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Is Finding Your Special Wedding Venue Stressing You Out?

We know what you're thinking.

Where do you even start when it comes to deciding how to pick a wedding venue?

After all, it is one of the first and most important steps in the wedding planning process. Since the wedding venue sets the backdrop for the whole event and locks in the date for your wedding, it’s important to get it finalized before moving on to other details. The further in advance you’re able to start looking at venues, the better chance you’ll have of finding one that fits your needs and is also available for the dates you want. Getting started early also gives you the opportunity to view numerous wedding venues, giving you a better sense of what exactly you’re looking for and what’s important to you.

When focusing on how to choose a wedding venue, there are a number of things to take into consideration, like the venue’s size, location parking availability, bathroom options, and so much more! Finding your dream venue can be a tricky process, so we have pieced together our favorite venues of Sacramento, California. Each venue is unique and different, showcasing all sorts of their own stylistic features. Let's go!

Scott's Seafood On The River

“As a bride I couldn’t have dreamed of a better day, there were absolutely zero issues, everything was gorgeous and flawless… My husband and I cannot say anything other than it was amazing and the team at Scott’s is outstanding. If you are fortunate enough to book your wedding at Scotts, you will not be disappointed.” — Rachel

Scott’s Seafood on the River restaurant is the leading wedding destination settled on the Sacramento River. Together with the Westin Sacramento, Scott’s Seafood makes your wedding entirely yours. From the al fresco ceremony site at River’s Edge to the elegance of the Grand Monaco Ballroom, the setting is magnificent. Your wedding guests will be pampered by the attentive staff and overjoyed by the award winning cuisine. (It's incredible, take our word for it).

Exchange vows in a tranquil, intimate riverside ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests can mingle and enjoy cocktails on one of the spacious outdoor patios or in the stone, Breezeway courtyard. From May to October, use the gorgeous

Portofino event tent for your reception. The tent is jaw-dropping. It includes a dance floor and wrought iron chandelier. This venue really gives you you and your honey the opportunity to enhance the lighting to complement your wedding color palette. The picturesque Grand Monaco ballroom is a fantastic indoor option that features rich carpeting, low-key lighting, and contemporary chandeliers.

Whether sharing riverfront nuptials, dressing up a moonlit reception on a glittering night in the Portofino tent or polishing an chic affair in the Grand Monaco Ballroom, Scott’s Seafood goes above and beyond to create a unique wedding experience.


Facilities and Capacity Couples can accommodate up to 200 guests at Scott’s Seafood On The River. They have multiple options ranging from a riverfront ceremony along with the seasonal outdoor Portofino Tent or a luxurious reception in their Grand Monaco Ballroom. Services Offered Scott’s Seafood On The River is a full-service wedding venue with day-of wedding coordination, accommodations for guests and event rentals. Their services include:

  • China

  • Chairs

  • Tables

  • Glassware

  • Linens

  • Flatware

  • Table numbers

  • Votive candles

  • Easel for photos

  • Setup

  • Cleanup

  • Honeymoon Suite

Cuisine Scott’s Seafood On The River offers couples the option of a buffet, plated meal or passed hors d'oeuvres. Dinner options range from shrimp scampi and marinated skirt steak to char-grilled salmon and herb-grilled chicken breast.

Other Facilities This venue also includes a exclusive marina, outdoor swimming pool and spa, bicycle rentals, fire pits and bocce courts. Scott’s Seafood On The River also includes:

  • Parking

  • Valet

  • Wheelchair access

Other Services In addition to weddings, Scott’s Seafood On The River holds bridal showers, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners.

The Citizen Hotel

Providing soon-to-be-couples with a unique combination of historic charm and sleek modern amenities, The Citizen Hotel brings a new kind of luxury wedding venue to downtown Sacramento. Known for being unexpectedly elegant, this stunning wedding ceremony and reception space is ideal for both local couples and those with many out-of-town guests. The elegant 1st floor Plaza Park Ballroom has 25 foot high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, windows letting in natural light and is a marvelous venue for your ceremony up 120 guests, or cocktail hour up to 180. The Scandal Lounge, located on the 1st floor mezzanine, is the cocktail hour venue of choice with under 120 guests! We like the sound of ALL this. The Scandal Lounge is a must see. Dapper up ladies and gentleman!

