The best wedding venues in northern California are all about location. There are many beautiful places to choose from, and it can be challenging to narrow down the perfect place for your special day. Whether you are looking for something rustic, elegant, cozy, or contemporary, northern California has the ideal venue for your wedding.
Here are 15 places in northern California that you might find perfect for your wedding day, let’s get started, shall we,
1. The Mill Valley Inn
If you are looking for something outside the box, the Mill Valley Inn is just that. This rustic venue is located on the water and offers everything from fine dining to weddings overlooking San Francisco Bay. Wedding locations here include the lounge, patio overlooks, or one of their indoor locations. The Mill Valley Inn has beautiful views and accommodating staff who will work hard to perfect your day!
There are so many great dishes at the Mill Valley Inn; it is hard to choose just one! The menu offers hearty breakfasts, vegetarian options, and three-course prix fixe dinners. For lunch, the restaurant offers sandwiches or salads that come with a side of garlic bread. They also have some funky dishes like their crispy chicken sandwich with guacamole on sourdough bread. There are also several gluten-free entrees to offer your dietary needs.
2. Woodside Country Club
If you are looking for something traditional, this is the place. The Woodside Country Club has a beautiful outdoor area overlooking lush green hills and trees. You can get married under an oak tree or in one of their two ballrooms overlooking the golf course. They also have weddings outside in their formal gardens if weather permits. With its modern rooms and elegant feel, this location will make you feel like royalty on your special day!
The Woodside Country Club offers a wide variety of food. They have everything from caviar to a traditional roast beef dinner for those wanting a more formal event. The dinner is served with all the fixings, from mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables to roasted winter squash.
They also offer gluten-free menus, vegetarian dishes, and several drink options. Wine lovers can choose from their extensive wine menu or sample some signature cocktails as the Dark and Stormy made with dark rum, ginger beer, and lime juice.
3. Green Music Center
If you are looking for something more contemporary, the Green Music Center is where to plan your wedding. This venue is located in an outdoor concert hall surrounded by grassy hills and trees. It is the perfect place for a mellow ceremony followed by dancing into the night hours.
The Green Music Center offers a wide selection of food for your reception. If you have special dietary needs, the Green Music Center has options to meet your needs, from gluten-free foods to vegan dishes to organic ingredients. They work hard to accommodate all their guests. For dinner, they offer a salad buffet or a three-course prix fixe menu where guests can choose one of two entrees and an appetizer if desired.
4. Millbrae Country Club
Another fancy venue in northern California is Millbrae Country Club, with its beautiful golf course views and bay below it. This country club was built in 1912 and has stood the test of time! You feel like royalty once you walk into this grand ballroom. The views, the people, and the food are all fantastic in this elegant setting. Again, this is a trendy choice for weddings!
The Millbrae Country Club offers several choices of food. Their first-course menu lets you choose from items like sweet garlic and herb cream soup and roasted tomato and asparagus salad. For main courses, they offer steak served with green peppercorn sauce or salmon fillet served on a bed of fresh spinach or mashed potatoes. They also have some lighter dishes like their signature garden salad made with mixed greens topped with goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, asparagus tips, and diced tomatoes tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing.
5. Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
For those wanting something exquisite, plan your reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. This hotel is located on a massive property with views of mountains and trees. It has beautiful rooms for guests to stay in a while enjoying the full-service spa and pool facilities. You will feel like a celebrity here!
The Four Seasons offers a wide range of food for their receptions. They have both rustic and formal options depending on what you are looking for. They have a three-course meal where you get to choose one dish from an appetizer list, another word from soup or salad choices, then your entrée from several types of meat or fish dishes with sides offered as well.
Their rustic wedding choice offers a buffet-style dining room with items like grilled salmon, garlic mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and roast chicken. They also have nicely decorated cakes available for you to choose from as well.
6. Hotel Coral & Marina
The Hotel Coral & Marina is located right on the coast of Monterey Bay. It has beautiful views of the ocean and bay with gorgeous sunsets that you can enjoy from your hotel room or walking along the pier. This scenic location is perfect for your wedding day!
The Hotel Coral & Marina offers various food throughout their many venues at this location. The two main options are their Spindrift Restaurant and Bar, where guests will get to choose three courses, or an all-day buffet in Santa Cruz where they offer breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and late-night snacks in a beautifully decorated dining area overlooking the water. You also have a choice between having either a formal sit-down dinner or a casual reception where you can snuggle up with your new spouse while having a conversation with family and friends.
7. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
If you are looking for a reception location that is fun and uniquely yours, look no further than the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This boardwalk has been here since 1907, offering games, rides, arcades, food stands, historic photos of the area, and so much more! You can have your wedding on the pier or in their gorgeous ballroom overlooking the water.
The Ballroom at the Beach offers many choices for your dinner selections. They have steak options like 10-ounce ribeye steak served with garlic mashed potatoes or 8-ounce filet mignon with seasonal vegetables. Traditional entrées include grilled chicken breast served over herb rice or salmon fillet beside risotto with roasted tomatoes and basil. They also have lighter dishes like roasted vegetables or chicken Caesar salads. Their entire menu is posted on their website for your viewing!
8. Villa Montalvo
Villa Montalvo is a beautiful venue that offers several different spots to hold your wedding ceremony and reception. This beautiful property has gardens, lawns, multiple rooms you can choose from for your space, and even an outdoor patio that overlooks the whole property with views of the mountains in the background. There are many options here that will make it perfect for whatever style and size of wedding you want!
