Weddings by the Sea

3345 State Street, Suite 3112, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Weddings by the Sea

Weddings by the Sea is a boutique wedding studio based in scenic Santa Barbara, California. Specializing in intimate destination weddings and elopements for over 15+ years; they are uniquely suited to provide wedding services in the current CoVid-19 climate. Catherine Forester, owner of Weddings by the Sea is a wedding planner and notary public. She can plan/design a wedding, and issue marriage licenses. Many county offices that normally issue licenses are currently closed to the public. This makes Weddings by the Sea especially unique and one of the few wedding companies in California that can easily provide multiple services. Weddings by the Sea has created beautiful, memorable, and intimate wedding experiences for thousands of couples at stunning historic and coastal locations in Santa Barbara. They have won the WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award seven times.

Facilities and Capacity
Weddings by the Sea utilizes several gorgeous locations for wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. These include the Santa Barbara Beachfront, historic Santa Barbara Courthouse, lush gardens such as Alice Keck Park, and private venues. Packages are designed to accomodate from 2 - 20 people. Santa Barbara offers a variety of locations with incredible ambiance and spectacular views, providing couples with the intimate destination wedding of their dreams.

Services Offered
Weddings by the Sea offers comprehensive packages that streamline the wedding planning process and service all of the wedding essentials needed for your coastal ceremony. They offer an entire team of professionals from wedding planners to florists to musicians. Their wedding packages can be customized to fit your vision. They also offer several a la carte wedding essentials. The services they offer include:

  • Confidential marriage license
  • Event design
  • Wedding ceremony coordination
  • Officiants
  • Photographers
  • Live music
  • Chairs
  • Floral Design
  • Decor - including wedding arches and arbors
  • Site crew and setup
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Alice Keck Gardens
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Courthouse Main Archway
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Wedding Ceremony
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Cake & Champagne
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Four Seasons - Biltmore
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Elegant Chandelier
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Fragrant Peony Bouquet
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Courthouse Rotunda
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Santa Barbara Trolley
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Wedding Rings
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White Rose Boutonniere
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Candlelight Aisle Decor
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White Rose Bridal Bouquet
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Pastel Bridal Bouquet
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Sandy Cove Beach
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Succulent Arbor Accent
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Wedding Ceremony
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Beach Wedding Arbor
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Courthouse Clocktower
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Calla Lily Bouquet
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Beautiful Brides
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193 Reviews for Weddings by the Sea

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Norma Welche · Getting married on 10/02/2021

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Everything we hoped for, and more!

    Catherine, our wedding planner, was so amazing! She stayed right on top of everything and always had a plan B at the ready, which was very useful when we had rain on our big day without warning. Yet, our ceremony went super smoothly thanks to her! We highly recommend!

    Sent on 04/17/2020

    Weddings by the Sea's reply:

    It was a beautiful wedding at Alice Keck Gardens! I'm so glad the rain held off during the ceremony :) The photos are gorgeous.
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    Oscar · Getting married on 06/10/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    Our wedding went Perfectly flawless

    Our wedding went perfect! Weddings by the Sea did a great job, they were very accommodating and made sure that everything we wanted to do during the ceremony was done how we wanted. We have no complaints and would recommend this company to anyone thinking about having a beach wedding in Santa Barbara where we had ours.

    Sent on 10/27/2020

Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Weddings by the Sea FAQ

  • What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?
    $ 1200
  • What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting price for full wedding planning?
    $ 3500
  • Do you offer an hourly rate?
    Yes
  • What is the hourly rate?
    $ 75
  • What wedding events do you provide services for?
    Ceremony
    Reception
  • What wedding planning services do you offer?
    Event Design
    Partial Planning
    Timelines
    Vendor Referrals
  • What weddings do you have experience planning?
    Civil
    Cultural
    Destination
    Elopement
    Eco-Friendly
    Non-Religious
    Religious
  • How many planners are on your team?
    3
  • What is the typical price for your wedding services?
    $ 2500
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services?
    $ 400
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?
    No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
    $ 125
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
    Non-religious
    Interfaith
    Ceremony Rehearsal
    Vow Renewal
    Civil Union
    Single Religion
  • What services do you provide?
    Allow Couples' Own Vows
    Licensed
    Bilingual
  • What religious affiliations do you serve?
    No Denomination
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
    Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed?
    CA
  • What languages do you speak?
    English

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    Love in the time of CoVid

    WEDDING PACKAGES:

    Don't let the Pandemic prevent you from moving forward with marrigage and creating a new life together. Small, intimate weddings have always been our specialty. We've created a special offer that meets the needs of our new reality 2020. I offer all-inclusive wedding packages specifically designed to relieve you and your wallet of the demands of wedding planning and it's associated costs. All you need to bring is your desire to get married. I'll do the rest...stress free!

    GARDEN ELOPEMENT WEDDING PACKAGE (Includes Officiant, Marriage License, Photographer, Wedding Arch, Bridal Bouquet & Boutonierre, Ceremony Video, Live Stream, Champagne Toast & Wedding Cake) $1750 sales tax inc.

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Divine Bits of Beauty Ceremonies Wedding Officiants

    It is truly a pleasure to work with Catherine and her wonderful team at Santa Barbara Weddings By the Sea. Catherine is warm, professional, talented, creative and attentive to detail. She is a natural at creating extraordinary and beautiful events and is able to bring the visions of every couple to life with ease, grace, and efficiency. Catherine has a dedicated team of reliable and highly skilled individuals, who bring integrity and talent to each aspect of the ceremony. Planning a wedding in Santa Barbara could not be easier!

  • My Generation Weddings Wedding Officiants

    Kim works with couples to plan weddings which are perfect for them. Her attention to detail, speedy communication, and reassuring demeanor help guide couples through the process of realizing their dream wedding. I have officiated weddings for her many times and I am always impressed by the wedding moments she helps create, how comfortable each couple is on their wedding day, and how beautiful the ceremonies are. Kim does a fantastic job! I highly recommend Kim and Weddings by the Sea for any couple looking to get married in the Santa Barbara area--you'll be glad you did! – Dusty Hoesly, My Generation Weddings

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    White Doves Los Angeles Southern California Wedding Rentals

    I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the service, quality and knowledge of The Weddings by the Sea-Santa Barbara. The service is friendly, accommodating and professional. I highly recommend Them!

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    805-351-4468 (Phone number)
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