Southern California Wedding Venues You Should Know About

Looking for a Southern California wedding venue for your special day? Check out our list of the best options for venues and the easiest way to find them.

By The Zola Team

Southern California Wedding Venues You Should Know About
Photo by Onelove Photography

The First Look ✨

  • From deserts to greenhouses, we’re showing you 9 Southern California wedding venues you should know about.
  • We’re paying close attention to details such as location, capacity, and style of venue to help you make the big decision for your big day.
  • After taking your time to compare and contrast this handful of amazing venues, you can visit Zola to refine your search, update your preferences, and discover the venue that’s been waiting for you all along.

Whether you’re looking for a desert bungalow for your California nuptials or a flora-filled locale to say I do, there are a plethora of Southern California wedding venues to choose from. When looking for the right California wedding venue, it’s important to weigh your options, determine your needs, and imagine how the California wedding venue will lend itself to your wedding themes.

Most importantly, you need to know your options.

If you’re looking for the ultimate guide when it comes to Southern California wedding venues, you’ve come to the right place. From golf courses to splendid vistas, we’ve put together a list of every SoCal venue you need to know about.

Southern California Wedding Venues You Should Know About

The Stonehurst

THE STONEHURST Photo from The Stonehurst's Zola listing

Set across nine acres of Southern California’s most picture-perfect hills, The Stonehurst is a wedding venue with charm and versatility for a sun-set ceremony or a radiant reception.

Only a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, The Stonehurst has the feel of a chic and rustic oasis, curated and designed just for you. Plus, with plenty of options for personalization, you can ensure that every last detail fits the mold for wedding designs.

Choose between a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces including:

  • Greenhouse: Looking to get botanical when it comes to your nuptials? With 4,000 square feet of windows, exposed brick, skylights, and seating for 200 people, your entire wedding party can admire the property from the comfort of the Greenhouse.

  • Barn: Perfect for a rustic cocktail hour, a farewell brunch, or the ceremony itself, the barn offers its distinct appeal. With unique chandeliers and an open floor plan, the possibilities are nearly endless if you’re looking for a bit of homespun glamour for your big day.

  • Bamboo Garden: An invigorating and hidden garden, this locale is perfect for connecting with your inner zen. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to celebrate your love, look no further than the bamboo garden.

The versatility of The Stonehurst can’t be matched. No matter what kind of ceremony you’re imagining, this location can bring it to life.

The Greenhouse PNOC

The Greenhouse PNOC Photo from The Greenhouse PNOC's Zola listing

With an eco-friendly and sustainable business model, as well as a passion for bringing out each couple’s unique personalities, The Greenhouse PNOC has helped bring wedding dreams to life since 2019.

You can explore unique spaces, such as:

  • The Altar: Country-chic vibes abound at The Altar. You can celebrate your love in front of a gorgeous antique farmhouse, among the pepper trees, under glimmering cafe lighting.

  • The Greenhouse: This 4,000 square foot, repurposed greenhouse is a great locale for dinner and dancing. Celebrate under the sunset and among the live plants, while the beautiful chandelier glimmers just above you.

  • The Farmhouse: An ideal ready-room. Prepare for your vows and relax in the lounge. It’s a calm and cozy atmosphere to get ready for your big day.

  • The Pump House: A decidedly different preparation room. With a bar, couches, and a TV, you’ll have the opportunity to loosen up and look forward to the reception.

There are few wedding venues in all of Southern California that can boast the thoughtful and personal touch that The Greenhouse PNOC bestows on each and every wedding they host.

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Inn of the Seventh Ray Photo from Inn of the Seventh Ray's Zola listing

A creekside venue boasting a majestic waterfall and gorgeous sycamore trees, the Inn of the Seventh Ray could be the ideal wedding venue for the couple looking to bring even more magic and romance to their special day.

The Inn of the Seventh Ray offers amazing amenities, such as:

  • Garden fresh menu: Enjoy the best of Topanga cooking with a seasonal menu with organic ingredients sourced locally. If you’re looking to elevate your culinary options, there’s no better way to craft a memorable meal for your guests.

  • The Fountain Patio: With room for 130 guests, the Fountain Patio offers a gazebo and a picturesque hill for you and your guests to admire.

  • The Garden Room: Adjacent to the Fountain Patio, 50 guests can sit near the fireplace and cozy up in this lovely space.

  • The Waterfall Patio: Surrounded by oaks, pines, and sycamores, The Waterfall Patio can accommodate 45 guests for an evening of intimate charms, or it can act as the background for your most memorable moments.

At the Inn of the Seventh Ray, you can look forward to working with a capable and professional wedding venue staff that are committed to making every aspect of your wedding run smoothly and stress-free.

Coyote Hills Golf Course

Coyote Hills Golf Course Photo from Coyote Hills Golf Course's Zola listing

An Orange County institution, Coyote Hills Golf Course offers a luxury wedding experience that can range from romantic to classic.

With a team of wedding planning professionals, Coyote Hills offers customizable options and reception packages to make all of your wedding dreams a reality.

