Wedding Planning: My Top 10 California Venues

I want to blog about my wedding process in case it helps anyone else out there also planning a wedding. My first post is on venues!

We knew that we wanted a wedding in California, but didn't have a big preference where. We just wanted a venue that felt right for us. I scoured through various wedding blogs, Instagram accounts and hashtags, Pinterest, and good ol' Google. I came up with a list of 24 venues and slowly narrowed it down.  I ended up not liking some of the ones I initially added, or Grant didn't like them, or it was just way too expensive. We had one that we both really liked so we decided to take a mini road trip down to check out. 

When we got back from the road trip, we did one more sweep through all of the venues we had in our Airtable and in the end were able to narrow it down to two venues. It was really hard to choose one cause we really loved both. But we committed and choose one! We will be getting married at Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm in Goleta, CA next June! ๐Ÿ™€

Here were my top 10 favorite venues though, which was also hard to narrow down. There are just so many lovely wedding venues in California. 

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Southern CA

The Fig House - Los Angeles

Capacity: 200

Love all the colorful decor and furniture that is already part of the venue. You wouldn't have to do much to have a beautiful wedding here.

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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Millwick - Los Angeles

Capacity: 175

Also has beautiful decor and lots of greenery to give you that nature feel in the city. Dogs are allowed for the ceremony but not the reception.

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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The O'Donnell House - Palm Springs

The O'Donnell House - Palm Springs

Capacity: 125

Loved the backdrop of beautiful flowers for the ceremony and the views of the desert for the reception. Unfortunately they don't allow Boba or kids, so that didn't work for us.

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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Ace Hotel - Palm Springs

Capacity: 160

This is my favorite Ace that I have been to. I love the vibe of it and the date shakes! Lots of cool photo opportunities and pool parties to be had here. 

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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La Chureya - - Palm Springs

Capacity: 75

Loved this location after I saw Studio DIY's wedding. Loved how they put balloons in the pool above. Unfortunately the venue no longer allows dogs.

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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Frederick Loewe Estate - Palm Springs

Loved the sleek, mid-century modern look to this house, but still full of greenery. I'm also a sucker for bougainvilleas.

Capacity: 180

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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Central CA

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm - Goleta

Capacity: 300

This is the venue we chose for our wedding! We loved that you can have a ceremony overlooking the ocean like our engagement, a cocktail hour in an open conservatory, and then a reception in an empty greenhouse. And they allow Boba and kids. It's not in the most central location but it's close to Santa Barbara and there's a nice Kimpton in Goleta.

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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McCormick Home Ranch - Camarillo

Capacity: 250

Loved this venue once I saw the beautiful photos from Mary Costa's wedding

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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Northern CA

Sand Rock Farm - Aptos

Capcity: 140

Loved the big redwood trees and this beautiful barrel room is really enchanting. 

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3

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Headlands Center of the Arts - Marin

Capacity: 150

A beautiful spot that we heard had excellent catering. Unfortunately the event space is on the second floor with no elevator. 

Real weddings: 1 / 2 / 3 

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