OUR FAVORITE GOLDEN STATE WEDDING SPOTS
Planning a CA destination wedding? As a San Francisco company, we’re super proud of our home state. With a broad range of climates, geographies, and gorgeous natural landscapes, California offers a little something for everyone. See our top picks for a California destination wedding.
Mendocino County: Rugged Coastal Forest
Located along the northern part of California’s coast, Mendocino county is known for it’s rugged cliffs and towering redwoods. Mendocino County is also home to the Anderson Valley, one of California’s well renowned regions. The city of Mendocino is popular wedding and getaway location, with many historic hotels and B&B’s, so you can look further afield for a truly unique wedding venue.
Palm Springs: Sun-Soaked Desert
Located in the Coachella Valley about two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is the spot for year-round sun. Once a playground for the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, the glitterati are once again flocking to Palm Springs for its quirky boutique hotels, mid-century modern architecture, and vibrant art scene. With winter temperatures in the 70’s, Palm Springs is a great choice if you want an outdoor wedding in the winter. Summer temperatures in Palm Springs can be high, so choose a venue with indoor or shaded spaces - or head up to the nearby San Jacinto Mountains.
Yosemite: Mountain Majesty
Yosemite National Park is one of California’s most recognized landscapes, and our go-to choice for a California mountain wedding. First protected in 1864, the park is full of historic venues sure to please a couple looking for a vintage or rustic feel. The park and surrounding areas have a number of lodging options from campgrounds to luxurious hotels for your ceremony, reception, and even guest lodging. Note that ceremonies in the park do require a special permit and may be subject to size limits.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Coastal Elegance
Carmel-by-the sea and the Monterey County showcase the beauty of the central California coast. Less rugged than the Northern coast, the area around Carmel is known for golf, art, and cool, sandy beaches.
Wine Country: Farm to Table Sophistication
Our final location is one we hold close to our hearts. Although wine is produced throughout California, Napa and Sonoma counties are nicknamed “Wine Country” for a reason. Both are home to numerous wineries that make lovely wedding venues, but don’t limit your search to wineries alone. With its location just one hour north of San Francisco, wine country is a great choice if you want your guests to be able to extend their trip into a mini-vacation.
For more wine country wedding inspiration, check out the weddings of our brides Priya, Katrina, and Chasa. Whether you want mountains, beaches, vineyards, or wilderness, the golden state has it all. We hope you'll join us here on the west coast for your dream wedding.