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Your wedding venue is the backbone of your wedding. It's often the first vendor couples book and can also be your most significant investment for your big day. If you're searching for inspiration for your Northern California wedding, Block Ice has your guide to some of the best wedding venues in the area.

Whether you're looking to throw a modern rooftop celebration in the city or are searching for a secluded forest retreat, discover elegant wedding venues for your style.

Classic Romance

Grand Island Mansion

This Italian Renaissance-style villa in the Sacramento River's delta region is an elegant venue for a romantic, fairytale wedding. The mansion is the largest private estate in Northern California. Enjoy a wedding set in the elegant gardens beneath a wrought iron gazebo or inside their enchanting ballroom.

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The Citizen Hotel

The Metropolitan Terrace at Sacramento's Citizen Hotel offers a sophisticated setting for your wedding with breathtaking 7th-floor views of California's capital. The hotel planners will help you plan your dream wedding at this beautiful venue. Plus, when you dine at the hotel's ground floor restaurant, you'll enjoy cocktails served over crystal clear craft ice.

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San Francisco City Hall

For an intimate, romantic wedding, look no further than San Francisco’s City Hall. You can enjoy a one-hour ceremony on the Mayor's Balcony overlooking the Grand Staircase or spend the evening dining and dancing beneath the ornate dome of the Rotunda.

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The Elks Tower

The Elks Tower is a striking venue in Downtown Sacramento. This historic building dates back to 1926, and its elegant ballroom provides the perfect romantic backdrop for your wedding. The beautiful space offers mezzanine-style balconies, vaulted ceilings with chandeliers, large windows for natural light, and a full bar. After the event, retreat to the adjacent bar, Block Ice client Locked Barrel.

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Rustic Outdoor Celebrations

Twenty Mile House

This 200-acre eco-estate in the Lost Sierra started as a stagecoach stop and trading post. Now, the historic property has become a certified carbon-free wedding venue, offering environmentally minded couples all-inclusive services. Celebrate your love in this elegant tree-lined setting with an event that's kind to the environment.

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Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs' winding creek and towering redwoods create an enchanting wedding backdrop. As the Bay Area's oldest continuously operating picnic facility, this venue has been family-owned and operated since the late 1800s. Enjoy exquisite catering surrounded by natural beauty for your wedding day.

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Pageo Lavender Farm

This beautifully-lit lavender farm is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. Plus, this venue offers decor options like market umbrellas, tables, chairs, and linen options; and access to unique furniture options. Book a June wedding if you want to say "I Do" while the lavender is in bloom.

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Monte Verde Inn

Tie the knot beneath an informal, outdoor cathedral lined with cedar trees and lit by charming market lights. Worried about rain or heat? The venue also has a beautiful indoor ballroom for an indoor ceremony, lit by a large window and cozy fireplace.

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Picturesque Vineyard Venues

Bear Flag Farm

If you're planning a winery wedding, Bear Flag Farm in Winters offers a beautiful venue option. Enjoy a picturesque vineyard ceremony with luxury service on this sprawling estate. With dozens of hotels in a 7-mile radius, this is also a convenient location for a destination wedding.

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Vintners Resort

Enjoy beautiful vineyard views and delightful flower gardens at Vintners Resort in Sonoma. This beautiful wine-country wedding venue also offers a nationally-acclaimed restaurant on-site, John Ash & Co.

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Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort and Spa offers a luxurious wedding experience for you and your guests. Plan an elegant event with a view of the rolling hills of Napa. This beautiful resort was Here Comes the Guide’s pick for the best destination wedding venue.

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Old Sugar Mill

Old Sugar Mill offers a rustic, historic charm to couples looking to plan a vineyard wedding. The venue offers a variety of backdrops for your event, including their old-world brick boiler room and the quaint French Quarter. They offer three unique wedding packages for groups of all sizes from 2 to 250.

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Victorian Vintage

Park Winters

Park Winters is an unforgettable, versatile wedding venue that allows couples to create their fairytale. Host your celebration in their Victorian-inspired inn for a wedding with vintage charm. Also available are elegant gardens or the chic barn for a more rustic wedding.

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Jefferson Street Mansion by Wedgewood Weddings

This Benicia mansion was inspired by the elegant style of Queen Victoria for timeless vintage weddings. Enjoy beautiful views of the Bay, a garden ceremony setting, and exquisite period decor.

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Sterling Hotel by Wedgewood Weddings

This Downtown Sacramento venue’s refined, Victorian design helps to create a vintage feel that’s unforgettable. Enjoy beautiful details like the artisanal stained-glass dome, cellar bar, and charming chapel.

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Winchester Mystery House

For a wedding with a vintage Victorian feel that's completely unique, try San Jose's famous Winchester Mystery House. This California icon offers two wedding packages -- a package for micro weddings of up to 50 people or a more traditional package for celebrations of up to 180.

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Elegant Modern Sites

The Pearl

The Pearl is a stunning San Francisco rooftop venue, perfect for modern weddings with an industrial feel. Say "I Do" with a view of the city skyline before heading downstairs to a reception set in a gorgeous, versatile space.

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Archer Hotel

The Archer Hotel in Downtown Napa is another stunning rooftop venue. Archer has a lot to offer if you're dreaming of a wine country wedding with a modern feel. Plan your elopement with a view of Napa from their rooftop, or wow your guests with a ceremony on the Water Deck. Plus, the drinks at their rooftop bar, Block Ice client Sky & Vine, can't be beat.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Plan a stunning modern wedding at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. This unique venue offers views of the city's towers and bridges, as well as a 4,400-square-foot living wall and galleries filled with beautiful contemporary art.

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The Crocker Art Museum

Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum is the ideal wedding venue for modern, artsy couples. Enjoy this unique museum venue's beautiful, contemporary architecture and extraordinary exhibits.

While The Crocker isn't accepting event rentals at this time, check back if you're planning your wedding in the next few years.

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Once you've booked your Northern California wedding venue, the fun really begins. Discover more ways to personalize your wedding and create an event that will have your guests talking for years. Read more.