A guide to the top California wedding venues and a gorgeous Santa Barbara wedding
Photo: Kambria Fischer

Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you will make. Urban or rustic, indoor or outdoor, these 10 top California wedding venues, pulled straight from the pages of the new mywedding magazine will provide the best backdrop for your celebration.

Elysian, Los Angeles

A little gem nestled in northeast Los Angeles, Elysian can accommodate up to 130 people. Perfect for a modern wedding, it features a contemporary indoor space and an outdoor garden for an open, intimate setting.

Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite

Whether you're planning a wedding in the heart of Yosemite National Park or a mountain-inspired ceremony at a rustic lodge, Tenaya Lodge is the perfect place to say "I do." Be inspired by the venue's natural beauty and its stunning array of storybook-pretty settings.

Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

New to LA, the Ace Hotel occupies an ornate and vibrant building originally built in 1927 for the Maverick Film Studio. With its trendy d├ęcor and prime poolside deck, there is plenty of space to celebrate your new beginning with a hip, impeccably stylish vibe.

Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga

Tucked away in a wooded sanctuary, this wine country wedding venue will steal you away from the bustle of everyday life. The warm furnishings and rustic architecture pair with a scenic view for upscale, rustic event perfection. Dine with your guests under the stars or in your own private vineyard for a once in a lifetime experience.

Culver Hotel, Culver City

This 1920s flatiron building is a historic property for a historic moment. Plush rooms and period accents provide character, but its versatile event spaces can easily adapt to amplify any wedding vision.

Moniker Warehouse, San Diego

By day, this downtown San Diego venue serves as a creative work space and by night it transforms into a flexible urban event setting. From ideation and planning to installation, the Moniker's in-house design team will work with you to create your dream wedding.

Lombardi House, Los Angeles

The Lombardi House, a fully restored Victorian-style venue surrounded by mature fruit trees and gardens, offers the comforts of old Hollywood with modern and bright accommodations for contemporary weddings.

Oak Canyon Ranch, Cornell

This treasure in the secluded Santa Monica Mountains is known for its majestic landscapes and magnificent views. Offering elegant bride and groom rooms and a large reception hall, you will be amazed that this scenic location is only 25 miles outside of Los Angeles.

The Barlow, Sonoma

Say "I do" on a lush lawn in the middle of charming Sonoma County. This venue is located in the heart of a historic apple cannery and features everything from an alluring terrace to a warehouse perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Our favorite details are the handsome chandelier and romantic market lights perfect for illuminating an evening affair.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara

Located in Santa Barbara's historic El Pueblo Viejo district, this venue is packed with the romance of early Spanish California. Its unique setting and private, interconnected courtyards feature native and exotic landscaping and numerous accents to provide a stunning wedding backdrop.

Still looking for amazing California wedding venues? Pick up our next issue of mywedding, available on newsstands May 2, 2016.