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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Santa Barbara , CA

LOCATION

1100 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US

PHONE

805-962-6464

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Veronica
Wedding:
5/8/2016
4.9/5.0
The Mural Room is breathtaking! We are so happy we stumbled upon this gem. Only hiccup is we had an early morning wedding and didn't realize the Courthouse didn't open until about a half hour prior to our wedding. Our Coordinator (Suzie from PacWest Blooms) handled guest and vendor arrivals like the pro she is and the wedding still started on time and with little hassle. We were able to take pictures afterwards, but beware of tourists that may ruin the shot (they are technically allowed to come in the room during an event, but only to a certain point).
The Mural Room is breathtaking! We are so happy we stumbled upon this gem. Only hiccup is we had an early morning wedding Read more...
The Mural Room is breathtaking! We are so happy we stumbled upon this gem. Only hiccup is we had an early morning wedding and didn't realize the Courthouse didn't open until about a half hour prior to our wedding. Our Coordinator (Suzie from PacWest Blooms) handled guest and vendor arrivals like the pro she is and the wedding still started on time and with little hassle. We were able to take pictures afterwards, but beware of tourists that may ruin the shot (they are technically allowed to come in the room during an event, but only to a certain point). Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
11/8/2015
4.0/5.0
When I saw photos of the courthouse, I knew I wanted to be married here. The grounds are truly picture-perfect. I was disappointed in the giant iron doors being locked into an open position, though. And there are quite a bit of rules and restrictions in addition to the fact that the outside locations are not closed off to the public even when a location is reserved.
When I saw photos of the courthouse, I knew I wanted to be married here. The grounds are truly picture-perfect. I was Read more...
When I saw photos of the courthouse, I knew I wanted to be married here. The grounds are truly picture-perfect. I was disappointed in the giant iron doors being locked into an open position, though. And there are quite a bit of rules and restrictions in addition to the fact that the outside locations are not closed off to the public even when a location is reserved. Read less
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Charlotte
Wedding:
9/19/2015
4.8/5.0
If you are looking for a stunning location on a budget, than we highly recommend the courthouse. The mural room is absolutely gorgeous and can be rented in two hour blocks, perfect for a quick ceremony, but it books up quickly so better look ahead of time!
If you are looking for a stunning location on a budget, than we highly recommend the courthouse. The mural room is Read more...
If you are looking for a stunning location on a budget, than we highly recommend the courthouse. The mural room is absolutely gorgeous and can be rented in two hour blocks, perfect for a quick ceremony, but it books up quickly so better look ahead of time! Read less
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mindi
Wedding:
8/18/2015
5.0/5.0
The Santa Barbara Courthouse was the perfect location for our destination wedding! We eloped and drove down the coast. The SB Courthouse is beautifully preserved and maintained. We were surprised to see how open the grounds were and that we could pick ANY place on the grounds for our vows. We chose the clock tower which has a beautiful 360 degree view of the coast and hills. We loved our day!
The Santa Barbara Courthouse was the perfect location for our destination wedding! We eloped and drove down the coast. The Read more...
The Santa Barbara Courthouse was the perfect location for our destination wedding! We eloped and drove down the coast. The SB Courthouse is beautifully preserved and maintained. We were surprised to see how open the grounds were and that we could pick ANY place on the grounds for our vows. We chose the clock tower which has a beautiful 360 degree view of the coast and hills. We loved our day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
This was an absolutely magical place to have our wedding. We had a guest list of 50 and chose the Mural Room for our ceremony. We booked the 12 - 2 block on a Friday in August. The people who manage the courthouse event space were kind, accommodating and organized. However, please note that the space does not come with a County Clerk and you will have to provide your own officiate. We thought about using a judge, but their prices were a bit high. Instead, we had our friend deputized downstairs in a process that took about 20 minutes - two weeks before. It was also a super convenient way to get our license and execute all the paperwork efficiently.

The room remains open to the public for your wedding, so don't be surprised if unexpected tourists stop in to watch. We had about 10 very lovely and friendly Japanese tourists in the back rows, which we found charming and magical.
This was an absolutely magical place to have our wedding. We had a guest list of 50 and chose the Mural Room for our Read more...
This was an absolutely magical place to have our wedding. We had a guest list of 50 and chose the Mural Room for our ceremony. We booked the 12 - 2 block on a Friday in August. The people who manage the courthouse event space were kind, accommodating and organized. However, please note that the space does not come with a County Clerk and you will have to provide your own officiate. We thought about using a judge, but their prices were a bit high. Instead, we had our friend deputized downstairs in a process that took about 20 minutes - two weeks before. It was also a super convenient way to get our license and execute all the paperwork efficiently.