The venue boasts amazing locations on the property, including:

  • Vista Falls: A 3,000 square foot banquet hall with floor-to-ceiling windows and a delightful atmosphere.

  • Ceremony site: Wooden beams, wisteria vines, and a sparkling waterfall make for an amazing setting for exchanging your vows.

At the Coyote Hills Golf Course, you can look forward to service options ranging from lighting and sound to private dressing rooms. Consider Coyote Hills if you’re looking for a venue that exceeds expectations when it comes to romance and elegance.

Flora

Flora Photo from Flora's Zola listing

A tranquil and modern venue, Flora’s roots date back to the construction of the building in 1922. As you walk up the plant-lined bath leading to a floral entryway, prepare yourself for wainscot walls and plenty of plants.

Flora is best known for its amenities, such as:

  • Ambient lighting
  • Top-of-the-line sound system
  • Lofted ceilings
  • Skylights
  • Moveable partitions

With package offers from beverage and bar to event coordination and design, Flora can make wedding planning simple and successful.

LA River Studios

LA River Studios Photo from LA River Studios's Zola listing

Based in a vintage building, dating back to 1931, LA River Studios encompasses industrial tastes and modern design in one eye-catching venue.

At over 15,000 square feet, this venue offers options for:

  • Greenroom suites
  • Back bars
  • Satellite bars
  • Cocktail tables
  • In-house lighting

Despite its sheer size, LA River Studios retains an intimate atmosphere. You and your guests can find privacy, comfort, and a little bit of spectacle at this amazing Los Angeles venue.

Le Haute Desert Aerie

Le Haute Desert Aerie Photo from Le Haute Desert Aerie's Zola listing

Embrace the desert’s beauty at Le Haute Desert Aerie. Across 40 acres of Southern Californian wilderness, located near Joshua Tree, this venue offers a view of the Mojave that will take your breath away.

Plan your wedding at Le Haute and experience a unique ceremony with amenities such as:

  • The Main House: With Moroccan, Tibetan, and Indian-inspired architectures, this building offers an earthy and artistic place to gather you and your loved ones for a worldly celebration.

  • Safari tents: For the outdoorsy couple looking to begin the marriage with a sense of adventure, these safari tents offer old-world charms while retaining their comfort. With reclaimed furniture and textiles, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a whole new world.

  • Airstreams: For another style of camping, you can enjoy the modern luxury of an airstream, with room for cooking as well as a bar and fireplace. Spend some time outside in the open desert and then return to the air-conditioned comfort of your airstream.

For a taste of the pristine desert life, Le Haute Desert Aerie offers everything and more. Prepare to welcome your guests to a venue with all the awe and spectacle of a life-changing adventure.

Millwick

Millwick Photo from Millwick's Zola listing

A private “super-loft” in the heart of Los Angeles, Millwick has repurposed itself from an industrial space to a venue designed to bring the best out of your big day. Formerly a warehouse, the space has retained just enough of its original look to charm anyone looking for a modern and unique venue with some serious history.

Millwick offers two distinctive settings for your ceremony, including:

  • Courtyard Garden: The outdoor portion of Millwick is a soothing courtyard, complete with trees, gardens, and exposed brick. It’s a hidden respite in urban Los Angeles that few can imagine without seeing it first hand.

  • Grand Hall: Your indoor festivities will look truly glamorous under the skylights, truss ceilings, and golden lighting of the Grand Hall. With room for 175 guests, it makes a wonderful spot for an immaculate dinner and dancing.

Millwick is set in the bustling Art District, near dozens of amazing restaurants for your wedding party to explore the day of the wedding or your entire wedding weekend.

Ethereal Gardens

Ethereal Gardens Photo from Ethereal Gardens's Zola listing

Located in Escondido, Ethereal Gardens is a totally “out of the box” venue. That means that between its beautiful gardens, set amongst orchards and farms, you can invite your guests to a once-in-a-lifetime locale to share in your love.

Enjoy the Ethereal Open Air Pavilion, a lush and pastoral area ideal for your wedding ceremony or reception.

The Pavilion is known for features such as:

  • Lush greenery
  • An herb garden
  • Peaked canopy

For an outdoor celebration with unmatched ambiance, the Ethereal Gardens has more than you could imagine in a convenient Southern California venue.

Find Your Venue Even Easier at Zola

It’s no surprise that any area as dense and diverse as Southern California is absolutely jam-packed with amazing wedding venues with a variety of unique offerings. Therein lies the only problem—too many good choices.

While there are certainly worse problems to have when it comes to planning a wedding, a plethora of venues can make the decision process slower and more stressful than it should be. At least that’s what we think, at Zola.

Not only have we developed an unmatched list of the best wedding venues that Southern California has to offer, but we’ve also sorted and tagged them. Now, you can search for a venue with filters such as:

  • Price
  • Availability
  • Capacity
  • Venue type
  • Setting

That means one simple search can bring you to the wedding venue of your dreams and reservations are only a click away. While you’re at it, you might want to know that Zola offers vetted vendors, wedding websites, registry builder, and a whole lot more.

Weddings should be special, not stressful. Start making your wedding easy at Zola.

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