Southern California venues for an intimate beach wedding
Posted 15 June 2009 - 03:13 AM
We wanna get married in southern california, preferably within driving distance of phoenix(so probably not any further than orange county), we love the idea of getting married right on the beach, myself barefoot in the sand, but I also would like to find a more private beach.
We've been tossing around some idea's such as getting married at a resort that has a private beach. But I've been under the impression that there aren't too many of those in southern california. Not to mention the ridiculous prices at most places and we want to have an intimate feeling wedding. One idea we had was renting a vacation rental that could accommodate some of our family and we could have the reception there.
Honestly I'm not even sure where to start. But I don't want to go out there and end up just driving around blinding trying to find someplace to look at.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:31 AM
Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:53 AM
I think renting a beach house would be less expensive than buying out an entire restaurant/hotel on the beach. Some are ridiculous (like $15k/week) but many are a fraction of that. Also in a more residential area you will have less beach-goers than at a state beach area with parking lots where people come to spend the day.
If you do look at beachfront rentals, be mindful of how much sand there is from the house to the shore...sometimes there isn't much which can make it hard to set up a wedding. Places like Malibu or Laguna Beach are going to be more expensive than places like Ventura or Sunset Beach, for example, so look a little off the beaten path and you can get more bang for your buck! Happy planning
Posted 20 August 2009 - 01:00 AM
Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:15 AM
I'm not feeling too optimistic about the site. We found a place we loved in Laguna Beach, but the event coordinator has been anything but helpful. There was a ceremony site we wanted but they won't let us have the ceremony there unless we also book the largest ballroom(which is ridiculous, we'll only have 70 people at the most). So she said she'd try to accommodate us and just e-mailed me today saying that we could have that terrace with booking one of the smaller reception sites if we would set our wedding date between January and April, on a friday or sunday. *sigh* Guess we're back at square one, we've already taken two trips out there in a month and neither have been very productive.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:18 PM
If it makes you feel any better, I didn't get to have my reception at my first or even second choice venue. I thought I had plenty of time and mailed off my deposit only to get a phone call two days later from my wedding planner that my date was reserved by someone else on the day I mailed my check.
In the end, I moved my reception to a much smaller, more intimate restaurant 4 yards from the ocean. I saved money on the food and drinks.....and we didn't feel like we were being milled through a mass-production wedding hall.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 06:45 PM
L'Auberge Hotel in Del Mar - amazing!! - breathtaking ocean views and it is private
Seagrove Park in Del Mar - grassy area overlooking the ocean - more private and I've seen some beautiful weddings there. Usually people stay away from the area if there is a wedding set up also.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:04 PM
I know that if your day is available The Fes Parker Double Tree and the Monte Mar will allow you to get married on the beach - u just need a permit. If you are seriously considering SB i worked with an AMAZING wedding planner who helped us plan our wedding in SB in under 6 weeks who i HIGHLY recommend. Keep us posted and feel free to PM me if you have any questions on SB
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