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Say "I Do!" to the Ultimate California Wedding and Honeymoon

April 16, 2019

No matter what backdrop you envision for your dream wedding and honeymoon, California delivers! From the snow-capped High Sierra mountains and coastal bluffs to dramatic desert landscapes and lush vineyards, no state offers such a sheer abundance of inspiring vistas.

Magical and Whimsical Weddings

  • Disneyland Park, Anaheim
    Thinking about getting married and want to ace your marriage proposal? Give your beloved a magical story she’ll share with your grandkids by proposing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with Minnie and Mickey at Disneyland Park.
  • Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
    Tie the knot with an air of mystery at Winchester Mystery House, a purportedly haunted Victorian mansion with lavish rooms and gardens.
  • Bodie Ghost Town, Mono County
    Those who say “I do” in Bodie Ghost Town might have some unexpected spectral guests! Enjoy spectacular mountain views while holding your ceremony in one of the state’s best-preserved Gold Rush towns.
  • Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles County
    For those who want to let their inner child play at their wedding, the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier is a great location, offering semi-private to private options.
  • Presidio of San Francisco
    This national park offers two hotels for nuptials and honeymoons. The Lodge and Inn at the Presidio offer idyllic trails, including the historic Lover’s Lane—once traveled by soldiers to visit their loved ones 150 years ago).
  • Traveling Dance Halls, Santa Clarita
    During the fall to spring season the “Cristal Palace”, one of the few remaining Belgian Spiegeltents—Dutch for “mirror tents” — returns to Santa Clarita. Built around 1900, Spiegeltents were used as traveling dance halls and make for a unique and spectacular wedding venue.
  • Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo
    Known for its whimsical, uniquely decorated rooms—including the Caveman, Love Nest and the classic Old Fashion Honeymoon—the inn also features couples’ massages at the spa, romantic dinners at the Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steakhouse and the infamous Pink Champagne cake from the bakery.

Five-Star Weddings

  • Pebble Beach Resorts, Monterey County
    At Casa Palmero, just steps from the spa, couples can savor the secluded Honeymoon Suite, which boasts a private dip pool, fireplace and oversized soaking tub and a personal coordinator of their stay.
  • The Montage Beverly Hills
    The luxurious resort offers nostalgic romance with venues reflecting the Beverly Hills’ glamour estates of the 1920s, including the Mediterranean inspired terrace overlooking the Beverly Canon Gardens.
  • Hotel Casa del Mar
    Hotel Casa del Mar offers an exclusive Mediterranean grand villa made famous as a playground for Old Hollywood A-Listers. Today, the glamour continues in the ballroom, featuring a two-story-high ceiling and a staircase for those who want to make a grand entrance with the Pacific Ocean keeping watch.

Adventurous Weddings

  • Skunk Train, Mendocino County
    Ride the Skunk Train to a secret spot deep in a cathedral of towering redwoods, enjoying an open-air railcar, full bar and wedding singer along the way.
  • Northstar California’s Zephyr Lodge. North Lake Tahoe
    Couples can tie the knot in mid-air as they ride a gondola to their celebration at Northstar California’s Zephyr Lodge, featuring awesome alpine views.
  • Mount Shasta, Siskiyou
    Get married just below the iconic 14,179-foot peak of Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou at Shasta Ski Park. Stick around after the celebrations to explore the 50 rivers, 270 lakes, lava caves and waterfalls in the area.
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
    The Maritime Museum offers the rare chance to wed aboard a historic ship, from the world's oldest sailing ship Star of India, to the 1898 Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley.

Wine Country Weddings

  • Elope at Kenwood Inn & Spa, Sonoma Valley
    The elopement package, designed for eight people, includes accommodations, a wedding coordinator to plan details, an officiant, photography, cake, sparkling wine and a couple’s massage.
  • Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley
    Wente Vineyards features a historic California mission-style event center, lawns nestled between vineyards, and the Cresta Blanca Room, boasting a 15-foot ceiling made from old wine barrels.
  • Malibu Wine Safaris, Conejo Valley
    Get married on a vineyard surrounded by exotic animals like zebras, lamas, giraffe and bison. Or propose on a safari ride, while you enjoy the scenery, taste wines and feed the animals.

Desert Golf Weddings

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
    Following your wedding, golf the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with ocean views and stay at this AAA Five Diamond resort, ranked as the #1 Hotel in the West by Sunset Magazine in 2018.
  • Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
    Get another great vantage point at this four-star hotel, just steps away from the Torrey Pines State Reserve and a three-minute walk from Torrey Pines Golf Course.
  • Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Coachella Valley
    This resort offers a desert oasis setting for your wedding with more than 100,000 square feet of space, ranging from ballrooms and verdant lawns to expansive patios and bubbling waterfalls.

Barn Weddings

  • The Ranch at Lake Sonoma, Geyserville
    Reciting vows in a rustic barn is all the rage in California these days, especially at this venue, which features 2,000 square feet of event space built from an 800-year-old redwood tree and an antique wagon for photo opportunities.
  • Stepladder Ranch, Cambria
    This ranch venue boasts rolling hills and ocean views as the backdrop for their epic tin barn. They offer an outdoor ceremony site with a live-oak canopy, as well as two beautiful homes to share with guests.
  • The Gentle Barn, Santa Clarita
    Couples who are animal lovers can exchange their marriage vows surrounded by residents of this lifetime farm animal sanctuary.
  • Kenwood Ranch of Sonoma, Kenwood
    The Kenwood Ranch of Sonoma features a 100-year-old restored barn with a built-in bar, extended veranda, and grounds are covered with Boston ivy and climbing red roses. 
  • Hurst Ranch, Jamestown
    Have an old-fashioned barn wedding at this beautiful historic ranch, the original home of the real Grizzly Adams and a film location for Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven.” This venue, featuring cattle, olive groves and a vineyard, also offers train rides around the pond.
  • De Turk Round Barn, Santa Rosa
    Built in 1891 as a stable for a prize-winning stallion, this stunning venue is one of only two “true round barns” in California. In recent years, the venue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was fully modernized.

Coastal Weddings

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
    Consistently ranked as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, the charming seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a perfect place to get married. Known for its inspirational architecture, the village transports visitors to a fairytale-like state of mind.
  • Huntington Beach
    If saying “I do” in the sand is your dream, tie the knot in Surf City USA. Huntington City Beach hosts small weddings, Huntington State Beach has reservable ramadas, and Bolsa Chica State Beach offers a variety of picnic areas and fire pits, with SeaLegs at the Beach available for sunset wedding receptions.
  • Timber Cove Resort, Jenner
    Perched atop a dramatic bluff along California’s Highway 1, where the redwoods meet the sea, Timber Cove offers endless rugged coastline views perfect for tying the knot.

For more ideas, go to www.visitcalifornia.com.

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