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7 Amazing Outdoor Wedding Venues in the Bay Area

by Jesse Long
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The Bay Area abounds with natural beauty. It also offers a favorable climate for outdoor events during most of the year. It’s no wonder, then, that the region also boasts an abundance of great outdoor wedding venues. From dramatic coastal backdrops to redwood groves to secluded gardens, here are our favorite outdoor wedding venues in the Bay Area.

Slide Ranch

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Just off of scenic Highway 1, Slide Ranch provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. It also has three locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions that you can rent separately or in combination. You can have your ceremony overlooking the ocean, while the new Farm-to-Table Teaching Center includes a full kitchen and deck area, making it great for your reception. Best of all, all proceeds go to support its nonprofit mission of connecting kids with nature!

Capacity: 150

Typical cost: $7,800-$11,800

Bonus: Slide Ranch also has a luxurious bell tent available to rent so you can go glamping on your wedding night!

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Hastings House

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Photos can’t do it justice. The stunningly beautiful gardens of the Hastings House in Half Moon Bay really have to be seen to be believed. The beautiful array of flowers are in bloom for most of the year, and the proximity to the ocean (literally just a few steps away!) make it one of the Bay Area’s hidden gems.

Capacity: 100

Typical cost: $900 – $3,500

Bonus: The garden only hosts one wedding per day, and couples enjoy complete privacy for their ceremony.

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Shakespeare Garden

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park offers several excellent wedding venues, but the most popular of all is the Shakespeare Garden. And once you take a stroll through this romantic refuge, it’s easy to see why. The garden is so named because it only features plants mentioned in the playwright’s works. As a venue, it’s eminently affordable, though the high demand means you’ll have to be ready to grab the date you want as soon as you can. Reservations can only be made up to one year in advance, and it’s not unheard of for couples to camp out in front of the permits and reservations office to get their preferred date!

Capacity: 200

Typical Cost: $448 reservation fee, $128 per hour

Bonus: The nearby DeYoung museum is a great venue for your reception!

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Piedmont Community Hall

The East Bay has its share of picturesque outdoor locations, as well. If you’re looking to host your ceremony and reception in one convenient location, the Piedmont Community Center is a superb choice. The center features a charming Mediterranean style building with a spacious event hall that’s perfect for receptions. But for your ceremony you can’t beat the adjacent park with its beautiful redwoods serving as a backdrop for the event.

Capacity: 120 indoors, 200 outdoors

Typical Cost: $2,750-$4,250

Bonus: Piedmont Community Hall doesn’t limit you to preferred vendors. You can choose whichever caterer, photographer, DJ, etc., you want, at no extra charge.

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Allied Arts Guild

Located in Menlo Park, the Allied Arts Guild is one of the South Bay’s premiere wedding venues. The beautiful gardens and charming studios and shops garner rave reviews from couples and guests alike. In addition to indoor locations, there is a beautiful lawn for outdoor ceremony and an excellent patio for an open-air reception.

Capacity: 140

Typical cost: $3,000-$8,000

Bonus: The Allied Arts Guild is a non-profit whose proceeds go to support the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

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Brownstone Gardens

Brownstone Gardens is highly-rated not only for the beauty of the location but also for the professionalism and attentiveness of its staff. In addition to the lush gardens where ceremonies can be held, the venue also features a romantic gazebo, a koi pond, and even a waterfall!

Capacity: 350

Typical cost: Ceremony only – $1,200-$2,000, Ceremony + reception – $2,500-$8,000

Bonus: Brownstone Gardens offers package deals for catering, beverage, cake, entertainment, and more.

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Deer Park Villa

If getting married among towering redwoods in a tranquil environment is what you dream of, look no further than Deer Park Villa. Located in scenic Marin County, the venue has been open to the public since 1916. It has the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor locations, including a heated and covered deck and an outdoor fire pit and lounge.

Capacity: 300 indoors, 350 outdoors

Typical cost: $6,000-$12,000

Bonus: Deer Park Villa offers bar services as well as sound and music services.

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Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!

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