Finding the perfect venue to host your wedding can be tough with so many different options and features to consider. Whether you want to hold an indoor or outdoor ceremony, these 15 San Francisco Bay Area venues are all absolutely stunning and would be fantastic choices for your wedding. Please note that this list is not listed in any particular order.
1. Thomas Fogarty Winery – Woodside, CA
The Thomas Fogarty Winery is ideally located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, offering sweeping panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area. This stunning venue has a capacity of 216 guests and has a list of trusted, preferred vendors for you to choose from. The lovely vineyards and unparalleled views from each of the three levels of the redwood reception facility make this the perfect place to host an intimate and elegant wedding.
Rental fees start at $4,500 and are determined by the day of the week, time of day and time of year. 50% of the rental fee is required as a nonrefundable deposit. Although the Thomas Fogarty Winery is renowned for their wines, its unbeatable location and gorgeous facilities make it one of the best wedding venues in the Bay Area.
2. Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay – Half Moon Bay, CA
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a luxurious cliff-side resort located along the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Its unbeatable location presents unforgettable views of the California coastline and its award-winning chefs are able to provide outstanding cuisine for you and your guests. The ballroom seats up to 400 guests for a reception, though they have other options available for more intimate receptions as well.
Facility fees are applicable for ceremonies and reception venues require food and beverage minimums, service charges and taxes. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a stunning venue that provides only the utmost elegance and class for your wedding day.
3. The Julia Morgan Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange is San Francisco’s most exclusive special event venue, an architectural masterpiece that combines a timeless Beaux-Arts interior with superior modern amenities. The ballroom’s historic significance, breathtaking details, professional production staff and strategic location make it an unparalleled reception venue. The ballroom itself offers more than 4,100 square feet of unobstructed event space, and its five accompanying breakout rooms and bar and lounge range from 1,223 square feet to 360 square feet, each one opulently appointed in rare European teak and lavish finishes.
The ballroom’s professional production team boasts decades of combined experience in producing the finest San Francisco weddings. In addition, they’ve hosted numerous successful high-level events, from lunches with both First Lady and President Obama to galas showcasing the brightest stars of film, music and sports. With its incomparable setting and distinguished track record, the Julia Morgan Ballroom offers more than a remarkable wedding venue; it also offers peace of mind. Venue fee starts at $8,500 with a $15,000 F&B minimum and includes inventory of chivari chairs, tables, dance floor and all china/flatware/glassware. The deposit is 25% of the venue fee plus F&B minimum.
4. Nestldown – Los Gatos, CA
Nestldown is a lushly landscaped property, sprawling over 180 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos. Hosting nonprofit events as well as weddings, the property is a beautiful area consisting of flower gardens, ponds, waterfalls and redwood trees. Signature touches include use of a vintage London taxi, 25 passenger-carrying train, tree house, and fantasy cottage.
This private estate can host up to 200 guests and rental fees start at $6,000 depending on guest count and the time of year. Nestldown is a gorgeous retreat and would be a dreamlike, fairytale place to have your wedding.
5. The Bridges Golf Club – San Ramon, CA
The Bridges Golf Club, a beautiful Mediterranean-style country club, is perched in the foothills of Mount Diablo in San Ramon. The well-maintained grounds are lush and green and every day there are dramatic views of the sun setting behind the East Bay hills. Vaulted ceilings and antique wrought-iron chandeliers truly provide a sense of refinement and splendor. They are able to host up to 300 seated guests and offer a list of preferred vendors to choose from.
Rental fees start at $300 depending on the space rented and there is a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit required to secure your date. The Bridges Golf Club is a lovely facility with an elegant and sophisticated ambiance, perfect for your intimate and stylish wedding.
6. Freedom Hall and Gardens – Santa Clara, CA
The Freedom Hall and Gardens is located in the heart of Silicon Valley amongst towering redwood trees, flower gardens, fountains and ponds, creating a nature-rich setting in the high-tech area of Santa Clara. Their recently renovated facilities feature rich hardwood floors and granite counters and their floor-to-ceiling windows command a panoramic view of the lush gardens. They have several different packages designed to suit your needs that include catering service for up to 250 guests.
There is a $1,500 required deposit and price per person starts at $79 with a 100 person minimum. However, there is no additional rental fee. The Freedom Hall and Gardens is an ideal venue for those seeking a forest sanctuary with the practicality of a central location.
7. The Winery SF – San Francisco, CA
The Winery SF can be found on world-famous Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. This unique location has incomparable views of the San Francisco skyline and its 20,000 square-foot waterfront facility acts as a blank canvas for you to design into your unique wedding. With a capacity of 500 seated guests and a list of trusted, preferred vendors, the Winery SF is an excellent choice for your ceremony.
Wedding packages start at $90 per person at The Winery SF. A $500 venue security deposit, as well as at least 25% of the total base event fee is also required. With many signature wines hailing from Napa and Sonoma counties bringing you the true Californian wine experience, the Winery SF is a wonderful venue for your dream wedding.
8. Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery – Pleasanton, CA
A Mediterranean villa in the heart of Livermore Valley wine country, Casa Real venue evokes Old-World luxury.
A dramatic Entrance Hall welcomes guests with handcrafted wooden doors, intricately tiled floors and a palatial ceiling. The rustic Amber Room, with its 12ft.-tall limestone fireplace provides a warm atmosphere for an indoor ceremony with up to 320 guests. The Grand Salon is perfect for receptions of up to 500 guests and features classical, hand carved limestone accents, glowing chandeliers and expansive windows. A verdant walled garden with fragrant citrus trees and graceful water features gives couples the option of marrying outdoors or having cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under an evening sky. Casa Real rental fees begin at $1000 and are dependent on time of year and day of week. A 3-course menu with full bar service for 4.5 hours starts at around $90. The property also offers day-of coordination service.
