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Whether you’re looking to say “I do” in the heart of wine county, overlooking downtown San Francisco or amidst California redwoods, Northern California has something to offer you. The Northern part of The Golden State is full of wedding venue options. You may be familiar with some of the region’s populous areas, including the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area, but we also love some of the state’s hidden gems, including Benicia and Calistoga.
If you’re planning a rustic Northern California wedding, Park Winters may be your ideal venue. Located on farmland, this private country estate offers beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. With multiple event spaces, including a historic Victorian Inn and a renovated white barn, you will be able to host the rustic wedding of your dreams. Spend the night at the venue’s 1865 Victorian farm house, which operates as a quaint bed and breakfast. After spending the night on the dance floor in the venue’s renovated barn, you’ll be able to relax at the property’s pool and hot tub.
Nestled in the heart of wine country, the Mountain House Estate is the perfect place to host the Sonoma County wedding of your dreams. The private estate overlooks 40 acres of lush California rolling hills and gardens, making it the perfect backdrop for your special day. We love the Oak Tree Terrace for an outdoor ceremony. Surrounded by oak trees and classic California redwoods, this terrace includes an intimate ceremony space and an expansive reception area. You and your guests can sip on California wine at the venue’s redwood bar top. Plus, this venue allows food trucks. (Read: late-night snacks galore.)
The Golden State is famous for its stunning beaches. And while Los Angeles may get most of the attention for its picturesque waves, we think the cliffside beaches of Monterey deserve some attention. The Monterey Beach House is the perfect venue for couples looking to host their special day beachside. We love the opportunity to take beautiful photos gazing into the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Located less than an hour from Santa Cruz, this venue will make your big day feel like a luxurious getaway. Plus, the venue’s indoor space can accommodate up to 300 guests, so you can host the big beach wedding of your dreams.
If you’re looking for a venue with gorgeous views of San Francisco, consider the Exploratorium, a public learning laboratory. With multiple exhibits centered around science and art, you won’t have to stress about the decorations for this exquisite venue. The venue’s staff are available to conduct live demonstrations throughout your wedding celebration. (Read: bang-for-your-buck entertainment.) The venue offers multiple locations for your wedding ceremony and reception, including the Outdoor Galley, which has stunning views of the city skyline. Plus, you and your partner get a free Dual Explorers Membership for a year with the purchase of a wedding package.
You don’t have to travel internationally to exchange vows on the top of a beautiful mountain. Mammoth Mountain is a scenic spot for your Northern California wedding. Located less than an hour from Yosemite National Park, we love snowy winter weddings at this mountain resort. Pro-tip for ski-enthusiasts: You and your partner can elect to ski down the mountain after saying “I do” at the top. Whether you choose to host a winter or a summer wedding, this venue offers an array of reception spaces, including a cozy ski lodge-inspired space and an outdoor rooftop deck on the mountain’s summit. Plus, the venue has tons of outdoor activities for your guests to enjoy, from nordic skiing and snowshoeing to mountain biking and hiking.
If you’re a lover of wine and California’s Napa Valley, Hans Fahden Vineyards may be the perfect spot for your big day. Say “I do” at the venue’s beautiful outdoor ceremony space, nestled next to the Mayacamas Mountains. We also love the venue’s romantic (and chilled) wine caves for an intimate dinner reception, where you and your guests can sip on the venue’s delicious California wine. This venue is ideal for those hosting a smaller affair, as it can accommodate up to 110 guests. Pro tip: Take gorgeous sunset photos at the top of the venue’s vineyard. The venue offers the chance to ride ATVs to the top.
Whether you’re looking for a historical gem in the heart of downtown San Francisco or a wedding venue with over 30 different event rooms, The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square is the spot for you. You and your guests will have plenty of room to celebrate in the venue’s 10,000-square-foot ballroom with 16-foot ceilings. Decorated with opulent chandeliers and a stage, the ballroom can accommodate up to 980 guests. We also love the venue’s Mission Bay room as a ceremony space. The room’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of downtown San Francisco.
If you’re looking for a space that combines historic features with modern luxury, consider the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this venue offers stunning views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Say “I do” overlooking the bay on the lawn of the General’s Residence, the venue’s historic building. For those looking for more of an industrial vibe, the recently renovated Gallery 308 is a bright space with gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, you and your partner will be able to take beautiful waterfront wedding photos.
If you love animals and the outdoors, consider hosting your wedding day at the Sacramento Zoo. Located in picturesque William Land Park, this event venue offers a range of different ceremony sites. We love the Rare Feline Courtyard for an outdoor ceremony. Exchange vows next to the lions and jaguars in this canyon-like ceremony space. The venue’s reception area, Flamingo Lake Patio, is a gorgeous waterside spot for your wedding celebration. And it’s located right next to the zoo’s adorable pink flamingos. Plus, the venue offers the opportunity to add on private animal encounters to your wedding package.
Celebrate your nuptials at this historic 19th century Bay Area mansion. Designed to reflect an American Colonial estate with the style of Queen Victoria, Jefferson Street Mansion has a stunning veranda with wisteria, picturesque views of the bay and a beautiful manicured garden. The venue also offers a tented pavilion for an outdoor reception space. With multiple wedding package options to choose from, you and your partner will be able to design your big day to meet your specific needs. Plus, the venue is centrally located between Napa, San Francisco and Oakland.