Wedding Feels


Joel Jauregui

July 2, 2022

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11 of the Best Wedding Venues in Chico

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Here are 11 of the best chico wedding venues for you to consider for your wedding.

A couple is standing in front of their wedding venue in Chico.

Living in arguably the best city in Northern California, Chico is home to some of the nation's biggest heavy hitters spanning multiple industries. The hometown to the best NFL quarterback to ever step on the football field, Aaron Rodgers. Grammy Award-winning music writer for the Justin Bieber verse of Despacito, Marty James. The Birthplace of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co with worldwide notability. Kean Kanteen and Build.Com are a few others, all of which are wildly successful companies.


Chico isn't just a place for innovation and ingenuity, it's a town where many choose to celebrate their special occasion. The weather in butte county makes it the ideal location for outdoor wedding venues, such as Centerville estate, Irongate garden inn, The Barn at Pheasant Trail Ranch, and White Ranch just to name a few. Don't worry, I'm here to help! I've done a bit of legwork for you based on the hundreds of weddings I've photographed in the past and only selected the ones I thought were a bit different to the typical purpose-built wedding venue this side of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, and my clients have all had an amazing experience.


I would say a common feature all of these Chico California Wedding Venues have is their outdoor event space. You can experience your big day by reading your wedding vows in front of magnificent lakefront views, under large trees, or in garden areas filled with roses. The perfect location does exist in the chico area. Do you want a reception space that speaks of the elegance of chico, or do you want a beautiful venue with beautiful outdoor scenery for your wedding ceremony? Each of these venues has its own charm, beautiful setting, the perfect backdrop. So if that's what you are after then I am sure you are going to love what you're about to read.

Where do you start when searching for the best Chico wedding venue for your wedding day? I know ... it's pretty hard!

This list should be used for some ideas and inspiration for your wedding planning, and certainly, these are venues that you may not have initially thought it was possible to have your Chico wedding.

I have presented the info in no particular order as I wanted to be as non-biased as possible.

Here are my 15 of the Best Chico Wedding Venues that will rock your world!

WARNING!! This is a long post.


The Barn at Pheasant Trail Ranch

Venue Capacity: up to 250 guests

Location: Chico, Ca. Nestled in the countryside inside a beautiful walnut orchard

Vibe/Feel: Private estate

Tables & Chairs Supplied:


The Barn at Pheasant Trail Ranch is a new venue in Chico California. A historic post beam barn that looks so elegant you can host a black-tie wedding one weekend and the following weekend host a country-style wedding and both would look like they belong. The Barn is both an indoor and outdoor event venue.

The venue is located north of chico in the county tucked away inside a well-maintained Walnut Orchard. An outdoor bar area is a perfect place for cocktail hour, and on the opposite side of the bar is a custom outdoor fireplace with seating for large groups making it an ideal location to gather.

A few other extras the venue has is a bridal room large enough for the whole bridal party and a beautiful ornate mirror perfect for full-body photos of you looking at how beautiful you look once you put on your dress. There is also a kitchen area, and beautiful outdoor lighting and the staff is extremely helpful.

Contact the team at The Barn at Pheasant Trail Ranch to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.

Here's a recent wedding I photographed at The Barn


Briana & Shawns - Wedding



Centerville Estates

Venue Capacity: up to 250 guests

Location: Chico, Ca near Butte Creek

Vibe/Feel: Rustic, woodsy, secluded romantic

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

Centerville Estates is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind Northern California Wedding and private event venue. It's nestled among the trees along Butte Creek with plenty of open space for your ceremony and reception including a relaxing waterfront beach area. The fully air-conditioned downstairs area of the estate lodge, and has a bride and bridal party prep room with three bathrooms, two with changing rooms, and large vanities. The venue has a full-sized kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator, in addition to an indoor bar. Tables and Chairs are supplied as well as clean-up.

This private estate has been passed down through generations and will stay family oriented always. It has a picturesque outdoor patio of the canyon where the Butte Creek runs through and when Sunset comes the glow from the fleeting lights is so magical.

