Our ceremony was on a stormy day so the courthouse was deserted and the rain cleared about 2 hours before our wedding, the pictures could not be more gorgeous of the clock tower views with blue skies and puffy white clouds. Everyone I show these pictures too can't believe it's free to get married here. The only downside is it is a public place and there were some people watching our wedding, but it wasn't that big of a deal to us...perfect spot for a small wedding (clock tower only holds 25 people, we had 16).
The Mural Room is so beautiful and in the heart of Santa Barbara's downtown. I highly recommend this site for your ceremony.
The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a beautiful location and the Mural Room is fabulous. We got this room for $240 for a 2 hour block. They provide 3 blocks of 2 hours and we chose the latest block, 2:30-4:30pm. The room was just perfect for us and requires very little decoration. We opted not to have any ceremony flowers beyond the personals, bouquets, boutonnieres etc. One thing, the room has not been fitted with air conditioning or heaters as to not compromise the historical structure. Because of this the room takes on the temperature of outside. It was 68 degrees on our day so it was perfect! It is a fantastic ceremony site and I would highly recommend using this site.
When we did our very brief practice run the day before, it was overcast, so we were afraid of the lighting, but it came out BEAUTIFULLY. Linda Van Der Wyk was absolutely wonderful and helpful to work with in the booking and answered all my questions. Really gave a sense of solemnity and grandeur to our ceremony - the most important part!
Courthouse Tower - wonderful view from the top during the wedding. Perfect for small intimate wedding party. And free to use!
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