So I’m a little biased but I LOVE California weddings. They’re for the adventurous, the modern, the creative and the nature-loving. You can have a beach wedding, a wedding in Mammoth ski resort, a desert wedding in mid-century modern Palm Springs or a super modern hotel wedding with a knockout view of downtown LA.
There really isn’t anything Cali can’t offer you, and that’s why I’m here to tell you ALL about it!
Firstly, if nature and the great outdoors is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Yosemite. No photo will ever do this National Park justice, it’s truly one of the most awe inspiring places in the world. If you’re looking for an elopement or a small wedding, it’s perfect.
If you’re looking for an area that’s slightly more hospitable for lots of guests but still all about nature, then try Lake Tahoe on the California/Nevada border. Emerald Bay is beautiful, and makes a great backdrop for some incredible wedding photos!
If surfing’s your life than Cali’s your dream! Not actually the home of surfing (that gong goes to Hawaii) but Southern California has adopted boho surf culture into part of its DNA. If you’re looking to get married on the beach and then hop straight in for a surf, try Adamson House in Malibu, or Malibu Farm. Both are located right on Surfrider beach, and a great place to get some photos in the golden hour as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean!
The Sands Hotel in Palm Springs is everything you could dream of if you love mid-century modern. It’s luxury, it’s colourful and if you’re looking for a place to really let your hair down and have a great time with your guests, then The Sands is a great place to start.
If you’re looking for a California winery with a really rustic vibe, then Santa Barbara may be just the town for you. It’s a coastal city but has lots of Spanish colonial missions dotted around and is known as the American Riviera. It has beautiful restaurants right on the ocean or ranches further up into Santa Ynez mountains, if you’re after somewhere with a little more culture and a big foodie scene, then Santa Barbara may be for you.
Some hints and tips:
Some hints and tips:
So firstly, Cali is MASSIVE. And I mean massive - it's deceiving when you look on the map so if you’re venue hunting, never underestimate the amount of time it’ll take you to travel around if you haven’t narrowed down your area.
May Grey/June Gloom
The coastal communities around Santa Barbara and LA have a marine layer that comes inland in May and June, (hence the name) and basically if you’re on the beach, you can’t see anything and it’s cold. May and June aren’t the months for a beach wedding! It only extends 1/3 to ½ mile inland, so any further in and you’ll be just fine.
The most popular time of year to get married is fall/autumn, it can be mega hot in the desert in the summer and the ski resorts are shut, so this time of year seems to be pretty popular for whatever wedding you’re having as the weather is a little more bearable.
Check your dates!
America has national holidays, but also each state has its own holidays - so please check before you book a date that it doesn’t happen on Thanksgiving (super cheap date to travel but EVERYWHERE is shut). Also you’ll want to avoid Palm Springs when Coachella is on in April, and avoid LA around the Oscars in March. If you’ve narrowed down an area, check out the local events to make sure your wedding date doesn’t clash with when the city is at a standstill, you want to get to your wedding on time!
As a little gift:
If you book a wedding package with Pink Palms through Marry Abroad, you’ll get a free California road trip itinerary, and in case you’re hopping on a flight - a list of must see sights of the Hawaiian islands!
By Ashleigh from Pink Palms
California Marriage Laws
Business Type: Event Planning and Styling
Contact: Ashleigh Li
Welcome to Pink Palms!
I’m Ashleigh, and I plan weddings in LA and California from the UK. Having recently relocated from LA back to London, I want everyone to know just how amazing it is to get married out there! We can plan your California wedding together from the UK, putting you at ease as we can meet in person for our planning meetings. Dealing with the time difference with suppliers can be very time consuming, and this is where I come in and can speed things up for you with a great list of suppliers on the west coast.
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