The Best Luxury Northern California Wedding Venues

A few years ago, Stephen and I had the opportunity to spend some time in northern California, including the Bay Area, Napa and Sonoma Counties in California. Over the course of our time there, the relaxed pace and every day elegance of the lifestyle there worked it's way into my system, leaving me feeling nostalgic about leaving.

Yes, there are wineries everywhere you turn, making some of the loveliest wedding venues every. Adding in the beautiful mild climate and perennially sunny skies, and you have the ideal conditions for outdoor weddings in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here's an ever growing list of our favorite wedding venues in Northern California. When you book one of these, do give us a call! We'd love to be a part of your wedding in Northern California!

Napa Valley

Beaulieu Garden

  • Where: 1960 St Helena Hwy Napa, California
  • Why: Beaulieu Gardens Exudes that California elegance in the most tasteful way possible. With such a beautiful outdoor setting, it's no surprise that it's become popular spot for luxury weddings in the Napa Valley.

Calistoga Ranch

  • Where: 1960 St Helena Hwy Napa, California
  • Why: For those who want to get away from it all while still having it all, Calistoga Ranch has you covered. Nestled in the very top of the Napa Valley in the foothills of Mount St. Helena, you'll find a laid back luxury in a private and unforgettable environment.

The Vintage Estate

  • Where:  6525 Washington St, Yountville, California
  • Why: In the heart of Yountville, just past French Laundry and V Marketplace, The Pavilion at The Vintage Estate and the Barrel room offer the best of both indoor and outdoor Napa Valley elegance. The central location and stunning grounds ensure a memorable experience for all guests.

V. Sattui Winery

  • Where: 1111 White Ln, St Helena, California
  • Why: V. Sattui is a staple in the Napa Valley. While they've been creating luxury experiences for some time and have been named on of the top 5 winery wedding venues in the world, their experienced, helpful staff and award winning catering team will help you provide a fresh experience for your guests that will be well worth the trip.

Sonoma Valley

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

  • Where: 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, California
  • Why: The rustic stone and vine covered central courtyard will transport your guests to the Tuscan countryside. 

Buena Vista Winery

  • Where:  18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma, California
  • Why: One of the oldest wineries in California, Buena Vista Winery is a beautiful blend of historic character and understated elegance. Tucked in the hills just outside the town of Sonoma, your guests will love the private setting and beautiful grounds.

Chateau St. Jean

  • Where: 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, California
  • Why: Make your guests feel like their invited to the wedding of the year at this fashionable estate wedding venue. The Italian renaissance revival style is plenty elegant without being stuffy or too formal.

San Francisco

The Pearl SF

  • Where: 601 19th St San Francisco, California
  • Why: San Francisco is such a vibrant city and you'll be hard pressed to find a more bold and energetic wedding venue in the city than the Pearl. The large, open indoor space is a great canvas to work with, and the rooftop space a wonderful bonus full of potential for creative brides and grooms.

City Hall

  • Where: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, California
  • Why: If you're looking for an iconic location in the Bay Area, chances are you've already considered San Francisco City Hall. The building itself is stunning from top to bottom. And while you may need a large production team to handle setup in such a large space, the unforgettable guest experience and enduring imagery ensure you'll relive your wedding day for the years to come.

San Jose

Villa Montalvo Arts Center

  • Where: 15400 Montalvo Rd Saratoga, California
  • Why: A stunningly elegant Italian renaissance revival estate in the hills outside of San Jose, Villa Montalvo is the perfect luxury estate wedding venue to make your guests feel like they're getting away from the business of the valley while staying close to the city.


Holman Ranch

  • Where: 19 E Carmel Valley Rd C, Carmel Valley, California
  • Why: Holman Ranch provides a stunning rustic stone villa setting on a private, working ranch for a relaxed yet luxurious and exclusive outdoor wedding in the Carmel Valley. Not only is the estate practically made for beautiful photos, the ranch grounds provide unforgettable vistas and sunset views.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

  • Where: 415 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, California
  • Why: If a relaxed outdoor garden wedding in a winery setting is what you're looking for, Bernardus lodge might be the wedding venue for you. 

Nicklaus Club

  • Where:  100 Pasadera Drive, Monterey, California
  • Why: This beautifully elegant Italian style golf club venue offers so many beautiful spots for you and your guests—not to mention your photographer—to enjoy it's almost not fair! All just a short drive from beautiful Carmel.


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