If an affordable wedding is your dream wedding, then look no further. These gorgeous affordable wedding venues will give you a breathtaking, unforgettable wedding without breaking the bank.
1. The Gardens at Heather Farm
Weddings start at $4,045 for 50 guests at this Walnut Creek gem. The gardens are in full bloom in May through mid-June, creating a magical foray of vibrant flowerbeds, gleaming waterfalls, and serene rock gardens. Not to mention it has a breathtaking view of Mt. Diablo.
2. Hornblower Cruises and Events
This is one of the more unique affordable wedding venues available. Say your vows along the sparkling waters of the San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge as your backdrop. Hornblower has a wide array of boats available, from glamorous yachts to rustic vessels. Rental fees are listed as $550 starting.
3. Dolce Hayes Mansion
Serving Southern California flair to the bay area, the Dolce Hayes Mansion is a Spanish Colonial venue abundant with palm trees and fresh greenery. Reception fees start at $3,000 during the busy season and $500 for the rest of the year.
4. Red Barn Ranch
Bring out the southern belle in you with a picture-perfect farm country wedding. Originally a sheep and dairy farm, it has since offered its bubbling creeks, turtle pond and idyllic barn backdrop to lovers everywhere for a whole weekend starting at $8,000.
5. Grace Cathedral
This is an iconic San Francisco landmark boasting stunning architecture, beautiful ceremonies and a progressive stance on religion. You don’t have to be part of the congregation to be wed here, but it is customary for one of you to be Christian. For those seeking a traditional wedding with gorgeous surroundings, prices range from $2,500 to $8,500.
6. Dipsea Gardens at Stinson Beach
This Stinson beach venue offers open ocean air with the privacy of a gate and gorgeous Northern California wilderness starting at $2,950. Waves crashing on the shore and hummingbirds darting through the trees make for a stunning view.
7. Mill Valley Community Center
This forest venue sleeps in the heart of redwood groves and sports a woodland resort-style event space. The Cascade Room, the main event room, has a gorgeous vaulted cathedral ceiling, tall windows, and light pouring through the beams. Weekend rental fees start at $2,600-$2,800.
8. Cliff House
Perched on a high peak with the vast Ocean Beach yawning before it, Cliff House is a historic San Francisco landmark built during 1858. It boasts tremendous sea views and sunsets with their ceremony package starting at $1,000.
9. Madrona Manor
Located in Healdsburg, Madrona Manor mixes elegant, romantic wine country with luxurious Victorian accommodations. They boast a Michelin star restaurant, lovely gardens, orchards, and even heated swimming pools. Even though this is on a list of affordable wedding venues, Madrona Manor offers custom prices ranging from $1,500 to $15,000.
10. St. Peter’s Chapel
This is the perfect choice for an intimate wedding. You’ll find this vintage gem on historic Mare Island nestled amongst quiet Eucalyptus trees and admiral’s mansions. The soft, delicate light from the large collection of Tiffany stained glass windows is to die for. Contact the Mare Island Museum for exact pricing but the average is $700 per day.
11. Mountain House Estate
If you’re in love with those rustic farmhouse weddings on Pinterest, then this is the one for you. This Cloverdale estate rests on a private 40 acres of lush trees, rolling hills, and sparkling ponds. Rental fees start at $4,795 but vary based on how busy the season is.
12. Falkirk Mansion
Let this eighteenth-century Queen Anne Victorian carry you away in a whimsical fantasy for your wedding. Found in San Rafael, the mansion stuns with floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows, rose garden ceremonies, an intimate veranda and elegance everywhere you turn. Rates range from $150-$200 an hour with 4-6-hour minimums depending on the day and season.
13. Garden Valley Ranch
Petaluma offers many beautiful agricultural destinations, one of them being a dreamy working rose farm. Take a romantic walk together through fields of roses in full bloom in May through October. Prices start at $10,500.
