California

Where to Elope in California

When it comes to the number and variety of choices for an elopement or destination wedding then you’ve got to put California on the top of your list.  California is so large and diverse that it actually has 15 distinctly different regions including: the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California (Mendocino, Redding and Eureka), The Wine County (Napa & Sonoma), Central California, South Bay, Central Coast, Los Angeles Area, Long Beach Area, Orange County, Santa Barbara Area, San Diego Area, Inland Empire, Palm Springs (Desert), Sacramento Area and the The Gold Country, including Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

The featured listings  below will show you that’s true. The Golden State is famous for the diversity of culture and  traditions from around the world and of course the great places to elope that will add flavor and texture to your special day.

Napa, California

Churchhill Manor
Say your vows at a 100-year-old Napa Valley grand mansion amid a lush acre of meticulous lawns, trees, and gardens! Intimate ceremonies up to 25 guests may be held outdoors by the garden fountain, on the veranda overlooking the roses, or inside one of the elegant parlors.
485 Brown Street
Napa, California
94559
US
Phone: (707) 253-7733 or (800)799-7733

Half Moon Bay, California

Hastings House Garden Weddings
Have a beautiful elopement in a garden setting right on the edge of the ocean! The Hastings House Garden is a perfect site to have your one-of-a-kind elopement right next to the Pacific Ocean! A private and unique garden that is enchanting in every season and surrounded by trees, Hastings House has everything for a perfect elopement!
347 Mirada Road
Half Moon Bay, California
94019
US
Phone: (650) 726-2513

Half Moon Bay (San Mateo County), California

Pacific Coast Weddings
Rev. Judith Malear will make your Pacific Coast Elopement stress free and very romantic with the couple free to express their most intimate feelings. Couples often have a reception when they get home to show photos or videos of their beautiful Pacific coast wedding.
Half Moon Bay, California
94019
US
Phone: (650) 726-6664

San Francisco, California

San Francisco Bay Area Elopement
San Francisco voted most romantic US city 18 years in a row. Destination Wedding Packages come in all shapes in sizes. Packages can include landmark locations, photography, flowers, officiant, ceremony, music and plans for your celebration. Or just have a simple ceremony with the two of you on the beach with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Select a beautiful garden to say; I Do! Plan today for your memories. Call to have it all done for you. Just arrive and say; I Will! Let the magic begin. They have been offering wedding services since 1977.
Dove Place
Novato, CA
94949
US
Phone: 415-382-8494

Malibu, California

Malibu CA
Get married at sunsets on one of Malibu’s exclusive beaches. The beaches of Malibu are world renown. Fancy your exchange of vows in a beautiful beach? Malibu is just the right place and Ultimate California Weddings would love to handle all the hassles of preparing it for you.
Malibu, CA
90265
US
Phone: 212-563-3525

Calistoga (Napa Valley), California

calastogaca
Wine Country Minister, Wedding Officiant invites you to discover their Pinot Noir elopement package. Think of exchanging vows upon a hilltop with the vineyard as your witness or in the wine cellar with the barrels of fermenting wine. Whether you choose indoor or outdoor you will always get to have a romantic time when you say “I Do.”
P.O Box 3461
Calistoga, CA
94558
US
Phone: (707) 287-3134

Mendocino, California

StanfordInn
Experience this vegan haven for your elopement. They offer the Two plus two package for elopement which includes a photographer as witness, the officiant, the ceremony, a bottle of sparkling wine and a room. Of course, from two you can always extend your invitations to as much as seventy-two should you decide to expand the elopement to a full-blown wedding. You can have the ceremony by the fireplace or in the garden. The choice is always yours.
Coast Highway and Comptche Ukiah Road | Post Office Box 487
Mendocino, CA
US
Phone: 800-331-8884 | 707-937-5615

Fort Bragg, California

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Here's a unique botanical treasure for your ceremony. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the home to some hybrid species of rhododendrons that would surely awe you with it beautiful and fragrant flowers. Think of being married in a place covered with greens and flowers while the air is filled with fresh fragrance. It is every woman’s dream to be wed in a place filled with flowers, so why bother on picking them when you can be in the midst of flowers without even endangering the plants that produces these wonders.
18220 North Highway One
Fort Bragg, CA
95437
US
Phone: (707)964-4352
Fax: (707)964-3114

