10 Reasons to Get Married in SLO County

July 21, 2023

Picture this: a dreamy coastal county with sun-kissed beaches, rolling vineyards, and a dash of California charm. Yes, we’re talking about none other than San Luis Obispo County – the perfect playground for your love story! Getting married in San Luis Obispo County is not only something to consider for many in California, but has become somewhat of a well known little gem for elopements. SLO has a lot to offer and whether or not you love living here or just love visiting here, it’s undeniable that it’s a great place to say “I Do”! It’s brimming with experiences and charm that will entertain your guests before and after your big day.

If you’re looking to tie the knot in style, here are 10 fabulous reasons why you should say “I do” in SLO County:

1. Insta-Worthy Venues: Your wedding day deserves to be nothing short of a fairytale. SLO County’s got your back with its jaw-droppingly beautiful venues that will have your friends double-tapping their screens in awe! From enchanting vineyards to lush gardens, your wedding album will be a scroll-stopper!

Here are a few to consider in no specific order:

  1. Hammersky Vineyards – Sprawling vineyards, modern farmhouses and giant oak trees
  2. Higuera Ranch – Large main house with pool, charming barn for reception inside or out. Find my other blog post at the ranch here!
  3. Greengate Ranch & Vineyard – modern house and barn for reception, views of rolling vineyards
  4. Flying Caballos Ranch – Charming farmhouses and modern barns with sprawling landscape
  5. Santa Margarita Ranch – plenty of scenery for photos, modern barns with a charming atmosphere
  6. Spreafico Farms – stunning views and historical barn
  7. The Casitas Estate – Spanish architecture, stunning views and vineyards
  8. The White Barn – Modern white barn and lush green lawns
  9. The Penny SLO – An Industrial indoor space with outdoor courtyard and eclectic downtown location
  10. Dana Powers House & Barn – charming backdrops, lush green yard, rustic reception barn
  11. Terra Mia – Endless backdrops, lake, vineyards, Italian rustic
  12. Cass Winery – lush vineyards, indoor/outdoor areas, Third Wheel tours, horseback riding
  13. The Fableist Winery – Sprawling vineyards, eclectic modern vintage farmhouse, lush gardens
  14. The Grace Maralyn – victorian home, rustic barn, hilltop sunset photos, lush garden
  15. Templeton Mercantile – modern outdoor patio, historic view of grain mill, top notch cocktails, food truck
  16. Rava Winery – lush gardens, large pond, Italian inspired grounds, sprawling vineyards
  17. SLO Brew – multiple locations, eclectic modern atmosphere, close to downtown SLO
  18. Ella’s Vineyard – rolling vineyards, majestic oak trees, rustic barn, charming farmhouse

2. Perfect Weather Match: Forget the rain ruining your parade! In SLO County, the sun shines bright like your love throughout the year. You can kiss those “Plan B” worries goodbye, and dance under clear skies till your heart’s content. We do get mild and sporadic rain typically from January through April, but those months have amazing weather as well! Selecting a venue that accommodates coverage for rain in these months will keep the party going! Throw in some space heaters and you’re good to go!

3. Wine & Dine in Style: Calling all wine aficionados! Say “cheers” to love with some of the finest wines around. SLO County is wine country at its best, offering you and your guests a chance to indulge in exquisite flavors and cheers your way to forever.

4. Beachy Bohemian Vibe: Are you and your partner boho souls at heart? Picture this: barefoot vows exchanged on a sandy shoreline, surrounded by friends, family, and the calming sound of waves. San Luis Obispo County’s coastal magic will add a whimsical touch to your big day! Some of my favorite beaches for elopement are; Morro Bay, San Simeon, Cambria at Moonstone Beach and Pismo Beach. All of these locations are close to amazing restaurants that are great options for rehearsal dinner and hosting a small reception.

5. Small-Town Romance: Love stories and small towns go together like PB&J! The cozy coastal towns in SLO County will steal your heart with their charming streets, adorable boutiques, and that laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Paso Robles Wine Country is overflowing with charm of the coastal cowboy with vineyards and fresh restaurants downtown. Templeton and Atascadero indulge relaxed strolls through downtown. San Luis Obispo is brimming with eclectic restaurants and fun bars with tons of happenings.

6. #AdventureGoals: For the adventure-seekers, SLO County is your playground! From hiking scenic trails to riding bikes through vineyard-covered hills, there’s no shortage of thrill to kickstart your happily ever after. Third Wheel Tours gives rides through the vineyards at Cass. Horseback riding can be found at Cass as well as Santa Margarita, Creston and Cayucos. Santa Margarita hosts thrilling zip-lining through Margarita Adventures. There are endless amounts of events, music and art exhibits in the surrounding parks…I could go on and on….

7. Foodie Paradise: Calling all foodies! SLO County’s culinary scene is top-notch, offering farm-to-table delights that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Let your wedding feast be a celebration of flavors! Whichever city you decide to get married in, the food is abundant. Again, I could go on and on….I’m a foodie!

8. Central Coast Culture: Embrace the local arts, music, and culture that thrive in SLO County. Your wedding can be a showcase of the region’s unique spirit, with a touch of local talent and creativity woven into the celebrations.

9. Accommodation Perfection: SLO County caters to every taste and budget, with a plethora of accommodation options for you and your guests. Whether it’s a luxury resort or a cozy B&B, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your heads after dancing the night away.

10. Honeymoon Dreamland: Why leave paradise right after the wedding? Stay for the honeymoon and explore the wonders of SLO County together. Discover enchanting places like Hearst Castle and the magical landscapes of Big Sur – the cherry on top of your wedding cake!

So, lovebirds, if you’re looking for a place where love dances in the golden sunlight and adventure awaits around every corner, San Luis Obispo County is calling your names! Say “I do” amidst this California dream, and let the magic of SLO County be the canvas for your love story. Happy wedding planning, and may your love shine as bright as the SLO County sun!