Santa Barbara Courthouse


The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a top choice for many couples planning a wedding
on the South Coast. Perhaps the city's most recognizable landmark, this circa-1929 structure illustrates the beauty of Spanish Revival architecture and provides a sense of magical nostalgia that is Old California.


This building still functions as a working courthouse and welcomes visitors to view it's impressive details. Among them are murals, tile work, beamed ceilings, decorative painting, ornate woodwork, and wrought iron fixtures.  Other notable features include manicured, sunken gardens and a clock tower that affords amazing views of the city, ocean and mountains.   All this provides stunning backdrops for wedding photography. This completely unique venue is suitable for both small and large weddings up to 200 guests.  There are several ceremony sites within the Sunken Gardens to choose from.  

See our recent story about the beautiful onsite locations.

Our wedding ceremony packages can accommodate groups from 20 - 200 guests. All packages  include the following services and can be customized according to the specific needs of the couple.  Prices starting at $3550.00

  • Officiant - Delivers a warm and heartfelt, personalized romantic ceremony 

  • Professional Photographer - Captures your special moments, up to 1 1/2 hours, edited photos for you to share with family and friends. Delivered via a digital transfer.

  • Wedding Coordinator - 2 hours on day of wedding.  Works closely with you and your guests to ensure to that your ceremony receives personal attention, is memorable and flows flawlessly. Provides wedding ceremony timeline, supervises set up, decor install, breakdown of ceremony site. 

  • Site Crew - Delivers, sets up/breakdown chairs,  assists with decor install,  supervises foot traffic during ceremony, assures cleanliness of site.

  • Planning Meeting - 1 hour in person, by phone, Skype, or Face Time

  • Preferred Vendor List - Our best recommendations for dining, cakes, accommodations, beauty services, activities, and more. Advice on obtaining a marriage license.  

  • Bridal Bouquet and matching Boutonniere -  Exquisite floral designs using the freshest seasonal flowers from local growers.

  •  40 Chairs - White padded resin chairs

  • Aisle/Chair Decor -  Lush garland draped on back rows of chairs.  Greenery and flowers on each aisle chair 

  • Live Music - Harpist, Guitarist, or Violinist, 1 hour covering pre-ceremony, ceremony, and post ceremony

Please note that site fees are not included in our package pricing and are booked  through Santa Barbara County.  

Santa Barbara Courthouse Package Add Ons 

Bridesmaid Bouquets  / Starting at 95.00

Boutonierres  / Starting at 20.00

Flower Girl Baskets / Starting at 35.00

Vintage 1936 DeSoto Getaway Car - silver, fully restored with luxury white leather interior / Starting at 350.00

Confidential Marriage License - Our notary public is one of only three in Santa Barbara County certified to issue marriage licenses outside of the Courthouse / $350.00
Fee includes Notarizing & Filing of all Documents, 1 Certified Copy and Keepsake Marriage Certificate