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Need recommendations for a SoCal beach wedding venue!

I am engaged and currently living in Portland, OR but we are relocating to Orange County by March 2011. We are planning a wedding for late summer 2011 and would LOVE to have it on the beach in Cali. I would prefer a house/beachfront venue versus your typical dining hall. I looked on a vacation rentals by owner website but wonder if anyone else has done this and had success? Any advice on the rules/regulations and locations? Anywhere along the Southern California beach is ideal. Please help!

Re: Need recommendations for a SoCal beach wedding venue!

  • edited December 2011
    Hello and welcome! You should post this on the Orange County board.
    This is the Inland Empire board and we are...well inland. While the
    beaches aren't that far away for some of us I'm sure the OC girls can
    give you more specifics about beach weddings.

    With that said, I do know that for a lot (if not all) the beaches you need
    a permit. I don't think all of the beaches offer permits either. Try googling
    Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente beach weddings and see if
    anything pops up. I also know that there is a "park" in the San Diego (if
    you don't mind having your wedding there) area that does weddings
    near the beach. Your feet aren't in sand but it is absolutely beautiful if
    you are having a small wedding (no more than 50ish). It is called The
    Wedding Bowl and it is in La Jolla.

    EDIT: I did a little googling and found this site for you:

    I hope that helps a little! =)

  • jlaurajjlauraj member
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks so much. First timer here...didn't realize I was posting under the IE.

    Thanks for your help!Wink
  • edited December 2011
    Welcome =)

  • edited December 2011
    look at the gazebo in Laguna Beach. it is behind Las Bresas restaurant and is absolutely stunning. doesnt hold many people, but if a small intimate ceremony is what your looking for, its perfect! it is owned by the city so you would have to contact them for renting it out for part of the day, as well as your own officiant. good luck & congrats! hope you love cali! 
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