You decide on the ceremony you want. You can select your vows. I conduct the ceremony at the location of your choice. It could be the beach, park, your house, hall, etc. CLICK HERE for Orange County Beach Locations. NOTE: Fees and requirements can change at any time.
State of California beaches require a permit even for a 2-person wedding. Even after you obtain your beach wedding permit, all that means is that there will not be any other events scheduled at the venue on your date and time. You cannot prevent access to visitors at a public site.
If I want to get married on the beach, do I need a Special Event Permit?
If you have less than 25 people and there is no setup involved, you do not need a permit. If you have 25 people or more, and the ceremony requires setup of equipment, you will need to submit a Special Event application that can be found here. Please call the Recreation Department at (562) 431-2527 ext. 1339 for more information.
Newport Beach Weddings
A special event permit is not required to get married at the beach or a public park in Newport Beach. However, there are a few restrictions. First of all, the beaches may not be reserved – everything is first-come, first-served. Beach wedding ceremonies are restricted to 50 guests or less. Alcohol and amplified sound is not permitted. Summer weddings are not advised since the beaches stay crowded.
Some city parks can be reserved to use for wedding ceremonies. No amplified sound or alcohol are permitted. For more information, contact the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department at 949-644-3151.
Marina Park is an exciting and cutting-edge community and sailing center.
From its sleek architecture and ample play space to its broad recreational and facility offerings on both land and sea, the park is an extraordinary center for fun, family, and community for users of all ages.
Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Boulevard on the Balboa Peninsula. There are 177 parking spaces.
Dana Point Weddings
Click here for permit information. Even a wedding with only 2 people requires insurance at $85 and a $40 park fee.
San Clemente Beach Weddings
San Clemente is often called Southern California’s Spanish Village by the Sea because of its sweeping views and Spanish architecture. Wedding ceremonies are allowed on all city beaches without a special permit, but the spots are first-come first-served, and you’re only allowed up to 20 guests. Local parks will accommodate 50.
T Street Beach is found at the west end of Esplanade Street in San Clemente and that is why it is sometimes referred to as Esplanade Beach. T-Street is part of the San Clemente City Beach system. It has a safe pedestrian overpass over the railroad tracks from the parking areas at the “T” intersection of Esplanade and Paseo De Cristobal.
San Clemente Pier Beach is the main city beach of San Clemente, California. The beach is a wide sandy spot on both sides of the pier. A large parking area at Parque del Mar City Park provides access to San Clemente Pier and the beach. Street parking is available when the lot fills up
Laguna Beach Weddings
Laguna Beach has been named the best place to get married by too many publications to count. Beach weddings here require a permit from the city and a fee to reserve your chosen spot.
Permit costs from $350 to $450
Huntington Beach Wedding Information
Answers to Your Questions about Weddings on our City Beaches
A permit is required. Most of the weddings on the beach are small and last about 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind that there are unknown variables such as weather and crowds. $110 plus $100 insurance
Alternate Choices for Getting Married in a California State Park
California State Parks offers a variety of unique and beautiful wedding sites – from historic adobes to stately mansions to ancient redwood forests to stretches of sandy beaches.
Your best bet is to check with the park that interests you. Fees and requirements vary from location to location. Fees are very expensive at some locations. All require certificate of insurance.
Here’s a sample of California State Parks wedding sites:
The Adamson House in Malibu is a popular site for beachside weddings in southern California. Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu is also a popular beach wedding site. For more information, contact the special events coordinator at (310) 457-8144.
For weddings at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, contact Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts toll-free at (888) 733-9005 or via their website at www.visitasilomar.com Click on “Weddings and Social Events.”
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico features a gazebo where many
weddings have taken place. For more information, contact Supervising State Park Ranger Michael Fehling at (530) 895-6144.
Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach has bluff top wedding sites and allows beach weddings. For more information, call (949) 494-3539.
Sugar Pine Point State Park offers a beautiful location at Lake Tahoe. For more information, contact Thomas Fritschi at (530) 525-5060.
For Big Sur-area weddings at Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, or Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, contact Wedding Special Event Coordinator at (831) 667-2315.
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park near Lompoc features a rustic setting for an outdoor wedding. Guests are limited to 100 people, including the bride and groom. For more information, contact Nikki Combs at (805) 733-2254.
For Monterey-area weddings in Garrapata State Park, and Monterey State Historic Park, please call (831) 649-7118.
San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura features a sandy beach with a shady picnic area that can be used as a reception area. For more information, contact Anne Dominguez at (805) 648-4059.
San Clemente State Beach has an historic cottage with a patio and catering kitchen. For more information, call (949) 366-8589.
For weddings in the San Diego area at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park or Torrey Pines State Reserve, contact Debbie Valdez at (619) 688-3385.
Sonoma Coast State Beach offers vistas of the rugged northern coastline and majestic Pacific Ocean. There are a number of spectacular and picturesque sites for weddings and other special events along the panoramic Sonoma County coastline from Bodega Head, south of Bodega Bay, to the far reaches of Salt Point in the north, The Department’s Russian River Sector office can help find the ideal location for your special occasion. For more information call Elizabeth Beale at (707) 865-2391.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, in the heart of Coloma, features 2 beautiful historic churches and 3 shady picnic areas perfect for an outdoor ceremony or reception. For more information, contact Starr Boren at (530) 622-3069.
For information on the following Wine Country wedding sites call Silverado Special Events at (707) 939-6188.
Sonoma State Historic Park near downtown Sonoma can accommodate 200 guests (standing) in the Mission Chapel. The adjacent Mission courtyard provides space for 300 for a reception. The Barracks Courtyard is similar venue available for outdoor functions. The Vallejo Home and Gardens a half mile west of the Mission provides a lovely garden location for up to 200 guests.
Surrounded by hills and vineyards, Jack London State Historic Park offers a dramatic setting for up to 300 guests at its Winery Ruins. The site was originally part of the Kohler Frohling Winery; the buildings were later adapted by Jack London as a carriage barn and bunkhouse.
In the Napa Valley, the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park has an outdoor site, next to a fully restored flour mill. It can accommodate 75 guests.
Travel along old brick pathways to a location cradled among Victorian era structures and become immersed in a small-town early California setting. Tucked behind the historic Fischer-Hanlon home is the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park’s intimate special event site. This venue in Solano County may accommodate 40 guests.
For more ideas, take a look at California Escapes magazine, a free publication that includes information about all state parks and beaches by region. Copies can be requested by writing:
California State Parks Communication Office P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001