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The Narrative Loft is a wedding venue located in Santa Barbara, California. The open studio space with exposed beams brings the eclectic feel of downtown New York City right in the heart of Southern California. Its versatile layout makes it easy for couples to create the reception of their dreams.

Facilities and Capacity

The Narrative Loft is located in the historical Vercal building, right in the center of downtown and surrounded by the city’s creative scene. It sits on the top floor, accessible by an old-school stair walkup, and provides enough space for over 150 guests. Originally designed as a photography studio, the space is ready for unforgettable images. It’s abundant with windows to bring in plenty of natural light during your event, and is equipped with blackout shades, allowing complete control. The venue acts as an open canvas for couples, and is easily customizable to match your nuptial vision. Its high ceilings and exposed beams can be easily decorated with drapery, lighting, and other décor. With an AV projector and surround sound music system, every guest will get to enjoy your music, speeches, and romantic video or photo montages. As a pet-friendly venue, you can feel free to incorporate your furry friend during the ceremony. Ample parking is available with over 100 spaces for you and your guests’ convenience. The property is just a three-minute drive from the beach, ideal for a quick getaway to the oceanside.

Services Offered

The welcoming team at the Narrative Loft will happily help you coordinate your event and make sure everything goes according to plan. They will handle cleanup afterward, allowing you to spend the rest of the night with your friends and family without worry. While you are free to choose your own vendors, the team will be more than happy to connect you with their recommended choice of photographers, florists, and other service providers. Outside of the ceremony and reception, the venue can also be used for elopements, showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Parking

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Loft

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

January
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98% Recommended by couples
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The Narrative Loft is highly recommended as a wedding venue. Reviewers praise the beautiful and affordable space, as well as the considerate and helpful staff. The venue offers customization options and flexibility with vendors. The convenient location near downtown Santa Barbara and the beach is also mentioned positively. Overall, reviewers had a stress-free and magical experience at The Narrative Loft.

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The Narrative Loft is highly recommended as a wedding venue. Reviewers praise the beautiful and affordable space, as well as the considerate and helpful staff. The venue offers customization options and flexibility with vendors. The convenient location near downtown Santa Barbara and the beach is also mentioned positively. Overall, reviewers had a stress-free and magical experience at The Narrative Loft.

Vanessa
Vanessa R. Sent on 10/31/2022
5 out of 5 rating

We loved the Narrative Loft!

Bree and the Narrative Loft are such a great find for the SB area! Bree was always super responsive and helpful and we loved how many options we had to customize the space to match our vision. The space really can be made your own, and I loved the juxtaposition of the traditional loft feel with all the greenery that is added. It's also super conveniently located -- near downtown SB and the "funk zone" if folks want to continue the party after the receptin like we did :)
Rosa
Rosa L. Sent on 03/16/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Awesome Venue

Awesome venue! Great working with Bree, The Narrative Loft Director. Bree's attention to detail, and going the extra mile while planning our daughter's wedding was extremely helpful. The venue is a real bargain compared to other locations we researched in Santa Barbara. Plus, only a short stroll to the beach; nice bonus for our guests.
Farther of the bride and I give them Five Stars.
Xiomara
Xiomara F. Sent on 12/16/2022
5 out of 5 rating

This is a perfect venue

Your wedding will be PERFECT!!! I am so fortunate to have chosen such a beautiful and affordable venue; best of all CONSIDERATE staff. My wedding day, like many, was wild. The wedding planner was a no show. This meant I had no one to step in and help set up the event. THEY STEPPED IN! (A very small part of my deposit was taken but that's 100% understandable as they did someone else's job!!) They helped and made my day as beautiful as ever. I had a perfect reception and night! And if you have the pleasure of working with Bree, you can breath a lot easier. She will truly assist you in any way she can. If you want a beautiful and stress free night, choose this venue.
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