Murphy’s,California

VictoriaInn
Discover Quiet Elegance in the Heart of California's Gold Country for your small wedding. A unique gem of a 19 room Bed and Breakfast that could be a perfect destination for your elopement ceremony. Ask about their Vacation Rentals and turn your vacation into an Elopacation
402 Main Street H
Murphy's, CA
US
Phone: 209-728-8933

Sutter Creek, California

FoxesInn
Travel back to the good ole days for your elopement. How does the idea of exchanging vows in an underground cave appeal to you? One of the amenities of The Foxes Inn is a five thousand square foot underground cave. There is also the covered outdoor pavilion and the shade of a hundred year old oak tree to choose from. Of course, we are not expecting you to stay in the cave for your honeymoon. The Inn has the perfect rooms and the warm staff to serve you during your stay.
PO Box 159 | 77 Main Street
Sutter Creek, CA
95685
US
Phone: 800.987.3344 or 209.267.5882

Catalina Island, California

CA-Catalina Island
When everyone wants to have a grand wedding while you want to just have the warm and private ceremony, Santa Catalina Island has the perfect wedding venue for you. You can choose from the Catalina Casino, the Descanso Beach Club or the Catalina Country Club. Although the quest capacity of the place can be up to a thousand and two hundred, they can always accommodate a couple who wants a solemn warm wedding. Then you have the whole island to spent the rest of the honeymoon days to enjoy and be with each other.
Office: 150 Metropole Ave
Avalon, CA
90704
US
Phone: 310-510-7428

San Diego, California

CA-San Diego
Get married on the Beach in San Diego. Rev. Aline Rozok of the Dream Beach Wedding will personally coordinate your wedding and help you plan the whole affair. She is the officiant and will perform a customized ceremony for the couple. The Easy Escape package for eloping couples includes a one hour Professional photography to help you immortalize the memories of your exchange of vows.
6343 Cleo St.
San Diego, CA
92115
US
Phone: 619-952-4561

Bodega Bay, California

Bodega Bay
A breathtaking venue by the sea for Beautiful, Romantic Bodega Bay Wedding. Mozzafiato’s Runaway Tide wedding packages are for those who want to have a warm small gathering for their exchange of vows yet witnessed by the grand ocean known as the Pacific. Your elopement by the sea is sealed by a romantic ceremony for which the officiant is provided for by Mozzafiato. After the celebration, you may indulge in a good massage and the luxury of the private residence just a couple of steps away from the water.
Bodega Bay, CA
94923
US
Phone: 707-875-9923

Jenner (Bodega Bay), California

Jenner Inn & Cottages
The natural place for romantic getaways, honeymoons and weddings. Elopement Packages at the Jenner Inn already includes the venue, the officiant, Champagne toast, and a room at the waterfront. If you want a location that is close to the waters then the Inn is just the right place being close to the Pacific. It also has a creek that comes from a hidden spring. There are plenty of accommodations to choose from aside from the waterfront.
10400 Coast Route 1
Jenner, CA
95450
US
Phone: 800-732-2377

Marin Coast, California

Rev. Elizabeth Rivers
Reverend Elizabeth officiates weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies and elopements. She will help you create a ceremony that reflects your uniqueness as a couple and your visions for life together. So she will conduct a traditional ceremony and customs, or something yours alone. Either way your ceremony will be unique, meaningful and joyous.
Bodega Bay, CA
94923
US
Phone: 415-328-2282

Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe Lake is one place that gives you a sense of tranquillity and awe. No wonder, many couples would love to exchange vows in this part of the country. The issue has always been affordability until Lake of the Sky Weddings decided to put up packages from simple Tahoe weddings to a grand one all in an affordable manner. The basic for all packages is a minister, a wedding license, a wedding certificate and photographs in compact disc that contains your wedding memories.
2543 Lake Tahoe Blvd
Lake Tahoe, California
96150
US
Phone: (800)544-6193

