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Beach Wedding Locations Recommendations?

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#1 TnA2009

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    Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:25 PM

    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.

    #2 Destination Scout

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      Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:33 PM

      Have you thought about the beaches in San Luis Obispo? Pismo Beach is one of my favorites.

      #3 ColleenMarie

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        Posted 18 March 2009 - 02:16 AM

        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:)


        #4 Christine

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        Posted 26 March 2009 - 08:54 AM

        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.
        Christine + Will (married 7/20/07) + Ainsleigh (born 6/25/08) + Nolan (born 11/9/10) + Delaney (born 12/31/13) = One Very Happy Family!

        #5 bobbyearle

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          Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:20 PM

          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, 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!


          #6 pyxystyx

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            Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:26 PM

            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.
            The Future Mrs. Castro

            #7 beachbunni307

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              Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:38 PM

              Try looking in Laguna or try Crystal Cove state beach, i think its around Newport. With a group that small you shouldn't have a problem finding an area that is like what you are looking for.

              #8 gracewalker

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                Posted 19 March 2010 - 11:32 PM

                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.

                #9 STAC8228

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                  Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:13 PM

                  I found this one, although I wont be able to check it out until September  when i take a trip out there, ive heard great thing about it, & prices seem great for our budget as well..

                  good luck,  & has anyone else heard anything else about the Crown Plaza on Ventura Beach?




                  #10 johnaschen

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                    Posted 15 July 2011 - 02:58 AM

                    Wow... good idea. Beach wedding location because that moment are really memorable for hole life. So beach location is good idea.

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