The room remains open to the public for your wedding, so don't be surprised if unexpected tourists stop in to watch. We had about 10 very lovely and friendly Japanese tourists in the back rows, which we found charming and magical. Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.0/5.0
Loved this venue - we got married on the fiesta stage and were able to reserve it about 9 months in advance. There were quite a few rules and timelines, but it ended up being a beautiful ceremony - no flowers or decorations needed!
Loved this venue - we got married on the fiesta stage and were able to reserve it about 9 months in advance. There were Read more...
Loved this venue - we got married on the fiesta stage and were able to reserve it about 9 months in advance. There were quite a few rules and timelines, but it ended up being a beautiful ceremony - no flowers or decorations needed! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We got married in December 2014 at the Santa Barbara Mural Room. This is a highly sought after venue for the ceremony component of a wedding. I called and spoke with Linda Van der Wyk at the County of Santa Barbara months in advance to try and book a preferred date. She was so helpful in discussing possible dates and times, which are booked at least 6 months in advance so be prepared! It's so worth waiting. I had planned a fall wedding, but opted for a December wedding just to be married in the gorgeous historic Mural Room! The room is a glorious Spanish style building with high vaulted ceilings, spectacular architecture, original mural paintings from the 1800's, wrought iron work, Spanish tiles, and natural light sunlight shining through every window, hallway, and door. It is truly awe inspiring for a wedding ceremony. My husband and I visited the Mural Room first on our list of venues. Nothing could compare after, so we wed in December and the rest is history!
We got married in December 2014 at the Santa Barbara Mural Room. This is a highly sought after venue for the ceremony Read more...
We got married in December 2014 at the Santa Barbara Mural Room. This is a highly sought after venue for the ceremony component of a wedding. I called and spoke with Linda Van der Wyk at the County of Santa Barbara months in advance to try and book a preferred date. She was so helpful in discussing possible dates and times, which are booked at least 6 months in advance so be prepared! It's so worth waiting. I had planned a fall wedding, but opted for a December wedding just to be married in the gorgeous historic Mural Room! The room is a glorious Spanish style building with high vaulted ceilings, spectacular architecture, original mural paintings from the 1800's, wrought iron work, Spanish tiles, and natural light sunlight shining through every window, hallway, and door. It is truly awe inspiring for a wedding ceremony. My husband and I visited the Mural Room first on our list of venues. Nothing could compare after, so we wed in December and the rest is history! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
This is only a ceremony venue but it is the most gorgeous affordable place to get married!! Due to it being a county location you only pay a small rental fee to get married here . We had our ceremony here and our reception and an awesome Italian restaurant. It only cost me approx $500 to rent the space I wanted in the sunken gardens. I rented some chairs and a portable batter operated PA (no outlets) the venue is so gorgeous and historical no decorations are needed!
This is only a ceremony venue but it is the most gorgeous affordable place to get married!! Due to it being a county Read more...
This is only a ceremony venue but it is the most gorgeous affordable place to get married!! Due to it being a county location you only pay a small rental fee to get married here . We had our ceremony here and our reception and an awesome Italian restaurant. It only cost me approx $500 to rent the space I wanted in the sunken gardens. I rented some chairs and a portable batter operated PA (no outlets) the venue is so gorgeous and historical no decorations are needed! Read less
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Maribel
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I got married here outside on a beautiful day in November I just can't get enough on how beautiful this place is, we wanted a small wedding that's full of plant life and greenery so that's why we chose this place, I would recommend anyone getting married here or inside the courthouse. It will forever be my special place in my heart.
I got married here outside on a beautiful day in November I just can't get enough on how beautiful this place is, we Read more...
I got married here outside on a beautiful day in November I just can't get enough on how beautiful this place is, we wanted a small wedding that's full of plant life and greenery so that's why we chose this place, I would recommend anyone getting married here or inside the courthouse. It will forever be my special place in my heart. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.2/5.0
I am recommending this venue solely because it is a beautiful, unique place to get married.
We got married on the Fiesta Stage in the gardens of the courthouse. The courthouse had very strict rules (no flower petals, no music, no aisle runner, no speakers, etc.). We feel as if we overpaid to have simply the venue and nothing more. They provided nothing.
Contacting people was extremely difficult. I would e-mail one person one month and try to e-mail them again the next month, but someone else had taken over their position. Sometimes I would not even get a reply.
There were no weddings ahead of mine the day of, and I had asked if the rental crew could start setting the chairs up 30 min-1 hr before my rental time (rental times are in 3 hour blocks). They said no. I didn't really see the problem with this, because there were no weddings going on.
The no-amplification rule worked out for us because we had a very small wedding, but even some of the guests couldn't hear the ceremony at times.

If you are looking for just a pretty, simple venue, then I would recommend the courthouse. But if you want to have a large, extravagant wedding, I would strongly advise against.
I am recommending this venue solely because it is a beautiful, unique place to get married.
We got married on the Read more...
I am recommending this venue solely because it is a beautiful, unique place to get married.
We got married on the Fiesta Stage in the gardens of the courthouse. The courthouse had very strict rules (no flower petals, no music, no aisle runner, no speakers, etc.). We feel as if we overpaid to have simply the venue and nothing more. They provided nothing.
Contacting people was extremely difficult. I would e-mail one person one month and try to e-mail them again the next month, but someone else had taken over their position. Sometimes I would not even get a reply.
There were no weddings ahead of mine the day of, and I had asked if the rental crew could start setting the chairs up 30 min-1 hr before my rental time (rental times are in 3 hour blocks). They said no. I didn't really see the problem with this, because there were no weddings going on.
The no-amplification rule worked out for us because we had a very small wedding, but even some of the guests couldn't hear the ceremony at times.

If you are looking for just a pretty, simple venue, then I would recommend the courthouse. But if you want to have a large, extravagant wedding, I would strongly advise against. Read less
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