Santa Rosa, California

Judith will create your beautiful, personal wedding ceremony especially for the two of you, performed throughout the San Francisco Bay area, Wine Country and beyond. Religious, non-religious, inter-faith, secular, spiritual, traditional, non-traditional, contemporary, creative... I honor all your requests and make your wedding unique, meaningful and memorable. Destination elopements and small weddings and galas; planned in advance or last minute. Phone for your complimentary consultation and suggestions. Also - commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, transitions, memorials.
P.O. Box: 4963
Santa Rosa, California
95402
US
Phone: (707) 480-7028

San Francisco, California

Have a traditional elopement at the San Francisco court house! Visit the website for more information or questions regarding marriage license requirements, marriage ceremony appointments, and same sex marriages information.
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California
94102-4678
US
Phone: (415) 554-4950


Yosemite, California

Rev. Autrey and Donna Nassar of yosemiteweddings.com provide an ample of tried and tested options for locations and vendors in Yosemite. Being the first to organize such a group, they have already weeded out options that do not work well with other combinations or with where the location of the service could be. Your wedding can be in any of these wonderful places: the Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Wawona, Ahwahnee and Glacier Point.
4877 Wildwood Drive
Yosemite, California
95338
US
Phone: 209-966-3231

Avalon, California

Wedding by the Sea has more than 20 years of experience helping couples make the most of their very special day. They can organize personalized wedding coordination and officiate that can meet the needs of small, intimate ceremonies and renewal of vows. You can choose in any places in Catalina Island like the Hamilton Cove, in Los Angeles Area, or in Long Beach Area.
Avalon, California
90704
US
Phone: (310) 510-0436

Half Moon Bay, California

The Hastings House Garden was designed in 1984 and is maintained by Linda Montalto Patterson. This garden is artistically designed and the plants carefully chosen to find yourself in a year round bloom. Even in winter, you will be in a green backdrop tattered with yellow, purple and blue flowers. The garden in summer is painted in bright colors that are equally pleasing to one’s vision.
PO Box 1256 | 347 Mirada Road
Half Moon Bay, California
94019
US
Phone: (650) 726-2513

Calistoga, California

Solage Calistoga is located in a twenty-two acre property in Napa. It has charming venues and unique services for a warm and romantic wedding. You have the option of an indoor or outdoor (by the pool side) exchange of vows. They have package that can accommodate just the two or you or at the same rate you can invite a few friends (20 max). The chief can prepare your food from one of their mouth-watering menus. This package already includes an officiant, a sparkling toast, a wedding cake, two-hour photography session, a one night stay and a Spa Treatment for the couple.
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, California
94515
US
Phone: 866-942-7442

Napa, California

Napa Valley Wedding Ministries can fashion for you a romantic and memorable wedding all inclusive of a minister to officiate, a location in one of the wineries of Napa, a photographer and a very appropriate ceremony. Antone Fahden and Rev. Blane Ellsworth has worked out a wedding package that is ready to enchant those who will participate and yet equally ready for any add-ons or upgrade that the couple would like to implement.
3416 Young Ave
Napa, California
94558
US
Phone: (707) 252-1156

Napa, California

Conveniently located at the center of flourishing landscape and fruitful vineyards is Elope in Wine Country. It is an acre of natural beauty showplace ready for your wedding. You can choose to have it gardens with the picturesque rows flowers, or by the poolside close to the water, or just close to the lavishing vineyards. An intimate ceremony is fitting for this solemn yet vibrant place.
101 South Coombs Street, Studio G
Napa, California
94559
US
Phone: (707) 253-0575

Calistoga, California

Calistoga Ranch is a candidly amazing way to exchange vows in a warm closeness with those who matters to you. It offers elegant venues with breathtaking views and equally extraordinary service. You can choose to have the ceremony outdoor with the back draft of oak-lined acres or indoors in The Lodge where the architecture is equally astonishing yet romantic.
580 Lommel Road Calistoga
Calistoga, California
94515
US
Phone: (707) 254-2800

