Big Bear Wedding Photo at Shay Meadow Ranch and Resort

The Best Wedding Venues in Big Bear Lake

The San Bernardino Mountains provide the perfect escape for a destination wedding in Southern California and whether you’re keeping it small and intimate, or going all out with a fully stacked guest list, there are plenty of venues to choose from.

I’ve put together a detailed list of all my favorite wedding venues in Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountain areas to save you and your partner time in the planning process.   

Let’s get to it!

Big Bear Wedding Photo at Shay Meadow Ranch and Resort

Big Bear outdoor wedding venues

Shay Meadows Ranch & ReSORT

This is the most complete wedding venue on my list and also the venue I am likely to refer to couples first. Shay is a personal favorite and it has everything you want and then some. Some of the talking points in their premier package include a rehearsal dinner for 30 guests, two ceremony site options, onsite lodging for up to 42 guests, a tented reception area with farmhouse tables and fruitwood chairs, and amazing bridal and groom suites. They also pay attention to all the little things  like providing fire pits, heaters,  multiple lounge areas, housekeeping, and day of insurance. To top it off, the staff provides top tier service and will accommodate your every need..
1325 Midway Blvd,
Big Bear, CA 92314

Convict Lake Resort Bridal Party Photo

Holcomb Valley Ranch

If you want your wedding to be a bit of an adventure, Holcomb Valley Ranch is the spot. With some of the most beautiful views in the San Bernardino Mountains (or anywhere for that matter), this place will have you wondering if you’re really only 3 hours from LA. From a photography standpoint, Holcomb Valley Ranch is by far the most picturesque on this list. It’s got some wild history too. Multiple day options are available here and the venue can accommodate 300+ guests! Keep in mind that you and your guests will need vehicles with extra ground clearance, such as an SUV or truck to access the Holcomb valley.
34300 Holcomb valley rd.
Fawnskin, CA 92333

Cienega Creek Ranch

Another gorgeous and secluded mountain ranch, this one sits on 40 acres surrounded by undisturbed national forest. The ceremony site is one of my favorites and the location makes it perfect for Milky Way portraits at the end of the night. They can accommodate 150 guests and the property has a house that sleeps 12 and an additional four cabins that can hold 2-4 guests each.
43630 Rainbow ln.
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Into the Woods LLC

As their name implies, Into The Woods is a privately owned property in the woods of the San Bernardino National Forest. Secluded, simple, romantic, and pretty much perfect in my opinion. It’s a blank forest canvas for you to create exactly what you want. This location is great for both elopements and smaller weddings.
Mayvan Canyon Road at highway 38
big bear city, CA 92314

Apples Bed And BReakfast

Nestled in the pines and conveniently located off of Moonridge Road, Apples is an excellent choice for a number of reasons. This Victorian-style inn is quirky, cozy, fun, and it’s landscaping makes it arguably one of the prettiest and most intimate ceremony/reception spaces in Big Bear. It’s also only 6 minutes away from the best places on the lake to take sunset photos, so remember to factor that into your day.
42430 Moonridge Rd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Knickerbocker Mansion

The 100 year old Knickerbocker Mansion is a located behind the village in the heart of Big Bear Lake and is a great place for rustic mountain weddings that lean toward the smaller side. The venue can accommodate 75 guests and offers overnight housing for up to 33. I like the classic mountain lodge vibes you get here and they’ve got a handful of options to get the space set up just the way you like.
869 knickerbocker rd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Camp Conrad chinnock

Ever thought about hosting your wedding at a summer camp? This venue is unique in that it offers something completely different than the rest on this list. Bring your entire guest list here(this includes me!)from Thursday through Sunday and everyone gets to bunk up in cabins and participate in fun camp activities like archery, rock climbing, hiking, canoe rides, and swimming. What could be more fun than that? While this venue isn’t in Bear Bear, Angelus Oaks is about 40 minutes closer for your guests coming from in from the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego areas.
4700 Jenks Lake Rd E
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Big Falls Lodge

Another venue that’s not in Big Bear but I feel deserves some attention is the Big Falls Lodge/Gail D. Cox Community Center in Forest Falls, CA. This little spot isn’t your typical wedding venue, but if you’ve got a creative vision like my wife(we had our wedding here), you can have an awesome time at this place. Not many people even know of Forest Falls, but it’s a beautiful mountain town full of wildlife and natural beauty that usually just gets passed by most people making the commute up to Big Bear. There are tons of photo opportunities within 5 minutes from the venue and if you book your wedding here in the fall, you’ll get all the pretty colors and maybe even some snow. The sun sets in the canyon early but if we hit it just right, it’s one of the best places for those rugged mountain portraits you can’t find in many locations in So Cal. To top this one off, it’s a charitable non-profit organization that only requires a $75.00 deposit to hold the date and then they’ll give you a schedule of suggested donation amounts for the use and care of the facilities.
41303 Valley of the Falls Dr.
Forest Falls, CA 92339

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