Wedding ceremony at La Arboleda

La Arboleda

{Indian Weddings in Greater Santa Barbara}

Indian weddings in greater 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 La Arboleda, it’s best for a ceremony, immediately followed by a reception.

Keep in mind that guests that are coming from out of town – flying in and may start arriving on Thursday (assuming you’re having a Friday night sangeet/garba and the wedding and reception are on Saturday).

If guests arrive on Friday they might miss your sangeet on Friday night. Why? Because if someone is flying into LAX, and their flight arrives at 2pm for example, by the time they rent a car and get on the road to Lompoc and drive the 150 miles, they will likely reach there at 7pm (LA traffic) or later. And then rush to check in, get ready and head to the sangeet. All of that makes for a long and tiring day.

{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 and setup for your wedding weekend.

{Indian Weddings at La Arboleda}

La Arboleda is a gorgeous orchard and vineyard with a rustic feel. It’s approximately 55 miles northeast of Santa Barbara. This venue has hosted a handful of Indian weddings, so it is definitely off the beaten track and perfect for a destination wedding.

{Location & Airport Info}

  • Located in Santa Barbara, California
  • Approximately 55 miles northeast of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). This is a very small airport with pretty limited flights and airlines.
  • Approximately 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Burbank Airport (BUR)
Wedding ceremony at La Arboleda
Ceremony venue at La Arboleda. Brittany Taylor Photography
Wedding reception at La Arboleda
Rustic reception venue at La Arboleda. Danielle Honea Photography
Indian wedding at La Arboleda. Scott MacDonald Photography
Hindu Weddings at La Arboleda

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, licensed and insured caterers are welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed outdoors. Indoor flames are not allowed.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? No, set up a room block at a nearby hotel.
Is there a hospitality room available? No, setup a hospitality room at the hotel where guests will be staying.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? You could host it at a nearby community center, or an Indian restaurant banquet hall but your best option, for everyone’s convenience, is going to be the hotel where the guests will be staying. The closest mandir is the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Santa Barbara, but that’s still pretty far.

La Arboleda and Muhurats

The venue is very flexible and happy to work with you on a ceremony time that accommodates your muhurat.

Hindu Dietary Requirements

La Arboleda allows you to hire an outside caterer. With regards to dietary restrictions, work directly with your caterer to prepare menus per your dietary requirements and the setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for vegetarian, Swaminarayan etc. food.

Resources for Hindu Weddings

Jain Weddings at La Arboleda

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, licensed and insured caterers are welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed outdoors. Indoor flames are not allowed.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? No, set up a room block at a nearby hotel.
Is there a hospitality room available? No, setup a hospitality room at the hotel where guests will be staying.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? There isn’t a Jain Center nearby. You could host it at a nearby hotel, community center, or an Indian restaurant banquet hall but your best option, for everyone’s convenience, is going to be the hotel where the guests will be staying.

La Arboleda and Muhurats

The venue is very flexible and happy to work with you on a ceremony time that accommodates your muhurat.

Hindu Dietary Requirements

La Arboleda allows you to hire an outside caterer. With regards to dietary restrictions, work directly with your caterer to prepare menus per your dietary requirements and the setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for Jain, vegetarian, vegan food.

Resources for Jain Weddings

Muslim Weddings at La Arboleda

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there an option for non-alcoholic beverages only? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? No, setup a room block at a nearby hotel.
Is there a hospitality room available? No, setup a hospitality room at the hotel where the guests will be staying.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the stage? No, work with your decorator to design it.

Nearby Masjids

 There are several Masjids in the area but they are quite far from Lompoc.

Mehndi Venues

Your best option is to have the mehndi at the hotel where all the guests will be staying.

Muslim Dietary Requirements

La Arboleda allows you to hire an outside caterer. Work directly with the caterer to prepare halal menus.


Resources for Muslim Weddings

Sikh Weddings at La Arboleda

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, a licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the Guru Granth Sahib? No, work with your decorator to design an elevated setup. See more info below.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there space for milni? Yep!
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? No, set up a room block at a nearby hotel.
Is there a hospitality room available? No, setup a hospitality room at the hotel where guests will be staying.

Anand Karaj at La Arboleda

La Arboleda is perfect for couples seeking a rustic, outdoor wedding ceremony for approximately 200 guests.

Below are photos of other Anand Karaj ceremonies, so you can see how other couples have setup a non-Gurdwara ceremony. You may also like our guide on Tips for a non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj.

Anand Karaj at Warner Center Marriott
Indoor Anand Karaj ceremony where the guests are seated on sheets in a hotel ballroom. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
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Sub-flooring was laid down on the grass for an outdoor Sikh wedding. Your decorator will help with this. Photo: Greycard Photography
Sikh wedding at Pelican Hill Resort
Anand Karaj ceremony at an oceanfront resort. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

At the Anand Karaj below, they gave each guest a gadda (cushion) to sit on.

Outdoor Anand Karaj wedding ceremony
Outdoor Anand Karaj on concrete with gaddas for the guests to sit on.

Closest Gurdwaras

The closest Gurdwara is the Sikh Gurdwara of Venture County which is approximately 85 miles south of La Arboleda so there isn’t a Gurdwara nearby where you could have the ceremony, followed by a reception at La Arboleda.

La Arboleda and Muhurats

La Arboleda is very flexible and will do their best to accommodate muhurats. They may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jaggo and Sangeet Venues

Where should you have your jaggo and/or sangeet? Your best option is to have it at the hotel where all the guests will be staying for the weekend.

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