Must-See Food Truck Friendly Wedding Venues in Santa Barbara

When it comes to wedding settings, you can’t do much better than Santa Barbara.  A sprawling, beachside community combines panoramic, picturesque views with thriving food, wine & art communities, giving you style and substance in one sunny package.

What’s more, there’s a myriad of food truck-ready event spaces waiting to make your dream wedding more delicious than your dreams.  Below’s a list of 15 Santa Barbara wedding venues ready to make your food truck wedding a reality – along with any other kind you can plan:

Romantic Adobe

 

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 250
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location: Santa Barbara
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes

Be swept away by romantic arbors, shaded arcades, and bubbling fountains at this museum focused on California’s past.  The peaceful, terraced courtyards create flexibility for a variety of wedding layouts depending on guest count. Snap elegant pics in the antique-studded, bridal suite within the original 1800s adobe.

Native landscaping and unique architectural details everywhere create more gorgeous photo opps and the foundation for an intimate celebration of your shared love. This historic venue feels super private, yet is accessible to everything downtown Santa Barbara has to offer.

Ocean View Orchard

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 175
  • # of getting ready spaces: 2
  • Location: Carpenteria
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: No, shuttle service required

Tie the knot on a working, avocado orchard that’s been totally elevated (both literally and figuratively). Clinging to a the hillside with 180 degree views of the ocean, this modern, industrial homestead has been thoughtfully redesigned with events in mind. Make a grand entrance through the avocado grove to enter the large decomposed granite clearing for ceremony. Afterwards, guests will naturally be drawn to the adjacent “modern barn” for dinner and dancing. Impart your nuptials with a limitless freedom, buoyed by stunning natural and cultivated beauty. 

Mountain View Winery

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 200
  • # of getting ready spaces: 2
  • Location: Santa Maria
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes

For your ceremony, enjoy breathtaking mountain views from the grassy amphitheater or be married “in the vines” framed by two giant oaks. Receptions are held overlooking the vineyard on the partially-covered terrace lined with fragrant lavender, but the showstopper of this venue is the original “wine cave”.  

Carved into the hillside (and outfitted with a wrought iron chandelier and wall sconces) the cave and tunnels make an unforgettable cocktail hour, dance floor or lounge. And bonus! – the venue price includes rentals of padded, fruitwood folding chairs, round banquet tables, and barrel cocktail tables. Please note, this venue is only available with a beer and wine bar.

Historic Chapel

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 250
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location: Santa Barbara
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes

Bell towers ring to celebrate your union in the historic heart of Santa Barbara! Whether you want a secular or religious ceremony, the restored murals within this chapel set a breath-taking stage for your vows. As the bells chime, exit the chapel into one of two large, distinctive courtyards steeped in early California history. Even the getting-ready suite is a preserved room complete with original furnishings and a canon! Make your own memories at this impressive venue that’s like a page torn from the past.

Fairytale Views

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 200
  • # of getting ready spaces: 0
  • Location: Santa Barbara
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes

Leave the real world behind as you pass through a grand arbor and emerge into a magical wedding wonderland. Three adjacent sites – a terraced amphitheater, a cantilevered deck and a grassy glade – can be configured however you wish to create a private wedding venue under the stars for up to 200 guests.

If that weren’t enough, the hilltop site offers stunning mountain, city, and even ocean views from its exquisitely maintained grounds. And while woodland creatures probably won’t emerge to help you dress for the big day, you’ll certainly feel like Disney royalty.

Carousel Pavilion

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 180
  • # of getting ready spaces: 0
  • Location: Santa Barbara
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: Yes

With its carousel now retired, this vintage structure with Industrial roll up doors is finding new life as a light and airy reception space. Adjacent to the stunning pavilion is a sunken lawn encircled by a wide tree-shaded path perfect for ceremony and cocktail hour. 

The succulent fountain at the end of the lawn makes a beautiful focal point for the “I do” moment. Afterwards, simply cross the street for romantic sunset photos on the beach. Take in the. dizzying beauty of this waterfront venue as you go round and round on the dance floor. 

Barrel Room

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 350
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location: Solvang
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: Yes

 With a large barrel room and three separate lawns surrounded by vineyards, this winery has tons of flexibility and can accommodate larger guest counts. The low lighting and intimate ambiance of the cask-lined barrel room holds up to 150 for reception or 200 for either ceremony or cocktail hour.

Take in the rolling Santa Ynez valley as the stately “wedding tree” bears witness to your joyful union. Indoor or out, this venue offers a rich terroir to nourish your continuing love. Please note, this venue is only available with a beer and wine bar.

Spanish Ballroom

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 200
  • # of getting ready spaces: 2
  • Location: Santa Barbara
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: Yes

Nestled amidst the oaks is a secluded, Spanish Colonial building that’s hosted local gatherings for 90 years. Start your day in the refined getting-ready suite before exchanging vows under the “wedding tree” on the flagstone courtyard.

Post ceremony, French doors open so guests can flow into the large ballroom boasting wrought-iron chandeliers and a raised stage framed by red velvet curtains (perfect for your live band or DJ!) Later, take a break from the dance floor and grab some fresh air with guests gathered around the working outdoor fireplace. Warmth radiates from this quintessentially Santa Barbara venue.

Rustic Farm

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 100
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location: Goleta
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes

By day, this neighborhood farm runs educational programs for families seeking a deeper connection to nature and cultivation. By night, it’s a rustic wedding venue. Move the seedlings out and the on-site greenhouse makes a cool, alternative ceremony space. Post “I do”, walk up the gravel drive to an old, Victorian farmhouse where you’ll find a simple getting ready space. 

The front porch makes an interesting backdrop for your reception and there’s even a vine-wrapped, built-in bar nearby. After a night of dinner and dancing, guests can kick off their dancing shoes and pull up mismatched farm benches around a fire pit. This unpretentious farm is the perfect setting for couples seeking an authentic vibe on their special day.

Other Santa Barbara Venues

  1. Chase Palm Park Center
  2. The Cabrillo Pavilion
  3. Casa Las Palmas
  4. Mission Rose Garden
  5. MOXI – rooftop wedding venue
  6. El Capitan State Beach
  7. Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm
  8. Santa Barbara Veterans’ Memorial Building
  9. Whispering Rose Ranch
  10. Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
  11. Santa Barabra Mission
  12. El Capitan State Beach
  13. Oak Park Stage and Main Picnic Area
  14. The Narrative Loft

All the above venues are ideal for a wide range of mobile dining options, taking the kitchen (and the clean-up) with them when they go.  Leaving you and your spouse with nothing but perfect views, perfect breeze and a perfect place to get married.  The rest is up to you.