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I’ve seen a lot of beautiful wedding venues, but I have to admit The Casitas Estate is one of my absolute favorites. Just a few miles from downtown San Luis Obispo in Arroyo Grande, this charming Spanish-style bed and breakfast is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. The owners, Pat and Tony, are incredibly warm and welcoming and are always happy to answer any questions or help out in any way.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Sign

There is a parking lot right off the main road and a shuttle to take the guests up to the top. The first thing guests see is the main building with a lovely fountain and a beautiful courtyard. Most cocktail hours are held here, though some ceremonies are as well! Surrounded by lush green trees, the courtyard has a very intimate feel to it.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Courtyard

Off to the side is the gorgeous rose garden in the middle of three beautiful cottages where you and your bridal party can stay. It’s particularly beautiful right at dusk, when the fairy lights wrapped in the trellis begin to twinkle between all the greenery.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Cottages Bed and Breakfast

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Lush Rose Garden

Past the rose garden is a beautifully maintained lawn where the reception is usually held. There are charming bistro lights that are the perfect touch for al fresco dining. Your guests will be treated to an absolutely stunning view of the surrounding vineyards and hills. By the building is a terracotta sunken dance floor, which is perfect for both family photos and the first dance.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Reception Lawn

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Lawn Reception Gorgeous View

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Reception Lawn

Further down the steps is the vineyard which serves as a backdrop for most ceremonies. This is also a great place to sneak off to for sunset bridal portraits.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Tiled Steps

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Vineyard Ceremony

Finally, there is the pool at the very bottom of the estate, along with a pool house where the groom can get ready. The pool has a similarly incredible view of the landscape below.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Pool and View

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue Pool House

My favorite thing about Casitas Estate is that there are beautiful tile details everywhere! All of the steps are lined with different tiles, as are the bathrooms. The grounds are also beautifully maintained, with a vineyard that serves as a backdrop for the ceremony, lush lavender bushes along the steps, and lovely succulents tucked all over the estate.

The Casitas Estate San Luis Obispo Wedding Venue

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The stats:

Number of Guests:80-130 on average, up to 180 max.

Catering:  Pat from Casitas Estate says, “We don’t want to restrict our couples to a small finite list of a venue’s favorite vendors, but we do offer great suggestions and will give open, honest feedback on any vendor to ensure that each couple has a wonderful group of support. For any new vendors, we ask them to visit for a site tour to be well prepared for the day of festivities!”

Average price: Packages range from $7800 up to $18800

Standard package: The most popular package includes exclusive use of the entire seven acre estate property. Lodging for 8-10 guests in the beautiful four casitas for two nights as well as breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday morning allows for you to house either your family or bridal party on site! Basic round tables and padded chairs are included in the rental with the option to upgrade to farmhouse tables and chairs. Day of coordination is also included, along with an incredible amount of support with the vendor selection process (as shown in the above answer!) Finally, even shuttle service is included, creating a true destination wedding feel!

Contact Pat at pat@casitasestate.com with any questions or fill out their contact form to book your wedding at The Casitas Estate… don’t forget to let Pat know Alice sent you! Also, I highly recommend following their suggestion of booking Janet Tacy of Sandcastle Celebrations to help you plan the perfect wedding. She was a joy to work with and has a wonderful creative eye! I hope you found this post helpful for finding an incredible wedding venue in San Luis Obispo.

For those of you who live in San Francisco and think you might not want a destination wedding to San Luis Obispo… or maybe for those of you who live in San Luis Obispo and are considering a destination wedding to San Francisco! Check out these beautiful San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues and keep an eye out for more to be added to the series.

See photos from Patrick and Julie’s colorful Casitas Estate wedding for a better idea of what a wedding at this beautiful venue looks like!

Contact me or email me at alice@aliceche.com to book your Casitas Estate wedding. I’m just a few hours north in San Francisco and would love the excuse to spend a weekend in SLO.

Alice Che is a San Francisco Wedding Photographer based in the Bay Area specializing in intimate, emotional wedding, engagement, couple and boudoir photography. Serving the South Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, Burlingame, Los Altos, Milpitas, Union City, Fremont, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and surrounding areas.

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  1. Pattea says:

    A lovely Estate indeed!
    There come a long way and it sure shows.
    What a terrific team. Bravo!

  2. Silvie says:

    Gorgeous images!! What a beautiful setting for a wedding!

  3. Oh wow!! This location for weddings is super stunning!

  4. What an absolutely perfect spot! Beautiful!

  5. Jana says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous space! Makes me want to have my wedding all over again!