Patrice's Blog

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings officiant Patrice Handley loves to share inspiration, stories, and advice for brides-to-be. Find in this blog all the 'how to' to navigate with grace what is sure to be one of the biggest days of your life!


5 Perfect Wedding Venues in Santa Barbara, California

Jul 2017

You’ve decided to make the awe-inspiring, timeless beauty of Santa Barbara, California the backdrop of the most special day of your life — your wedding day! Let us be the first to welcome you to our beautiful city.

Planning your dream wedding takes a small army of talented professionals. Details, from the smallest maybe being your guest book, to the largest perhaps being the perfect venue, all take meticulous planning and coordination. And though it is romantic spending evenings sipping a glass of your favorite wine while combing through magazine after magazine seeking inspiration, choosing the perfect venue, well, may be on your list of the less romantic things to take care of. But hey, it’s Santa Barbara. Not only are the available venues as breathtaking as our island views, many have romance to spare. Here are a few venues we’ve had the privilege of working with. Let the inspiration begin!!

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings top picks for venues - Belmond El Encanto

Melissa Musgrove Photography brings us this stunning image of a beautiful bride and her groom as they stroll the grounds of Borrowed & Blue’s 2017 top pick for an intimate Santa Barbara wedding: Belmond El Encanto. From dining to decorations, their team of experts have everything it takes make your wedding day effortless.

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings top picks for venues - Four Seasons BiltmoreMoving closer to the beach, B&B’s top spot for both Best Local All-Around Wedding Venue and Best Local Venue for Large Weddings, we are excited to tell you about Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Isabel Lawrence Photographers showcases this beautiful couple as they take in the lush, enchanting coastal landscape of Santa Barbara… our sunsets are mesmerizing!!

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings top picks for venues - BacaraBoasting the same B&B honors as Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, is the Bacara Resort & Spa. Described as “laid-back luxury and contemporary comfort”, the Bacara Resort and Spa resides on 78 sprawling acres of pristine Santa Barbara coastline. The Bacara truly offers something for everybody on your guest list...spa days for the ladies and golf for the guys!!

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings top picks for venues - San Ysidro RanchIf the Biltmore and Bacara sound amazing but intimacy is closer to the top of your wedding venue wish list, we have three words for you… San Ysidro Ranch. Mere words can’t do this local treasure enough justice when trying to describe what Forbes Traveler calls the “#1 Hotel in America”. Luckily for you, Anna J Photography captured these striking images… 

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings top picks for venues - Villa & Vine

No list of of Santa Barbara wedding venues would be complete without one of our favorite places, and we believe one of the best kept secrets in our fair city: Villa & Vine. Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Villa & Vine defines intimacy and romance. Photo Credit: Christianne Taylor

When it comes to wedding venues in Santa Barbara, California, one is only limited to their imagination. We hope that this short list not only inspires you, but brings some romance back into the prospect of looking for that dream spot.