14. Moonraker Restaurant
Enjoy coastline views and delicious seafood at this beautiful Pacifica venue sheltered by rocky cliffs and soaring waves. You’ll be treated to a stunning beachfront ceremony and a ritzy waterfront dining room for the reception. Wedding package prices range from $6,000-$20,000.
15. California Theatre
Exchange vows on a grand, ornate stage with gilded archways and plush red seats for your guests. Constructed in 1927, this San Jose gem has kept its glamorous movie palace roots without sacrificing modern comfort. You’ll have to pinch yourself when you see your names on the marquee. Rental fees start between $2,000 and $4,000.
16. Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Vallejo’s secret gem Hiddenbrooke offers an all-inclusive package and lovely views for a reasonable price. Have your ceremony in the outdoor chapel or in the garden, where stunning views of vineyard-lined Napa Valley serve as a backdrop, and then wander inside for an intimate reception in the glass-window pavilion. Fees are $3,000 starting during peak season.
17. Seymour Marine Discovery Center
A Santa Cruz marine science campus boasting a strong dedication to knowledge, conservation, and picture-perfect views. Peep seals, sea lions, otters, dolphins, and other local wildlife during the outdoor ceremony, and then head inside for a delightful reception where you can explore interactive aquarium exhibits. Events start at $3,350.
18. The Highlands Estate
Say “I Do” atop the rolling hills of Cloverdale, complete with rustic vineyards and farms to serve you elegant, bucolic charm. Don’t be surprised if deer or wild turkeys join guests during the ceremony. This venue is packed with provincial Northern California appeal. Wagon wheel chandeliers, orchards, custom made farm tables, and wine barrels are all included in the rental fees, which range from $5,500-$7,995 per event.
19. Agate Cove Inn
Mendocino county’s romantic sea cliffs and gorgeous sunsets have attracted filmmakers for decades, and it’s no surprise this is the picture-perfect place for a wedding. Agate Cove Inn delivers the swoon-worthy oceanfront views cameras love with the intimacy of cottage lodging. Rental fees range from $550 to $5,400.
20. The GlassHouse
If your perfect wedding is glamorous, cutting-edge and packed with style, look no further. San Jose’s GlassHouse gives you ceiling-high glass walls, modern arrangement, and chic decor for a wallet-friendly price. This venue is perfect for larger wedding parties who are seriously down to party. Rates start at $6,500-$8,500 per event.
21. Waterfall Lodge & Retreat
Like its namesake, you’ll experience a true fairytale wedding surrounded by an enchanted forest of redwoods and sparkling waterfalls. This venue is hidden in the quiet mountains of Santa Cruz and boasts a reception filled with exposed beams, metal lanterns, and historic ambiance. It also offers overnight cabin rentals! Packages start at $9,800-$32,800.
22. Long View Chateau
This mansion feels straight out of a Bond movie. A private estate located in Auburn, Long View Chateau greets you with a sweeping staircase and glimmering chandeliers to make you feel like royalty. It has six bedrooms for bride and groom parties, an infinity pool, hot tubs, and even a horse track. Fees range from $2,499-$3,099 a day.
23. Hacienda De Las Flores
Located in Moraga, this festive mansion was built on historic land that once was the hunting ground of the Miwok Indians. It flaunts vibrantly landscaped gardens groomed to perfection, trees of every size and color, and bubbling fountains. An authentic Spanish-style estate, its rental prices range from $1,400 to $3,500.
24. Le Bateau Ivre
For a cozy, romantic feel, Le Bateau Ivre makes events here feel like a French soiree. The intimate space is perfect for smaller weddings and brunch-style rehearsals. This enchanting spot in Berkeley will make you want to start reading poetry. Fees are $75-$975 and upwards.
25. Old St. Hillary’s
Standing tall and proud on a grassy knoll, Old St. Hillary’s in Tiburon is one of the only Carpenter Gothic churches to survive past the eighteenth century. Peek at the ocean views and wildflower preservation through the amber glass windows. The old-world charm continues with vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, and antique fixings inside. Rates start at $1,500.
Which one of these affordable wedding venues is your favorite? How much is too much for your wedding? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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