Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Makayla and Jacob started off their Santa Margarita Ranch wedding in Shell Beach, CA. Jacob and his groom’s men kicked it at The Cliffs Resort, a perfect hotel right on the cliffs above Shell Beach. Makayla and her bridesmaids got a cute townhouse in downtown Pismo Beach. After knowing each other for six years they hosted a beautiful a Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding. Their Paso Robles wedding was country chic themed with neutral flowers, paired with gold, in the historic barn at Santa Margarita Ranch. If you like their sneak peak, check out the article at the bottom for everything you need to know about planning a Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding!

California and the Central Coast has a wide variety of wedding venues to suit every taste, and having a Santa Margarita Ranch wedding is one of the best choices! While many of venues are beach side  such as the Cliffs Hotel and Spa, or the Dolphin Bay Resort, some weddings need a little more space! If you and your soon-to-be spouse are seeking a ceremony and reception space that has a little more space to roam and can accommodate larger parties, we’ve got you covered. Consider having a Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding!

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding Day Details

Getting Ready on your Wedding Day

Santa Margarita Ranch has a smaller getting ready suite for brides and grooms so I’d always opt for a nearby hotel or Airbnb as you will have more room to spread out!

Nearby hotels such as Cliffs Hotel and Spa, or the Dolphin Bay Resort are great, however you will have to consider transportation for guests to and from the hotels. How far would their Uber ride be? Should we consider a shuttle, etc.

Ceremony for Wedding Day

You should consider doing this on site, the ranch is gorgeous with lots of room and different locations for a ceremony! Makayla and Jacob opted for a traditional catholic ceremony at a nearby Church which is a great option as well.

Reception at Santa Margarita Ranch

This is where Santa Margarita Ranch shines, with a large barn for the party and plenty of room for guests you can host an amazing party out here. You may even consider hosting your tented wedding out here as there is lots of room for a wedding tent! The most gorgeous wedding tents include Sperry Tents!

Santa Margarita Ranch Venue Information

Venue Pricing

As of 2019, the venue site fee ranged from about 5.8 – 11k. However, there are things that should be considered such as independent catering, as well as portable restroom trailers etc. (California’s best restroom trailers).


It is almost countless! The ranch has 280 chairs on site, and it depends where you want your ceremony and reception held. It would be best to contact this central coast wedding venue to learn more.

Booking a Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding Photographer!

Once you’ve selected a date and venue, you should start looking for the right wedding photographer for you. I’m Josiah Alter, a fine art film wedding photographer located right here on the Central Coast. As a Santa Barbara wedding photographer, there are ZERO travel fees in California, and I’d love to work with you on your wedding day!

I’d love the opportunity to get to know you more! Reach out to me by visiting my contact form below. Cheers, – Josiah

Hotels: The Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach, CA

Wedding Venue: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Arroyo Grande, CA

Reception Venue: Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita, CA

Flowers: April’s Flowers, San Luis Obispo, CA

Cake: Bebe Cakes, Tulare, CA

Day of Coordinator & DJ: Kramer Events

Caterer: Rib Line Catering 

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