Waterfront Weddings at SBMM

Santa Barbara



Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the ocean-view wedding venue of your dreams. You may choose to have your ceremony at one of the idyllic neighboring locations, such as one of the iconic Santa Barbara beaches, Breakwater or Bluffs. Lead your guests along the Breakwater Promenade for photos and for a truly unique experience, let the Ranger Yacht Crew take you out into the ocean for photos while your guests begin cocktail hour in the Crow's Nest or Oceanfront Patio. The Crow’s Nests offers sweeping views of the harbor and guests will be able to steal glimpse of you setting out to sea in the Ranger Yacht for your romantic photo shoot. Dine on the Oceanfront Patio and enjoy sunset harbor views. For those that would prefer an indoor dinner, you and your guests can dine inside the museum surrounded by unique maritime art that will add a one-of-a-kind ambiance to your special day. Dance the night away where the surroundings will make you feel like you are dancing aboard a historic ship!

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Hotel/Resort, Museum/Gallery, Mansion, Ocean/Waterfront View, Beach, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 120 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 120 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 220 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 120 guests

Time Restrictions

Depending on the rental space and time block, set up can begin as early as 10AM. All events must end by 2:00 AM., unless approved otherwise.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $750 to $3,200 depending on space rented and number of hours. All rentals include tables and chairs. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total venue rental is due upon booking and a refundable $500 security deposit is required. Additional set up hours can be arranged for a fee of $250/hr. Select our in-house Caterer and Coordinator, or bring in your own licensed Caterer and Coordinator. You may bring in your own beer, wine and hard alcohol, served by a licensed bartender.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Waterfront Weddings at SBMM is estimated at between $8,390 and $16,330 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


BYO, Choose from List


BYO, Provided

Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Day of onsite manager
Champagne toast
Kitchen for prep only
Valet or public parking for a fee
Yacht included with any full-museum rental

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
Licensed outside caterer is allowed with venue approval