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#11 gkashmira

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    Posted 26 January 2008 - 04:30 AM

    Honestly all you need is someone to perform the ceremony and any pretty place will do! Since you're not having guests or anything like that you don't have to worry about permits or anything.

    One thing I'm not 100% sure on is how you're going to get a CA wedding license since you don't live here. Dan and I had to go to the city records department together to get the license. This is not the same as a courthouse that marries you (you would still need this license to do that) it's the actual marriage license that a minister, priest, judge, etc. would sign. I know you have to both be there together and apply in person for it. So just keep that in mind as you will need to arrive in LA (or SD or SB, etc.) at least 1 business day prior so you can go to the county clerk's office and get your license. Here's the info:

    California Marriage License, Registration and Ceremony Information - General Information

    Here's the application you need to submit for your license:


    We went to the Van Nuys office and were in and out in about 20 minutes. If you do decide to marry in CA iin the LA vicinity I recommend this office because it was not very crowded.
    Kashmira & Dan
    Happily married since June 16, 2007
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    #12 kateofsantacruz

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      Posted 27 May 2008 - 03:48 PM

      Laguna Beach has some nice relatively private areas and it is easy to fly into Orange County airport. Easy for anyone to get to that is flying in from out of town and lots of hotel options. For it to be legal you need to get forms from the county (different for each county) in which you plan to get married and register the marriage. Need recognized officiant and two witnesses to make it legal.
      Pick a local officiant and they can help you with the details.

      Beach weddings are nice but check the tides on the day planned as at high tide there may be a lot less beach to use. The last hour before sunset is a great time for a ceremony. My photographer, Bruce Stenman at Lightsmith Wedding, checked the tides and the sunset and even how best to have the ceremony oriented for my wedding day next year. A local photographer will know the best spots and can provide advice on parking, getting ready options, and other concerns that you might need even think of in your planning.

      #13 thomastaci22

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        Posted 27 May 2008 - 03:58 PM

        We are getting married at Scripp's Park in La Jolla, which is right outside the city of San Diego. It is a beautiful place! It is not right on the beach, but it sits on top of a cliff that is oceanside...check out this link. I am using San Diego Destination Weddings to plan my wedding and so far they have been wonderful!!

        #14 CaliPhotographer

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          Posted 11 November 2008 - 05:07 AM

          What about Ventura. It's a bit north of LA, but it's beautiful and quiet. We went there and we were the only people on the beach in the middle of the day in June. There are so many other beautiful beaches, but they are always crowded. If you want something private, I'd look into Ventura.

          #15 beachbunni307

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            Posted 19 March 2010 - 12:30 PM

            I am actually having a beach wedding in San Diego...on a cliff. If it's just going to be you, your fiance, and an officiant....then you're fine just walking out on any beach and doing your thing...even a small group (i'm talking 5-6 people) is ok. If you're going to have any significant size group (maybe 15-20), or seating/set up of any kind...then you need a permit. Permits are not expensive (couple hundred maybe), but they do only offer1 per day for the area. As far as locations...I would suggest Laguna or Dana Point...those two tend to have a little more private coves and what-not. I live in Huntington Beach, about a mile from the beach....that is just big open beach. Perfect if you're wanting to be in the large open area. As for San Diego....we're getting married at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. These are dirt/sand cliffs that drop off into the ocean. The point I chose fits up to 150 people, but there is another point there that is smaller and still fantastic. I have pics of our location if you want to see it. email me at beachbunni307@ aol.com. The only disadvantage to having it on a public beach is that it has to be available to the public at all times...no roping anything off. I also found some officant/planners who do elopements....email me and I will find their info again for you. :)

            #16 beachbunni307

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              Posted 19 March 2010 - 12:45 PM

              To add to my post above.... Here are the officiants/planners that I had been looking at in the beginning. Orange County - Marcy Ann, Wedding Minister. San Diego - ELOPE to San Diego, ORIGINAL San Diego Beach Weddings, Fun SD Beach weddings".

              #17 ainsliejones

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                Posted 21 August 2011 - 09:33 PM

                Beach wedding is loveliest dream that i have . I am basically from los angeles . My sister got married beach wedding style .One of  the best memorable day of my life . Its my dream to be have beach wedding when i will get married .

                And Place where i would love to buy my wedding dress is onlygowns.com

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