Planning weddings in Southern California makes for a lot of time spent on the sand, and while we know choosing a venue is difficult, choosing one at the beach can be even harder. With so many options, we thought we’d help narrow the list by sharing what makes these beach venues our top choices.
From the moment you walk into Casa Del Mar you instantly feel the old warm charm that makes this venue one of our favorites. The lobby is a popular spot for photographers because of the dim lighting, high ceilings and ornate architecture. The ballroom provides a beautiful setting with an outdoor patio that allows guests a view of the ocean during the day, and the famous Santa Monica Pier all lit up in the evening.
Walk into Shutters and you’ll instantly feel the warm welcome that only the California coast can provide. This hotel is a perfect combination of chic East Coast architecture with a West Coast vibe that is relaxed and casual. From the moment you walk in you instantly feel the romance that, combined with the landscape, makes for a beautiful ceremony, overlooking the ocean.
Terranea is the place to go if you want a casual California feel surrounded by spectacular views and landscape. Upon arriving at Terranea, SoCal locals can feel like they’re on vacation, as this place provides a luxurious atmosphere that makes you wish it was your home away from home. The ceremony site is on top of a cliff with expansive views of the ocean and the venue provides three different ballrooms to choose from for the reception.
If you’re looking for elegance and sophistication at the beach then Trump National Golf Club is the perfect venue. This is one of our favorite locations because with surrounding views of the ocean it allows for a beach setting, while maintaining a very formal feel that is not usually synonymous with sand. Everything about the property from the ceremony site to the ballroom is exceptional and makes for a beautiful “beach” wedding.
This lesser know venue is a hidden little oasis that made our list because it provides the quintessential look and feel of beach wedding. Cypress Sea Cove has everything from beautiful landscape to private beach access, and a setting that allows for an intimate gathering of close family and friends.
Hope you love our top 5 picks as much as we do!