Napa, California

The White House Inn does not only offer its clients the great service, relaxing rooms and beautiful ambiance of the Inn but also a very affable and sociable Innkeeper. As a small wedding destination, it offers it courtyard equally stunning gazebo for that very special day. The house can also arrange the minister, photographer and floral arranger to make your wedding day a truly blissful one.
443 Brown Street
Napa, California
94559
US
Phone: (707) 254-9301

Napa, California

Milliken Creek Inn is a luxury hotel hidden from the noise of the busy city in three acres of land in close proximity to the relaxing Napa River. The ambiance of the Inn fits for an intimate wedding. The management has put together a package for those who want to tie the knot in the privacy of the house. The garden is the best place to have a magical yet worry free wedding. The package includes a wedding minister to officiate and a night in the Inn for the couple.
1815 Silverado Trail
Napa, California
94558
US
Phone: 800-835-6112 |(707) 255-1197

Napa, California

La Belle Epoque Inn is a six bedroom Quenn Anne Victoria house bread and breakfast Inn. Together in the property is the historic Buckley House Suites. This romantic getaway can be a venue for those who would like to spend a honeymoon after the wedding or even hold the exchange of vows in this wonder of a location.
1386 Calistoga Avenue
Napa, California
94559
US
Phone: (707) 257-2161

Napa, California

Candlelight Inn can be your honeymoon hub or be a place for a small wedding. As an Inn, it provides packages including a romantic gourmet lunch in The Napa Valley Wine Train and Napa Winery tours. The couple will enjoy the amenities which includes a flat screen television in their room, a private pool and a sumptuous gourmet breakfast. Of course, there is also the hot-air balloon to add to your list to make it extra-romantic celebration of your love.
1045 Easum Drive
Napa, California
94558
US
Phone: (800) 624-0395 |(707) 257-3717

Santa Rosa, California

If you are looking for someone to help you find the right place and the right providers for your special day, then this team of wedding planners is the right people to approach. Their approach to the wedding planning is to make the whole experience both for the couple and those who are involve to be memorable and worry free as well. If you are looking for someone to help you plan and execute a wedding in Santa Rosa, CA, give this team a call or drop an email or two. They are happy to help.
1014 Hopper Ave Suite 128
Santa Rosa, California
95403
US
Phone: (707) 540-9006

Petaluma, California

Flying Cloud is a first-rate venue for wedding and wedding reception alike. Located in the wine country, it boasts of its great outdoor view and the convenience of being close to great hotels and good restaurants. They can accommodate small weddings even less than ten guests to use the facility. They offer coordinating the wedding as part of the package, as well as, minister to officiate, photographers, cake and sparkling drink.
1200 Jacobsen Lane
Petaluma, California
94954
US
Phone: (707) 765-4433

Forestville, California

Farmhouse Inn calls it Tiny Wedding whenever you decide to exchange vows with only you and your partner or with a few of your friends and relatives. Located in Forestville, the Inn is exposed to the rising sun from the Russian River Valley and is proximately close to the Sonoma coastal area. It also has a Farmhouse restaurant where the couple can have a romantic dinner on the night of the wedding or the night before.
7871 River Road
Forestville, California
95436
US
Phone: (707) 887-3300

Mendocino, California

Glendeven Inn caters to small and large weddings alike. A romantic honeymoon is perfect in a location with ocean view and that is what the Inn exactly has to offer. The small wedding package already includes an officiant, a wedding cake, bouquet of flower, photography worth an hour and a half, and a sparkling wine for the toast.
8205 North Highway One, PO Box 914
Mendocino, California
95460
US
Phone: (707) 937-0083

Sonoma, California

Small romantic and private weddings are welcome at the Sonoma Mission Inn with its wine country ambiance. The package already includes: Officiant, Private Ceremony Location, Bridal Flowers and Boutonnière, Bridal Hair and Make-Up, 1.5 hours of professional photography, Ceremony Coordination, and Two Nights Suite Accommodations.
P.O. Box 1447, 100 Boyes Blvd.
Sonoma, California
95476
US
Phone: (707) 938-9000

