When it comes time to start planning your wedding, there’s perhaps no more important decision than the venue. First of all, it’s generally one of the biggest expenses – even when you’re trying to stick to a budget. Second, the wedding venue you choose has a huge impact on the entire feeling, vibe, ambiance, whatever-you-call it for your entire special day.
Luckily, Sausalito already has a great feeling, vibe, or ambiance – whatever you call it – so all you need to do is choose among the variety of Sausalito wedding venues one that matches your style and the vision you have. As someone who was recently browsing venues myself, I can say that I personally love the variety of options in Sausalito, and am sure every bride and/or groom can find a place they love.
There are a surprising number of wedding venues in Sausalito, as well as a good range of options. From unconventional to upscale spaces, you can surely find the perfect place for your wedding at one of these Sausalito event venues. Read on to discover what makes each one special, as well as a quick recap of other options in the area should you need or want a backup choice. (Also, if you need an idea of where to have your engagement party in Sausalito, I have one!)
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Featured image from Ceremony Magazine featuring Casa Madrona
1. Butterflute’s Wedding Chapel
Photos courtesy of Butterflutes
Butterflute’s Wedding Chapel is one of the most extraordinary Sausalito wedding venues. Established in 2007, the chapel is a repurposed boat lettering shop and sits inside the historic Sausalito shipyard. The venue is rustic and charming, perfect for lovers looking to celebrate their wedding boho style.
The lush surroundings are without a doubt the highlight of the venue. You’ll find lovely flower gardens everywhere that Victoria, the owner, has lovingly tended over the years. Named the Best Secret Garden in Sausalito by Sausalito Beautiful in 2018, the lush greenery creates gorgeous scenery where you can exchange vows. The owner, Victoria Colella, is a fantastic minister who’s also a wonderful hostess and will be happy to help you plan your special day.
2. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
If there were one answer to the question of where to get married in Sausalito, Casa Madrona is probably the first place that comes to mind.
Arguably one of the most luxurious Sausalito hotels (and wedding venues), Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa opens its doors for you to host the wedding of your dreams. Perched on top of Sausalito Hill, the 1885 mansion overlooking Richardson Bay offers fantastic wedding packages that leave no detail unattended.
The Alexandrite Suite package is one of the most popular wedding venues in Sausalito. The luxurious suite overlooking Richardson Bay can sit 80 guests for dinner or 110 guests for a reception-style event and a two-night accommodation for the couple. The Junto Wedding Package is perfect for intimate weddings. The venue also offers breathtaking views of Richardson Bay and accommodates 64 guests for dinner or 113 guests for a reception-style event.
For an over-the-top wedding is the Bespoke Wedding Package, which includes exclusive use of Casa Madrona’s two premier event venues located on the historical hillside of the property, which provides a seamless event flow for weddings of up to 110 guests.
3. Events Ondine
Photos courtesy of Events Ondine
Cozy and quaint, Events Ondine is a fantastic wedding venue with a unique history behind it. It was the first San Francisco Yacht Club, and throughout the 20s, it was a popular spot to celebrate yacht races, galas, and regattas. Today, it neighbors The Trident and sits right on the edge of the pier facing the San Francisco skyline. As you might imagine, the view is breathtaking.
While the venue is smaller than other options on the list, the quality of service is unbeatable and makes up for it. People love how flexible the staff is – some reviews mentioned how they were able to turn the venue into a tropical paradise for an Aloha Wedding! Their catering is excellent, offering a wide variety of culinary selections.
4. Portuguese Cultural Center
The Portuguese Cultural Center is one of Marin’s oldest landmarks. While it may not look like much at first glance, the potential of this place is vast. It has a 2,800sqft ballroom, with beautiful hardwood floors, and a separate 2,400 sq. ft. dining room. The ballroom is lovely and spacious, featuring off-white walls and subtle wood details. Since the ballroom is primarily a white canvas, you can decorate it freely and adjust the venue’s style to fit your dream wedding.
Unlike other Sausalito wedding venues, the Portuguese Cultural Center allows you to bring in your own drinks and caterer, which comes in handy for people who want to celebrate their wedding with culinary traditions from their home country or culture – or are trying to stick to a budget.
5. Sausalito Women’s Club
After first publishing this story, a fellow Sausalito resident reached out to let me know there was one potential wedding venue I missed – in fact, it was a place in Sausalito that I’ve never heard of before! The Sausalito Women’s Club is tucked away on the hills above Bridgeway, and the Clubhouse is a perfect spot to tie the knot with an incredible view overlooking Richardson and San Francisco Bays with the San Francisco skyline in the distance.
