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The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is a historic, non-denominational church located in downtown Santa Barbara, California. Their picturesque sanctuary lends tranquility and beauty to provide a lovely, classic wedding. The 80-year-old church building was designed in a Spanish style and maintains antique, pristine architectural components.

Facilities and Capacity
The church sanctuary with wooden pews can host up to 285 guests. Beautiful stained-glass windows adorn the walls, along with a rounded ceiling, raised chancel and alter that give way to a gorgeous space for ceremonies. Supplemental lighting can be added with candelabras placed at every pew. This venue faces the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. An elegant brick courtyard and fountain are provided outdoors, accessible from the sanctuary or reception facility. The church grounds feature a reception hall that can please both formal and informal receptions.

Services Offered
The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara offers rentals for use for the wedding ceremony as well as lighting and sound. A Steinway grand piano and a 1,800 pipe organ are available for rent during the wedding. The lower Courtyard is also available for clients and guests to use for dancing, music or cocktail hour. Their services include:

  • Spacious reception hall featuring a full commercial kitchen
  • Audio equipment
  • Lighting
  • Chairs
  • Dance floor
  • Tables
  • Central downtown location
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Tania W. Married on 06/17/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day at the Unitarian Society

We are so glad we chose to have our wedding and reception at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. We wanted an indoor ceremony venue that embodied the classic Santa Barbara central coast Mission style, but we very much did NOT want a church. USSB was perfect for us because although it has church-ish vibes (and has a PIPE ORGAN, which you're darn right we utilized), there is zero religious iconography inside; nary a crucifix in sight. For us, this was huge.

The staff was always professional, helpful, and quick to respond. They were very flexible around where we placed our catering and even allowed us to block some of their loading zone spaces in order to accommodate a last-minute catering change where instead of being under a tent, our caterers worked out of their food truck to better be able to quickly serve our volume of guests. (Note that we did have to coordinate this with the city as well as USSB.)

We loved that we were able to buy & bring our own alcohol instead of being locked in to purchasing from the venue like so many other locations in SB. And, for all this AND MORE (don't get me started on the convenience of having tables and chairs available to be rented from the venue -- and set up by them too!), USSB was one of the most affordable venues we considered. We have zero regrets in choosing USSB for our wedding & reception and recommend them wholeheartedly to any other couples considering a wedding in Santa Barbara.
Alexandra B. Married on 06/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding @ USSB

USSB was the perfect place for our ceremony. Very few restrictions on timing, etc and Joanie and her husband were both very accommodating. Guests commented on the organ and the space itself looks stunning in pictures — like a cathedral! A gorgeous church.
Tori P. Married on 04/22/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing, historic, affordable… best kept secret in SB!

Let me start off by saying having everything in one place makes the day so less stressful and the Unitarian Society allows you to do just that! Throughout the whole planning process they were responsive and supportive. The day before their on site person was amazing! Working with my coordinator to know everything for the day before, their on site person also helped tear down the room while the wedding party left to continue the party. Not only was this a beautiful location but an accommodating one. Last minute due to the wind we needed to move inside and honestly I think it was even more beautiful! I’m so excited for all the future people who get married here because it’s really a special place with a ton of history(see the photo of my photographer’s grandparents getting married here)!
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The Tent Merchant The Tent Merchant Wedding Rentals

A wonderful venue with beautiful inside and outside options. We love working here!!

Pure Joy Catering, Inc Pure Joy Catering, Inc Wedding Caterers

Beautiful Venue run by the most gracious people.

Father Jerry Bellamy Father Jerry Bellamy Wedding Officiants

I have performed so many weddings at this location. Each and every time the location has been perfect and the staff are always the best. Thank you for providing this for my brides and grooms.

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Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara frequently asked questions

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Clean Up
  • Lighting/Sound
The space offered by Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Religious
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in average response time, 5 in value, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in professionalism.

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