The 9 Best Intimate Wedding Venues in Southern California
Southern California is one of the best places in the nation to plan an intimate wedding. First off, the mild temperatures and stunning views make it a no-brainer. Second, there are so many hidden areas and quaint towns that make for a perfect intimate venue. Finding the ideal venue is easy with Peerspace’s search function. Simply enter the location and dates you’d like to host your wedding, and you’ll get dozens of gorgeous listings at your fingertips. From ranch houses adorned with koi ponds to modern warehouses, here are some of our favorite intimate wedding venues in Southern California.
1. A historic downtown San Diego wedding venue
This blank slate comes decorated with brick walls, wood floors, and vaulted ceilings — the rest is up to you and your wedding planner’s vision. With 5,700 square feet of imaginative space, you can have plenty of room for the ceremony, reception, dancing and maybe even a photo booth!
The Peerspace Concierge is ready for all of your winter wedding needs. We have experts that can help find the perfect tables, chairs, equipment, or even photo booth rentals. Plus, everything can be delivered straight to your venue of choice.
2. A lush ranch house with a pond in Los Angeles
Intimate wedding venues in Southern California have that extra magic that you just can’t find anywhere else in the country. Your guests will be enjoying the comfortable climate of Southern California in this secret garden. Let us tell you exactly why it could be the perfect venue for an intimate wedding: there’s a coy pond, romantic lights, and an adequate number of restrooms for guests.
Take it from a customer who had fantastic things to say about their wedding in the garden:
My dream was to have an outdoor wedding with warm lights all around and a romantic feel to it. This place exceeded my expectations! It was so beautiful and everyone was blown away with how gorgeous it was. Gary and Marie were there making sure everything was going smoothly and that I was happy. They were so awesome and I can’t thank them enough for making my special day so wonderful.
3. A rustic horse ranch in Long Beach
Does your bride and groom love the simple life? Give your wedding party a breath of fresh air at this ranch in Long Beach — which has plenty of horses for a Western photoshoot. There’s even a barnyard that serves as a perfect bar or catering setup area.
It does get cool in this area, especially at night. Luckily, the ranch does have a bonfire area to warm up and stargaze. Just be sure to also encourage your guests to dress in warm clothes if you choose this spot, which is one of the most scenic intimate wedding venues in Southern California.
4. A contemporary home hidden in the mountains near Palm Springs
Perched over a 1,000 feet up from the grounds of Palm Desert, your guests will witness mesmerizing panoramas of twinkling city lights and the desert below at this contemporary venue. Say “I do” amidst the rocky terrain of the surrounding mountainside, and watch as the sun sets from the infinity pool. Then, be whisked away on a private helicopter to your honeymoon. With an onsite helicopter pad, you and your guests can be shuttled to and from several Southern California airports.
This downtown Encinitas open space has high ceilings, concrete floors, exposed brick, and large windows for natural light. With a capacity of 75 people, you can have the intimate wedding of your dreams — and your dog is welcome, too! The pet-friendly space also includes a kitchen, Wi-Fi, speakers, and parking spaces.
6. A mid-century house with panoramic views of the city at the top of Mt. Washington
Redwood walls and beautiful geometric design details aren’t the only incredible feats of this 1940s house. The house also has large windows that reveal sweeping views of the Los Angeles metropolis and beyond. With a large backyard and patio, the venue is perfect for an intimate wedding. Plus, tables and chairs are included in the rental. And we had to highlight this satisfied Peerspace renter’s experience:
Zara’s house was perfect — everything we could ask for as a wedding party venue. The historic mid-century architecture is one of a kind, with an unbeatable setting. Our evening was a truly special experience, and Zara was very helpful in accommodating our needs while allowing us the space to set up and celebrate. Guests all loved the house and will keep the memory for years to come. Great for photos. Would definitely return if I need to host another event.
7. A wedding venue with Old-World charm in downtown San Juan Capistrano
Dance under the stars of Southern California in this stunning courtyard. This is the perfect place to unwind and make memories with family and friends. And this space has a reputation for detailed care and consideration for their guests — they offer an on-site security guard and the use of a separate suite space throughout the rental period.
8. An inviting dream indoor/outdoor venue in Anaheim
This intimate wedding venue in Southern California is fully customizable based on the number of guests you’d like to have and which room(s) work best for your party. It also handles all catering, bar service, and staffing for you — so you can focus on the vows and decorations! Plus, you’ll get round tables, chairs for up to 250 guests, and a stage as part of the rental.
9. A lovely Pasadena church with a modern vibe
Southern California winter wedding venues vary from extremely modern and pristine to more traditional and rustic. This venue lies somewhere in between with its stained glass windows and versatile reception space. Included in the booking is a kitchen, outdoor space, tables, chairs and speakers. Keep in mind that hard alcohol is not allowed at this venue, and there is no air conditioning in the church, which shouldn’t be a problem since the weather is typically quite mild.