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

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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! 

Also, the Peerspace Concierge is ready for all of your SoCal 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. Which, let’s face it, is something every betrothed couple can appreciate!

2. A lush ranch house with a pond in Los Angeles

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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 koi 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

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Do 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. Despite its stunning natural backdrop, the ranch is close to downtown. It has space for 100 guests, for a wedding venue that’s perfect mix of rustic and intimate.

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

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Perched over 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 sunsets 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 swanky, inviting venue is sure to wow you and your guests.

5. A coastal-chic space in Encinitas

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This downtown Encinitas luxury home has vaulted wood ceilings, wood floors, crisp white paint, and large windows for natural light. With a capacity of 40 people, you can have the intimate wedding of your dreams — and there is plenty of outdoor space, too! This gorgeous and breezy home 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 

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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 spectacular venue with space and grace

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Dance under the stars of Southern California in this stunning Union Market space. Its floor to ceiling windows let in tons of natural light, as well as picturesque views overlooking Mission Viejo. This is the perfect venue to unwind and make memories with family and friends. Your rental includes a bar, tables and chairs, and a plethora of party games, like cornhole and foosball. And this space has a reputation for detailed care and consideration for their guests — they offer one hour of venue setup prior to your wedding and one of tear down after it during the rental period. 

8. An inviting boho indoor/outdoor venue in Anaheim

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This intimate wedding venue in Southern California is wildly decorative, gorgeously eclectic, and production suitable. It was featured on the TV show “Backyard Bar Wars,” thanks to its incredible design and flamboyant exterior. But, we happen to think it’s also pretty great for a intimate SoCal wedding! You and your guests have use of the bar and kitchen, and there is plenty of onsite parking, too. This colorful outdoor venue is ideal if you love lots of color and boho style. And, as an additional perk, it comes decorated, so you don’t have to worry about your wedding party decorations.

9. A lovely Pasadena church with a modern vibe

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Southern California intimate wedding venues vary from extremely modern and pristine to more traditional and rustic. This elegant church 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.

Here’s a rave review from one happy couple:

“Throop Church is an Amazing venue! The sanctuary is absolutely beautiful!! The hall has everything You need to host a beautiful reception. We had searched high & low for the perfect venue to host 150 people. We are so thankful to have found Throop! Being this was my husband’s memorial service it was a very stressful time & Nancy was so helpful & gracious! Thank you for everything Nancy!”

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