California has some of the most beautiful state parks in the country – providing you with a range of settings to match any wedding style, including elegant mansion estates, the redwood forests and many gorgeous beach wedding sites. Often times, choosing to move away from conventional wedding sites to a state park can lead to huge cost savings. However, it can also require more planning and preparation on your part – but done right, the extra work will definitely lead to a memorable wedding to cherish and have pride in.
Example Sites for Garden Weddings in Southern California:
Crystal Cove State Park
If you’re looking for a great cheap wedding venue in southern California, this is it! Crystal Cove is is located off of the Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. It features an ideal, and dramatic wedding site on top of the coastal bluffs, overlooking the beach. One section of the park is home to an Historic District with with 46 cottages built between the 1920’s – 1930’s. Nestled right along the coastline, 22 of the cottages have been fully restored and are available for rent – The average rate per Cottage for four people is $168 per night, making for a great wedding bargain.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Features a set of 5 adobe buildings, including one called La Casa de Estudillo is a mansion built around a garden courtyard, the home features a chapel that was made famous as “Ramona’s Marriage Place” in Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel, Ramona.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Home to the nations rarest Pine Tree, and the last of the California Salt Marshes – this park provides a truly unique and incredibly beautiful wedding site. Visitors can experience the parks high jagged cliffs, and deep ravines that overlook the ocean.
Check out parks.ca.gov for more California State Park wedding Ideas.