What really excites me about the beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA is the infinite possibilities getting married at the beach provides. You’ve got miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, the smell of the ocean air, and the sun shining on the couple as they say their vows.
Every moment spent on the beach feels well worth it, and if you’d love such an experience on your wedding day, then I’m here to help with the top 8 beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA. Here’s what they are.
The Top 8 Beach Wedding Venues In Orange County, CA
Although you get an ocean view from all the following venues, each of them possesses a vibe and charm different from the others. The one thing they have in common though is all of them are worth choosing as a wedding venue.
Let’s start with Crystal Cove State Park.
#1 – Crystal Cove State Park
Getting married at beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA always feels like a getaway for couples and their guests. As one of those beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA, Crystal Cove is a standout for several reasons. One is that Crystal Cove offers several venue options. There’s a beach promenade, cottage, commons, and more. Some are right on the sand and some are a little further inland.
Crystal Cove also has two restaurants on hand, The Beachcomber and The Shake Shack. The Beachcomber even offers catering. Plus, Crystal Cove is also a great place to take some engagement photos.
All in all, it’s hard to go wrong with Crystal Cove.
#2 – Montage Laguna
As the 2nd wedding venue on my list of beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA, Montage Laguna more than earns its spot. Located on a coastal bluff over the Pacific on Laguna Beach, this resort features over 200 craftsman-style architecture rooms looking over the ocean and is the definition of luxury by the sea.
At the Montage Laguna, you’ll have access to three signature restaurants with spectacular views of the California coast, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and outdoor pool decks. Plus, they have in-house dining and five wedding venue options, including indoor and outdoor. You’ll also have a great view of Laguna Beach all throughout.
#3 – Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
When it comes to choosing a wedding venue with a variety of options for wedding events, Newport Dunes is a great choice. Out of the beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA that I have mentioned so far, Newport Dunes offers whatever wedding style you want: a waterfront lawn by the beach, pavilions at the beach, or toes-in-the-sand beach venues.
And, after the wedding, you can use the beach cabanas and explore the marina or clubhouse. From elegant to casual, Newport Dunes has all you need to have a fun, beach-theme wedding.
#4 – Monarch Beach Resort
Monarch Beach Resort’s crystal clear blue ocean view with the rich green of the hillside provides a wedding venue worthy of creating long-lasting memories. If you are aiming for an outdoor wedding, the Monarch Beach Resort has three options.
There’s the Grand Lawn, which is 12,600 square feet in size. There’s access from the Sunset Terrace, and it’s a great option for larger weddings. Also, there’s the Pacific Lawn, which is more private and features a gazebo, rose bushes, and more. Last but not least, there’s the Botanical Garden, which uses a Mediterranean style with a centerpiece gazebo to give you the feel of an elegant garden party.
For indoor weddings, the Monarch Beach Resort offers three options. There’s the Pacific Ballroom, which is 12,200 square feet in size, bright, and just as elegant as you’d expect. There’s also the Monarch Ballroom, which provides an elevated sense of class to the affair. Last but not least, there’s the Wine Cellar And Terrace, which has 100-year-old French flooring and stone walls. That’s not to mention the wine selection featuring 10,000 bottles.
#5 – Occasions At Laguna Village
Having a destination wedding by the sparkling sea is a great way to celebrate your big day with your loved ones. Occasions At Laguna Village is the next venue on this list of beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA because it offers a charming, pristine, romantic, picturesque, and luxurious wedding experience all wrapped into one.
What’s great about Occasions is it offers all-inclusive wedding packages, which take a lot of the stress out of planning a wedding. All you have to do is enjoy Occasions’ gardens, terrace, and beachside views.
#6 – The Ritz-Carlton
Located on land looking over the Pacific, the Ritz-Carlton looks and feels like paradise, and it’s the next option on this list of beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA. A big reason why the Ritz-Carlton is on this list is that it offers three incredible venue options for weddings. There’s the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace, the Bluff, and the Pacific Promenade Lawn.
The Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace is a Spanish-style tiled courtyard with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. The Bluff is set on the Gazebo Lawn, which is exquisitely well cared for. There’s also the Pacific Promenade Lawn, which is the exclusive ceremony site of the Pacific Promenade Room, an indoor reception area. A little further inland, it mixes greenery with palms to great effect.
#7 – La Casa Del Camino
As I mentioned earlier, all the beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA have a unique vibe and atmosphere. For La Casa Del Camino, you get a blend of coastal and vintage atmospheres to make your wedding dreams a reality. This venue promises the perfect cocktails, decor, floor plan, and menu to set the mood for your specific wedding needs.
Its outdoor venues offer the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean coupled with intimate decors that are perfect for saying, “I do.” For example, the Rooftop gives a clean and clear view of the ocean, creating the ideal atmosphere relative to Laguna Beach.
#8 – Surf And Sand Resort
Next up is Surf and Sand. This resort offers six wedding venue choices, including the Catalina Terrace, Ocean Terrace, Beach, Sandcastle Ballroom, Sand Dollar Ballroom, and Pelican Ballroom. Of these, there are elegant spaces, traditional spaces, and, of course, the beach option.
Plus, before, during, and after the wedding, you and your guests are still enjoying all that the Surf And Sand resort offers. That includes rooms, dining, spa, and more. So, give the Surf And Sand resort a look.
My hope is this list will make your choice of venues much easier. Having shot at several beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA myself, I know the joy it brings my clients having their weddings there.
You’ve come a long way, and I’d hope you’ve chosen a wedding venue from my list. Let me know which venue you’ve chosen, and we will start planning for a picture-perfect wedding. So, if you’ve got more questions about beach wedding venues in Orange County, CA, let me know! I’d love to help, and if you’re looking for some wedding photos there too, I can help with that also. Just tell me what you need.