 92399
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