Getting married is an exciting life event and the location you choose will be a lasting memory for you and your loved ones. California offers some of the most beautiful, unique, and memorable locations that can meet the needs of any type of wedding. From mountains to beaches, and bustling cities to wine country there are numerous locations to exchange your vows. Choosing one of the top 5 California wedding destinations ensures that not only you and your fiancé will have a memorable moment, but your guests will also enjoy not just your wedding but a gorgeous location with numerous activities available. Let’s explore the top 5 California wedding destinations and see what they have to offer.

Lake Tahoe, CA

Along the California and Nevada border sits Lake Tahoe, a beautiful mountain getaway. No matter what time of year there is scenic beauty to behold from the deep blue lake to the snow-white mountain peaks. This great mountain haven offers numerous locations for all types of weddings from elaborate to casual. The happy couple can exchange vows on a boat cruise on the lake, in a ski chateau, beneath the mountain pine trees or in a glittery casino. The spectacular scenery offers a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos while providing numerous activities for your guests. While you and your spouse enjoy the quiet moments together, your guests can ski, enjoy hikes, shop the unique stores, enjoy gourmet dining and the glitz of the casinos, or experience luxury spas.

San Diego, CA

Oceanfront settings, historic hotels, gorgeous gardens, and the best weather in the state make San Diego a top destination for California weddings. With over 70 miles of coastline there are numerous locations for a beach wedding, or you can enjoy a yacht wedding in the San Diego bay. If an elegant and historic wedding interests you, consider one of the numerous historic hotels including the Hotel Del Coronado, or one of the 15 museums nestled throughout Balboa Park. If you are looking for a quaint chapel, try Saint Francis Chapel or for beautiful stained glass explore The Abbey. Your guests will have numerous options for entertainment from the beautiful beaches to the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park, or sightseeing through the abundant parks and gardens, touring the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town, taking a day cruise, or enjoying the nightlife in the craft beer capital of the world.

Yosemite, CA

Breathtaking beauty and awe-inspiring splendor make Yosemite Valley a top California wedding destination. Exchange your vows with incredible backdrops at Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, or Yosemite Falls. The stunning scenic beauty of Yosemite will create beautiful wedding pictures. The ambience-rich hotels throughout Mariposa offer spectacular settings with wineries, ranches, and historic chapels. Your guests can choose to stay in mountain cabins, quaint B&Bs, or luxurious hotels. They can enjoy the scenic hikes through Yosemite National Park, horseback riding, rafting, golf, shopping and wine tasting.

Napa and Sonoma Valley

If you are looking for a great destination with world class food and wine, look no further than Napa and Sonoma Valley. Romantic rolling vineyards, historic grand ballrooms, and Michelin star restaurants are all part of the Napa and Sonoma charm. From world-class resorts to blissful B&Bs, or luxurious spas to romantic wineries, there are places for everyone to create romantic memories. Your guests will be excited to float high above the vineyards in a hot air balloon, or tour the numerous wineries, relax at the resort spas, shop in style, and dine in the finest restaurants.

Santa Monica, CA

The Pacific Ocean views, fresh open breezes, seaside charm and coastal sophistication make a Santa Monica beach wedding one of California’s top wedding destinations. You can exchange your vows on the sand at Santa Monica beach with a black-tie ceremony or go barefoot on a shoestring budget. A beach ceremony in Santa Monica can be held on a first come first served basis and can include tables, chairs, canopies, stage, and music if your guest list doesn’t top 150 people. Or you can choose one of the many hotels on the beach and let them do it all for you! Everyone loves visiting the beach, so your guests won’t hesitate to respond to this invitation. Imagine the beautiful pictures you will have of your beach wedding; don’t forget the shots from the pier and a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel.

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