Calistoga, California

One thousand feet below the Hans Fahden lies the Napa Valley. This stunning location offers an equally dazzling grand room and a tea house covered by wisteria. In its lawn is a romantic bridge over ponds filled with colorful Koi, eye catching lily pads, and majestic cattails. Monet Gardens, Teahouse, Covered Patio, Great Room, or the Wine Cave can serve as the location of your ceremony.
5300 Mountain Home Ranch Road
Calistoga, California
94515
US
Phone: (707) 942-6760

Saint Helena, California

The Wine Country Inn is the perfect reason for eloping in St Helena California. It specialized in small weddings and with it is thirty-five years of experience. Being the first Bed and Breakfast Inn in the area makes it an authority in service. A stay in the inn for the couple includes a complimentary full buffet breakfast, a complimentary afternoon wine and appetizers every day. The Inn’s Luxury Honeymoon Cottages are simply perfect for the newly wed.
1152 Lodi Lane
Saint Helena, California
94574
US
Phone: (707) 963-7077

Saint Helena, California

Harvest Inn is located adjacent to a vineyard with a Mayacamas Mountains as a backdrop. It is an ideal place for romantic weddings. The couple can choose to exchange vows outdoors in any of these locations in the Inn: Vineyard Terrace, the Vin Rose Lawn, the Fountain Terrace, or just about any place in its manicured lawns and captivating courtyards.
One Main Street
Saint Helena, California
94574
US
Phone: (707) 963-9463

Lower Lake, California

Spirit Lake Bed and Breakfast Inn is a homey place for travelers and honeymooners alike. It is located overlooking Spirit Lake and has four private rooms to choose from. Each room has its own character and is equipped with tub and shower. You can bring your officiant with you and exchange vows on the pier by the lake, in a boat or on the nature path or even in the bridge built by your host.
11865 Candy Lane
Lower Lake, California
95457
US
Phone: (707) 995-9090

Escondido, California

San Diego Destination Weddings fits right for those couple who wants memorable weddings but could not find the time to organize it to make it such. SDDW understands the need of the couple and even more about how to prepare romantic hassle free weddings. You can choose between outdoor or indoor for your exchange of vows and the packages include two night pre-arranged accommodation and lunch/dinner certificates for the couple to enjoy.
P.O. Box 10
Escondido, California
92025
US
Phone: (760) 738-9333

Napa, California

Cedar Gables Bed and Breakfast Mansion is a place to enchant and boil a romance for the couple. Spoil yourself and your partner to wake up in a three course gourmet breakfast and relax in a wine tasting evening. The Gables Suite is perfect for the love struck couple but the other rooms are equally amazing. Small weddings are welcome in the Mansion.
486 Coombs Street
Napa, California
94559
US
Phone: (800) 309-7969

Glen Ellen, California

B.R. Cohn Winery is the home to a complete line up of high quality wines, naturally fermented vinegars, olive oils, and epicurean food goodies. It was first established in 1984 by Bruce Cohn and has become a romantic location for weddings and special events. As a location for elopement, they offer a variety of packages to choose from depending on the need of the couple and on any budgetary constraints.
15000 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen, California
95442
US
Phone: (800) 330-4064

Kenwood, California

Mediterranean-style architecture and scenic vineyards characterizes Kenwood Inn and Spa. This is the same reason why holding your exchange of vows is a lot better and more romantic at this Inn. You can enjoy an intimate and elegant wedding with just you and your soon to be spouse less the worries the characterizes large wedding preparations and celebrations. Take the place are your honeymoon destination and a memorable place for your wedding. There are elopement packages to choose from at Kenwood Inn and Spa.
10400 Sonoma Highway Kenwood
Kenwood, California
95452
US
Phone: (800) 353-6966

La Jolla, California

Ever After Beach Weddings coordinates weddings to your liking. They are very knowledgeable about locations and the allowable set-up for each location. Not all beaches are created equal and the rules that govern each nor the same. The reliable guiding hands of the organizers from EABW will direct you all the way. They also have a number of packages to choose from and a lot of great reviews from very satisfied couples.
702 Pearl St. Suite G
La Jolla, California
92037
US
Phone: (800) 660-0693

