Oceanfront Indian wedding Mandap at Sandpiper Golf Club

Sandpiper Golf Club

{Indian Weddings in Santa Barbara}

Indian weddings in Santa Barbara are destination weddings – even if you’re from SoCal. As such you will probably want to host the whole weekend at 1 or two venues. In the case of Sandpiper Golf Club, it’s best sited for a ceremony, followed by a reception at a nearby venue such as the Hilton Beachfront Resort which is approximately 14 miles south of Sandpiper Golf Club or The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort which is about 2 minutes from Sandpiper Golf Club.

Keep in mind that guests that are coming from out of town – flying in, may start arriving on Thursday. If they arrive on Friday they might miss your sangeet on Friday night. Why? Because if someone is flying into LAX, and arrives at say 2pm. By the time they rent a car and get on the road to Santa Barbara and drive the 110 miles or so, they will likely reach the host hotel in Santa Barbara sometime between 6pm to 7pm or later.

{Hiring Wedding Vendors for an Indian Wedding in Santa Barbara}

Most of the vendors you’re likely to hire are based in LA or Orange County so consider the fees for their travel, room and board on your wedding weekend.

{Indian Weddings at the Sandpiper Golf Club}

The Sandpiper Golf Club is an all outdoor venue in Santa Barbara, California. This venue has hosted a handful of Indian weddings – mostly the ceremony, followed by a reception at a different venue in the area.

{Location & Airport Info}

  • Located in Santa Barbara, California
  • Approximately 6 miles west of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). This is a very small airport with pretty limited flights and airlines.
  • Approximately 110 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Burbank Airport (BUR)

{General Indian Wedding Venue Features}

  • Hospitality Room Available? N/A
  • Special Room Rates? N/A
  • Scroll down for more: Sikh, Hindu, Jain, Muslim, Christian weddings

Since this is a golf club venue, you’ll want to setup a room block, hospitality room for guests at a nearby hotel. The Sandpiper Golf Club will provide changing rooms for the couple, the day of the wedding.

Bride walking down the aisle at an Indian wedding in Santa Barbara
Indian wedding in Santa Barbara. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

{Ceremony Venues and Pricing at the Sandpiper Golf Club}

Grand Lawn for up to 500 guests, starts at $7500 and includes the Terrace Lawn
Terrace Lawn for up to 200 guests, starts at $7500
Pacific Bluff for up to 200 guests, starts at $15,000
Riviera Lawn for up to 200 guests, starts at $9500

Oceanfront Indian wedding Mandap at Sandpiper Golf Club
Indian wedding ceremony in the Grand Lawn at Sandpiper Golf Club, featuring ocean views. This venue starts at $7500 for up to 500 guests. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

After the ceremony, the couple hosted lunch in Terrace Lawn and had that space tented.

Post ceremony lunch after an Indian wedding at Sandpiper Golf Club, in Santa Barbara.
Post ceremony lunch in the Terrace Lawn, tented, after an Indian wedding at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
Indian wedding games at Sandpiper Golf Club
The beautiful grounds at the Sandpiper Golf Course. Photos: Lin & Jirsa Photography
The chariot for the baraat and vidai making its way to the Indian wedding
The baraat carriage making it way to the Grand Lawn for an Indian wedding at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

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{Hindu Wedding Features}

The closest mandir is the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Santa Barbara.

  • Outside Catering? Yes
  • Outdoor Ceremony Flame? Yes
  • Indoor Ceremony Flame? N/A
  • Special Room Rates? N/A
  • Consumption Bar Option? May be an option
  • Horse Baraat? Yes
  • Elephant Baraat? Yes
  • Car Baraat? Yes
  • Hospitality Room? N/A

{Jain Wedding Features}

There isn’t a Jain Center nearby to host and pre-ceremony poojas or events, but you can perform those rituals at the host hotel and work with your caterer to prepare Jain food, vegetarian and/or vegan food. The venue will provide chafing dishes, sternos, serving dishes and more.

  • Outside Catering? Yes
  • Outdoor Ceremony Flame? Yes
  • Indoor Ceremony Flame? N/A
  • Special Room Rate? N/A
  • Consumption Bar Option? May be allowed
  • Horse Baraat? Yes
  • Elephant Baraat? Yes
  • Car Baraat? Yes
  • Hospitality Room? N/A

{Muslim Wedding Venue Features}

The closest Masjid is the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, which is approximately 4 miles northeast of the Sandpiper Golf Club. This venue would be wonderful for an outdoor, oceanfront nikah.

  • Outside Catering? Yes
  • Special Room Rate? N/A
  • Non-alcoholic Beverages Only? Yes
  • Hospitality Room? N/A
  • Horse Baraat? Yes
  • Elephant Baraat? Yes
  • Car Baraat? Yes

{Sikh Wedding Venue Features}

The Parker Palm Springs has never hosted an Anand Karaj but they certainly can. You can have an indoor or outdoor ceremony. For an outdoor ceremony on the lawn you may want lay down a sub-flooring for the guests to sit on. And you may want to consider pillows or gaddas for additional guest comfort – see photos of other outdoor Anand Karaj ceremonies, below.

Note: the photos below are not from weddings at the Parker Palm Springs. They’re for your reference to illustrate how other couples have setup an outdoor Anand Karaj.

The closest Gurdwara is the Sikh Society of Ventura County which is approximately 40 miles south of Sandpiper. So you may think about having the Anand Karaj and langar at Sandpiper.

  • Ceremony Per Sikh Maryaada? Yes
  • Outside Catering? Yes
  • Special Room Rate? N/A
  • Consumption Bar Option? May be allowed
  • Horse Baraat? Yes
  • Elephant Baraat? Yes
  • Car Baraat? Yes
  • Hospitality Room? N/A
Wedding canopy for a Sikh Indian wedding ceremony in Southern California.
An outdoor Sikh wedding ceremony where the couple worked with their vendors to create a flooring to go over the grass. Photo: Greycard Photography
Outdoor Anand Karaj ceremony in Southern California.
At this outdoor Anand Karaj they laid down individual gaddas for the guests to sit on so they wouldn’t be uncomfortable on the concrete.

{Christian Wedding Venue Features}

The Parke Palm Springs is very experienced in Christian weddings. You can opt for outside catering, in-house catering or even a combo of both.

  • Outside Catering? Yes
  • Special Room Rate? N/A
  • Consumption Bar Option? May be allowed
  • Hospitality Room? N/A

{Two Ceremony Weddings}

If you are planning to have two ceremonies that honor each of your traditions and cultures Sandpiper is happy to work with you on setup and logistics for a seamless day of celebration.

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Cover image: Lin & Jirsa Photography