Santa Monica Weddings: Tips for Getting Married on the Beach 

Santa Monica weddings are pure magic! Whether your dream wedding is a black tie affair on the sand or a ceremony on a shoestring, Santa Monica wedding venues offer something for every couple.

There are four common locations for a Santa Monica wedding: 

  • Outdoor beach weddings;
  • Annenberg Beach House weddings;
  • Santa Monica hotels; and
  • Unique properties, restaurants, and multi-purpose space.

With so many places and spaces awaiting your big day, planning a wedding by the beach doesn't get any easier than this.

Outdoor Beach Weddings in Santa Monica

With sweeping ocean views and close proximity to Santa Monica hotels and restaurants, Santa Monica State Beach is a popular choice for weddings.

The rules and guidelines for a Santa Monica wedding on the beach include:

  • It can be held anywhere on Santa Monica State Beach, as long as lifeguard views are not obstructed;
  • Itcan also be held at Palisades Park;
  • Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis;
  • Must have less than 150 participants.

Your can have any of the following at your seaside wedding without breaking beach rules:

  • tables, chairs, runners, and small archways; 
  • canopies under 400 square feet; 
  • stages up to 30 feet high; and 
  • amplified sound between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Up the Fun Factor: Consider a Santa Monica Pier Wedding

And if you want to really ramp up the amusement factor for your big day: Consider a Santa Monica Pier wedding. You'll not only be on the beach for your wedding, you can be sailing over it.

Yes, the iconic Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park amusement center are available for weddings... it's one of the better-kept secrets of Santa Monica beach weddings. It's decidedly less-formal - and more whimsical.

If fresh ocean breezes and sailing over the Pacific on a ferris wheel with your beloved is a fitting start to your new life together, check it out.

You're guaranteed great wedding pictures as you ride off into the sunset.

Annenberg Beach House Weddings

Another option for larger beach weddings is the Annenberg Community Beach House on Santa Monica State Beach. 

It can accommodate up to 400 guests, and allows your ceremony to easily transition from beach ceremony to cocktails to reception.

The historic, 5-acre Santa Monica Beach House is as comfortable for weddings with a high heeled-Hollywood glamour theme as it is for a laid-back, California casual-style affair with flip-flops.

For more information contact the Santa Monica Beach House at (310) 458-4934.

Wedding-Friendly Santa Monica Hotels

There are many Santa Monica beach hotels that are wedding-friendly, offering both a wedding venue and reception space. Some even have wedding planners who can help with all the details, including dining options and a myriad of other services. They include:

  • Casa del Mar is sophisticated elegance steps from the sand but with all the amenities you'll need for a classic, unforgettable wedding.
  • Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Whether you style is softly romantic, classically cosmopolitan or show-stopping elegance, the Fairmont Santa Monica is a premier location.
  • Huntley Hotel combines fun and funky elegance within an elegant setting that includes The Penthouse, a rooftop bar and restaurant.
  • JW Marriott Santa Monica  is a luxury resort in the best of settings: It's just two blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade.
  • Loews Santa Monica recognizes that love is luxury. Their 4 Diamond Award-winning banquet and culinary team is there to cater to your every need.
  • Shutters on the Beach The essence of beach elegance, also steps from the sand with expert wedding planners and the ideal photo backdrop.
  • Viceroy Santa Monica Fun, funky, and elegant, the Viceroy is a stylish venue just a block from the beach and sand.

Non-Hotel Santa Monica Wedding Venues

Non-hotel Santa Monica venues include unique properties, restaurants, and multi-purpose space. Those with available wedding reception space include:

A beautifully unforgettable wedding is virtually guaranteed in Santa Monica - no matter your budget.

Now, relax knowing that's you've found the place to make your dream wedding come true. The sand and sea await your arrival!

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