In the immortal words of Miley Cyrus, “the sky is more blue in Malibu.” Home to jaw-dropping celebrity homes and pristine beaches, Malibu is also a great place to plan a wedding. The beauty of the beaches and mountains take your breath away, and the climate feels (and produces wine) like Tuscany. And, if you can stomach the cost, then Malibu’s wedding venues will not disappoint.
From wooded ranches to the golden shores of the Pacific, we’ve scouted the best Malibu wedding venues for your dream wedding.
The worst part about getting married at Calamigos Ranch might be having to choose your ceremony site. Because, if you can believe it, the waterfall-surrounded stone terrace pictured above is not the only head-spinningly beautiful ceremony site on the 130-acre ranch. And if you came for the natural beauty, then you’ll stay for the food. Calamigos’ dining team serves up mouth-watering Californian fare with ingredients that are locally grown — sometimes right on the property.
Typical cost: $14,000 – $40,000
Bonus: Interested in a Winter wedding? Calamigos offers a $10 per person discount in January and February.
We just have one thing to say about Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate vineyards: helipad ceremony site 2,000 feet high in the mountains. Oh, it’s also a Tuscan-style villa with an award-winning winery. But, mostly, there’s a helipad ceremony site 2,000 feet high in the Santa Monica mountains. Yes, this place comes with a pretty price tag and some notable logistical issues. (For example, you’ll need to rent port-a-potties and your caterer won’t be able to use the kitchen.) But, come on, just look at it.
Typical cost: Rental cost $15,000 – $35,000
Bonus: This place was apparently featured in everybody’s favorite comedy classic, The Hangover 3.
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Cielo Farms is a perfect place for a grand, rustic Malibu wedding. The Hirsch family owns and operates this idyllic 30-acre vineyard and olive estate, and their passion shows. Along with their dedicated staff and their partners at Contemporary Catering, the Hirsches will expertly execute every detail of your wedding from the menu to the lighting and everything in between.
Typical cost: $10,000 – $50,000 rental cost
Bonus: *Spoiler alert!* Cece and Schmidt from “New Girl” reportedly tied the knot here.
A list of Malibu wedding venues wouldn’t be complete without the historic Adamson House. Design the event of your dreams over their five acres of towering Sycamore trees, fragrant gardens, and pristine lawns — all with an ocean view. This spectacular venue is run by the California State Parks System, so just make sure to review their guidelines.
Typical cost: $7,000 site fee
Bonus: Weddings at the Adamson House are outdoor-only, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the glory of the house itself. For a $500 fee, you can arrange an open house tour of the marvels of the Adamson House — hand-painted murals, molded ceilings, and the famous Malibu Tiles — for you and your guests.
If a beach wedding is what you’re after, then you must check out Malibu’s Sunset Restaurant. For some reason it’s hard to have your ceremony *on* the beach in Malibu. But Sunset Restaurant solves that problem, and has stellar food and service. Their all-inclusive wedding package covers everything you need for a beach ceremony, hors d’oeuvres at the outdoor lounge, and an elegant indoor reception.
Capacity: 120 with a dance floor, 150 without
Typical cost: $35,000
Bonus: It’s called Sunset for a reason, so be prepared to get absolutely flooded by dazzling, golden light as the sun goes down over your wedding day.