Villa Montalvo’s first-course dinner involves choosing between organic spring mix salad with avocado-orange dressing or heirloom tomato gazpacho. The second course gives you a choice between items like an organic arugula-quinoa salad with fennel, roasted pistachios, and preserved lemon vinaigrette or applewood-smoked wild salmon over bok choy in Vietnamese noodle broth. For your main dish, they offer several options like pan-roasted chicken breast served alongside garlic mashed potatoes with braised greens or beef tenderloin with sunchoke risotto and an herb butter sauce. Their signature desserts are all delicious options that you will love!
9. Elmwood Café & Bar
The beautiful Elmwood Café & Bar is a lovely place to have your wedding reception. They offer different rooms for guests with fireplaces and views of the vineyards. Your choice of rental includes everything from chairs and tables to linens and china plates. Their menus have many options that will leave you happily full after the reception!
They also give you two choices for food items during your dinner: Choose seasonal, locally sourced cedar plank salmon served over carrots and zucchini or grilled Alaskan halibut with roasted tomato succotash and pesto butter sauce. The appetizers they offer are even more mouth-watering, like Parmesan-crusted goat cheese croquettes or local wild mushrooms with garlic, thyme, and bacon.
10. Homestead Ranch
Homestead Ranch is a great place to have your wedding, with its gorgeous views of the mountains in the background at every turn. The staff here are experienced in hosting weddings and will make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.
You can have your reception in the Round Barn, which holds up to 200 guests, or you could have it on their beautiful lawn overlooking the hills with room for 500 people! Their food options include many tasty dishes like stuffed chicken breast with mushroom sauce or beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon over roasted potatoes. They also offer lighter fare, including salads or chicken skewers if you would instead choose something smaller.
11. Sunset Center
Located inside the Monterey Conference Center, the Sunset Center offers everything you need to have an elegant wedding for up to 200 guests. The venue includes catering by Sodexo, so all your meals are included in the deposit you pay when booking this beautiful location. They also provide tablecloths and chairs for your event, which is excellent if you don’t want to worry about renting those items on top of everything else!
The Sunset Center has three different menus for your dinner selections, one being a vegetarian/vegan option. Diners will enjoy organic baby kale salad with goat cheese or roasted butternut squash soup with cranberry crème fraîche.
The second choice offers salmon served over lentils or pork loin stuffed with chorizo and served with roasted potatoes. The third choice includes a beef tenderloin encrusted in blue cheese and served over mushrooms and fingerling potatoes or grilled chicken breast with roasted corn, black beans, and salsa verde.
12. Meness Estate Vineyards
The same family has owned this vineyard for four generations, so you know they have fantastic customer service! They can hold up to 200 guests, but you don’t have to worry about not having enough space because they also feature several outdoor areas that you can use for photos after your ceremony or just as a place to hang out before dinner.
This is one of my favorite places in the whole Bay Area; it’s tucked away in an idyllic location with beautiful views of the vineyards and surrounding hills.
The food options offered at Meness Estate Vineyards include salads like baby lettuce with fresh herbs, Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano, and pine nuts or roasted beet salad with toasted walnuts. Your guests can also enjoy beef tenderloin loin wrapped in pancetta with creamy clam sauce or grilled lamb chops with artichoke puree. These are just a few of the delicious dinner choices you will have to choose from!
13. Stokes Adobe
You may not think to look here for wedding reception venues, but Stokes Adobe is perfect if you want something rustic yet classy.
They offer an outdoor ceremony location that has lovely views of the vineyards, so you will know for sure that all your photos will turn out gorgeous. In addition, this venue is in the heart of wine country in the charming little town, Petaluma, so you can enjoy drinks with your guests or take a romantic stroll down the main street after dinner.
Stokes Adobe has three different tents available depending on how many people you would like to invite. The first one holds up to 400 guests while the second one only accommodates 200 people but still looks very spacious and impressive.
The third tent is small enough to hold 75 seated people comfortably, but it doesn’t look small because beautiful old vines surround it! You can choose from their delicious menu options, including local Sonoma lamb chops or Red Apron beef filet mignon wrapped in applewood bacon.
14. Poma Family Home
This beautiful Victorian home in the heart of downtown Healdsburg was built in 1886 but has been brought into modern times with its gorgeous renovation!
The house owner is very involved in the wedding world, so she can help out if you have any questions or concerns about booking this location. She also offers a “day-of” coordinator who comes in to make sure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day, talks about excellent service!
Your guests will be able to enjoy cocktails outside while getting ready for your ceremony and then move inside the house, where they will be welcomed with their dinner choices, including filet mignon medallions or thyme paper wrapped chicken breast.
15. Viansa Winery
Viansa has breathtaking views of the vineyards and surrounding hills, so you are guaranteed to have gorgeous photos if you marry her! They can accommodate up to 160 guests at your ceremony, but they also have an additional tent available if you would like more space. In addition, there are beautiful gardens, a marble bar, and intimate seating areas where you can take advantage of fantastic photo opportunities after your ceremony.
Your food options include salads like baby greens with pears and gorgonzola or roasted beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios.
You will be able to choose from two different menus for dinner, including Sonoma lamb chops or herb-crusted rack of lamb, among other delicious dishes too. Their service is impeccable, and their staff is very professional, so you don’t have to worry about anything!
These are just a few of the many beautiful wedding venues in Sonoma and Napa Valley that you can choose from; we hope this list inspired you to find the location that makes you happiest, whether it’s rustic or modern, simple or extravagant. We wish you all the best in your search for an unforgettable wedding!