A Guide to Getting Married in the Santa Barbara Mural Room

How to get married in the Mural Room

a bride and groom face one another during their wedding ceremony in the Santa Barbara Courthouse mural room

For couples seeking a wedding venue that combines history, art, and timeless elegance, the Santa Barbara Mural Room offers a truly enchanting backdrop. In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps of turning your dream of getting married in the Mural Room into a reality, ensuring your special day is as magical as the surroundings. The mural room in the Santa Barbara Courthouse is available in two hour slots. The current offerings are

  • 10 am to Noon (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Noon to 2 pm (7 days a week)
  • 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (7 days a week)

Please note these times include set-up to exit

Step 1: Check Availability and Secure Your Date

Start by contacting the Santa Barbara County Clerk’s Office to check the availability of the Mural Room for your desired wedding date. Due to the popularity of this picturesque venue, it’s advisable to inquire and make reservations well in advance. You can contact the County Clerk’s Office by phone or visit their website for more information. The application and contact information can be found here. All information was current at the time of this blog post, but may change at any time. Keep an eye on the website for any changes!

a bride and goom dip and kiss near the yellow and orange tiled stairs at the santa barbara courthouse

Step 2: Complete the Permit Application

Once you’ve confirmed availability, obtain and complete the permit application form. The form will require details such as your chosen date, the number of guests, and any special requests you may have. Be sure to provide accurate information to facilitate a smooth application process.

a bride in a white dress and a groom in a maroon suit hold hands and stand in front of the doors of the mural room in santa barbara courthouse

Step 3: Gather Necessary Documents

In preparation for submitting your application, gather any required documents. This typically includes a valid photo ID, as well as any additional paperwork specified by the County Clerk’s Office. Having these documents ready in advance will help streamline the process. This page has a running list of FAQ and other relevant information to help you know what documents to bring. If you need to get your marriage license as well, read more about the process here.

an officiant in a black dress waits for the groom to enter at the front of the mural room in the santa barbara courthouse

Step 4: Submit the Application and Pay the Fee

Submit your completed application and any required documents to the County Clerk’s Office. Along with the application, you will need to pay the permit fee, which covers the reservation of the Mural Room, set-up, and coordination with courthouse staff. As of my last knowledge in November 2023 2022, the fee is approximately $700. This includes your non-refundable application fee as well as a facility use fee. However, it’s crucial to check with the County Clerk’s Office for the most current information.

a bride and groom kiss during their wedding ceremony in the santa barbara courthouse mural room

Step 5: Await Confirmation

After submitting your application, the County Clerk’s Office will review it and notify you of your permit status. Once your reservation is confirmed, you’ll receive documentation outlining the details of your Mural Room wedding, including any specific guidelines or restrictions.

a bride stands arm in arm with her dad during her wedding ceremony in the santa barbara courthouse mural room

Step 6: Plan Your Ceremony

With your reservation secured, it’s time to plan the details of your ceremony. Work with your chosen vendors, such as photographers and florists, to ensure they are familiar with the venue’s regulations. Consider personal touches to complement the Mural Room’s artistic ambiance, making your wedding uniquely yours.

Plan Your Event At The Santa Barbara Mural Room

Getting married in the Santa Barbara Mural Room is hands down one of my favorite venues to photograph. With a stunning grounds perfect for portraits, natural lighting that make your images glow, and an easy application process, this is the Santa Barbara Wedding and Elopement Venue to beat! By following these steps and working closely with the County Clerk’s Office, you can transform your vision into a wedding day that seamlessly blends the richness of history with the promise of a beautiful future. Cheers to saying ‘I do’ amidst the timeless allure of the Santa Barbara Mural Room! Want to learn more about how to book your photography package for your ceremony at the Mural Room? Reach out here.

a bride and groom walk down tiled spiraling stairs  in the santa barbara courthouse

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