1880 Union Hotel is a unique wedding venue located in Los Alamos, California. Located 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, near the popular wine country towns of Los Olivos, Solvang, and Buellton, this historic landmark offers a rustic and vintage venue that is both authentic in its history, and fresh for the most luxurious of celebrations.
Facilities and Capacity
The 1880 Union Hotel offers two outdoor event sites - a great lawn and brick courtyard - each capable of seating 300 for ceremony and reception. Nine private Old West guest rooms, including two suites, provide accommodations for up to 20 overnight guests. An expansive dining hall and lobby lounge are perfect for rehearsal dinner, after-party, or a smaller indoor reception. And the upstairs lounge, along with dressing room, kitchenette, game room, poker room and library, provide ample entertainment throughout the wedding weekend.
The 1880 Union Hotel has a reputation for excellence and service throughout its many years of existence. In addition, you can expect the following:
This grand building was constructed in 1880 by Wells Fargo as a stagecoach stop, and served as a hotel and saloon for over 100 years, from the early nineteenth century until 2016 when it was refurbished and began offering private accommodations and events.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Angelica · Married on 03/09/2018
I am so glad I chose the 1880 Union Hotel as my venue. My guests were constantly cracking jokes and asking "Why isn't the wedding in Hawaii??" (where I'm from) and even after telling them I don't want to plan a destination wedding they still pouted haha but after seeing how gorgeous, romantic and just breathtaking this venue is all that pouting stopped! Everyone agreed this venue matched us perfectly. It was beautiful, secluded and private. We had the whole property to ourselves which was really important to me as I didn't want any looky-loos peering in on our special day.Sent on 03/25/2018
The staff was phenomenal! Ben and Aly were so friendly and 100% accommodating throughout the whole process. From the first email to the many many that followed afterwards haha Aly and Ben answered them all without hesitation. When it looked like our wedding wasn't going to happen as planned they worked with me to figured things out. Along with them, the on site staff were great as well. Even the staff in the Saloon next door was so accommodating. To be honest I'm not a super fussy person but anytime I asked if they needed something from me they all said not to worry and just focus on enjoying my day. I literally felt like a princess who had her every need and want quickly fulfilled!
I really loved that I was able to have my whole bridal party and a few family members at the hotel with me and my now husband (^_^) with us the night before, day of, and morning after. They all live in different parts of the country so the 1880 really helped bring us all together and keep us close in the short time they were all here.
Plus THAT TUB! I know it seems like a weird thing to fixate on but the tub in the Bridal/Presidential Suite is the most amazing tub I've ever seen and soaking in it the night before really helped me relax and center myself before the big day.
It was a reunion, slumber party, perfect wedding day all in one and I'll never forget all that they did to make that happen!
Kelsey · Married on 08/10/2019
We feel so lucky to have been married here!
1880! We are speechless. Our wedding was on 8/10/19, and 1880 was our perfect venue and a dream come true for our wedding day.Sent on 08/29/2019
The venue is such a unique gem in the area- the ambiance, decor, the rooms, the exterior- it's like something out of a book! When we started our venue search, the most important thing for us was having overnight accommodations on-site for the weekend. We wanted to stretch our wedding day out as longgg as we could, and not feel rushed in/out of our venue especially because most of our family/friends were coming in from the East Coast. It took us 4 months before we stumbled upon 1880, and it was SO worth the wait! We loved waking up with our friends and family there for the big day. The set up is also the best- the rooms are all upstairs in a circle around a lounge with game rooms, a kitchenette, etc. A perfect hangout! And as the bride, I could NOT have had a better experience- a giant room equipped with a huge bathtub all to myself all weekend to unwind.... yesss, please! :)
On the wedding day, the backdrop was perfect for getting ready with our crew- so many rooms to tuck into! Additionally, once our guests arrived, they were 100% loving the energy of the place. We used the gazebo for our ceremony space- it's beautiful and feels so intimate- and we used the brick patio with string lights for the reception- which was so dreamy and romantic for our dinner and dance party! We also loved that we could steer the party next door to the Saloon when the night ended (avoiding that transporting to the bar buzzkill!)
Additionally, the staff was SO nice. Ben/Jordan, Aly/Jess, the Chef Josh, Juan... all incredible people. Jordan was ready to help us with whatever we needed around the venue, Jess and her assistant kept us so seamlessly on our schedule like a bunch of secret service agents, Juan was the most attentive soul we've ever met, and Chef Josh threw down some absolutely amazing food! Not to mention, Josh also made us some off-menu items we requested and totally nailed them!
Los Alamos itself is also SO fun! It's so cool because your wedding kind of takes over the town, and it's like being in a small village with all your loved ones. All our guests had an amazing time exploring wineries and spots to eat in Los Alamos and SY valley.
Anyway, our weekend was perfect. We love this venue and still feel so lucky to have been married here!
Ashley · Married on 11/03/2018
Even better than we could have dreamed of!
You don't need to look anywhere else, GET MARRIED HERE!!! Already married? Renew your vows here (some of our guests want to do this now, this place is that amazing). My husband and I got married at the 1880 Union two weeks ago, and it was even better than we could have dreamed of. We can't stop thinking about it and our guests can't stop raving about it. As you'll see in other reviews, "This was the best wedding I've ever been to" was common feedback from our guests.Sent on 11/19/2018
When you’re planning a wedding, everyone tells you to expect something to go wrong and when it does to let it go. I’m sure in most cases there are moments where things go wrong, but your best bet at minimizing this is to work with the 1880 Union. Ben and Aly are so seasoned and prepared, we didn’t even have one of these moments. From our perspective the day was absolute perfection.
We started to casually look at venues in November 2017. We only looked at 3 venues and fell in love with 1880 Union the moment we got a tour from Ben. The venue is spectacular, the pictures don't do it justice. Looking back, our decision making process was so easy thanks to Ben. He is welcoming, professional, and knowledgeable. I can't stress enough how great it was to have an inclusive package. It takes the stress out of the process since the Union handles all the catering, rentals, staff, setup, and the package includes Aly's priceless day-of coordination services. We did hire our photographer, DJ, baker, and florist separately, but the good news is that the venue really doesn't need extra decoration.
We loved being able to stay on site the whole weekend. We had the entire wedding party stay with us, which gave us the opportunity to spend more time with them. Being able to have everyone already at our wedding location meant no need to travel to and from the ceremony. Getting ready in the secret room was a blast and made for amazing pictures.
Once the day started, all I had to worry about was getting ready while Ben and Aly handled everything else. Aly even had her assistant Bri with me the whole time I was getting ready. This was something that I didn't even know I wanted, but am so glad I had.
I can't explain how grateful I am to Ben, Aly, and the rest of the 1880 Union staff. The ceremony was perfect, the food was so delicious, the cocktails were amazing, the reception was set up beautifully, and the timeline flowed well. Thank you so much for making our wedding day unforgettable!
(I don't have my professional photos yet, but here are a few from our guests)
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If you are looking for a unique and historic venue to have your wedding, there isn't a better spot than the Union. The possibilities for photos are endless, with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations. I feel like I could shoot there many, many times before running out of great new places to take portraits. The staff was friendly, and there was cool water in the lobby to keep us hydrated during the warm day of photographing.