The historical Santa Barbara Courthouse with its mural room, bell tower and sunken garden is popular with tourists, but it’s also a stunning venue for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Courthouse is known for its historic architecture combined with vintage elegance, making it an ideal venue for any unique occasion. Currently, the Courthouse hosts many community and private events, such as Old Spanish Days-Fiesta, wedding ceremonies, corporate dinners, school graduation, docent-led tours, concerts and festivals. Be it an intimate gathering or a vast ceremony and reception, a wedding at the Courthouse is an unforgettable celebration. Described by Architect Charles Willard Moore as one of the “grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structures ever built,” the historic Courthouse has attained multiple architectural design awards, including the 2016 AIA Design Honor Award praising the Mural Room, and the 2012 Tucker Design Award complimenting the entire Courthouse building.
Rental fees and capacity vary depending on what area of the Gardens is reserved
Areas: Bird of Paradise Area - Cap: 50, Fee: $350
Fiesta Stage - Cap: 80, Fee: $550
Palm Terrace - Cap: 125, Fee: $675
Rotunda Lawn - Cap: 25, Fee: $225
Sunken Gardens - Cap: 200, Fee: $750
Requirements: $50 non-refundable administrative fee paid at time reservation is made
Time Allotments: Available for rental in 3-hour increments:
9:00 AM-Noon, Noon-3:00 PM; or 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Vendors: Only local area vendors with experience at the Courthouse are allowed
Parking: Not on-site, but available directly across the street from the Anacapa St. entrance is a four level parking garage (Cost: first 75 minutes free and $1.50 an hour after that).
Music: No amplified sound, but soft acoustic music is permitted
Alcohol Policy: Alcohol not allowed on premises
Decoration: All chairs and equipment are to be hand carried to wedding site and may be placed on site no more than one hour prior to ceremony. No rice, confetti, flower petals, birdseed or open flames (including candles) are permitted.
Restrictions: No receptions, food, beverages, alcohol or smoking is permitted on grounds. Taping off or coning any area of Courthouse Grounds is not permitted. Existing plants and lights must not be moved, not allowed to place signage.
Cancellation Policy: If reservation is cancelled less than thirty days prior to the event and fees have already been paid, a credit for a rescheduled wedding at the Courthouse Gardens will be given, and must be used within 12 months. Cancellations more than thirty days prior to the reservation may be refunded except the non-refundable administration fee.
Contact: Christina Franquet
Phone: (805) 568-2441
Photos: By Cherry Photography