The space creates an intimate environment for guests to mingle with a dimly-lit bar, marble top cocktail tables and piped in 1940s jazz music. Scandal is also a convenient and fun option for an after party! The 7th floor Metropolitan Terrace is an unbeatable reception site! The spacious venue has an elegantly draped ceiling and chandeliers, yet offers a modern touch with two walls of exposed brick. The panoramic views of the State Capitol and Downtown skyline are breathtaking, and the sunset fills the room with color! The Terrace can accommodate up to 180 guests for a dinner reception. Should you prefer the Terrace for your ceremony as well, the attentive staff is happy to transition the set while your guests enjoy cocktail hour in Scandal Lounge or the Plaza Park Ballroom. You’ll be dining on a delectable meal that is catered on-site by the hotel’s locally sourced Grange Restaurant and Bar, creating an unforgettable experience crafted by an award winning Executive Chef.

Facilities and Capacity This classic hotel has clever vintage details and gorgeous views of the city with three different rooms perfect for weddings.The venue can accommodate up to 180 guests indoors. Services Offered The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection has been hosting weddings for the past five years. It’s full service:

  • Bridal suite

  • Tables

  • Chairs

  • Linens

  • Flatware

  • Glassware

  • Setup

  • Cleanup

Cuisine This venue has an in-house caterer who specializes in American, Italian, Mexican and local fare. Dinner options include a buffet, plated meal, stations, family style and hors d'oeuvres. Outside cake is allowed. Other Services In addition to weddings, this hotel can host bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and elopements. Location The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection is located in the heart of Sacramento. It’s only 6.2 miles from Sacramento/Executive Airport and 11.4 miles from Sacramento International Airport.

The Crocker Art Museum

While The Crocker is currently not booking for the rest of 2021, they have definite plans to start actively booking in 2022. So, get on it!

What a dreamy idea. Marrying surrounded by loved ones, beautiful architecture, AND international art pieces? We give this venue a huge thumbs up.

The Crocker Art Museum!

The Crocker Art Museum is a stunning wedding venue located in Sacramento, California. This beautiful building offers a superb mix between vintage and modern that caters to distinguished tastes and those who seek extravagant surroundings. The museum features local and international art pieces, allowing visitors to have a gander at gorgeous and interesting collections.

This mansion began its current life in 1868 when Judge Edwin B. Crocker bought the building. The home was then renovated by architect Seth Babson, who added on a gallery building to accommodate Crocker's collection. The work on the mansion was completed in 1872, and the home took on the identity of Crocker Art Museum in 1978. It is not listed as a landmark and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places. The Teel Family Pavilion finished construction in 2010, allowing for an alternative space where the public enjoys exhibitions, the Gerald Hansen Library, Tot Land, and the Art Education Resource Room.

Facilities and Capacity

Crocker Art Museum is pleased to host couples and their guests in the Historic Ballroom, the Main Courtyard, Friedman Court, or E. Kendell Davis Courtyard. Each space has its own unique qualities and offers different environments that couples are able to choose from. From the opulence of the Historic Ballroom, complete with moldings and infintely ornate details, to the modern aesthetic of Friedman Court, boasting lofty ceilings and black marble floors, this venue is poised to host a spectacular event.

Services Offered

The event spaces are able to hold parties for a multitude of events, and they offer setup, cleanup, WiFi, and the encouragement to hire outside vendors in addition to planners/coordinators with every booking.

The Barn at Second Wind

One of the best things about Second Wind is the fact that it is located just a 15 minute drive south of Sacramento, very near the hamlet of Freeport, close to a golf course, and situated along the Sacramento River. Finding an astounding barn venue so close to downtown Sacramento, in a rural setting with singing birds, fields of spring blooming mustard, hops and grapes, and feeling miles away from civilization is amazing!

Six acres located along the Delta. Featuring a rustic barn, mature oak trees, grassy area and outdoor fire pit. The real focal piece within the barn is the gorgeous 1940’s chandelier that joins two more wrought iron lanterns, and the barn even has overhead ceiling fans for air circulation.

Facilities & Capacitiy

Capacity (Seated / Cocktail): 150 / 250

Outside Vendor Catering Permitted (BYO): Absolutely

Services Offered

  • Accept Credit Cards

  • Bridal Room

  • Buffet Menu Available

  • Coat Check

  • Conference Call

  • Fireplace

  • Gazebo

  • Guest Accomodations

  • Internet Access

  • Onsite Ceremony

  • Open Sunday

  • Outdoor Ceremony

  • Outdoor Reception

  • Outside Catering Permitted

  • Parking Lot

  • Tables and Chairs

  • Valet Parking

  • WiFi Access

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