A River Rock staircase flanked by two waterfalls guides you to the outdoor reception area which includes a bar, stage, and dance floor. This venue also has an indoor option with the same amenities if you prefer.

Contact the Team at Centerville Estates to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.


The Palms

Venue Capacity: up to 250 guests

Location: Chico, Ca North Side of town.

Vibe/Feel: Tropical Oasis Setting

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

The Palms is a unique Oasis experience in its truest sense. There are no other venues in chico that has this tropical outdoor vibe. Then there is the indoor space which easily extends the vibe from the tropical oasis or it can be its own thing apart from the outdoor and serve more of a formal, elegant, black-tie setting. The Palms has an impressive list of items that are included with the booking of the venue. It comes with tables, chairs, custom lighting, a visual projector with audio, wi-fi access, a presentation stage, parking, bride and groom suite, prep kitchen, and bar space.

The Palms is the perfect venue for a smaller wedding, but as I listed above can also easily hold 250 guests. A short distance from Downtown Chico, this venue should be on your must-see list. Your special day deserves the same attention to detail that the Pams have put into making their space into a beautiful wedding venue.

Contact the team at The Palms to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there. 



Iron Gate Garden Inn

Bride and groom standing back to back in irongate garden inn wedding venue

Venue Capacity: up to 150 guests

Location: Chico, Ca North Side of town.

Vibe/Feel: Elegant and Romantic

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

Iron Gate Garden Inn is one of the newer outdoor wedding venues in Chico, California. It is one of the smaller venues in chico at a max guest count of 150, but it's packed with lots of charm. There are lots of separate areas perfect for photos.

One of the unique features is that the venue offers accommodations for up to 6 guests, and if you need more there are a few hotels nearby that are perfect for out-of-town family and friends looking for a place to stay the night. 

The Venue has access to a great room, sun room, and kitchenette during the day while you get ready. Alcohol is allowed at the venue through a professional bartender vendor.

The Iron Gate Garden Inn is typically booked 12-16 months in advance, so if your looking to book your wedding there make sure to contact their team and schedule a tour here.

Here’s a wedding I’ve photographed at Iron Gate Garden Inn - This was during the height of Covid so the guest count was very very small. 



White Ranch

Venue Capacity: up to 200 guests

Location: 214 Hagenridge Rd, Chico Ca

Vibe/Feel: A hidden outdoor oasis tucked away in the Foothills of California

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

With a picturesque outdoor setting surrounded by acres of gorgeous scenery, the While Ranch offers the beauty and privacy needed to make the most of your special day. This natural setting is full of lush, green vegetation and peaceful fountains with a gazebo over the lake. There is also a beautiful pass-through floral archway, cottage garden, and grape arbor. Are you wanting open fields? They have those too. 

Alcohol is permitted on the property, but hard liquor is not. The White Ranch is a weekend Venue that makes setting up stress-free as you and your team have time to set up for the wedding and time after the wedding the next day to clean up. 

Owned and operated by, Tom and Donna White. The White Ranch has been in the family for over 40 years and they can't wait to share it with you.

Contact the team at The White Ranch to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there. 



TJ Farms Estate

Venue Capacity: up to 200 guests

Location: 3600 Chico Ave, Chico Ca

Vibe/Feel: Countryside, barnyard feel, easy-going.

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

What is great is that you can have your wedding ceremony, photography locations, and reception right in the same place. Super Easy!

On the grounds, there is a magnificent homestead ( circa 1937) which is original to this day and looks amazing in photos. TJ Farms Estate sits on a 15-acre family-owned and operated farm surrounded by idyllic green orchards. 

The venue is surrounded by elegant gardens and has a lot of character and charm all year round. You and your guests will find waterfalls, ivy-covered trellises, a pristine gazebo surrounded by flowers, and gently sloping lawns perfect for mingling. 

Contact the team at TJ Farms Estate to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.