The Clubhouse was designed by Julia Morgan, one of the earliest and most famous woman architects of the early 20th Century. The space is open and welcoming, and you have access to the grounds and gardens as part of your rental… this means there are different areas to imagine and decorate for your big day.
The only consideration is that the Club can seat just 120 guests, so if you’re looking for a really big wedding, this space won’t work… However it’s so beautiful you might want to trim the guest list so you can be wedded here instead of somewhere else!
6. Schooner Freda B
Photos courtesy of the Schooner Freda
Getting married with a lovely view of Richardson Bay isn’t the only perk of celebrating your wedding in Sausalito. You can also take advantage of Richardson Bay’s waters and the amusement opportunities they provide. So, we couldn’t have a list without catering to lovebirds who want to celebrate their wedding on board.
The Schooner Freda B, an 80-foot sailboat, is one of the finest sailboats for hire on the San Francisco Bay. The staff invites couples to celebrate weddings and elopements on a dream sail. You can even book their licensed captains to marry you!
If you’re up for a true nautical wedding, you can book their Angel Island Wedding package, where the captain takes you on a leisurely sail aboard the Schooner Freda B to Ayala Cove. You can choose to marry aboard the Freda B, or while on the island, or after dinner.
7. Studio 333
Photos courtesy of Studio 333
Studio 333 is a unique location to choose for your wedding. Established in 2002, it is a fine art and event gallery that defines itself as an eclectic and old-school vibe studio.
The place is a little funky, with beautiful and quirky artwork on display throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. Host Christopher and his team are in charge of bringing to life the wedding you’ve envisioned. They offer in-house catering, a DJ, and a professional photographer. However, they’re happy to let you choose the services independently. The venue is quite roomy and can seat 130 guests for dinner in the Gallery and over 200 people for a buffet-style dinner or cocktail party.
8. The Spinnaker
Photos courtesy of The Spinnaker
Sausalito’s upscale restaurant The Spinnaker has been a popular wedding venue for years. Thanks to its shoreline location in Sausalito’s historic downtown, couples have made the restaurant their preferred venue to celebrate their commitment to one another.
The restaurant offers the banquet room and its waterfront deck, accommodating up to 170 guests for a seated event or 220 for a reception. The room also features floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto beautiful blue water, sailboats, and hills in the distance. At the same time, the balcony provides gorgeous views of the San Francisco city skyline.
Although the venue’s atmosphere is quite elegant, there’s still room to add your personal touch if you’d like to decorate it yourself.
9.-11. Churches in Sausalito
If you’re all about traditional weddings, you might want to know about the churches in Sausalito that you can book to celebrate your wedding. So here are three gorgeous churches where you can say “I do” In Sausalito.
Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Church looks taken from a fairytale. The church features breathtaking Carpenter Gothic ornamentation, 100-year-old stained glass windows. The historic building has been celebrating weddings since 1882 and can host up to 100 guests for your special day.
Sausalito Presbyterian Church
Sausalito Presbyterian Church is gorgeous inside and out. It’s cozy and sits on a hill with magnificent views of the city. The venue is open to celebrate everything, from the religious ceremony to the reception. Thomson Hall, the lovely salon, can only fit 95 people, so it’s perfect for small weddings.
St Mary Star of the Sea
St Mary Star of the Sea is one of the few catholic churches in Sausalito. The church is beautiful and has even more stunning views. If you’d like to book the church, they advise you to get in contact at least six months before your desired wedding date.
12.-13. Other Wedding Venues Near Sausalito
None of the previous venues convinced you? Don’t worry. You can also find stunning wedding venues in nearby Sausalito areas.
The Lodge at Golden Gate (Cavallo Point)
Cavallo Point is an upscale resort where luxury and nature become one. Nestled at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point hosts private ceremonies or big parties. They have six different venues, each more stunning than the other, and can accommodate 10 to 300 guests.
Headlands Center for the Arts
You can book one of Headlands Center for the Arts‘ historic military buildings to celebrate your special day. Each building has its unique style and features different artworks by local artists. As a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the center provides unmatched natural scenery with lush gardens and towering trees.
I know how important your wedding venue can be since I had to change my own mid-way through the planning process. We got married during Summer 2020; as you can imagine, we had to adjust our plans from a conventional wedding venue to a backyard wedding. Despite that, our day was truly magical – proving that the venue is important, but it’s not everything!
Hopefully the Sausalito wedding venue you love most on this list is available for the day you want to get married – and below budget! – but in any case, you now know all of your options for Sausalito wedding venues. Have any questions? Let me know in the comments, or reach out to the venue directly for specific availability/price inquiries.