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Affordable Coastal California Wedding Ceremony Site

The Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse are a beautiful backdrop for weddings and private or public parties. The Courthouse itself is a historic landmark with spectacular Spanish style architecture both inside and out, perfect for photo opportunities and a grand appearance at an affordable price.
The Sunken Gardens on the Court House grounds are spacious and green all year round. This site offers six different areas for wedding ceremonies, available for reservation in three hour increments. The Sunken Garden is the largest and most popular site accommodating the most guests (up to 200). The Palm Terrace which overlooks the gardens consists of a smaller lawn that can accommodate 125 guests. Across from the Sunken Gardens is a grove of majestic redwood trees. The Redwood Grove is another beautiful site overlooking the lush courthouse grounds and accommodates a guest list of 100. For more intimate guest lists, the Fiesta Stage (80 persons), Giant Bird of Paradise (50 people), and the Rotunda Lawn (up to 25 guests) are adjacent to the gardens and offer unique site specific features. All sites require a $100 reservation fee in addition to the site fee which ranges from $700 for the largest site: The Sunken Gardens, to the smallest site, The Rotunda Lawn for $175. Very Affordable!
All reservations for the Courthouse grounds and garden are made through the Santa Barbara County Parks Department. Contact Linda Van der Wyk for rental and reservation information (805) 568-3070 and visit their website at .  

There are plenty of parking garages near the courthouse for you and your guests and several fantastic restaurants nearby for your reception. Check this place out!


  1. Weddings of 15 or fewer people are free at the Santa Barbara Courthouse! While the main areas mentioned in the article may be reserved for the day, there is space along the lawns lining Anacapa and Figueroa Streets available free of charge with no reservation required on a first come first serve basis. Free. . . now that's affordable!

  2. Here is an update on contact information for the Santa Barbara Courthouse and Gardens:
    Santa Barbara Sunken Gardens
    1100 Anacapa Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 568-2461


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