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Planner and Officiant in Santa Barbara, CA,
(805) 455-2270

About Us

Weddings by the Sea is a boutique wedding studio based in scenic Santa Barbara, California. Specializing in intimate destination weddings and elopements for over 15+ years; they are uniquely suited to provide wedding services in the current CoVid-19 climate. Catherine Forester, owner of Weddings by the Sea is a wedding planner and notary public. She can plan/design a wedding, and issue marriage licenses. Many county offices that normally issue licenses are currently closed to the public. This makes Weddings by the Sea especially unique and one of the few wedding companies in California that can easily provide multiple services. Weddings by the Sea has created beautiful, memorable, and intimate wedding experiences for thousands of couples at stunning historic and coastal locations in Santa Barbara. They have won the WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award seven times.

Facilities and Capacity
Weddings by the Sea utilizes several gorgeous locations for wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. These include the Santa Barbara Beachfront, historic Santa Barbara Courthouse, lush gardens such as Alice Keck Park, and private venues. Packages are designed to accomodate from 2 - 20 people. Santa Barbara offers a variety of locations with incredible ambiance and spectacular views, providing couples with the intimate destination wedding of their dreams.

Services Offered
Weddings by the Sea offers comprehensive packages that streamline the wedding planning process and service all of the wedding essentials needed for your coastal ceremony. They offer an entire team of professionals from wedding planners to florists to musicians. Their wedding packages can be customized to fit your vision. They also offer several a la carte wedding essentials. The services they offer include:

  • Confidential marriage license
  • Event design
  • Wedding ceremony coordination
  • Officiants
  • Photographers
  • Live music
  • Chairs
  • Floral Design
  • Decor - including wedding arches and arbors
  • Site crew and setup


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  • My boyfriend and I wanted to elope in Santa Barbara. I needed to figure out how to do that. I had a specific date in mind and a time. But, since I do not live in Santa Barbara I needed help. Catherine could not have been more professional, more kind, more caring and more knowledgeable. She has been doing this for a long time and her vast experience and honest advice helped me to make the right decisions. Catherine was always available to answer my questions and she suggested options that I did not think of. In short, Catherine was absolutely the reason that our wedding day was a huge success. I highly recommend this Catherine and her super professional team to make your wedding day memorable and happy. My photo's are so much better than I could have imagined. This is one satisfied customer.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank Lady J. ! It was truly a pleasure to work with you and make this special day happen for you and your fiancee. Wishing you both all the best :)

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    What is the typical price for your wedding services?

    $ 2,500.00

    What is the starting price for your wedding services?

    $ 400.00

    Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


    What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

    $ 125.00

    What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

    Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion

    What services do you provide?

    Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Bilingual

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

    No Denomination

    On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

    Less than 30 mins.

    In which states are you licensed?


    What languages do you speak?


    Frequently Asked Questions about Planner

    What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?

    $ 1,200.00

    What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

    $ 1,500.00

    What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

    $ 3,500.00

    Do you offer an hourly rate?


    What is the hourly rate?

    $ 75.00

    What wedding events do you provide services for?

    Ceremony, Reception

    What wedding planning services do you offer?

    Event Design, Partial Planning, Timelines, Vendor Referrals

    What weddings do you have experience planning?

    Civil, Cultural, Destination, Elopement, Eco-Friendly, Non-Religious, Religious

    How many planners are on your team?


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