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Venues in Santa Barbara, CA,
(805) 845-5800

About Us

Located in Santa Barbara, California, Belmond El Encanto is a hotel wedding venue. It has recently been restored to include more modern amenities while paying homage to its original Spanish-colonial style of craftsmanship. Stretching over seven acres of garden, it offers stunning views of the American Riviera. Since opening in 1918, it has provided its guests with a combination of luxury and comfort. The resort exudes an air of peace and relaxation, ideal for easing any wedding stresses or worries before the celebration begins. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for all stages of the wedding, from an engagement dinner to the reception. Elopements are also welcomed.

Facilities and Capacity

Belmond El Encanto offers several event spaces for couples to choose from. Due to its sunny location, it is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and receptions and provides naturally stunning backdrops for wedding photos. It can accommodate a maximum of 200 guests, whether that is outside in the Arbor by the lily pond or inside in the Riviera Ballroom. Ideal for a fairytale-feel, the Arbor offers a tranquil setting for guests to mingle and catch up with each other. The ballroom measures over 3,000 square feet and includes an elegant heated patio. The Channel Islands room and terrace is is a combination of indoor and outdoor event spaces. Guests can enjoy the breathtaking views from the terrace or relax in nearby gracefully decorated reception rooms. For a more intimate feel, the Fireside Room and Patio offer coziness alongside the hotel’s innate elegance. It also boasts incredible views of the Channel Islands across the waters of the Pacific, which guests can enjoy from the pool patio. An onsite spa offers the couple a chance to relax and be pampered for a few hours before their wedding. The hotel features 92 suites, bungalows, and rooms, and is located just nine miles from Santa Barbara airport, making it perfect for out-of-town guests.

Services Offered

To unwind, Belmond El Encanto features a new, zero-edge swimming pool where guests can unwind and enjoy the warm California sun. The hotel’s own wedding experts are on hand to support couples through the planning process, using their expansive knowledge of the venue and local area. Menus can be customized for each celebration, using locally produced wines. This hotel also welcomes couples on their honeymoon.

Debra H.

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  • The Belmond Hotel, which opened in 1918, has hosted the likes of Hollywood royalty like William Clark Gable. Decades later his only child and son John Clark Gable and Debra Hartsell Gable married on September 5, 2020, at the same location. We worked with Irene Robles, Event Planner for The Belmond Hotel. We thank the entire staff for making our wedding a "Dream Come True".

    responded with the following comments.

    Dear Debra and John, It was an absolute pleasure working with you to plan your special wedding celebration here with us at Belmond El Encanto. I will be sure to share with our team. We thank you again for choosing to host your wedding with us and look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate your wedding anniversaries with us! Wishing you all the best, Irene

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 12,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 10,000.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 12,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 10,000.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 52.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Garden, Historic Building, Hotel, Resort, Restaurant

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Accommodations, All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Preferred Vendors Only, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, November, December

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