Tucked between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean lies the chic palm-lined city of Santa Barbara. Known as the American Riviera, it boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year, has beautiful beaches and stacks of striking Spanish colonial architecture, and makes an ideal destination for your big day.
Luxury Wedding Hotels in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara has an abundance of accommodation which caters for weddings, from elegant three- and four-star inns with views of the ocean to luxury hotels with swanky spas and fine-dining restaurants.
For upscale wedding hotels in stylish Mediterranean-style villas, head to the upmarket suburb of Montecito, also home to the grand gated estates of the rich and famous. Or head a few miles east to Goleta for fashionable ocean-view hotels with full wedding facilities.
If you book a hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, you'll also have easy access to the iconic Mission Santa Barbara, a stunning pink-and-white 18th-century church built by Spanish missionaries. Many of the city's four- and five-star hotels offer spas, infinity pools and wedding catering, as well as essentials such as babysitting services and airport transfers.
Stay near Santa Barbara's Most Romantic Beaches
One of the best reasons to get married in Santa Barbara is its proximity to some of California's finest beaches. Book a hotel in the streets around downtown or Santa Barbara Zoo and you'll be a short hop from both East Beach and West Beach, as well as Stearns Wharf, the city's historic wooden pier-turned-entertainment and dining hub.
Or head 11 miles east to the sleepy surf town of Carpinteria, and have your wedding photos taken on the legendary Santa Clause Beach.
Wedding Hotels in Santa Barbara's Wine Country
For a different wedding experience, drive 30 miles northwest of downtown to the Santa Ynez Valley, also known as the Santa Barbara Wine Country thanks to its many excellent vineyards. A popular place for a quirky wedding is in the quaint town of Solvang, which has several hotels and a long Danish heritage with a Scandinavian appeal.