9. Palm Event Center in the Vineyard – Pleasanton, CA
Surrounded by 110 acres of vineyards, the Palm Event Center in the Vineyard is located in beautiful Livermore Valley wine country.
Drive down the palm tree-lined entryway and be instantly transported to an Italian winery estate. Couples may marry in the romantic Estate Room lined with wine barrels and glittering candles. Or, they may choose to marry outdoors on the property’s terrace overlooking fields of vines. The Ballroom can host up to 400 guests for a reception and features elegant sconces, warm wine barrels and full-length windows out to the vineyards. Rental fees begin at $1000 and are dependent on time of year and day of week. Menus start at around $80 per person. The property also offers day-of coordination service.
10. Garden Court Hotel – Palo Alto, CA
The Garden Court Hotel is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, in beautiful downtown Palo Alto. Its recently renovated facilities warrant its four-star rating, with an open air, European-style courtyard featuring a large central fountain and tier after tier of flowers and foliage on balconies in addition to the majestic, sophisticated indoor ballrooms. Their outstanding cuisine and catering services are headed by Executive Chef Clive Berkman. They are able to accommodate up to 225 seated guests and in addition to offering catering and beverage services, they provide a list of other preferred vendors as well.
Rental fees start at $1,000 and depend on the day of the week and the space reserved. Menu and beverage packages start at $65 per person, and there is a minimum $1,000 nonrefundable deposit due at the time of booking. The Garden Court Hotel is a luxurious and elegant venue for your dream wedding.
11. Paradise Ridge Winery – Santa Rosa, CA
Paradise Ridge Winery is located in Santa Rosa, in beautiful Sonoma County. This stunning hillside winery sprawls over 156 acres with a spectacular view of the Russian River Valley. Their tasting room and champagne cellar echoes early Californian architecture yet evokes European style and sophistication. The winery can host up to 250 seated guests indoors and outdoors and they have a list of preferred caterers for your special day.
Rental fees start at $3,500 depending on guest count, day of the week and time of year. Half of the rental fee is required to secure your date, and there is a refundable $500 deposit due 30 days prior. Paradise Ridge Winery is a truly magical place to host a memorable wine country wedding.
12. Stone Tree Golf Club – Marin, CA
Stone Tree Golf Club is located in beautiful Marin County, surrounded by lush oak woods and serene ponds alongside its perfectly maintained golf course and lawns. Its clubhouse features stone columns, rafter beams and handsome dark furniture, reminiscent of a rustic mountain lodge. The outdoor terrace can hold up to 250 seated guests and the indoor salons can accommodate up to 230 guests.
Wedding packages start at $49 per person, and their catering options are designed to suit all dietary needs. There is a required nonrefundable deposit of 30% of the estimated total due with the signed contract. The Stone Tree Golf Club is a fantastic venue guaranteed to provide a unique and unforgettable experience for your wedding day.
13. Ruby Hill Golf Club – Pleasanton, CA
Ruby Hill Golf Club consists of the longest golf course in Northern California, sprawling over 225 acres in Pleasanton, the heart of Livermore Valley. This private gated community is surrounded by vineyards, with views of Mount Diablo and the rolling hills. The Italian villa-style clubhouse can host up to 200 seated guests indoors and 250 seated guests outdoors. Their wedding packages include food and beverage services and they do provide a list of preferred vendors.
The wedding packages start at $40 per person, and there is a $3,000 nonrefundable deposit required to reserve your date. Ruby Hill Golf Club is a majestic and exclusive venue in the beautiful Livermore Valley for you to host your nuptials.
14. The Sheraton – Palo Alto, CA
The Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto is situated just minutes away from Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto, making it one of the best places in the area to host your wedding reception. The flower gardens and koi ponds make the exterior a soothing and tranquil setting, while the Spanish tile and white stucco buildings with large crystal chandeliers create an air of sophistication. They can seat up to 350 guests for your reception and provide catering services.
Wedding packages start at $72 per person, and there are several different packages to accommodate your needs. 25% of the estimated event total is required to secure your date. The Sheraton in Palo Alto is the ideal Silicon Valley wedding reception venue for those seeking a classy and elegant event.
15. The Ranch at Little Hills – San Ramon, CA
The Ranch at Little Hills creates a truly unique environment for weddings and events. Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of San Ramon, and neighboring the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, this venue sits on a gorgeous 25 acres and accommodates large, extravagant affairs and intimate weddings alike.
An oak canopied path leads to a beautiful, grass ceremony area, where large oak trees and a beautiful Pergola Deck set the stage. The nearby reception patio, surrounded by enormous live oak trees, romantic twinkle lights, and covered by the stars, creates the perfect atmosphere as night falls. A second ceremony site is truly tucked into the woods, completely surrounded and covered by a canopy of perfectly placed trees among the rolling hills. This site will take your breath away, wow your guests, and make for extraordinary pictures. In fact, no matter which ceremony site you choose, photo opportunities can be found at each turn on the 25 acre grounds.
All of the details of your special day at The Ranch at Little Hills will be attended to by your on site wedding planner and coordinator as well as a courteous and professional staff. For grand and intimate weddings alike, The Ranch at Little Hills provides the perfect setting to start your happily ever after.
A rental fee of $3,995 is required to reserve your date. Menu packages range from $29-$44 per person and beverage packages range from $10-$20 per person.