Almendra Winery

Venue Capacity: up to 75

Location: Durham, Ca just a few minutes outside of chico

Vibe/Feel: Rustic, Craftsman, Warm

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

Almendra Winery is a working winery and restaurant with a gorgeous wine barrel room for events. It is the smallest venue in the Chico area making it perfect for you if you are looking for something more intimate with close friends and family.

The Venue has a warm and inviting feel accompanied by locally reclaimed wood accents. When you think quality, think Almendra. 

Contact the team at Almendra Winery to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.


Butte Creek Country Club

Venue Capacity: 350

Location: 175 Estates Drive, Chico Ca

Vibe/Feel: country club, wide-open, fun

Tables & Chairs Supplied: yes

Beautiful greenery, redwoods, giant oaks, and AMAZING food! Butte Creek Country Club sits on a Champion Golf Course south of chico. The Ceremony location is located on the North Lawn surrounded by mature oaks, beautiful flower beds, and a backdrop of the 18th green.

It is both an indoor and outdoor venue that can service weddings year-round. The indoor venue, the grand ballroom has panorama windows, high ceilings, and beautiful chandeliers. 

The venue provides personalized planning assistance, tables, Chiavari chairs, linens, cutlery, glassware, silverware, and a first-class staff for a full-service stress-free day.

Contact the team at Butte Creek Country Club to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.


Lakeside Pavilion

Venue Capacity: up to 275

Location: California Park Chico

Vibe/Feel: Elegant, relaxed

Tables & Chairs Supplied: yes

Lakeside venue? YES! Located in California Park, the Lakeside Pavilion is a wonderful venue to exchange vows. The outdoor patio is perfect for late afternoon ceremonies once the shade blankets the patio, you can hold everything indoors with its massive floor-to-ceiling windows that provide the indoor venue with ample natural light.

As in the title, this venue is next to California park lake and makes for the ideal location for your wedding at any time of year with its indoor and outdoor venue options.

A few notable amenities include: a private bridal dressing room, vendors of your choice, a large wood dance floor, complete setup and take down of tables and chairs, clean-up of the facility after the event, and a large professional kitchen. 

Contact the team at Lakeside Pavilion to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.


Patrick Ranch

Venue Capacity: Up to 250

Location: On the Midway between Durham and Chico

Vibe/Feel: Farmhouse and Gardens and Vintage.

Tables & Chairs Supplied: Yes

If you're looking for a place to hold your wedding or special event, Patrick Ranch should to a top choice. The Venue sits on 28 picturesque acres of majestic trees and historical artifacts. 

Many describe their wedding experience at the Patrick Ranch Museum as “ Magical”. The yard and farmhouse are lit; the cool summer breeze hangs low on the giant redwoods and massive oak trees. The property also has a unique vintage water fountain built as a gift for the owner's wife in 1938. 

If you're looking for a quiet county estate venue with all the amenities such as a commercial prep kitchen and an indoor or outdoor venue, then Patrick Ranch should be on your top list.

Contact the team at Patrick Ranch to find out more about having your Chico Wedding there.


Gale Vineyards

Venue Capacity: up to 250

Location: 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham, Ca

Vibe/Feel: Hidden Oasis

Tables & Chairs Supplied: yes

Gale Vineyards is just minutes from Chico hidden from everything in the middle of nowhere, but once you enter the property you will be amazed by how beautiful this secluded lush vineyard is. Picturesque backdrops, a large reception grove providing shade for guests, and the friendly staff make Gale Vineyards a no-brainer. 

There is a private room and bathroom for the bride, two separate areas for the wedding ceremony and reception, tables, chairs, dance floor, and more are all included in the venue price. 

Contact the team at Gale Vineyards to find out more information about having your chico wedding there.


Final thoughts …

There you have it. This is my list of 11 of the Best Chico wedding venues for you to check out. 

I believe you will gain a lot from this if you are beginning your research into choosing a Chico Wedding Venue.

If you already booked your venue, congratulations but you still have a lot more to do. 

If you would like to check if I am available to photograph or film your Chico Wedding, click here and send me an email. I will be in touch within 24 hours but its usually a lot sooner than that.


I also have some really good tips to help you plan your Chico Wedding.


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