Sonoma, California

Viansa Winery is a recipient of the 2012 Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice Award. It is the fourth award from this same award body. The winery is located in the gates of Sonoma Valley and known as an Italian winery in the valley. Classic Italian architecture characterizes the location. The wedding coordinators of the winery promise eloping couples to just choose the date and all they need to worry is how to show up on that day while everything else will be taken cared of.
25200 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, California
95476
US
Phone: (800) 995-4740

Arroyo Grande, California

The enchanting gardens at the Abella Garden Inn is open for couples who wants to have a sweet warm wedding that caters only to the people who matters most for the occasion. The garden area can accommodate as many as fifty persons or just the couple and the minister. The Inn also has ten bedrooms to choose from which the couple can enjoy their honeymoon in a spacious, romantic, and garden-themed rooms.
210 Oak Street
Arroyo Grande, California
93420
US
Phone: 805-543-9075

Solvang, California

Solvang Gardens is a twenty-four room boutique country inn known for its individualized design for each of these rooms, marble bathrooms and stone fireplaces. Wake up to a continental breakfast with the daily paper ready for your reading pleasure. Solvang Gardens offers an idyllic venue for those who would like to tight the knot in Santa Barbara Wine Country.
293 Alisal Road
Solvang, California
93463
US
Phone: (805) 688-4404

San Diego, California

The sandiegodestinationwedding.com is a website dedicated to leading the couple to ample of choices when it comes to destination for weddings and elopements. It is sponsored by elle.g photography so one can safely say that these locations have been scrutinized thru lenses. The site alone was awarded among 2013 Best San Diego Wedding Sites.
1027 felspar st. Suite B
San Diego, California
92109
US
Phone: (858) 768-1177

San Diego, California

The elopesandiego.com has packages and options for a small wedding or weddings with under twenty five participants. The couple can choose to have just the ceremony or with a couple of add-ons in the beach or in other equally romantic places in San Diego.
PO Box 82575
San Diego, California
92101
US
Phone: (858) 945-8341

Rosemead, California

The Reverend Lisa offers to officiate your wedding and even to take care of the paper works too. All legal documents can be delivered to your office or to your home. The letsgetmarriednow.com has packages that may include flowers, wedding cakes, wedding photographer and all these can be brought to your hotel or just about anywhere in Rosemead on your wedding day.
8586 E Village Ln
Rosemead, California
91770
US
Phone: (877) 738-5472

Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn has earned multiple accolades for its superb services and accommodation. Located one thousand two hundred feet above sea level and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the ranch has the distinction of calm sanctuary. The natural beauty and dramatic landscapes provides this thirty-nine bedroom inn with a romantic ambiance for those who want to elope.
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, California
93920
US
Phone: (888) 524-4787

Carmel, California

Ken Robins’ long experience of ministering to over a hundred of weddings in his twenty years of service is showcased in Carmel Wedding Ceremonies. He offers to make the preparation to the wedding a less troublesome and enjoyable for the couple. There are three locations included in the area list for carmelweddingceremonies.com and these are Carmel, Big Sur and Monterey.
3 Loma Lane
Carmel, California
93924
US
Phone: (831) 298-7353

Napa, California

Blue Violet Mansion is located in the historic Old Town Napa. It was included in the list of Fifty Most Romantic Places in Northern California by B. Gleason. The mansion can be an enticing home or a romantic getaway for its guests. The rooms are all in themed designs. Those who would want to celebrate their tying of knots in the place can set it in the grand salon or by the fireplace or even in the garden.
443 Brown Street
Napa, California
94559
US
Phone: (800) 959-2583

Big Sur, California

CA-Big Sur
Big Sur is a spectacular place for your wedding. There are so many wonderful places to go and too many choices that could possibly waste your time. This is the same reason why you need someone to put order to this chaos and indecision. Diane Allen and her team of assistants at Elegant Events is the right coordinator to approach on this matter. The know just the right places to hold your ceremony be it in a public places or even in private homes and coastal resorts.
38618 Palo Colorado Rd
Carmel, CA
93923
US
Phone: (831) 625-3523

 

California Marriage License Requirements:

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