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We have decided to change our wedding plans and are looking for a semi-private beach in So Cal or Nor Cal. We are limiting the guests to immediate family and a few friends. I am posting here in search of advice and recommendations for beaches and a nearby restaurant. My Fiance and I are going to drive the coast during the next couple weekends and hopefully locate "our Spot."

 

We are looking for

  • Sandy Beach with rocky cliffs and outcrops
  • Natural scenery with little buidlings etc in the background
  • Semi-Private - Kind of a scenic "Off the beaten Path" location
  • Nearby Restaurant that will accomodate 30 people for dinner
  • Nearby Hotels / night life

We would prefer So Cal or central Cal but will go North if the location is appealing enough.

 

We also would like to locate a non - denominational wedding officiant.

 

Any other advice is greatly appreciated from anyone experienced with this process.

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Hi,

Your plans are similar to mine and we are also on the search, but just in Northern CA. From what I know, it is very easy to get a permit and only about $50. Here is a good place to start:

Getting Married in a California State Park

 

We are looking at Pescadero State Beach this weekend. There are 3 ocean front facilities we are going to look at also, Asilomar and Seascape Resort and Sanctuary Beach Resort. I think Seascape would be the best for you because it is only for a small party and it is gorgeous! A friend of mine got married at a beach in Point Reyes, it was absolutely the prettiest wedding site I have seen, very private and easy access. The reception was at Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, but I think that would be better for a larger group because I believe you have to rent the whole facility.

Keep me updated! I am searching for the same thing:)

 

Colleen

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Del Mar is beautiful, I have a friend who got married there. You can get married on an overlook (there's even a gazebo) that is grassy.

We love Del Mar, its an easy drive from the SD airport and of course there are tons of hotels.

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We got married off of Calumet in La Jolla. Freaking loved it! It's a little green park that goes basically to the cliff's edge overlooking the ocean. I think it was like $40 at the time (2003)?

 

If Carmel isn't too far north, this place is beautiful!

 

Click the image to open in full size.

It's owned by Clint Eastwood and when he's in town apparently he dances with the bride :) He wasn't in town for the wedding I shot there of course!

 

Bobby

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If you like Newport/OC but not all the people, try the Dog Beach area. It stretches for a while with two "entrances" from the street, but in the stretch of beach in between there's lots of little alcoves carved out by the semi-cliffs. These in-between areas generally have very few people, even on the weekends.

My FI and I take our dog here at least once a week now, and it's where he proposed. I would totally get married at this beach if we were staying at home. cheesy.gif

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A beach is certainly one of the most beautiful venues for a wedding, it can be very secluded and intimate, and is the definitive "relaxed" wedding.Its really trendy to wed on the beach. According to me Hawaii is best place for beach wedding.

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